Friday, October 20, 2017

Santa's Elves and Dylusions

I have had lots of fun this month, creating Christmas cards for Anna's Craft Cupboard :)

I have loved colouring the gorgeous elves in the MFT  Santa's Elves set and I have also loved creating backgrounds for them using Dylusions Paints.

I thought I would do a little tutorial on how I created my card.

I used the smooth side of some watercolour paper for the painted panel.
You can also use other types of heavyweight card.

I had done a little reading about using these paints and found that some people use baby wipes to spread it on to the card and to blend it.
It was actually one of the reasons I got the courage to buy the paint, as I'm not a painter.  It just seemed so easy, less messy and there were no brushes etc required either.
But after having tried it, I must say I'm not a fan of this technique.
Although the colours are lovely, it just doesn't have the depth and richness I want.

I used my Tim Holtz Mini Foam Ink Blending Tool to apply the paint instead and I was much happier with it.

This photo shows the difference between using a baby wipe (left) and blending tool (right).
I might try the baby wipe again, perhaps I just need more practice :)

You can also see in the photos that I don't own a craft mat :(
I guess I'll buy one someday, but in the meantime I just use a plastic bag as a work surface.
I use my blending tool to get a small amount of paint out of the lid of the paint pot.
You really only need a tiny amount!
Then I swirl it onto the plastic bag, which blends it into the foam and then it blends onto the card more evenly. You just use the plastic bag as a kind of paint palette!

To the smooth side of some watercolour paper I added circles of Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise paint.
I usually apply 3 areas of a colour to start with.

Then I applied Dylusions London Blue paint.

Then I applied Dylusions Crushed Grape paint.
You can see how the colours blend together to create new, deeper colours.

I then added more London Blue and Vibrant Turquoise over the top of these circles of colour.
I still applied it with the blending tool, but I also got messy.
I used my fingers to blend the paint out.  I didn't really think I would like doing this but it was actually fun!!! :)
This blending was just done randomly over the top of the paint circles.  And I mostly blended with my fingers, moving the paint out in all directions.
So that was like a topcoat of paint and the undercoat can still be seen through it.
This adds depth to the background.

There is no right or wrong way of applying this paint.
You can just keep applying more over the top until you're happy with it.

And if you're like me, this takes a while and you'll get pretty messy.
Make sure you have lots of baby wipes at the ready to clean your hands!!!

After I had created the painted background I applied some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the back and waited for it to set so that it would be repositional.

I then applied it to a piece of black card.
(You'll notice this is longer than my watercolour piece. I used a smaller piece of watercolour paper that I had because I knew I would be covering up the bottom of it anyway).

I sponged Dylusions White Linen paint onto the Kaisercraft Ornamental Template.
I didn't use the entire design, but chose certain areas to sponge.  Placing some on the black card as well as the painted panel.

I used some of the white linen paint again on a wet paint brush and flicked the paint over the card in a diagonal direction.

When this had dried, I removed the panel and added a white mat behind it.
Then I glued it to the card, lining up the snowflakes again.

I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and tore the top to resemble a snow mound.
And I added a couple of small strips of white card to either side of the panel before attaching the sentiment so that it would sit flatter.

Then I attached the elf to the snow with X-Press It Foam Mounting Squares and adhered the whole piece to a white card base.

Using these paints is so much fun and each background you create is unique and beautiful.
I hope you give them a try too :)

Thanks for dropping by today :)


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