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!