"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Friday, April 18, 2014

Artist Trading Cards

Welcome back!

Today, I'm sharing a collection of artist trading cards inspired by the colors of roses and greens found on the Signature page from the Blue Fern Garden paper collection.  The base of cards are parts of the Signature page, then applications of strips of layered papers from the same paper collection were glued down, and layers of gesso, stamping and mists were applied on top of that. The layering of strips of paper were applied so that they would not over up the pretty rose and leaf patterns on the paper.  There's some tattered lacy bits too. The little paper flowers were punched from the Signature page also.  The sweet petite window frames are from Blue Fern Studios.

Here are some close ups of the layering details on the paper and the mist application on the chipboard frames.

Treatment of the Petite Windows:  Each petite window was treated with a coat of white dauber, one light sporadic application of a light green colored chalk ink, one light sporadic application of a medium green colored chalk ink, and a light spray of a darker green glimmer mist in which I let the liquid of the mist run in various places making sure not to let it cover the entire frame. Applying the inks and mist sporadically over the frames creates interest and depth.     Some gold pen, black and white markers were used to highlight certain areas on the frame too.

Here's a picture of the Blue Fern Garden Signature page so that you can see the pretty paper I was working with.

Stop by Blue Fern Studios and checkout the paper collection, chipboard inventory, and some inspiration from the design team too.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. These are beautiful and the colours fresh and vibrant, really like them :)

  2. They are completely gorgeous, Joyce - another stunning trio - wow!
    Alison x

  3. oh my!!! S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!
    Beauifully crafted... and your backgrounds and florals are superb!