Our aptly named Cozy Up paper collection captures the familiar fondness autumn brings, including those warm, comforting colors and themes that draw us in.
Today we will be focusing on the Cozy Up cardmaking workshop and a few sponging techniques, inspired by the changing colors in the natural world around us. Be sure to visit our website, however, to see all that the Cozy Up collection has to offer. From patterned papers and cardstock to stamps, dies, svg files, and more! This comfy and intimate collection of papercrafting products is one that you will want to bundle your relationships and memories in, whether it’s through cardmaking, scrapbooking, or any other papercrafting project. So, get cozy, and take a look!
The cards made from the Cozy Up cardmaking workshop are absolutely stunning! Even though it’s not quite autumn yet, as creators and artists, we crave to witness and get inspired by these transitional months—and we certainly were! By applying a few ink sponging techniques, we were able to mimic the changing leaf colors we love.
Believe it or not, the leaves in both cards started out white! Using the coordinating set of stamps and dies only available through the workshop kit, we first die cut the shapes out of White Daisy cardstock, then stamped the leafy details with Mocha ink, and finished by sponging on Honey Butter, Paprika, and Rosemary inks.
To achieve the multicolored leaves, we applied one ink color at a time, using the round edge of a wedge cut out from a sponge, overlapping the colors where they meet. This is a technique that really can’t be messed up, and the results are very rewarding!
We used the same sponging technique in this next card.
You’ll notice that we skipped the stamping in one of the leaves on this card and drew stems in with a white gel pen.
Making this one leaf different and then placing it along the bottom, with the others stacked on top with foam tape, adds a different layer of dimension. This time, it’s a visual dimensional effect. This bottom leaf, because it lacks the same level of detail as the ones raised above it, gives the illusion that it must be further away.
The fourth card from the Cozy Up cardmaking workshop is a tall, slimline card.
Not only did we sponge the leaves, as you’ve seen us do in the other cards from this workshop, but we did so while simultaneously creating the beautiful background!
Our Creative Arts Manager, Karen Pederson, shows us in the video below exactly how to create this look!
For additional details on the Cozy Up cardmaking workshop, download the free guide, below!