Friday, March 02, 2012

Gradient Card Set (Design Team Project)

Gradient Card Set

For today's project I used Adirondack Color Wash and Paint Daubers along with Core-dinations Vintage Collection Retro Mod Squad card-stock and Prima Clear Paintables Frame Mix to create a set of four vibrantly colorful cards.

To replicate what I have done, cut white bazzill card-stock into 4 pieces measuring 6 inch by 6 inch. Spritz the white card with water then apply the color washes as follows: For the first two pieces add Meadow, Denim and Sailboat blue. Then use red pepper, sunset orange and butterscotch on the remaining two pieces. Put aside to dry thoroughly.

Cut core-dinations card to create 4 pieces measuring 5 3/4 inch by 11 1/2 inch. Fold each piece in half to form the card bases for the four cards.

Trim the Prima transparency to create 4 squares, each measuring 5 3/4 inch by 5 3/4 inch.

Turn the first transparency over and use a paintbrush to apply small amounts of the Pearl paint to sections of the design. Repeat with the other 3 transparencies and put aside to dry.

Once you have decided which two transparencies will be used on top of the orange toned card, place the two transparencies face down on a protected work surface. Dab Sailboat blue paint around the transparency design then add in clover paint and blend together slightly.

For the remaining two transparencies, use the same technique with watermelon and butterscotch paint daubers.

Layer each of the transparencies over the top of their respective color washed card pieces; join the transparency and card piece together with brads.

Adhere one card front to each of the card bases, adding the yellow toned card to the blue base card, etc.

Stamp greeting onto glossy card stock (or print this digital stamp onto 4 inch by 6 inch card) then trim around. Attach each to a scrap of blue or orange card and trim around to form a mat. Repeat with a second mat if desired.

Adhere each greeting to the bottom right of the card.

Cut out sections of Prima felt vine and adhere around the greeting, allowing some to overlap it.

Using this technique I completed four cards in barely more time than it would have taken to create one, and yet each card is unique. I hope you will give it a try!


  1. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Lovely post -- really enjoyed it, and will be doing my own version of the technque. Thanks a lot!
    Greetings from Sally in France

  2. Wow Sharon, I love your cards! I now know what's going on my next order!! LOVE the color washes you used, I'm going to get every one!!