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Partial Stamping to Create Mixed Media Style Backgrounds

Nov 26, 2021 Maria Willis

Hey everybody! It's Maria here today with an easy way to add texture and patterns to your card backgrounds for a fun mixed-media style look.

To create this card I started by watercoloring a a piece of watercolor cardstock with my liquid watercolor sprays (DIY sprays are easily made by adding a few drops of watercolor to water in a spray bottle). After my first layer of color dried I added more color by spraying my watercolors onto my work surface and then smooshing my background into the color (ink smooshing). This added some fun texture to the background. I used Leaf, Jungle Mist and Indigo liquid watercolors.

Next, I splattered my background with white and gold glimmer metallic inks and then smeared on gold glimmer metallic ink using my fingers. To add some really fun and unpredictable texture I took the Swirl Bold Prints stamp and folded it like a taco. I used this to do some "taco stamping" on my background using Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink. I stamped randomly all over the background, covered the ink with Brass Embossing Powder and then heat set it. I used a white Posca pen and a black pencil to add some extra detail to the background before mounting it onto a black card base. 

To finish my card off I added a die cut sentiment from the Hello There Stamp & Cut set and topped that off with some black enamel dots.

And just like that, this card was done! I hope you'll find a little time to get crafty and maybe even a little messy this weekend. If you're new to mixed media I encourage you to forget about the end result, have fun, and just play!

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Crafty hugs and wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

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CG858 Swirl Bold Prints | Hero Arts
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PW115 Brass Embossing Powder - Hero Arts
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