Good Monday Morning, people! I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. The weather here in North Carolina was absolute perfection…not too hot, a lovely breeze and low humidity. We were out walking at the park on Saturday when it hit me: the first day of summer is this Friday! Whoa! This year is moving full speed ahead. So, in the spirit of oncoming summer, I want to share my Almost Summer Dragonfly Collage Card with you today. It’s another note card, done in a collage style.
A quick word about collage:
Here’s a great definition of collage from Wikipedia:
- A form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing.
- A composition made in this way
It’s no secret that I love collage. But a collage can quickly become a hot mess if you are not careful. One of the most important principles is to make sure that you have a strong focal point in your composition. Here, the dragonfly stamp takes center stage. Adding the Stickles to the wings and mounting it on the burlap panel reinforces its central role. The other important principle that makes a collage work is to have the elements touch one another and lead the eye through the piece. First you see the dragonfly wings, then the keys, then the key hanging from the twine and then the sentiment, stamp and rhinestone, then you see the key hanging on the string again and back to the dragonfly wings, closing the circle.. It’s a pretty simple composition, but all the pieces are connected. OK, class dismissed! LOL
Building your Summer Dragonfly Collage
I used a wonderful collage stamp from Hampton Art to create this 5×7″ dragonfly card. The stamp was inked up with Versamark, then stamped onto watercolor paper. It was heat embossed with copper embossing powder. I used Distress Stains in Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavender, and Shabby Shutters to color the image. The great thing about coloring over a heat embossed image is that the embossing resists the ink, leaving your image intact while creating a quick and easy background. One of the keys was fussy cut from the image and backed with cardstock for extra strength. A hole was punched in the top of the key, and a strand of burlap was run through this. The collage was torn from the watercolor paper, the edges were inked and distressed and then mounted on complimentary cardstock, which was also distressed.
The wings were treated with a little Diamond Stickles to give them that ethereal feel that dragonfly wings have. This whole section was then mounted onto a panel of 4″ wide burlap ribbon from May Arts using dimensionals from Stampin’ Up. This was set aside to dry while the card base was quickly assembled.
Building the card base:
For the base, I started with a 5×7 kraft card, A piece of pretty turquoise and aqua designer paper from K and Company was cut to 4 3/4×6 3/4″. This was stitched in an irregular pattern using brown thread. I used my tool kit from Paper Wishes to shape a piece of beautiful summery green Pistachio card stock from Stampin’ Up. I used Pumice Stone ink to lightly stamp a portion of the collage stamp onto this panel, then pierced around the edges. I mounted it on tan Core’dinations cardstock, sanded the edges then inked them with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. More burlap strands were tied around this panel, and I added the key. I stamped the word “dream” onto a piece of cardstock and mounted it on the same tan cardstock, cutting a fishtail on one end. Then I pulled out a cancelled postage stamp and a rhinestone to complete the base of the card. (I save all my interesting postage stamps…they are fun additions to collages, especially when they’ve been cancelled.)
That’s it for me today, folks. I hope I shared some useful information about collage with you. Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for all the lovely, encouraging comments you leave here. They make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,