Use what you have on your desk – Jowilna’s How To

How to create a ten-minute card and use what you have on your desk! I always challenge myself to use what I have – no need to go out and spend money or scratch around for hours to find something to use. Sometimes the challenge is to use what is on your desk at that moment and add nothing else.

Use What You Have - Toned Down

Have you tried this creative exercise before? Yes, you may hate the end result, but it forces you to just play and create. I used the ink colours most likely not to be used on any of my projects and did just that.

  • Step 1

    Position 2 VersaFine Clair ink colours on a piece of white cardstock and lightly apply pressure to transfer the ink onto the cardstock. Only light pressure is needed for this wet ink to make an impression on the cardstock.

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  • Step 2

    Once the ink was dry I used a small amount of white gesso and dry brushed it over the very bright colours of ink to tone it down a bit. Leave the gesso to dry.

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  • Step 3

    I wished I had black ink on my desk to stamp the sentiment in, but green it was and so I used just that. Stamp a large sentiment over the centre of the panel just created and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set the sentiment.

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  • Step 4

    Add some flowers, leaves and diamante to finish off the card panel.

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Not the prettiest card ever, but a good lesson to see how inks will react, what colours will layer really well over others and how, if forced to use a colour I don’t like as much, I can turn it into something a little subtler.

What will you create with what’s on your desk right now?

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