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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Paper Tole and Card Making with Joy Clair Designs

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! I am excited to be guest designing for Joy Clair Designs for their new release. So many gorgeous images! I used to do paper tole many years ago. When I saw this floral spray in the Forever Moments digital stamp set, I knew right away what I wanted to do with it.

I printed the image on Bristol Smooth card stock three times ... YES! Three times! One image would serve as the base, one for the stem and buds and the last for the flowers. The images were painted with Karin markers. I began with the base by fussy cutting it and painting the leaves with three shades of green. Because the underside images would be seen slightly when they are mounted on top of one and other, the stem and flowers were also painted BUT with one colour ... and quickly! The marker was applied and colour smoothed out the the water brush pen. That's it! For the second layer, I trimmed off all the leaves and painted the stem and flowers. The stem and buds were coloured more carefully with a couple of tones of colour but the flowers were completed as they were in the first layer. For the final layer, I coloured only the flowers using two tones, a darker one near the centre and blending out to a soft peach. Just the flowers were fussy cut in this final layer. Here are the colours I used:

  • Flowers and Buds - Almond, Skin

  • Leaves - Olive Black, Olive Green, Lush Green

Now the fun part .... putting the floral together. You can use foam dimensional adhesives but I prefer silicone glue ... right out of the hardware store ... thick and in a squeeze tube so it can be easily managed. The silicone allows you to tilt and position the images to give them a more natural look. I began by mounting the second layer on the base and then followed with the single flowers on top of that. As I applied the glue, I considered how I would position the blooms. I wanted the flowers to tilt upwards from the stem end so a dollop of glue was applied near the back of it. The silicone takes quite a while to set up so there is lots of time to fiddle with the images until it is pleasing to your eye.

I used Pinkfresh Studio's Slim Stitched Scallop Rectangles to die cut navy card stock and white foam. The double frame was adhered to the foam frame die cut. The rectanglular centre cut was given a cross hatch design using slightly watered down Gouache and a water colour fan brush. The panel was spattered with both black water colour paint and Gouache. To assemble the card, the foam backed frame was adhered to a card base measuring 3 3/4" by 8 3/4". The rectangular panel was recessed in the frame. The sentiment, printed on white card stock, was mounted on foam. The card was finished up with black Nuvo Crystal Drops both in the flower centres and in and around the floral spray.

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