Oh, I can see myself diving into a major mixed media rabbit hole! Do you know that feeling when you can’t get enough, and you want to research, experiment and explore? I had this feeling when I found watercolours for the first time, and mixed media for me seems to be an extension of that. There’s all the watery goodness but so much more added to that too. I’ve linked all supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
Before I jump into more details about this card, I want to introduce you to the new August Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp.
This kit is for all you primary colour lovers! There are lots of lovely scene building options with the kit stamp sets and all the cute Doodlebug stickers and icons. I’m drawn to the Hello Sunshine stamp set – fabulous summery images to play with and great sentiments too.
ATTEMPTING MIXED MEDIA
I’m struggling to get good photos of all the detail – something I need to work on, but there’s heat embossed text, heat embossed botanicals, texture paste through a stencil, watery layers, a sprinkling of platinum embossing, a beautiful leaf die-cut stitched down, twine dipped in ink and a heat embossed vellum butterfly to top it all off!
- Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies
- Simon Says Stamp Thank You Text
- Tim Holtz Mini Media Marks
- Simon Says Stamp Leafy Branch
- Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil
- Distress Inks – Tumbled Glass & Pumice Stone
- Distress Oxide Inks – Tumbled Glass & Pumice Stone
STEP BY STEP HOW TO
- On a piece of Fabriano watercolour card, stamp the Simon Says Stamp Thank You Text and a leaf sprig from Tim Holtz’ Mini Media Marks in Versamark ink and white heat emboss.
- On a slick craft mat, rub Pumice Stone ink and Pumice Stone Distress Oxide ink and spritz with water. Dip the watercolour card into the puddles.
- Dry the card with a heat tool and then rub Tumbled Glass Distress ink and Oxide ink onto the mat, spritz with water and dip the card into the puddles.
- Keep dipping and drying the card until you have a nice layer of colour over the embossing.
- While areas of the card are still damp, sprinkle Ranger Platinum embossing powder and heat set.
- Liberally splatter with white gouache.
- Die-cut the Simon Says Stamp Leafy Branch from a watercolour card, splatter with water and sprinkle with Platinum embossing powder. Tap off excess and heat set.
- Sew the branch die-cut to the panel.
- Place areas of the Bubble stencil over the card and swipe through Opaque Matte Texture Paste. Leave to dry.
- Trim the panel to fit an A2 Ivory card base and adhere with foam tape.
- Dip twine in droplets of Pumice Stone Distress ink and leave to dry. When dry, loop on the card and adhere with Multi Medium Matte.
- Stamp a butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies set in Versamark ink on Vellum and heat emboss with Platinum embossing powder.
- Trim around the butterfly and adhere to the card with a glue dot over the twine.
- Stamp a greeting from the Beautiful Butterflies set in Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide and sprinkle with clear embossing powder and heat set.
- Trim out the sentiment strip and adhere to the card with foam adhesive.
- Embellish with Eggshell Pearls and Nuvo Duck Egg droplets.
Oh, texture, texture, texture – I’m loving it! There are lots of layers on layers to really give you something to look at and touch too. The texture is all about touch, the smooth patches from the embossing, the soft bubbles from the stencilling, the extra layers of leafy die-cut with stitching and the twine looping around under the butterfly with wings lifted as if ready for flight. Moving forward, I want to keep all of these elements but perhaps condense them into more of a focal point. White space that’s my focus next.
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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