Santoro's Willow die-cut card

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 15 Jan, 2018

Those of you who have not yet glimpsed the wonderful world of Santoro’s Willow, feast your eyes on a captivating colour-in range for you to put your own stamp on. The ‘colour me in’ rubber stamps provide the perfect focal point for the prettiest of projects; just combine with intricate Xcut designs and you’ve created a lovely card in no time.

1. Print the Santoro’s Willow Colour Me In 'Innocence' Rubber Stamp onto plain white cardstock, using a black pigment ink pad. Ensure that it’s placed on a large clear stamp block before stamping, to make sure you achieve an even coverage and weight distribution.

2. Once the ink is dry to touch, scribble some shades from the co-ordinating pack of ‘colour me in’ watercolour dual-tip pens onto an acrylic stamp block. Mix a few drops of clean water into the ink with a thin paintbrush and start to apply to the stamped artwork. If you wish to mix shades, scribble several pens onto the block and use water to blend them together.

3. Colour in the skin of the artwork first, ensuring to shade in some areas darker. Pick a side that the light is coming from and add multiple layers of ink to the opposite side. The more water you use the lighter your colour will be, so start with a light wash. Blend each layer as you add shading, to look natural and realistic.

4. Continue to fill in the image by adding in areas such as the clothing and the hair. The top is a perfect example of achieving different shades by adding more or less water. Finish with the small details, such as the flowers, blending greens and blues together on the leaves in a watercolour ombré effect. Once dry, trim around

5. Use the new meadow flowers die set to cut a selection of intricate blooms from different shades of cardstock. Trim a sheet of Willow paper to 13 x 19.5cm and mat onto a slightly larger sheet of black paper. Mount on a white card blank. Arrange the flowers around the sides with Anita’s Tacky Glue, working out where they’ll sit around the artwork. Finally, fix the stamped image and icons around the card with 3D foam pads.

Project and how-to instructions by Geraldine Carruthers. Project originally published in issue 84 of docrafts Creativity magazine.

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