Inking & Stenciled Background

Hello! A continuation of my cardmaking journey with Altenew classes, today I would like to share a card I made, inspired by the class “Celebration: Stencil Techniques”. In my card, I created the background with adding texture paste through a stencil. This has been my all time favourite technique whenever I feel that I want to be “artsy” .

Encouragement card - altenew garden treasure & beautiful day stamp setColor combo: Mango Smoothie, Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Peach Perfect, Orange Soda (Hero Arts) Leaves: Green Hills (Hero Arts), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades

First of all, I wanted some colour on my background, so I blended some Mountain Mist ink onto the card. I focused more onto the centre of the card. Then I took a triangle stencil and added a thin layer of texture paste randomly onto the card panel. Once its dry, I diecut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

Then I stamped the flowers from the Altenew Garden Treasure set and the leaves from the Vintage Flowers set on a separate cardstock and fussy cut them. I stamped the sentiment (from the Beautiful Day stamp set) with Dark Chocolate ink, right in the middle of my background. Then I build my floral arrangement on top of it.

Encouragement card - altenew garden treasure & beautiful day stamp set

Again, I added fine line details with my metallic gel pens on the flowers for the extra shine. I think this technique is here to stay and also a good use of my gel pens!

That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


“Love” Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone! Sketch N Scrap 5th Birthday Bash Crop is happening this month, so crop with us all month long on the blog.  Today I want to share a layout with you that is inspired with the first exclusive birthday bash sketch layout designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.

May2nd SNS birthday 1

I created a mixed media wedding layout. I really just scrapbook for fun and enjoying different techniques as I create. The background was inspired by videos I saw on youtube and it was really fun.

Love (with altenew stamps) Wedding Scrapbook Layout

I first created the background with gesso and thread. The thread will be adhered with the gesso so there is no glue needed. Then I dripped some Magenta Liquitex ink  after it  dried. Then I sprayed some DIY yellow mist on it as well. I just love the texture and the effect of the background.

Mixed media background

Then I diecut the wreath which was a free cutfile from Paper Issues with a white cardstock. I inked it lightly with Antique Linen distress ink for a subtle look. Then I went on a stamping and fussy cutting frenzy with the layering stamps from Altenew. (Painted Butterflies and Vintage Flowers) After I was done doing that, I adhered them along the wreath and added my photo and title and my stickers.

The process of this layout was actually very gratifying – ink dripping and mist spraying, the stamping and fussy cutting; lol it did take forever with the stamping and fussy cutting but that’s what a crafter does with her time right!

I scrapbook the photo of our wedding rings, and I love the intertwined thread behind it. It’s like our lives are joined/twisted together lol (don’t mind my abstract/logical thinking behind the layout)

Here are some close up:

Thanks for stopping by and hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration. Come join us for our Birthday Bash Crop all month long. We will be posting FIVE exclusive birthday bash sketches and one exclusive NSD sketch as challenges this month. Crop starts on May 2nd and goes until June 2nd, so plenty of time to get your entries in!

5th birthday SNS

Gelli Print Fridays – Framed Art

Hello everyone! Sorry my Gelli Print Fridays is a day late – today is Gelli Print Saturday! lol

I saw a blog post two weeks ago on GelliArts on using rosettes on the gelliplate and I knew I had to try it! I make paper rosettes all the time for cards and scrapbooking but had never thought about using it for texture on the gelliplate. I had several leftover in different sizes in my stash. It makes the most fun starburst effect on the gelliplate.

Gelliprinted with Gelliplate with rosettes

I used these rosettes like a stamp or I just twisted it down the plate for a deeper effect. Different sizes rosettes create different lines and effect.  I also used some stencils and corrugated cardstock for some different texture effects.Some of my favorite prints –


I wanted to make a framed art piece with one of the geliprints. I chose this print –

Gelliprinted with Gelliplate with rosettes

Butterfly free Framed art decor

I wanted to make something 3D mixed media art, I used my Silhouette Cameo and cut some butterflies. It s a free cut file from Silhouette Design Store. I cut it out with some black cardstock and heat embossed it with some snow embossing powder after I stamped the butterflies with a script stamp. Then I stamped the butterflies again with a different texture stamp and heat embossed it again with some sparkly gold embossing powder. It created an interesting effect and dimension. You can see it better on the sentiment ” FREE” which I cut out with my Cameo as well. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment the same way. Butterfly free Framed art decor

I stamped the gelliprint with texture stamp as well to create some interest. Before I adhered everything, I added some metallic yellow thread for extra texture.

Butterfly free Framed art decor Supplies: Paper: Copy paper, yellow copy paper    Cardstock: Recollections      Embossing Powder: Recollections Snow, Judikins Black Opal      Paint: DecoArt     Stencils: DIY stencils  cutter  Stamps: Kaisercraft Triangles, Dictionary Meaning     Ink: Ranger Archival, Versamark     Tools: Gelliarts  8×10 GelliPlate, Silhouette Cameo, Martha Stewart Heat Tool, Martha Stewart Multipurpose Heat Tool (DIY stencils)

I decided to make a framed art as I was inspired by a challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – to make your own background. I think for my first framed mixed media art, it turned out pretty cool! I just love the dimension! I have to say, with the gelliplate it really enable me to create the most awesome backgrounds!

Have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!