For this outing into the world of collage I thought a good place to start was using the ’10 Minute Collage’ Technique (sometimes known as Take 10 Technique or 10 from 1 Sheet Technique)

For those of us who are afraid to try collage I think this is a very good place to start because you don’t feel like you are actually creating a collage!

The reason Ive called it the 10 Minute Collage is because when you stamp your collage sheet you need to work as quickly as possible – no thinking allowed. Just stamping 🙂

I find it best to work as quickly as possible because it adds to the randomness of this technique and you dont stress over the small details, instead you are concentrating on filling in all the small spaces on your card sheet.

However when it comes to making the actual cards you made using this technique it will take you a little longer than 10 minutes 😉

Read on for more details on what to do…

What You Will Need:

  • A4 Sheet Cream Card Stock (average printer sized sheet)
  • Black Dye Based Ink Pad (I used Memories)
  • Rubber Stamps to a specific theme – pick out approx 5 – 8 different stamps in different sizes. (I chose a time theme)
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Colorbox Options Paint Box Inkpad – or any rainbow or pigment ink pads (for the coloured background)
  • 10 Minute Collage Template
  • Paper Trimmer or Craft Knife, Cutting Mat and Ruler
  • Black and Dark Colour Papers (for layering)
  • Card Blanks
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Embellishments

How To Create:

First of all you need to print the 10 Minute Collage Template onto a sheet of paper. Set this aside and don’t think about it till after!

Secondly; Ive named this technique the 10 Minute Collage because it enables you to stamp and create collages in under 10 minutes – please note however it depends on how fast you can stamp!! The actual card making and assembly time will take a little longer! 🙂

Stamping The 10 Minute Collage:

Now take your large sheet of CREAM card stock – you are going to STAMP it 🙂

First of all let me explain why you are working with cream card stock instead of white.

I’ve found when making collage type cards that it’s better to stamp on colour card stock as opposed to white.

The reason for that is – when you smoosh and add your inkpad colours to the card – you don’t have to work quite so hard to get a nice even background colour.

If you use white – the background is very stark and you need to add a LOT more ink to cover this up!

Therefore if you use colour card stock you don’t have to work quite so hard; the added bonus is that you don’t run your inkpads out as much either! Any light colour card stock will do – or darker for that matter; tan, pink, blue, green etc etc. Cream is my favourite so we are using that!

Right now to STAMP….

1.     On your sheet of cream card, start with your largest rubber stamp, and randomly stamp the largest stamp on your sheet of card stock approx 3-4 times – less if it’s a very large stamp.

Stamping Tips:

You want the images to be really spaced out, vary the angles which you stamp at – i.e. move the stamp around in different directions. Don’t be afraid to stamp UPSIDE DOWN! Remember you can stamp OFF the card stock too! Don’t over think – just stamp!

2.     Next take the next size down stamp and stamp this a couple of times across the sheet – again vary the angles you stamp at and don’t be afraid to stamp upside down! Repeat this step using the next size down stamp and continue until you come to your smallest stamps – the small tiny stamps will be your ‘space fillers’ use these to stamp in the blank un-stamped areas to fill them out a little.

Using this method you wont need to create ‘masks’ for your images as you are not overlapping any of the stamped images, also by working from the largest down to the smallest you are making sure the stamps will fit together in the spaces. If you use unmounted stamps you can control the positioning a lot better especially if you use a clear acrylic mounting method.

Allow ink to dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next step to add your background colour…

Adding Colour To The 10 Minute Collage:

Colour is the most important part of collaging – pick the wrong colours and you can end up with a colour clash! You want the colours to blend and compliment one another – you don’t want one colour fighting for attention over the others. Some people use a colour wheel to help them choose their colours – I opt for an easier method! I tend to use colours which are ‘made up’ of other colours – this is my own ‘family colour theory’ and it works for ME!

Yellow Family – Colours Are: Yellows, Oranges, Browns and Greens – all these colours work well together because they are all yellow based colours – in other words to get the colour orange you need to add red and YELLOW. To mix green you need to add blue and YELLOW – they share the colour YELLOW. I call this my ‘Yellow Family’ and use these types of colours together…bear in mind there are plenty of different shades of yellows, oranges, browns and greens so you can come up with lots of different styles and colour schemes.

Red Family – Colours Are: Reds, Purples, Oranges and Pinks – This is my ‘Red Family’; all the colours in this family have the colour RED in them and therefore they go well together and compliment one another.

Blue Family – Colours Are: Blue, Purple, Greens – My ‘Blue Family’ all of these shades of colours use blue so therefore they work well together.

Finally you can mix your families together! But be careful not to cause family rows 🙂 as not all colours are compatible! However both the blue family and the yellow family get along well with the Red family!

White and Black can be added to any of the colour families – they are neutral colours and therefore don’t clash instead they highlight and bring contrast to the colours. Don’t be afraid to use black and white – remember they are colours too!

Starting with your lightest colour first, tap your cosmetic sponge into your inkpads and apply colour over the entire surface of the card – literally rub it all over – don’t be afraid of adding colour – the more the better!! I tend to start with a nice yellow and then work my way up in darkness’s, after yellow I tend to apply random areas of orange, and greens and browns – smoosh a little here and a little there so that you have little bursts of colour over the page. Don’t be afraid of adding colour – it won’t hurt you J It’s your friend! The more colour you add the more striking your overall collage. See below to see what my collage sheet looked like after Id stamped and added colour to it:

Now for the FUN PART!

Cutting The Collage Sheet Up:

1.     Take the sheet of paper with the printed template on it which you printed earlier and place it over the top of your collage sheet so you can see the lines.

2.     Now if you are using a paper trimmer – place both the printed template sheet and the stamped collage on your cutter and cut along all the lines on the paper – the jagged line is a TEAR LINE so you need to tear this to separate (don’t be neat when you tear!)

If you don’t have a paper trimmer – do the same as above only with your craft knife and ruler!

3.     Once you’ve cut apart your collage sheet you then use the cut out sections to make at LEAST 10 different collage style cards! See all the card samples on this page for examples on how to layer. I find you get a better contrast if you mount the collage pieces onto black or dark card stock.

This is one of the very easiest ways to make collage cards and is perfect if you have never tried collage before and have always wanted to try! I hope you enjoy it!

10 Minute Collage Card Gallery

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