Monday, January 15, 2018

My Cards and Tags: City Cards using Jane Davenport's Aqua Pastels

This week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme is "Birds of a Feather."  After a not-so-fun week at work, the first thing that came to mind was the desire to fly beyond the confines of the cubicle farm!  I tried to capture that feeling with this trio of cards.


I started by cutting out some card shapes with the Reverse Confetti Kindness Cards die set.  Then I smeared white paint through some Tim Holtz stencils: Dot Fade and Bubble.

I was anxious to try out the new Jane Davenport Aqua Pastel crayons.  Once my white paint dried, I colored over the card surfaces with the crayons.  Then I dipped my finger in some water and just sort of smeared all the colors together.  Some colored pencils and crayons that are supposed to be "blendable" with water don't work very well, but these crayons did not disappoint.  The colors were bright and mixed beautifully when I added water.  Here are the cards after the Aqua Pastel crayon treatment:

While those dried, I cut out some buildings with the Tim Holtz Cityscape Skyline die and colored them with Hero Arts Neon inks and Distress Inks.  The Hero Arts Neon inks were new to me and I already adore them.  I stamped some months on the buildings with a Paper Artsy stamp.

I covered my card backgrounds with some stamping and brushos, but most of this step got covered up by the end.

I glued the buildings to the background and then toned everything down with some white acrylic paint over the top.

You can see on the finished product that I also added black paint around the edges and outlined parts of the buildings with a black Sharpie.

For the sentiments, I cut off little pieces of notebook paper with a perforated edge and stamped onto them with Hero Arts alphabet stamps.  I also added some numbers to the buildings using Tim Holtz's Label Letters.

Here are the supplies I used, which you can find at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see how you interpret our challenge this week.  Upload your projects to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog for your chance to win $50 to the Simon Says Stamp store.

19 comments:

  1. Gorgeous ATC's Andrea! I love the colours and textures, so vibrant and beautiful! I am sure creating these cheerful works of art brightened your not so fun week :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  2. So cool. I love to see the process and I didn't recognize the cityscape dies, I thought it was a stamp! So cool that you marked all the edges and windows with black pen. I love the pastel crayons, they really blend perfectly and the colors are so vibrant. Lovely set. Hugs, Macarena

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  3. These are so fun, Andrea! You know how much I love your vibrant colors and the designs are awesome. Great way to use the cityscape die! Love them all!

    Cathie ♥

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  4. now these are the kind of towns I love-gorgeous project Andrea!

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  5. Gorgeous and unique! Your colors always POP! They look amazing! And what a FUN way to end a lousy week--hope you got the blahs out of your system!!! :)

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  6. Awesome look. Great shots of your steps.. Love the colors and images. So pretty.

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  7. Love all the texture and great colors, gorgeous!

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  8. The Davenport crayons appear to have strong pigments which suit your style very well. Your creativity puts a whole new spin on going postal--in a good way!

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  9. These are gorgeous. I love them! So bright and cheery and brilliant. Those colors and textures are so great. I hope your work week gets better!

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  10. Beautiful trio of cards! I loved seeing how you created them and the addition of the map paper is so clever too 😁. Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! J 😊

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  11. I hope your beautiful bright colors and fun play in making these helped you get beyond the not so fun work week, Andrea. You definitely need to spread your wings and fly if you work in a cubicle! Love the textures and designs and colors, and your take on this is imaginative! hugs, Maura

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  12. These are so gorgeous cards, Andrea. The texture and the embellishments are fabulous. Love the beautiful colors, too. :)

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  13. Your projects always make me so damn happy! Love every card you made today! The textures you are able to achieve are incredible!!

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  14. Fabulous trio of cards, Andrea! I love how you've used the Cityscape die, it looks fantastic and as always, your colour palette is full of vibrancy and so much fun! :)

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  15. These cards are fantastic Andrea! I love them theme you used and the cool cityscape in all those colors. The backgrounds are wonderful too.

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  16. I'm always amazed by your use of colors! love it so much! your works make me feel full of joy! Thanks Andrea I need this ! Barbara

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  17. a beautiful collection, amazing colour, detail and texure...hugs kath xxx

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  18. Oh my... your use of colours is awesome! I love the concept behind your ATCs too. The aqua crayons sound interesting, although I do have Gelatos, Distress Crayons and other things... Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog.

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  19. These are stunning, Andrea! I so love your use of colors, always so bright and fun! Love that you used two stencils on and overlapping them a bit, gonna try that too! Hugs, Sandra

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