I learned this texture technique from Paula Phillips, a.k.a. Journal Artista. I created the texture by applying a thick layer of gesso onto a piece of cardstock. I covered most of the piece, leaving some areas untouched - to allow for peaks and valleys. I then laid the gesso side down on top of another piece of cardstock and slowly pulled it apart. I allowed the gesso to dry completely. TIP: Use a good weight/quality card stock. It needs to be able to hold some water.
Look at all that cool texture!
Next, I scribbled and doodled color over the texture with Gelatos - they have a lot of pigment in them. I dipped a paint brush into water and spread the color. I allowed that to dry completely. NOTE:You can use any medium to color over the texture - try using anything you have in stash - ink refills, acrylic paint, pencils, pastels... experiment - have fun! I found my Gelatos online at amazon under the name of 'gel sticks.' They were a good price. You can check to see if they still have them here.
To frame the background, I stamped Branch & Leaves (Sku#P2292) randomly around the edge in gold and black ink. For a finished look, I edged the background layer with a gold leafing pen. As a final touch I ran the ink pad lightly over the top of the background to brush over the peaks of texture. For the focal image, I chose the Ai word Passion (Sku#H2011). That's how I feel about color! :o)
I also framed the inside of the card in gold and added a strip of the background design.
Please come back tomorrow to see what awesome project Crystal has to share!
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