So I pretty much hate papercrafting - I LOVE what it looks like but I just don't get how you guys know what works together
SO anyway, I was fiddling around with my oil pastels (which I so love to do) and hit upon my easy-peasy method of card making. Eventually I'll try it with other choices, but today I stuck with roses since they're both easy and distinct...
I made three, each slightly different; two of mine are designed for Mother's Day and one is a thank you note though I think these are totally appropriate for any occasion as long as the recipient likes flowers
The colors are really much more vivid in real life.
So easy, kids can do them, you can use materials on hand (for many crafters) and seriously, you CANNOT screw them up!
1. Oil pastels (or even crayons) - grab a couple of colors and scribble. Seriously. It's totally cool if some of the colors blend together. I used a sketch pad; pretty much any kind of non-resistant paper should work so no magazines but yes to old newsprint!
2. Search online for a rose outline (or the outline of whatever you want to make).
3. Freehand it with a black oil pastel. With roses, this is super easy since they just build up and get bigger as they go around. Again, this is super, super easy - you are not looking to duplicate an actual rose, just mimic the shape.
4. For the background, I used soft pastels, smoothed out with a little water (I never knew until a few months ago that you can use soft pastels like paints; now I love them - *so* much easier to control than watercolors!). I did the same with the stems. Any heavy paper should do fine (watercolor paper's ideal but Bristol paper or even cardstock should be great).
5. Assemble! I liked having them reach a bit over onto the white edges but you certainly don't have to do that. If you do smaller roses, you could put a bunch of them on or make a little heart shape with a rose outline
6. Add a sentiment. I grabbed my trusty black fine marker. You can write on the card or in the card. In the one example you'll see, I even outlined the matte in black. For any of this, black's great to use since it works with the outline of the rose. I liked the black-outlined matting since it plays up the stained-glass look of it all.