Workshop Wednesday: Inside and Out!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

As promised, I have another boy-themed card to share with you! Today’s Workshop Wednesday is all about focusing on dressing up the inside of your card as much as the outside.

When creating a card, it’s very easy to forget that the inside – where your love-felt words and well-wishes are written- is just as important as the front of your beautifully created card, and should get some well deserved love too!

For the card I have today, I wanted to do something a little different… I decided to cut the card so that the front was not quite as wide as the back of the card. I simply took a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scored it at the 5 1/4″ mark; this allowed for the front to be a fourth of an inch smaller than the backside.

Starting off with my stamping and watercoloring, I stamped the turtle and the bird from the Inky Antics “Turtle” Honeypop clear set in some JetBlack StazOn ink. Using distress inks and colored pencils (for extra shading), I watercolored the two little critters in.

For the colors, I chose:

  • Turtle Shell: Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain
  • Turtle Body and Shell Spots: Wild Honey, Peeled Paint and Worn Lipstick
  • Birdy: Broken China and Worn Lipstick
  • Grass and Sky: very light washes of Peeled Paint and Broken China
  • Shading: Dark Green (PC#908), Dark Umber (PC#947), Copenhagen Blue (PC#906) and Sunburst Yellow (PC#917)

After all my watercoloring was finished, I went to work on the sentiment. With some selective stamping and handwriting, I created the “you are turtally awesome” sentiment in the upper right corner. The reason I chose to add in some of my own handwriting was because I wanted the word “turtally” to be larger than the rest of the sentiment… It is really fun when you incorporate your own handwriting into your cards; it adds a neat feel and you can create some great custom sentiments this way.

Inside Out_5Now we are ready to move on to the inside! Adhering some green striped patterned paper to the entire inside of the card, I inked the edges of the paper in Peeled Paint ink and added some faux stitching with a white gel pen. I also cut a blue scalloped strip of paper and layered this behind my card front to finish off that edge.

Once all my patterned papers were adhered, I cut a 4″x4″ piece of watercolor paper and stamped the sentiment using selective stamping from both the “Turtle” and “Cupcake Birdy” sets (both from Inky Antics). I also stamped the bird and grass as well, and watercolored them in with the same distress inks and pencils as for the bird on the front of the card. The sentiment panel was then adhered directly to the inside of the card with regular adhesive.

Finally, some finishing touches on the inside included faux stitching on the patterned paper and the sentiment panel, as well as some blue and white Baker’s Twine wrapped a couple of times around the front of the card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Workshop Wednesday post and that it has inspired you to expand your creativity to the insides of your cards as well! Happy Creating! :)



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