Feb 19, 2019

Learning Through Inspiration: Natasha Valkovskaya (Day 2)

This is part of a series of improving my cardmaking by studying other designer's cards. You can find out more about this series here.
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Today I'm focusing on a card by Natasha that I saw on her Instagram feed. It's another beauty!! Thank you again Natasha for permitting me to post your cards on my blog.

NATASHA'S CARD


WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS CARD

  • Everything
  • Natasha used an acrylic block to color the top part of the card and the flowers. This creates the light open feeling that I love.
  • Black + White + One bright color = A Winner
  • The flowers are placed in a way that move your eye around the sentiment. 
MY CARD




WHAT I LEARNED
  • Still love the look created by using an acrylic block, but haven't quite mastered it. But I can mimic it by using the (no longer available) Ranger Distress Stains to color paper. It doesn't produce the same look, but I like it. Just lightly rub the dauber bottle across the paper. 
  • If I had to do it again, and I will, I'd stamp a flower off the edge. That would help with the "flow" of the images. Placing these images was difficult. I moved them around quite a bit.
  • Using the Modern Graphics dotted paper designed by Julie Ebersole adds to the interest of this card. I was surprised that this patterned paper could handle some Distress Stain. Love it!
  • I had been browsing floral sets, feeling like I had "none." Turns out I have more than none floral sets! 
My supplies: Altenew Bamboo Rose stamp set; Modern Graphics paper; Versafine Onyx ink; Mermaid Lagoon Ranger Distress Stain; detail scissors; foam tape.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy! 

I'll be taking a break from this Learning Through Inspiration series and will be posting other cards, but I'll be returning to it in a bit. Very gratified by the response to the series. I read every comment and am putting together a blog post just on the comments I've received here on the blog, as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and privately.

Thanks!

10 comments:

  1. I have really been enjoying your "learning through inspiration" series. It encouraged me to try the watercoloring via acrylic block. I actually loved it. I have created 3 backgrounds so far and will turn them into cards next. I played around with some shimmer sprays which to me were trickier than the stamping with the block. I can't seem to get a nice amount of speckles - comes out too heavy on the spray or not enough. I think I will have to try flicking with a brush instead. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  2. I have a drawer full of Distress Stains--I'm SO sad they were discontinued. I loved them and they're one of the few Distress products I actually used--and used A LOT. I don't think I can part with them. And now I wanna pull them out and try this. LOL!

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  3. I love your inspiration series, but I hope you also will just let your muse take over! You are very talented and there are many who look to you for inspiration! Hugs.

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  4. Love your inspiration series! It's very helpful to read and see how others get inspiration.

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  5. I really, really like your card!!

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  6. Love the look of the Distress stain. You created your own look. I'm so intrigued by your struggle-plagued experience with the blocks that I think I need to try it. I've used inks on blocks to make smooshy backgrounds, but have never tried a border. I like your style, Joan. Always have.

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  7. I've learned so much through your series and so enjoy the beautiful cards you've made! Thank you!

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  8. I really like the way the flowers echo the blue strip at the top. I'm not good at monochrome cards myself, but I'll certainly be remembering this.

    I used to struggle a lot with acrylic block backgrounds - using distress inks. I've found it far, far easier with the DOX.But for an even lighter look, I think smooshing ink on thin acetate and then applying the acetate to the paper works well and gives control.

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