Ok I just had to show you how easy it is to make this cloud paper that I used in my card in the previous post. You need very little supplies and it's very quick.
You can buy cloud templates but they really are very easy to make yourself. I used a 5 1/2" x 4" piece of cardstock and loosely drew some curvy lines to resemble clouds, make sure it's not too uniform.
Cut out your cloud template, this is going to be your mask.
That was easy right! Now to get inking. I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and a blending tool.
Don't worry if you don't have a blending tool, you can used a piece of foam sponge or a small square of felt rolled up into a ball. You want something that will give you a nice soft blend.
Once you've inked up your blending tool, it's very important NOT to place it directly on your page to be inked first (that would be too much ink) so start inking the mask and rub in a circular motion out over the edge of the mask. The key to this is a soft look, you can always add more. Just hold the mask in place with your other hand.
Now move your mask over, you can vary the angle and just use sections of the mask for a more natural look, you want this to look random. Repeat the inking and circular blending motion. Make sure when you're inking you don't go too far and ink over the straight edge.
Keep moving the mask up the page, adding clouds. Always remembering to place the inked tool on the mask first and blend outwards over the edge from there.
I usually work on a larger piece of paper or cardstock than my actual finished project is going to be, it always looks better cropped to size.
So once you've added all your clouds, get your blending tool, don't add any more ink just use the residue and go back and soften some of the edges, you don't need the mask for this bit. This softens the whole look.
Crop your cloud paper to suit your project and that's it! I told you it was easy! Have fun making your cloud paper!
Here's the card I used it on.