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Always Blossom

July 22, 2022

Hi crafty friends…Michelle here sharing a fun mixed media card! For this I used the a super fun and whimsical Flower Blossom Die from the Art Journal Collection. This die really is quite versatile. Not only is it a fun flower blossom, but I can definitely picture it as a glittery snowflake too! Let’s save that second one for another day.

Step #1 – To begin I added some opaque texture paste to a piece of mixed media cardstock using the Waves Stencil. I didn’t apply an even layer, as I did not want a full coverage over my cardfront. I immediately took both the palette knife and stencil and cleaned them off while the paste was still wet.

Step #2 – Next I sprinkled on some Uncharted Mariner Distress Glaze while the paste was still wet and then used my heat embossing tool to dry both the paste and glaze. I set that aside for a few minutes more to ensure it was fully dry.

Step #3 – I then added 3 different colours of pigment powders….a yellow and 2 blues. I think I added a bit more than I needed, but oh well lol. Next to activate it I added some water, first with a paintbrush and then finished it with a few light spritzes using a spray bottle.

I used a papertowel to dab any areas I felt had a bit too much water or powder. I love how vibrant the colours are. They do soften a bit as they dry, but they are truly gorgeous and they have a beautiful metallic sheen to them.

Step #4 – Next I cut 2 of the Flower Blossoms, first from white and then a mustard yellow colour. These layer up beautifully and you don’t lose any of the gorgeous detail when you do. I used a liquid adhesive to adhere them together but only added the glue in the center of the them, so as to try and have a bit of dimension.

Step #5 – For the sentiment I used the word Blossom from the stamp set of the same name….Blossom. I thought this was perfect for it. I diecut it 3 times to help to make it pop with the coordinating die. I trimmed my stencilled cardstock down to 3.75″x5″. The paper did get a bit warped as I used heat on it and also as it is not a true watercolour paper and the water added helped to contribute to it as well. To help to flatten it out, I ran it through my laminator a few times, as the heat and pressure from it will help to flatten it.

Step #6 – To finish it off, I added some flecks of white and black gouache concentrating on the stencilled part with the pigment powder as best I could. I then ran around the edges with black marker, to add a bit of definition and added it all to an A2 card base. I added the layered blossoms to the right hand side and trimmed off any excess overhang on the side of the card and then added my sentiment to the middle of the blossom.

I really love how fun this is and the flower blossom is really fun too! Like I said above I can totally see this as a gorgeous snowflake too! I love versatile products like that and how your creativity is only limited by your imagination!

I hope you have enjoyed my card today and that it helps to inspire you! I wish you all the most wonderful day and until next time,

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Cardmaking

Mixed Media Art Journal Card

May 28, 2022

Hi friends…Michelle here with a card that is full of amazing texture that uses some fabulous products from the Art Journal Collection. I just love getting my fingers a bit messy sometimes!

To begin I took a piece of mixed media paper and applied a layer of Distress Crackle paste. I didn’t apply it completely even as I wanted some of the areas to be a bit thicker, as the thicker the paste is applied, the bigger the cracks you will get. This was then set that aside to dry. Once it started to crackle, I helped it along by hitting it with my heat embossing tool to speed up the process abit.

Once the texture was dry, I used 3 of the foliage dies from the Solstice Pocket Die Set and Flower Bouquet and cut them out. I added some pigment powders to them in shades of green and pink and then spritzed with water. I love how the colours sink into the the cracks from the texture paste. I had a small area that the paste came off of one of the leaves, but it just added a bit more texture to it.

Next I took a piece of watercolour paper cut to 4.25″x5.5″ and started to add a random light wash of watercolour 24 Pan Watercolour Pan concentrating on the right side of the paper. I applied this in layers, starting very light and then going in a bit deeper, to bring layers and some depth to it.

When the first 2 layers of watercolour was dry, I used the Make Your Mark Stencil and added added some glass paste over the hexagon section to the watercoloured area. This paste dries clear and has little microbeads in it. So not only does it add the usual texture as it is a paste, but it also adds that extra layer from the microbeads. This was then set aside to dry.

I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Prosperity Stamp set, cut it out with the coordinating die and cut it out 2 more times, without stamping it. This will help to add some dimension to the sentiment and also a bit of stability too.

To finish it off I used the torn edge from the Journal Edges 2 on the left side. I also added a bit more watercolour over the stencilled area to define it more and add even more layers of depth to it and then finished it with some paint flecks using a black gouache.

It was added to a black top folding A2 cardbase using a black craft foam. I layered the 3 floral/greenery diecuts and added adhered parts of it using a liquid adhesive and left some of them without adhesive, to add more dimension to it. I added the sentiment using small foam squares that I cut into thirds to try and hide behind the small areas and then added a few black pearls to complete it.

I absolutely love how this came together! The foliage dies are just perfect….and exactly what I’ve been searching for for awhile now. And how fab is the torn edge die! It gives that perfect torn edge look to it and we all know how hard it is to get a nice looking torn edge! The Art Journal Collection can be used for much more than just for art journals. Many of the elements as you can see above, work brilliantly for cards as well and I am sure they would be just as perfect for scrapbook pages.

I hope that this helps to inspire you to step out of that crafty box and use products for more then just 1 way.

Thanks for stopping by today and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day!

Supplies Used:

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Sometimes we all need…a little magic

May 14, 2021

Wouldn’t you like that, too? A little magic, or help in the household? Well, I do. But with a good schedule it also saves a lot of time and energy. This time I adapted to what I can do and distributed the work throughout the day and the week. This way I also have energy left over for my hobby.

I love Esther’s beautiful paper so I went to work with the Reminiscence the book 2.

I made the basics with Planner Essentials 4. The edges got a lick of distress ink but I didn’t do anything about it. With Sidekick Essentials 8, I made a pocket that could hold a mini-book. I adhered it at the edges so there’s another ticket behind it. On the left corner I used another stamp from the CS134 Retro labels set. Below that, I made a trifold page with the Puzzle page from the new Art Journal collection. I only adhered it to the edges. He’s dressed with a “note for myself.” But first coffee! For that I used the dies from the Sidekick Essentials 4. Next to it I used a stamp from the fountain pen CS216 art journal chick that refers like an arrow to the coffee cup. I colored the pen using the watercolor palette.

In the pocket I made a mini-booklet with a page for every day. The days of the week I made with the Sidekick Essentials 3 set and for the tags I used Planner Essentials 26. For the narrow one I cut of a little trip on both sides. On the small tag I adhered Mary Poppins and on the big tag Bert. These ones are from a set called “the park” by Tim Holtz.

Mary Poppins stands for magic for me and Bert for a little help if necessary. I wrote the text with a stencil….no, my handwriting is really not that beautiful!!! The minibook received a stamp from the CS130 Bullet Journaling 3 set on each page.

The page is finished with reinforcements from Planner Essentials set 22. For the strip of arrows I used Planner essentials 14.

Now I have to fill everything in but I’m sure you’re not interested in my household schedule hihi. Otherwise…… I’d love to hear it. Honestly, this fröbelen was much more fun than that household but secretly I enjoy it enormously when my house is nice and clean. Maybe I should look for a little “Magic” or a help in the household?

Hope you find a little bit of magic for your household and a little inspiration by my page.

With love,

Marjolijn. 

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