Tuesday, May 7, 2024

You Make Me Happy

 May The Dragons Be With You

Good day, fellow crafters. It's Tamara, and today, I'm excited to be showcasing my latest card!  Dragons have always intrigued me due to their representation of strength, wisdom, and fortune in many cultures. Particularly in Eastern mythology, they are viewed as protective figures, offering guidance and safety to humans. This card celebrates these powerful creatures, highlighting their significance and the respect they garner across cultures. Join me in discovering the symbolism and artistic portrayal of dragons in my latest design.

To get started, you will need the following:

To craft your card, start by selecting a previously created background panel or a freshly created one depending on your preference. In crafting, prioritizing efficiency and resourcefulness by utilizing any leftover inks, paints, or watercolors is key. Make good use of any leftovers as "dips" for white cardstock, allowing the paper to soak up the remaining pigments. Using a piece of acetate as your artist's palette, simplifies the process, though a glass mat works just as well. This approach not only saves time, money, and materials but also provides a unique foundation for each card you create. This particular piece was a really good fit for a “golden” dragon, so it was exciting to use it. The next step is to employ the Little Draco stamp by Carmen Medlin Designs. Apply black pigment ink to the stamp and press it onto your background panel. At this stage, you can decide to either let the natural color of the background panel stand out or choose to add any additional coloring to the image. In this case, by not adding additional color this allows the intricate details of the stamp to integrate seamlessly with the vibrant hues of the background.

With black ink and the sentiment stamp from the You Make Me Happy stamp set, add your sentiment next. Lastly, trim the background panel to its final dimensions as well as a black mat for added visual appeal. Then use liquid glue to adhere the background panel to the mat and repeat the process to adhere the composite to a white card base. With that, you can call the card complete.

The stamps I used can be found by following the links in the materials list or you can find them with a quick search on www.brakeforstamps.com and  www.blankpagemuse.com

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