Hi, this is my walk through guide/ card making tutorial to making a framed card like the one above, I hope you like it.
To make this card I began with an A3 piece of centura pearl cardstock, scored it in the center to make an A4 card base and then used my ink blending tool (you can also use cut and dry foam or basic make up sponges) to colour the front of the card using a green distress ink pad.
Next i took a piece of water-colour paper sized 15cm x 25cm and painted a basic background using pearlesant water-colour paints for the sky and darker matt water colours for the trees. This is easy to do even if you are not artistic, begin by selecting two colours for the sky,the easiest way to do this is to have two brushes, one for each colour and then paint in small patches of colour switching between the two and blending them together whilst the paint is still wet. (Try to begin with small areas as watercolour paint dries quickly and is much more difficult to blend the colours once dry).
When your sky layer is dry choose a darker matt colour to paint your trees in, if you are not confident about painting the trees begin with stick figure style trees and build them up until you are happy with them. Remember the background does not need to be perfect as your character will be the main focus of your card. Once finished lay to one side to dry.
Next we move on to your character, I have used one of my own designs / illustrations (a little lizard man named Mozpoz) however you could use any stamped character that you already have. You need two copies of your character, once stamped or drawn colour them in colours that compliment your background and cut them out.
Now your background should be dry and can be glued in the center of your base card using a flat glue such as photo glue, pva or double-sided tape. Next i took some green textured paper and cut wavy hill shapes in to it and layered over the background to create the ground. (inking textured paper can give nice results too)
Once this is all stuck down take one of the characters you cut out and coloured earlier and stick it on to your background (the bottom of your character lining up with the bottom of your background) once again using flat glue.
Next i used an embossing board to emboss several leaves, cut them out and coloured them using the blending tool and distress ink. If you do not like embossing or cutting out you could use embellishments that you have in your stash and you are not limited to leaves, flowers, hearts, or presents would all work well. Once you have all of your embellishments ready stick them using silicone glue, glue gel or foam pads around the edges of your main picture overlapping each other to create a frame. If you are not confident about sticking them down straight away lay them out first to be sure you like the way you have them arranged. This will give you your dimensional frame.
When you have your frame stuck in place the next step is to stick your second copy of your character over the top of the first one this time using silicone glue, glue gel or foam pads to give him a dimensional look and make him stand out. If you find it difficult to line things up i would recommend sticking to either silicone or 3d glue gel as you have greater manoeuverability with these.
Finally i used an embossing board to create scroll shapes and used individual letter stamps to stamp my greeting (you could also use any die cut greetings you have if you prefer) i used silicone glue to stick these down at a jaunty angle overlapping the frame to add to the dimensional effect of the card.
This completes your homemade card.
I hope you enjoyed my first step by step card making guide, i would love to hear any comments you have and if you have any questions i will do my best to answer them. Thanks for looking.