Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop TCW2300 Slimline Gentle Leaves
Stamp – Miss Ink Stamps – Everyday Sentiments
Posca pen – white
Acrylic paints, gel plate, archival ink
Sequins – Buttons Galore
I make lots and lots of gel prints! I like to participate in printing challenges, I teach gel printing classes and make many samples for classes, and I just love to grab a gel plate or two and experiment with inks, paint and textures. So each time I set out to make a few prints, it can end up to be many that I don’t have time to use at that very moment. So needless to say, I have a lot of potential card backgrounds available in my stash.
For this mixed media card, I grabbed a print that was already card base sized. It had interesting texture, but needed a focal point. I had this new stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop that I hadn’t used yet, so I didn’t hesitate to use it with some archival ink to add a design that worked very well with my gel print. I am always a fan of botanical designs. I wanted to make sure the stenciled design was clear on the print, so I added a bunch of dots with a white Posca paint pen. This added even more texture but added enough contrast that the leaves were better defined. Adding a stamped sentiment and some sequins made it an easy to complete the card.
Alphabet stamps – Hero Arts “ALPHABET: Letters and Numbers” and “alphabet”
Acrylic paints – Dina Wakley Media: Magenta and Tangerine
Scribble Sticks – Dina Wakley Media: Lapis, Cheddar, Tangerine
Collage tissue colored with Aladine Izink Pigment: Cactus and Topaz
Washi tape – Tim Holtz Ideaology
I created this art journal spread in my small Dylusions journal recently, inspired by Rachel Greig on Creative Jumpstart 2020. This is the third year I’ve done Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants exposure to many mixed media styles without a huge time or financial investment.
I started by applying some strokes of acrylic paint to the pages. I layered the tissue paper (that had been in a shoe box!) that I’d colored with the Aladine Izink metallic inks over the top and then added a couple of strips of washi tape to the background. Once it dried, I journaled over the entire two-page spread with a silver Signo pen and then added the cat stamp and quote, which I’d stamped onto white cardstock. I stamped the Herriot quote with Hero Arts alphabet set that I’ve had for years. (The copyright on them is 2002!) I added touches of Cheddar and Tangerine Scribble Sticks and water on both and outlined around the stamped pieces and the perimeter of the pages with a Lapis Scribble Stick and water. A very fun spread to make!
Impression Obsession – Dina Kowal design – Big Butterfly
Stencil – Stencil Girl S610 – Gwen LaFleur design – Boho Star Circle
Posca pen – White
Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Crayon – Hickory Smoke
Paper Artsy Fresco paints – Bubble Gum, Chalk, Smurf, Zesty Zing, Pea Coat
Ranger Archival Ink / Dina Wakley Media – Night
White foam stickers – American Craft Thickers – Memento White
I created this art journal page as part of Creative Jumpstart 2019. This particular lesson was presented by Tania Ahmed, which I used as a jumping off point. I really enjoyed her approach and highly recommend that anyone interested in mixed media jump into Creative Jumpstart!
My main focal image was a gel print from my stash that I stamped over with the IO butterfly stamp. I so enjoyed Tania’s lesson and all of the layering involved. Thanks for visiting today!
I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.
Prima Marketing silicone mould: Vintage Art Decor “Trifles”
Prima Marketing Paper Clay
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint: Mermaid Sparkle and Metallique Deep Waters
Stencils: Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz – “String” and “Houndstooth”
Texture Paste – Finnabair Art Basics Light Paste Opaque Matte
Ranger Distress Inks
Handmade (by me) collage tissue
Tissue wrap – Tim Holtz Ideaology “Postale”
I created this pair of tags by layering papers, paint and ink and then topping them off with a painted piece that I molded from paper clay. I began by adhering some collage tissue and Tim Holtz patterned tissue wrap. I applied Distress Inks and then added some texture paste through a stencil. I painted the paper clay pieces with metallic paints and adhered them, along with the sequins. I inked the edges of the tags and tied some ribbon at the top of each.
