I love the look of all the polaroid style dies and accents that I've been seeing on the paper craft blogs and Pinterest. I saw that someone had created a polaroid style focal point by masking and inking and I just had to run with it.
This is a super simple technique that really makes a card look special. To create a template, all you need to do is cut a square in the middle of a piece of card stock. I made my opening 3" x 3" but you can make yours whatever size you prefer. I cut mine with my Cricut but this is something that could be done with a large square punch, a nestabilities or any number of tools we have in our craft areas. I cut my template into the shape of a polaroid for visual purposes, but you could easily leave it larger - it probably would be easier to work with.
Apply repositionable tape to the back of a piece of white card stock. Place that on a piece of scratch paper. Place your template over the white card stock. Use painters tape (or some other, easily removable tape) to hold your template in place.
While this is all taped in place, you will need to stamp your image. I used Repeat Impressions 1601-K Bear Hug. Such an adorable image and perfect for this project.
I then colored my image with my favorite Copic markers. For the large bear, I used E31, E33 & E35. For the little bear, I used E51, E53, & E55. For the bow in her hair, I used, R22 & R24. Color your image whatever way your most comfortable - I know Copic markers are not for everyone yet I struggle with colored pencils. Always use what works best for you!
Now to create that polaroid look, carefully ink the background of your image. I used a blue for the upper half and a green for the lower half but any distress ink or chalk ink would work just fine. The point is to create that square shape to your focal point. Please be careful that your image doesn't slip as you are inking. It is easy enough to slide it right back in place and finish your inking.
You will be impressed how cute your image looks when taken out of the template. Mine doesn't look like I've inked it much at all but it shows up just fine. If yours does need additional ink, you can slide it right back under the template, line it up and add the desired effect your looking for. I trimmed the image down to a 1/4" border around the 3 narrow edges and 3/4" along the bottom edge.
It's as simple as that!!! Now all you have to do is decorate your card any way you choose. I love working with Kraft paper - that seems to be my 'go to' paper lately. I added just a couple of layers of bright color, tied some twine around the larger bottom edge and added a button. I popped the whole 'polaroid' and set it at a cute angle.
I hoped you enjoyed my project. I had a blast sharing it with you. Join us every Monday at Repeat Impressions for a new Project of the Week.