I’ve been having so much fun playing around with paints, stencils, and patterned tissue paper on large sheets of paper. Because I know that I’ll later cut the large sheet into smaller pieces, I’m able to create more freely without any expectations. I just randomly add paint to the paper, and when dry, I use stencils and apply tissue paper with gel medium to create more interest. Sometimes I will doodle over everything with charcoal using my non-dominant hand. I try to leave some areas of the paper untouched as well. Working in this way is so addicting that I have amassed quite the collection of these cut-up papers, and I knew it was time to put some of them to use.
I was working on another project, which involved making little “just because” tags to put on small gifts. I thought about how much I enjoy surprising my loved ones with little notes. With that in mind, I decided to make a bundle of cards to have on hand and ready to be sent to someone who may need a little boost. These painted papers were perfect for this. I trimmed them so they were slightly smaller than a standard A2 card, and adhered them to the card bases, which I made from kraft cardstock. I then applied sentiments to painted paper scraps, and went over them with a layer of gel medium. Once dry, I layered them with kraft cardstock, and adhered them to the cards. To finish, I bundled them and tied them together using a torn piece of fabric I had used as a paint rag.
Christen Hammons is the Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company and Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio, Bella Grace, Book of Lists, Field Guide to Everyday Magic, The Cozy Issue, and GreenCraft. She lives in Orange County with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
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