Do you ever sit down to make something and end up making something else? (All the time, right?) Well, that's what happened with this card. I was trying to make a couple of cards using some monoprints I created (I'll talk about them in a different post), and they just weren't coming together. So I switched gears and made this card which I plan to send to a friend. She loves the color purple and I know she will get a kick out of the little girl on the front. I've nicknamed her Celie, after the character in The Color Purple.
The background started with my monoprint. To that I added a strip of vintage sheet music (my friend is a classically-trained vocalist) and a circular graph cut from a vintage engine manual (just guessing here, but my friend probably knows little about vintage engines, or modern engines, for that matter). The sentiment and the Celie "paper doll" are Tim Holtz products. The butterfly is a rub-on by 7 Gypsies. To age the papers, I sponged distress inks around the edges. A dark charcoal pencil was used to outline the sentiment and Celie; a blending stump and my fingers helped to smudge the charcoal. Because of the charcoal, this card got a quick spritz of acrylic sealant as a final layer.
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Purple and white cardstock by Bazzill; monoprint on Strathmore bristol vellum paper using purple acrylic paint; vintage sheet music and graphic illustration from my stash; sentiment and paper doll by Tim Holtz; butterfly rub-on by 7 Gypsies; mustard seed and walnut stain distress ink; dark charcoal pencil.