Saturday, February 18, 2017

Touch the Stars // Card Tutorial

First things first, people.  What in the world.  Honeybabes, it's been over a month since I done blessed you with my presence.  I don't even have a fabulous excuse either.

And speaking of taking forevah to get things done, the card featured in this post, and the others like it, are cards I made back in, um, October.

Anna was disappointed with the utter cheesiness of the card, but you know what?  I'm a cheesy individual, and I'm gonna make cheesy cards sometimes.

Blank card
Something x 5 1/2 inch cardstock panel
Black extra fine sharpie
Star stamp
Stamp ink (or acrylic paint)
Paint brush
On the panel, draw a girl reaching up to the sky.  I started with the hand, because I wanted to make sure it was in the right place so I could place the star in the right place later on.
Then I continued to draw the rest of the girl.  I finished her arm, drew a simple sleeve, and then drew the back of her head, and onward.
OH YEAH, and I made sure to draw her far enough to the side that I could add words on the other side.  Which, by the way, is supah to the dupah fun.  I'm into it.
I'm getting better at this typography and fake calligraphy stuff, so what I can do now is better than this stuff from October, but I actually really like the imperfectness of this.
OOH!  LOOK AT IT!  It's my stamp!  I made it!  Out of a cork!
I used both ends of the cork too!  This end didn't work too well, unfortunately, but that's ookey.
Now blob some o' dat ink on dat stamp.
I used my finger to rub it to the edges of the stamp.  It was still really thick on ther' though.
 So I stamped it upon that card, right above the hand.
And then I had plenty left to stamp a second time on another piece of paper, for another card.
You can see that there was a lot of ink on the stamp by the darker edges around the stamped image.
I don't exactly remember doing this, but it looks like I removed some of that thick ink from around the edge, with the stamp itself.  (I do remember that.)

And then I drew some fun clouds up above, and the shoot-y things out from the star, and added a dotty border.  This works a whole lot bettah if the ink is dry, by the way.
Now the panel is finished, and we can deal with the card.  Using a flat, watercolor brush, I dipped it right into the opening of the tube and painted horizontal strokes along the left and right edges of the card, making sure to go towards the center at least half an inch so that the panel would cover ever'thin'.
As I said in the supplies list, you could also use acrylic paint for this, and it might even work better, as it would dry quicklier {definitely a word}.  I just didn't.  But acrylic paint is the bomb.
When that and the panel are dry (and please do make sure they're dry), you can glue on the panel.
HEY LOOK it's done.
This is the original card I made, before I made another to do a tutorial on.
I made a total of...six?  I thought I made eight.  But the picture only has six.  Anywho, I made a bunch, and on one, I drew a boy instead of a girl, which, looking back, was kinda dumb.  These cards are supah girly and should not be sent to any boy.  Oh weell.  Heh, and that boy one is the only one I  haven't used yet......

On some of these, I wrote "reach for the stars" instead of "touch the stars."  Gots to have variety.
Do you think this is just way too cheesy for life?  I agree it is cheesy.  Have you ever made a cork stamp?


  1. This might be my favoritist card you've made, Maggie!!

  2. And what's wrong with cheesy? ;) No, I think it's a really cute card, and I like the message. I'd attempt it myself except I'm not brilliant at drawing or sketching, so who knows what it would turn out like.

    And, it's nice to see you posted - I do miss your creative inspiration and sense of humour. :)

    1. You're right - NOTHIN'! Thanks so much, Jessica! Aw, I bet it would still look fab!

      Oh I know, it's been WAY too long! Hahaha, and glad to know you missed my humour! :) Thank you so much for the comment!

  3. Even though it is cheesy, it's very pretty, and I would never be creative or coordinated enough to make it, so very good job, Maggie.

    1. Haha! Well thank youuuu. XP Cooridianted? I didn't think that had to do with it, but I suppose it does! Thanks for commenting, Anna!

  4. What would life be without a little cheese? Not a pizza, for sure. And then, what would be the point--Life without pizza is pointless!

    But seriously, I have a poem, "Voyage of Night", whose first line starts "I travel through the endless, starry maze / Of works beyond the misty realm of days..." If you want to perfect this card tutorial, I'd be happy to post it on my blog to accompany the poem!

    1. HA! I love the way you think! Me like pizza!

      Ooh, that sounds great! And then I could add that onto this post! Thanks for commenting, Clara!

  5. Super cute, Maggie! Nice work! I love how creative it is too!


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