Friday, September 9, 2016

Mixed Media Cards for A Year of Card Techniques

It's month nine of our year-long adventure into different card-making techniques, folds and paper crafting products.
We hope you got the chance to hop with us each month.  It's not too late to hop and comment to be entered into our prize drawing.  If you missed any of the previous months, you can click on the month to be taken directly to the start of that month's hop.

January - Emboss Resist Technique
February - Ink Layering Techniques
March - Inlaid Die-cutting
April - Shaker Cards
May - Spinner Cards
June - Step Cards
July - Watercolor Cards
August - Baby Wipe Technique

We're mixing things up this month with a few mixed media techniques and products.

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Now on with the projects.  I have three of them for you today.  I'll start with two that I created using the same watercolor piece which I cut down to create the two projects.  The watercolor piece was created using Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

On this one, I wanted to explore using black embossing paste but in two ways.  I always struggle with matte or glossy when I buy embossing paste.  So i go with matte and then I can make it glossy by adding clear embossing paste and heating.  This first card shows a card made with matte . . . 

There was no stamping on this card - it was all stencil and embossing paste.  Even that sentiment.  The close-up below really shows how the matte paste looks.  

 So here is the second version; this one shows the embossing paste with clear embossing powder, giving it the glossy look.  Also added . . . in mixed media fashion . . . micro beads and glitter.  I put down strips of scor-tape and used two colors of beads/glitter.  

While the black paste with the clear embossing isn't quite as glossy as glossy would be, you can definitely see below how different it is from the previous card.


And now my final card, which I have to say started out as a hot mess!  The watercolor piece with the embossing paste was just not working for me.  But I truly have to say that I love how this card turned out. 

My one regret in the end was not the hot mess of a watercolor/emboss/stencil piece . . . nope . . . it was the fact that my Rock Candy Distress Stickles, which I put on using a stencil, made my sentiment run.  If you look close in the white area, there are dots of those Distress Stickles which were stenciled onto the card.  Note to self . . . need a permanent ink in the future if I'm going over that sentiment.  

Next up is Sharon!

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Hope you find some time to be creative. 

Supplies Used - Smile
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Ice Cream Cone Stencil (Mint Owl Studio); Adhesive Sentiment Stencil (Momenta); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Whisper White Ribbon (Stampin' Up)

Supplies Used - #SMILE
Stamps:  Jumbo Stripes (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Violet, Ultramarine Blue and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Canson); Licorice Cardstock (The Stamps of Life)
Accessories:  Mini Stencil Collection 12 (Tim Holtz); Matte Black Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger); Mini Staples (Close To My Heart); Bitty Beads and Pixie Dust (Queen & Co.)

Supplies Used - Peace, Love, Joy
Stamps:  Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter)*
Ink: Pthalon Green and Alizarian Crimson (Ken Oliver Color Burst); Emerald Envy (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Solar White Cardstock (Neenah); Watercolor Paper (Bee); Silver POW (American Crafts)
Accessories:  Translucent Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver); Pattern of the Rings Stencil and Circle Creative Screenings (Winnie & Walter)*, Funky Flakes Dies (CASual Fridays)*; Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (Tim Holtz);

*from previous Stamp of Approval Collections


  1. Debbie, these are so interesting! You've such such creativity and imagination. I wish I had even half of it. Always a pleasure hopping with you!

  2. Great cards Debbie! I have tried the pearls before and they make for are stunning accent, even so they are crazy to work with. I do agree with you, the last card the best. The past is a wonderful idea on top of the green and red. I also love the design of it. I might have to C.A.S.E. this card ..Thanks for hopping with us. It always great to have to in the bundle too.

  3. super cute cards! I think I have the stencil on the last one! really neat techniques!


  4. These are just so amazing. Love your incredible looks you created.

  5. Really great cards! Love your creativity.

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  6. The red and green stencil one has a really cool look. For a "hot mess" it turned out great.