For a closer look, here are some additional photos.
Spellbinders “Wishing Expressions” stamp and die set
Die – Spellbinders “Wishing Expressions” stamp and die set
Tim Holtz Ideaology Collage Paper – Floral
My handmade collage paper
Perfect Pearls Mists “Bronze”
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist “Creme de Chocolat”
This is one of my favorite kinds of cards to make: mixed media. I layered my handmade collage tissue paper and some Tim Holtz collage paper onto cardstock with matte gel medium. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of tissue and adhered it with gel medium as well. After the piece dried, I sprayed it with the metallic inks and also inked the edges with black ink. I then added the die cut word and stamped sentiment and put the card together. Thanks for visiting.
Stamper’s Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Little Things”
Hero Arts “Petite Birthday”
Patterned paper – BoBunny “Enchanted Garden Periodical”
Ranger Distress Collage Medium – Crazing
Washi tape – Little B and Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Tape – “Sketchbook”
Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Houndstooth”
Ephemera – Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Dolls, Thrift Shop
Cardstock – Bazzill
I created this card for my brother-in-law’s birthday. I started with the BoBunny paper, which I lightly gessoed and layered some ephemera and tape on top. I covered the entire surface with collage medium. I applied some Distress inks through a stencil and more inks with a sponge applicator to add some more color. Once everything was dry, I stamped the globe and postage stamp images, along with the birthday sentiment. Finally I adhered the whole panel onto a card base. Thanks for visiting.
I created this mixed media tag for a class I taught. I really enjoyed putting it together with a variety of materials and knowing that combining these materials would be something new for some of the students. I began with a die-cut tag from raindrop patterned paper. Layers include some stenciled acrylic paint, washi tape, and tea bag paper beneath the fussy-cut bird from Autentique paper. Thanks for visiting.
Gel prints from my stash (using acrylic paint, stencils, found objects)
Stamp – Altenew “Fresh Freesia”
Cardstock – Bazzill
Ink – VersaFine Clair “Medieval Blue”
Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Gold – Imagine Crafts
I created these cards using scraps of gel prints that I printed long ago. I used stencils when I made the prints used in the first card, one is from The Crafter’s Workshop called “Aboriginal” (the smaller panel) and the other is a stencil I borrowed and I can’t determine the company who produced it. I also spritzed the final card with some sheer gold spray for a little shimmer. The second card featured green gold acrylic paint, so it already had a pretty gold metallic look. I have many, many prints in my stash because I’ve taught classes in printing and done it on my own so I have lots to play with as a result. Some I use in my art journals, but I have been enjoying using them in cards lately. For both cards, after I cut them into panels I edged them in a darker ink to “finish” them nicely. I also matted the pieces with cardstock and added the birthday sentiment. Thanks for visiting today.
Paper beverage napkin – Lady Jayne “Celebrate Floral Heart”
Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz Collection “Flames”
Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Viney”
Prima-Finnabair Art Basics 3-D Gloss Gel
Stamps – Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media “Scribbly Flowers”
Dina Wakley Media acrylic paint – magenta, lemon, lime and white
Tim Holtz Idea-ology tissue tape – “Laboratorie”
Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
OHTO Fude Ballpoint Pen – black
Krylon gold metallic pen
Black Cardstock – Bazzill
I created this mixed media card beginning with a beverage napkin that I adhered to a piece of Bristol paper with gel medium. I stamped and lightly painted some deli paper and added tissue tape to the piece. Then I applied the 3-D gloss gel through a couple of different stencils and allowed that to dry into a nice textured coating.
I have included a detailed photo so you can see the texture of the stenciled 3-D gel medium. It is pretty cool!
I loosely outlined the heart with the Fude Ball pen and then ran my metallic gold pen around the entire card, topping it off with a piece of ribbon and some sequins. I mounted the piece onto a black card base. It is amazing what you can do with a paper napkin! Thanks for visiting.