Hello Oddies, Melissa here today to share a simple trick that will help you create a great cloud background for your cards or layouts.
Not much required in the way of supplies; just scissors, pale blue ink pad and dauber, plus some type of sturdy paper which will become a template. I used Shrinky Dinks ink jet paper because it’s sturdy, and a bit transparent. I like to be able to see what’s underneath when I’m working. My ink pad is Memento summer sky.
Starting with the shrinky paper I cut out some different sized ‘hills’ which will become the top of my template.
Once I had my template cloud top cut out I trimmed the paper so it would be easier to work with. Next, I took my 3 colored digital images, and cut a background paper piece. Digital images used are Shy Bunny and 2 critters from Spring Parade.
Clouds are easy to make. Using your template, position it where you would like (I start at the bottom and make my way up, that way the completed area is mostly covered while I keep daubing) and then daub the blue ink over the cut edge.
You don’t want to go straight across the paper, you want to move your paper and template around so you get partial cloud areas, then another partial area, and so on. I recommend playing with it on scrap paper before you actually use it. There isn’t much of a learning curve but better safe than sorry! When you see your colored images, you adjust your template so you stop inking before you get to them.
I added ‘paper grass’ when I started with the ink because I knew I wanted them on a little hill. Once I had the clouds finished I trimmed up the scene to the size I wanted and created my card. Remember to keep your template for future cloudy projects.