Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Digis with Polka Dot Orchard

Good Morning, friends! Happy Tuesday!
I couldn't wait to share todays card with you.  Just look at this incredibly beautiful hummingbird from Polka Dot Orchard. One of the best things I could have done for my cardmaking/paper-crafting career was learning how to work with digital images. I am still learning!
Both the image and the design are from the digi set called Spread Your Wings. I can not encourage you enough to add this set to your digital image collections. All of the digital/printable images from PDO are such high crisp quality.
This card was an absolute joy to color. So many images allows such creativity! As I am writing this I notice that my sentiment is not centered. Ha. You know what. I am not at all bothered by it. I love it so much. Imperfections bring character. And character, beauty.  I'll just pay closer attention to the next one. ;)
 I colored the hummingbirds with Zig Kuretake real color brush pens. I finally mastered how to use them without water a couple weeks ago and I've been coloring like crazy! So much joy it brings! The only thing I used water on was the shadow underneath the birds. I needed it to fade out more than my lightest grey would allow.
Did you know?? You can print on vellum and heat emboss while the ink is still wet!
I discovered this a few moths ago and it is a game changer when working with digis! Do you see the beautiful gold splatters? Splatters, of all colors, add the perfect element to such a large and open background.
Details on how I created this card:
  • After multiplying and resizing the image, (with help from a dear friend) I printed this layout onto Bristol Smooth. (It is the very best paper for using your Zigs on as it doesn't absorb right away and it is incredibly smooth.)
  • I colored/blended these using Zigs. Once dry, I splattered gold watercolor ink using #903 from Kuretake Gansai Tambi
  • I printed the sentiment on vellum from PTI. In my opinion it is the very best vellum for printing on. As soon as it printed I heat embossed in clear gloss embossing powder from WOW. I trimmed to desired size and wrapped it around my finished panel. I almost always wrap my vellum and attach to the back with an inexpensive scotch tape . This avoids the use of  need to use an adhesive on the front of the card.
  • Next, I popped up the panel with a foam adhesive to a vertical A2 card base.
  • Finally, I attached my card insert that I will write my message on. I always add a folded insert to my cards. I love the finishing touch it brings to the overall feel of the card.
I do believe this is one of my absolute favorite cards. It is pretty clean and simple, yet has so much eye catching detail.
I hope you enjoy these creations as much as I enjoyed creating them!
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Thanks for spending time with me today!

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Be blessed, friends!

Bobbie Sue
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  1. I LOVE what you did with that hummingbird digi --- genius idea and beautiful card!

  2. Gorgeous, gorgeous card! These humming birds really fly! Great work!