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Set of mixed media cards

August 4, 2021

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again with another guest design team card project share. Today I´m stopping by to share a set of mixed media cards with plenty of white space on them – and colour. I love adding stenciling, droplets and a fun mixed media twist to cards and I´d tought I´d share one of those ideas today with you. Hope you like it!

And here is how created the cards:

Step 1: Take a small gelli plate and apply three colours of alcohol ink onto it. Then take a plain brayer and roll the colour onto the gelli plate to create a faded three-tone-look. After that take a mark making tool of some kind – I used a dotted and a striped brayer – and press it/roll it over the inked layer to create a pattern. Let dry a bit.

Step 2: Next apply a thin layer of white paint over the inked pattern and then place the pattern color down onto the paper and press down to paper with your hands. Then remove the gelli plate and you have a nice pattern to use for your cards. Repeat several times with various colours and mark making tools (you can use stamps, combs, printing tools or even items from your kitchen). Whatever you find suits your project. Next die cut the created patterns into circles using the Fitted Circles die cut die and your die cutting machine.

Step 3: Next grab the Make Your Mark stencil and create patterns to white card backgrounds using the stencil with Distress Oxide tones and an ink blending tool/brush. On some I used just one colour and pattern and on other backgrounds I added two ink tones and the same pattern vertically and horizontally. You can do whatever you find attractive for your project.

Step 4: Now apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the leaves for each card using the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set. After that stamp sentiments using embossing ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set onto black cardstock. Then add white embossing powder onto the stamped areas, dabb the residue off and heat set with a heat tool. Now adhere the leaves onto the card base. I arranged them around the circle piece to create a cluster, because I like it that way. It leaves plenty of white space to the card still.

Then adhere the circle using 3D foam adhesive pads. This creates a bit more texture and interest to the card. After that grab some water colours (I used black on my cards) and add droplets with the water colour to the cards. Let the droplets dry properly and then finish the card off by adding the embossed sentiment on top of the circle piece and if you want, add a few buttons for additional decor. I adhered the buttons with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the card. For additional decor you can also add some Craft Drops to the cards in various colours in the very end. Make sure you let the drops dry properly, before mailing your cards, otherwise they might smear.

Here are the finished cards:

When creating cards like this, I like to use the same basic idea, but do slight variations. That way every card is still unique, but since I already have all the tools out, I get more cards done at once. You never know when you need one!

I hope you enjoyed this idea and give it a try yourself. You can also replace the alcohol inks with paint, if you don´t happen to own any. Also if you don´t own a gelli plate (or you are not that much of a mixed media person), replace this step by just die cutting a fun patterned paper for the circle piece.

See you again next month with another card tutorial. Wishing you all a fabulous August!!
xxx, Sanna


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Sizzix Big Shot A4
Distess Oxide Inks by Ranger Inc.
Ink Blending tool by Ranger Inc.
Nuvo Embossing Ink by Tonic Studios
Paint Brush
Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts
Brayers (plain and patterned)
Alcohol Inks by Ranger Inc.
White acrylic paint
Heat tool by Ranger Inc.
White Embossing powder by Ranger Inc.
3D foam pads
Scissors and buttons
Acrylic block for stamping

A Way With Words Cardmaking Inspiration from the Design Team

Gel Print Birthday Card

May 22, 2021

Hey friends! It’s EK, and today I am popping in with a super easy, super quick birthday card using both my gel press plate and Suzanne Cannon’s A Way With Words dies. I just love how simple this card was to make, but yet how impactful the look of it is!

Step One: Die cut the A Way With Words Big Balloon out of Watercolor paper.

Step Two: Ink up a gel plate with ink and blend with a brayer. I used Crackling Fire, Ripe Persimmon, and Wild Honey Distress Oxides. Press the die cut balloon onto the gel plate.

Step Three: Die cut the A Way With Words Happy Birthday 3 die set out of Watercolor Paper.

Step Four: Ink up the gel plate and blend with a brayer. I used Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed Distress Oxides.

Step Five: Splatter an A2 card frame with liquid ink. I used Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Spray and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink Spray.

Step Six: Splattered the Big Balloon inked die cut with liquid ink. I used Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Spray. Let dry. Ink the round edges with a black ink pad.

Step Seven: Using some 6mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive, adhere the Big Balloon onto the A2 card frame. Let the straight edges hang off the edge of the card frame.

Step Eight: Using a craft knife or scissors, trim the excess balloon off the card frame.

Step Nine: Using a liquid adhesive, adhere the birthday sentiment onto the balloon.

Step Ten: Using a black pen, add shadows and details to the die cut sentiment.

I just love how easy this card is to create. Make sure you pop over to the store and pick it up while it is still in stock and on sale!

Let us know in the comments below if you ever use a gel plate to add splashes of color to your die cuts. Until then, happy crafting.

Charlene Stamps Inspiration from the Design Team Stamping

Mixed Media Tag

May 13, 2021

Hey Friends! It’s EK, and I have been playing around with my gel press a lot lately seeing what new tricks and tips I can come up with using it.

It is fascinating all the different looks and styles you can create using the little slab of gel. Today I am using my press to create a grunge tag using several of Ilse and Charlene’s stamps and stencils.

Step One: Using one of the floral stamps from the First Sights of Spring stamp set, ink it up with a waterproof ink, and stamp it onto the gel press.

Step Two: Stamp a few more floral images from the First Sights of Spring around the focal image.

Step Three: Using alcohol markers, color in the images on the gel press, but be careful not to touch the stamped lines.

Step Four: Add a thin layer of white paint over the stamped and colored images.

Step Five: Press a manila tag into the wet paint, and pull the image up. Let dry.

Step Six: In the negative space on the tag, blend Salvaged patina Distress Oxide through the Spring Flower Mandala stencil.

Step Seven: Blend Wild Honey Distress Ink through the Story Telling stencil. Blend a little Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edge of the whole tag.

Step Eight: Hand stamp some extra texture onto the edges of the tag using the Words and Layers stamp set.

Step Nine: Splatter the tag with Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide Spray.

Step Ten: Using a stamping platform, add a sentiment from the Words & Layers stamp set.

Step Eleven: Add an assortment of textures and layered ribbons to the tag.

I just love how raw Ilse and Charlene’s stamp looks pulled from the gel press. The technique is so fun and organic looking.

Let us know in the comments below if you ever play around with your stamps on a gel press, or if you are interested in try out this technique. Until then, happy crafting!

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