I have always been a doodler, but I really got into it a couple of years ago when the Dreamweaver Design Team was invited to create some Zentangle images using stencils as our jumping off point. It was so much fun! Be sure to see Zentangle 6 for our creations (I have two cards in there!). I took a class from a ZCT and the rest is history, I have been combining Tangles and stencils ever since. Stencils and open stamps are perfect for adding beautiful patterns.
Today I'm sharing a card I created a while back using stencils and Tangles as the focal point and some of Dreamweaver's great background patters behind it.
The great background pieces are, from the upper left going clockwise, LJ913 Houndstooth, LJ915 Opto Checkerboard, LJ912 Triangle weave, and LJ914 Herringbone. Those were dry embossed through a machine using white cardstock and a rubber embossing mat. The stencils are the perfect size for a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of paper, so I always do a whole piece, brush color on using an ink pad (I used Distress inks on these) and 1/2" stencil brush, then cut it to the size I need, then touch up the edges again. That way I can use the scraps for another project!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to doodle so I had to (yes, HAD TO, I couldn't help myself!) create a piece using a stamp from Stampdendous too.
|Jumbo Leaves CRS5052 - used the Maple leaf from the set|
|Here's a close up!|
For this, I inked the stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black, stamped it on cream cardstock, and did my Tangles using a Micron 005 black pen.
To finish it off, I colored the leaf with PITT Pastel Pencils from Faber-Castell, and used a paper blending stump to blend the colors. I used the red/yellow set for the leaf and corners, and the gray from the neutrals set to shade a little on the edges of the leaf. Just using my finger, I could move a little of the color off to the background to soften the look. If you haven't tried these pencils yet, they are awesome! The three Candis were originally white, so I colored them with a Journaling PITT Artist Pen in Sanguine (a gorgeous color), also from Faber-Castell.
After matting the leaf on black, then a rust cardstock, I sprinkled one corner with Fran-tage aged copper embossing enamel and Bronze glass glitter (both from Stampendous), and heated it from below. Attached the leaf to a black card base. The saying is from the Life Words set (SSC1213).
Even if you aren't a doodler, but like to color, we have the solution for you! Our great Cling Pen Pattern Leaves already have the patterns and you just have to color! And even better, there's a matching die set.
Stop over at the Stampendous blog for some Doodlie Doo goodness, and check back all week from more fun creations from our team!