Mixed-media – the term seemed quite frightening to me and brought to mind complex art journalling, and yet when I thought about it, I’ve been using a type of mixed-media for years. After all, the definition is “more than one medium used in creation”. This card, uses ink blending, heat embossing, stencilling, and die-cutting and so does fit the definition. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
I don’t’ think I’ll ever go down the ‘full-on” mixed-media route, but I like this pared-down version.
- Simon Says Stamp Daisy Bouquet Stencil
- Simon Says Stamp Devonshire Butterfly Die
- Simon Says Stamp You are Background
- Simon Says Stamp Just Because Word Mix 2 set
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- On a piece of watercolour card, blend Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw) to create a hazy light background of colour. Add light watercolour layers too for interest.
- Treat the card with antistatic powder and partially stamp the You Are Background in Versamark ink, and white heat emboss.
- Spray the back of the Daisy Bouquet stencil with a repositionable adhesive and lay over the card. Swipe through areas of the stencil with white embossing paste. The Distress Inks react a little with the paste and soften the colour. Let the first layer dry and then repeat for a second layer, letting the paste overlap the first layer.
- Splatter with leftover paint, ink, white gouache, and gold paint.
- Trim the panel to be just smaller than an A2 card base and foam mount to a card cut and scored from Fog card.
- Die-cut the Devonshire Butterfly die from Ivory card and foam mount on the panel.
- Add jewels and pearls to the body of the butterfly to decorate.
- On a piece of Ivory card, stamp a greeting from the Just Because Word Mix 2 set in Versamark ink and heat emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder. Die-cut with the matching die.
- Foam mount the greeting top left of the card.
- Embellish with Bubblegum Blush and Fairy Wings droplets and Eggshell Pearls.
What I like about this background is the way everything fades and blends. Your eye wanders over the detail as it moves from one element to another – the text fading out along the one side, the embossed stencil design hinting at daisies that overlap and of course my love of a soft watercolour background to compliment the white highlights. One thing I debated for a long time was whether to embellish the butterflies body, but I love how it came out in the end, particularly the layering of the Rose Triad and the Eggshell Pearl.
Thinking of previous examples of mixed-media, my mind immediately went to the background of this card using Nuvo Expanding Mousse over a stamped and watercoloured background which created a moody feeling to the girl with the umbrella from the Follow The Rainbows set. You can find the original post here.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D