Do you have a desk full of random collage scraps? I sure do! Every once in a while I go on a great clean up binge to sort and organize them all (granted it’s not very often at all!). Recently, I spent a few hours doing just that and sorted all my scraps into color categories (it seems that’s how I work best). The blues and teals were sitting in their open container right in front of me, just begging to be used, so I grabbed them and started randomly creating a background which then grew into this lovely card you see here.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
This project is a simple step-by-step process that teaches you how to use some of those random scraps to create a simple background. I also show you how I love to create some of my under the sea creatures using some of my favorite textural techniques (I’ve just finished a series of them, check out my Instagram account to see them all!).
CHALLENGE: If you are an experienced mixed-media creator and really want to challenge yourself, then work on multiple backgrounds at once. It’s a fast way to create backgrounds for future use.
Follow along with these simple steps to create your own card:
Step One: As shown in the image above, I started my project using a 5″ x 7″ kraft card stock. Using my trusty silicone spatula, I collaged the random pieces of blue and teal ‘desk debris’ papers to the card. It’s my favorite and fastest way to add TCW9011matte gel medium and get the air bubbles out! I first apply the matte gel medium to the substrate, then put the pieces of collage down and scrape more medium over the top to seal it.
HOT TIP: I then either let it naturally dry or use my heat gun, heating from both sides to prevent the card from curling or warping as much.
Step Two: As shown in the two gallery images below, I mixed TCW9012 Shimmery Goodness with TCW9064 Turquoise Stencil butter to create a lighter shade of turquoise butter. I then used a cosmetic sponge to apply this mix through the TCW5019 Waves stencil.
Step Three: I applied Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink using an ink applicator brush through the TCW5019 Waves stencil.
Step Four: As shown in the image below, I used washi tape (because it’s easy to remove when finished) to attach the TCW918 Seahorse stencil to the card on my work table surface. I then mixed TCW9060 Sepia ColorSparx powder with Izink texture paste to create a light brown shade for the seahorse focal image. I applied this mix through the stencil using my silicone spatula.
Step Five: Using my fingers, I sprinkled pinches of Baked Texture embossing powder in Vintage Beeswax color directly onto the wet texture paste. I then used my heat gun to set the texture paste and embossing powder.
HOT TIP: Did you know that almost any medium can be used to replace heat embossing liquid? Pretty much any liquid substance that is sticky can be used to hold the embossing powder until it is heat set, including vaseline!
Step Six: As shown in the following image, I used Dr Ph. Martin’s liquid acrylic dark walnut ink to paint the seahorse figure with a small paint brush. I do this to create the full effect of the seahorse’s body shape, and fill in the open areas which were showing the background. I then used my heat gun to dry the ink.
Step Seven: As shown in the following image, I used finishing waxes to highlight the embossed surface of the seahorse. I used Vintage Gold and Firebird (brilliant copper) metallic waxes with a touch of Rusty Brown opaque matte wax to add color and knock a little of the metallic shine off.
Step Eight: Now, it was time to add the sea weeds. I used a mix of TCW9061 Chartreuse and TCW9062 Lime Green stencil butters to add the sea weeds. I wiped the excess butter from the palette knife on to the background randomly for a little additional color.
Step Nine: I used TCW9006 Gloss Gel Medium applied with a paint brush to adhere some glass beads to the seahorse’s body, and to attach the glass eye.
Step Ten: Using Signo uni-ball acrylic paint pens (UM-153) in black and white, I outlined the seahorse and seaweeds, and I added a sentiment. Here is the completed card for you to enjoy!
Want to see a brief step-by-step process video for this project? Hop on over to my YouTube Channel to view the video (38 sec). I really hope you found these step-by-step instructions and photos to be helpful and that you feel confident enough to try this on your own. If you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to post them below.
I’d really love to hear which part of this process is your favorite and why, please leave me a comment, below! Have a great day and happy making, we *LOVE* to see your projects, so please be sure to tag us using our hash tag of #ilovestencils !
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