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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:

Beautiful Blooms Stamping

Kindness Floral on Vellum

April 28, 2022

Hello friends! Michelle here today with a simple floral vellum card using the beautiful Kindness Stamp Set and coordinating die, also digging into my neglected paper stash.

Step 1: Stamp and heat emboss in black the large flower on vellum. Ensure that your heat embossing tool is heated really well before going to the vellum and keep the heat constantly moving to try and minimize any warping of the vellum.

Step 2: Colour the image using alcohol markers on the back side of the vellum to avoid any possible damage to the nibs of the markers from the heat embossing. This will mute the colours a bit, so use brighter than normal if you want.

Step 3: Heat emboss on white cardstock the sentiment using the same black embossing powder, to keep the look cohesive and cut out using the coordinating die.

Step 4: I picked out a black and white patterned paper from my stash, to mount the floral panel on…..I have so much of it, I really need to get using it. Vellum can be a bit tricky to adhere as it is somewhat transparent, so for my panel I I used a clear 3D “foam” tape and added some pieces under the flower and some under the diecut word as well, to try to disguise it. This meant that the right side didn’t have much support, but it seemed to be alright.

Step 5: To finish it I added a few sequins with a liquid adhesive and also hid a bit of the clear adhesive under them as well. I then added it all to my A2 side folding cardbase using white craft foam using a double sided tape.

I hope that you have enjoyed my project for today. A bit more on the simple side, but it just helps to feature this gorgeous floral even more. Thank you so very much for stopping by and I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day! Until next time,

Elizabeth Crafts Supplies:

Other supplies used:

  • black embossing ink pad, powder and heat tool
  • white cardstock and vellum
  • A2 (4.25″x5.5″) side folding white cardbase
  • alcohol markers in varying colours
  • die cutting machine
  • white craft foam
  • sequins
  • liquid adhesive and clear 3D foam tape
  • patterned paper
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Mindfulness

March 30, 2022

Happy Wednesday crafty friends! Michelle here and I’m back to share a card made using the beautiful Mindfulness Stamp Set.

Step 1: Cut a piece of watercolour paper to 4.25″x5.5″ and create an ombr√© watercolour wash using Prussian Blue from the 24 Pan Watercolour Palette. Set that aside to dry.

Step 2: Stamp the floral image from the Mindfulness Stamp Set using an alcohol marker friendly black ink and colour using alcohol ink markers.

Step 3: Cut out the image using the coordinating die. Also cut out 2 more, without stamping the image. This will allow you to stack them together to add dimension. This is easier than cutting foam tape and/or foam squares as there are small areas. Also stamp the Mindfulness sentiment using black ink and cut that out with the coordinating die.

Step 4: Cut a piece of white cardstock to 3.75″x5″ and lightly ink blend using a blue ink on the bottom right hand corner of the paper and slowly fade away towards the upper left. Add some splatters using a black gouache, trying to keep them on the ink blended area. Set aside to dry.

Step 5: Take the ink blended cardstock and add the Waves Stencil. Apply embossing paste over the stencil, concentrating on the ink blended and splattered area, ensuring not to get a full coverage with the paste. Set aside to fully dry.

Step 6: Once the watercolour piece is dry, diecut it using a tag die. Adhere the stacked florals to the left side of the tag using some 3mm double sided adhesive, making sure that the image hangs off the side a bit. Tie some twine to the top of the tag. Add some foam squares to the back of the sentiment and place that at the bottom of the tag, overlapping the flower a bit. Using foam adhesive adhere the tag to the stencilled piece and then add all of that to an A2 (4.25″x5.5″) top folding cardbase. Add a scattering of a few sequins to finish it off.

Supplies Used:

Beautiful Blooms Beautiful Blooms Cardmaking Stamping Watercolor Watercolor Palette

Sunshine

February 18, 2022

Hi crafty friends…Michelle here with you today sharing a card using the beautiful sunflower from the Sunshine Stamp Set part of the Beautiful Blooms Collection. Let’s get to it, shall we?!

Step 1: Cut a piece of watercolour paper to 3.75″x5″. Add water to your cardstock using a clean paintbrush and then do a light water colour wash using 2 of the blue colours in the 24 Colour Watercolour Palette, being sure to allow layers to dry in between adding the next colour.

Step 2: While the watercolour piece is still a bit damp, place stencil from the Earth Patterns pack over and sprinkle on pigment powder. Remove the stencil and allow to dry. Because the background was still a bit damp and the powders did spread slightly, I did lose a bit of the pattern of the powder, but I was still happy with how it looked.

Step 3: Heat emboss the sunflower in black on the same watercolour paper, to keep the look uniform. Start to add colour to the flower, again using the 24 Colour Watercolour Palette, being to sure to allow your paint to dry inbetween layers of colour. Set aside and allow to dry.

Step 4 & 5: Once the flower is completely dry, cut it out using the coordinating die and cut out 3 more without the image. These will be used to stack for dimension. On the same watercolour paper heat emboss the sentiment using the black embossing powder and cut out 2 or 3 more blank sentiments to stack together as well. Add liquid adhesive and stack them together.

Step 6: Adhere the watercolour background using craft foam to the A2 top folding cardbase. Add the flower using a liquid adhesive and the sentiment as well, adding a few small foam squares to the both ends of the sentiment. Add a twine bow to the sunflower and a few iridescent bubbles as a finishing touch.

Thank you so very much for stopping by. I hope that this card has helped to inspire you in some way. I wish you all the most wonderful and crafty day! Until next time,

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