The cards that the team at A Day for Daisies made for the article are so gorgeous!
I printed it at 70% for this card:
It's coloured with these copic markers... skin: shaded with E00 Skin white & C1 cool gray no.1. blush on cheeks: E50 pinkish white hair: W1 Warm Gray No.1; W3 Warm Gray No.3; touches of Y02 Canary Yellow (on a clear blender pen); YG91 Putty; W7 Warm Gray No.7; E44 Clay; E49 Dark Bark; 100 Black background: BG10 Cool Shadow.
The embossed background was made using white cardstock embossed with Sizzix Tropical Paisley folder that was slathered in Gesso. Here's how:
Step 1) Pressure emboss a piece of cardstock in an embossing folder.
Step 2) Apply gesso or paint to an old plastic gift card.
Step 3) Swipe the paint on the cardstock, over the raised areas of the embossing.
Step 4) Allow it to dry to the touch (don't worry about buckling). Tip: You can speed up drying time with a blow dryer (the kind you use for your hair) but heat guns may cause paint to bubble. :-)
Step 5) You can straighten it out easily: Once it's dry to the touch, set your painted embossed piece under something flat & heavy (like a stack of books).
I like to use my embossing machine. With a plate under it. It has just the right weight and is always within reach.
You could do this with any punched shape, really. It's a bit time consuming, but it's quite easy and in the end you have something that's a little out of the ordinary. And I'm probably stating the obvious here, but you can save time by only adding flowers to the areas that show on your card.
Don't have Photoshop?
You could simply print & cut them and stick them on the image.
if you need a quick card & don't want to be fussy cutting.
or you can find the blank overlay here on flickr.
New to making papers?
You might want to check out this tutorial for filling with pattern in Photoshop
or this one using Gimp (which is a free program).
And here's the inside of the card:
Just some tiny graph paper in light turquoise,
with a simple little strip of rainbow and a row of more punched flowers.
Here's the strip, in case you might like to use it:
like some tips on printing, please just let me know
Hope you're enjoying your day, ox
P.S. You might like to know that all of the images in the 'I Love...' collection come on a free CD with the magazine. It's such a great bargain. (You can also find them individually here and as a collection here.)