If you watched my recent Zig Marker Comparision Studio Monday video for Simon Says Stamp, you may remember these fruits from that video. In the video I demonstrated the Zig Felt and Real Brush markers, covering their differences and what techniques I liked best for each. Both markers are great for water coloring, which is how the fruits in these cards were colored.
These cards – like I mentioned above – are clean and simple. While they carry the simplistic style, they also feature a few important details that make the whole design work. Let’s touch on a few of those details…
One of the first details I added to these cards was Woodgrain cardstock. This cardstock is white, so the texture is subtle. You could intensify the appearance by adding ink over top. But I love using this for adding subtle effects. And paired with the fruits, the woodgrain texture adds a “natural” feel to the whole design.
To further extend that natural feel, I used Neenah Desert Storm cardstock for the card bases. The soft, kraft color goes really well with the fruits as a nice neutral and lets the colors stand out.
Another set of details added to these cards was the dimensional dots on the fruits. Those were created with Nuvo Gloss Drops in Green Apple, Red Berry and Dandelion. The addition of the dots makes the fruits have a glossy, dimensional feel; it kind of reminds me of moisture and I think adds a lot to the look of the fruits.
A final, impacting detail on these cards was the way the banners got adhered. I could have attached them flat to the apple and have been done. But to make things a bit more interesting, I adhered the center of the banner with some dimensional dots from ThermoWeb; then along both sides, I used a small flat adhesive dot to make the ends flush on the card. This created a curved effect that made a difference in the overall design of the card.