For Father’s Day, Curator Prime colored and used mixed media techniques to create a fun, froggy card. You can download the frog musician to make your own card, or color a full-page version of the frog just for fun. Should you wish to create a similar card to Curator Prime’s, this is how it was done …
Print the frog design on you desired paper. Curator Prime used Neenah 80 lb. cardstock, then trimmed the right and left side of the paper, as well as taking off a bit of the top and bottom.
She then folded the card so the frog shows on the outside, and creased the edge with a bone folder.
With a scrap paper behind the card, Curator Prime used her Copic markers to color the frog. Colors used were as follows:
- Frog: G24, YG13, G07, YG17, G28
- Frog Eye: YG00
- Coat: V17, v09, RV99
- Shirt: V15, V17
- Vest: YR24, YR27
- Trumpet, vest buttons: E84
- Shadow under frog feet: N7
Curator Prime then applied a light swath of Tim Holtz Micro Glaze within the bar of musical notes with her finger. This will repel the stamp ink, keeping the bar lighter than the background.
The first color for the background is Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink, which was applied with a mini ink blending tool and foam pad. Curator Prime has a different foam pad for different colors, with this one being for light browns and yellows.
This is the front and back of the card after applying the ink:
Curator Prime then darkened the background overall, and especially the edges of the card using Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, for this result:
To add a final, top layer (because mixed media is all about the layers), Curator Prime chose a stencil of swirls …
and with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, use specific areas of the stencil to ink accents onto the front and back of the card …
To achieve this final result:
Because Curator Prime used alcohol-based markers, there was a bit of bleed through to the other side of the paper of the frog coloring. This was expected, and planned for. First, the edges of the back were darkened by using the Antique Linen stamp pad directly onto the paper.
And then darkened even further with the Vintage Photo.
Curator Prime then found a letter-sized piece of texture paper thick enough for the frog not to display through. This will become the inside paper backing for the card once it is cut down to size.
Curator Prime used double-sided mounting tape from her scrapbooking stash on the back of the textured paper.
The textured paper was then secured to the inside of the card, and flattened out with a brayer. This creates a clean, inside area for a message.
And thus the final, froggy Father’s Day card is complete.
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