Hybrid card making

I LOVE combining digitals stamps with hand techniques.  Card making has only changed somewhat with technology.
It is true, technology gives us tools to make more beautiful handmade cards,  and it enhances our style, whether clean and simple or mixed media, still, the point is not the technology, it is the beautiful handmade card.
Today We have so many options and so many wonderful products available - not like in the 70's when I started in high school, cutting my own stamps out of erasers and linoleum squares!
I'm all for giving new things a try,  as you try different tools and mediums all of your skills will improve, just remember it is all about the end result, not the "stuff"!!

Today I made a card for Heart Lines Ministry - Heart Lines is an out-reach card making group, we send lots of cards to people who need a smile! we specialize in elderly ad shut-ins.

I used the set called "Peace" by Graciellie Designs.

I printed my images on 
the 80# is wonderful for printing and coloring, 120# for bases! 
this heavenly white paper is also The preferred blending paper for Copic Markers and all alcohol marker coloring - I use Spectrum Noirs. Heavenly White does not feather, you can color up to the coloring line without worrying about the ink feathering over the stamp line plus the colors are much more vibrant due to the brightest surface. Now for ink jet printing, it grabs the ink and holds it.  It sets right into the paper instantly and gives a beautiful canvas for alcohol marker coloring - no bleeding or feathering!.

I created my watercolor background and sized it 

I added and sized my elements 

I colored my bird using only blue and a flesh tone and blender pen. Glittery nail polish and a dot of white liquid pearl. then fussy cut

For my backdrop I used a dark blue distress ink  to enhance the edge and add depth

I added a bow to the side and along with all my layers I used Best Glue Ever ( it really is!)
I used three tiny dots- no hot glue needed!
This also worked on the Metalic Paper, My other glues did not - so no ATG on this card!
For dimension, I still use foam tape

Here is my card: 

This card took my 3x times longer to write about than to actually make.  Using my computer enabled me to mask and watercolor in a few minutes.  The hand process of doing both is wonderful but I don't have the time or the supplies for all the mistakes I would have made!  Now I also have a saved file to make this again!
I think it is always a good thing to try expanding your crafty skills!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny M


Steven M said…
Hun, I really like this blend of blue and yellow. This card has a nice pop to it and I have always liked the tear look to paper like at the bottom of the card. And, thank you God for your peace !!
What a fabulous card Ginny - and love your 'watercolour' background!

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