Set of mixed media cards – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I am again up at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog with another guest design team card project share. Today I wanted 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 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.

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 a bit with your hands. Then remove the gelli plate and you have a nice pattern to use for your cards (if you haven´t done this technique before, go to YouTube for various tutorials – you just need to search for gelli printing and you will find plenty.

Repeat this step 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 that 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 backgrounds I used just one colour and pattern and on others 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 the powder with a heat tool. Now adhere the leaves onto the card base. I arranged them around the circle piece to create a cluster.

Then adhere the circle using 3D foam to create a bit more texture and interest to the card. After that grab some water colours (I used black here) and add droplets 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 them with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the card. For additional decor you can also add some Craft Drops to the card in various colours.

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 ink with paint, if you don´t happen to own alcohol inks. Also if you don´t own a gelli plate (or you are not that much a mixed media kind of person), replace the step by just die cutting a fun patterned paper for the circle piece. You can always start mixed media with small steps and do just the droplets and the stenciling :).

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

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Carpe Diem!

Hello lovelies and happy Monday! Today I´m stopping by to share another card done with some new paper goods from STAMPlorations and combined with Studio Tekturek papers. Oh, and I also managed to sneak in some old border stickers from my stash.

So this is another win-win card where I managed to combine very old with new and make it work. Also, these tiny tiles from STAMPlorations are perfect focal points to card projects. You get several different ones in a set and can just cut one out that fits your project on that particular moment.

I again used some of my old favorite techniques too: lots of white space, some droplets, some stamping and a cluster as a focal point. It´s sometimes so good to return to old fave ideas, isn´t it? Do you do this often? There used to be a time when not a single project left my table without droplets and now they keep re-appearing again. I think there is always a time for certain kind of projects. I´ve also noticed that in summer I use lighter or brighter & happier colours and depending on the season my color choices change quite a bit. So for me choosing colours probably has to do with my seasonal moods/feelings?

By the way, there is also now a papergoods subscription avaiable at STAMPlorations, so do check it out. Here you can find the link there. And if you want to go and shop, remember to use my discount code to get 20% off your order.

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

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Choose to shine!

Hello and happy Thursday! Today I´m sharing my second card project for the new paper goods STAMPlorations reveal with the Carpe Diem Ephemera Tiles set. Are you ready for some more reveal goodness?

This time I did a shaker card. I „hid“ the Carpe Diem tiles behind the confetti and the patterned paper „windows“. When the confetti moves around, you are able to read all the tile texts. A fun card to send to someone who loves confetti and shaker cards :).

After die-cutting the circles and adhering the acetate on place with the confetti and tiles underneath, I then decorated the card with some punched butterflies to add even more texture and interest to the card. Next I inked a white cardstock piece with Distress Ink in orange and added a STAMPlorations clear sticker on top. A button for decor and the card was done. The confetti, by the way, is by Tonic Studios (Nuvo).

It has been so much fun using these tiles on card projects. I still have two bonus cards to share, but that will have to wait until next week. So make sure you come back next week for a bit more Ephemera tile fun.

Have a great day and see you soon!
xxx, Sanna

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You got this!

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I´m stopping by to share a card with you which I created using some of the brand new STAMPlorations paper goods. This is a new ephemera tiles set called: Carpe Diem.

For this card I´ve used a piece of yellow paper and added some stenciling with a STAMPlorations stencil (you can only see tiny bits of it here and there on the background). After that I fussy cut the Carpe Diem ephemera tiles into separate squares and arranged with onto the yellow paper and adhered them on place. For a stitched look I also added some faux stitching with a black pen.

For final decor I used some Clear Stickers from STAMPlorations and plenty of red buttons from my button stash. These tiles are very much fun to work with. You can add them in stripes or sets to a card or add all at once, like I did here. OR how about adding just one for a focal point of your art project? There are so many possibilities with these tiles.

I hope I could inspire you to create a fun project with the tiles yourself! I have a few more done, so make sure to follow my blog for more :). See you soon! Have a great day, xxx, Sanna

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Alles Gute!

Hello and happy Wednesday! I used to to this type of cards ALOT when I still did plenty of scrapbook layouts. I loved using graphic patterned paper on the card backgrounds and then adding tiny bits on top with some pattern stamping in black.

So this feels really good again to do this type of cards. And it comes together so naturally still. I´ve used plenty of Studio Tekturek papers and REALLY old glass drops to decorate the card.

The stamping is done using some of my older Stampin´Up! stamp stash. So I managed to sneak in some older product too. The rest is very new Studio Tekturek product :). I just love this type of papers so, so much!

Wishing you all a great mid week!
xxx, Sanna

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