Are you like me with a bunch of scrap papers left over from scrapbook pages, and extra pre-cut pocket cards just waiting to be used? I'll admit, in the past I've thrown out perfectly good scraps and given away pocket-cards I knew I was never going to get around to using...because really how many “best day ever” cards can a girl have and use? But now I've decided to stop cut back on the amount of artsy stuff I'm buying an make do with what I already have...hello, I can paint over those best day cards or even just use them to practice new techniques on!
So in order to use up the stuff I have I started by cutting down white textured cardstock scraps to 3" x 4", which is the perfect size for pocket cards. Now originally I was used these papers for testing out some fun products for Faber-Castell and wound up having a bunch of them with the same stencil pattern gesso'd onto them. So today I'm sharing with you what I did with two of those cards...you can check out this short video below to see the process of how I created them.
As I said, I started by using a stencil and applying gesso over it. After i removed the stencil I let the gesso dry.
Next, I rubbed some Gelatos from the Bright collection over the gesso and activated it with a wet paint brush. I love how easily the color spreads and how well the colors blend together.
Easy peasy! Now I have a great background to work with in my pocket page scrapbooking.
Next up is another white cardstock card that had the same stencil & gesso technique done to it. Once it was dry I just used my handy-dandy fine point Sharpie pen to outline the raised portion of the gesso.
Notice it's NOT perfect! Perfection is over rated. ;)
It's not even or straight...which makes it perfect in my book. While you probably can't see it in this photo, the gesso texture is really cool in real life. It would be fun to mix in some colored paint or Gelatos in the gesso too to give it another look.
How are you streatching your supplies and making authenticly YOU art to use in your projects? I'd love to hear your ideas so comment below.
Erin Bassett lives in Southern California with her husband and two dogs. She is blessed to be Auntie to 5 kids and spends as much time as possible with them, often working on art projects together. While Erin has been working as a craft designer and artist for many years, she is a craft addict at heart who loves to do something creative every day. -Some may even call her a craft junky! Her current loves are mixed media art, crochet, digital & traditional scrapbooking, jewelry making, crafts, and sewing.
Erin loves sharing her love of all things artsy on her blog and in the classs and events she teaches at. She has had many of her projects published in various magazines, books, and on TV and considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work".
Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant for Faber-Castell and has received products from them to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.