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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Shery Creates a Mother's Day Mixed Media Card

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! I've got a mixed media card project to share to start off April here on the blog. I used gesso, Gelatos, watercolors (pan and brush pens), washi tape, fun STAMPlorations stamps (Bloom Sketches, Mixed Media Grunge, and Big On Words - MOM), and a new ARTplorations stencil that coordinates with one of our stamps :o) 

Here's a look at the finished card:

Gelatos are some of my favorite supplies. My love affair with them started two years ago when I bought myself the Gelatos set (34-piece set) and had a blast using them on canvas for my mixed media projects. Here's the first mixed media canvas I did using Gelatos back in April 2013. I created the background by using Gelatos for stamping and stenciling. It was love at first use, and I'm now on my third set of Gelatos because they're a staple in my mixed media projects -- you can easily burn through them :o)

2013-04-27:a before and after photo of the 7"x14" stretched canvas. left is the background where i used Faber-Castel Gelatos. right is the finished artwork.
Source: my ARTplorations Pinterest board

Anyway, here's a step-by-step photo tutorial of my card.

Apply a layer of gesso on a card panel and let dry -- or if you're as impatient as me, you'd whip out your heat tool to quick-dry the thing :o) I used Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle and super-thick white cardstock (165# or 446 gsm).

Scribble Gelatos onto the gesso-ed panel. I used Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, Guava, Lavender, and Lemon. 

Then I blended the colors by rubbing with my finger. Tip: When blending Gelatos with your fingers, have hand wipes close by to clean your fingers before rubbing the next colors (unless you want them to really blend).

I stamped the newsprint grunge stamp in Sienna archival ink all over the panel.

I placed the daisy stencil/mask over the panel and then applied another layer of gesso.

Here's what the panel looks like after stenciling. Tip: Wash your stencils/masks immediately whenever you're using mediums like gesso, modeling paste, texture gel, or anything that can harden and create uneven bumps on the stencil.

I designed the daisy stencil/mask so that it coordinates with the daisy stamp. I stamped the daisy in Jet Black archival ink.

Next, I distressed the edges and then ran a pink Akashiya Sai Japanese watercolor brush pen all around. I adhered the panel to my card base.

On scrap card stock, I stamped the sentiment as well as added some splatters and faux textures with some mixed media grunge stamps in Sienna archival ink.

I adhered it to the card base and added washi tape to finish the card. Here's a close up:

And here's the finished card again:

Oh, and in creating the background of my card, I used the same technique I used in this one layer card I did a year ago -- with a little modification, such as using a stencil that coordinates with a stamp. I didn't have time to shoot a video for my new card, so here's the older video. It's a quickie: 5 minutes, 20 seconds :o)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that it inspires you to make a mixed media card!

Stamps Shery used in today's project:


Mixed Media Grunge (April/May 2015) and Bloom Sketches (August/September 2014) are 5" by 7" sets we offer through the STAMPlorations stamp club. We've got lots of perks, including a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription) and choice of 2 ARTplorations stencils ($10 value) in every stamp club package mailed out to subscribers! For more info and to sign up, click here.

Prize alert! Leave a comment in this post for an entry to our Spotlight Projects random drawing for April. We'll pick TWO (2) commenters to each win a $10 gift certificate or their choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winners on May 1!


  1. Seriously? How cool is that matching stencil?!? Your colors are magnificent.

  2. Love this Shery, the colours and composition look fabulous. I got happy mail today so hope to play in the next day or two. Carol x

  3. Wow, beautiful card! I enjoyed the video too - love the techniques!

  4. Great card with those vibrant color. The whole thought of mixed media kind of scares me, but the video made it look do-able. tfs.

  5. THIS CARD IS SO VIBRANTLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love the bursts of color and the fantastic techniques!! Thanks for sharing how you made this - you are amazing - Shery!!!

  6. So stunning, Shery! That stencil is on my 'must have' list! Love it!!

  7. What a great idea to have co ordinating stamps and stencils - now there's another item on my 'want' list.... you are very good at enabling your followers to purchase :-) This is a stunning card, and thanks so much for the tutorial.

  8. Such a cool technique is this! I loved the way flowers look after stenciling with more gesso. A beautiful Mother's day card. :)

  9. Very Different technique and very Interesting results ! I loved your colorful vibrant card ! Loved the use of Gesso and mask !

  10. I am totally in love with this card! Thanks so much for the tutorial - I just ordered the stencil, so I'm looking forward to playing!

  11. That is too cool. So that's one of my next stencils to get cos I love this card. Fabtastic. Hugz

  12. Oh this is so colorful and pretty. I have decided to invest in Gelatos and give them a try!

  13. Wow this is gorgeous!! Thanks for showing us how you created this gorgeous work of art!!!

  14. LOVE the looks of your card using the DAISYDANCE stencil..must add it to my NEED list:))

  15. LOVE the looks of your card using the DAISYDANCE stencil..must add it to my NEED list:))

  16. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card. LoVe the colors.
    Thanks STAMPloration for sponsoring the hop and helping to raise Autism Awareness.
    Crafty hugs,
    DesignsbyDragonfly {blogspot}

  17. OMG Shery, your stenciled card with your new daisy stencil and grunge set is absolutely Amazing!!!! Love your brilliant colors and Gesso texture:-) Oh my, my STAMPlorations wishlist is growing again :-) TFS

  18. So awesome! Love that the stencil matches the stamp! You just rock out multi media!

  19. Shery, this card is just amazing! I love the daisy stamp and now to have the daisy stencil to go with it is just fabulous. When you and your wonderful team of designers share so many beautiful creations, it shows me that I NEED to have ALL of your stamps/stencils!!

  20. I clearly see now how I have to get these Gelatos out and working for me. This card has opened my eyes to the possibilities.

  21. What a beautiful card. Thanks so much for sponsoring and supporting the hop today for autism awareness.

  22. This is gorgeous! Thanks for sponsoring the Light It Up Blue Hop today. It's such a great cause! facebook.com/wavingmywand

  23. Just wow, wow and great Wow! Love the gesso and gelatos effect with newsprint, a beautiful creation! Thanks for sharing with video!!!

  24. I love the techniques you used on this amazing, vibrant card! Love the stamp and stencil combo!

  25. So many techniques on a card! The video and the cards look great! Hugs, Gerrina

  26. love your card! great video! i've never tried gesso but this is the second video i've seen today using it...no soooo intimidating like i thought! great music on your video...my 10 year old daughter wanted me to tell you....she liked it too!

  27. Beautiful card, love the fun bright colors.

  28. Beautiful card! I love that the stamp can be used along with the stencil. This gives your card a great bold look! I can imagine lots of possibilities with the set!

  29. Beautiful card! I love that the stamp can be used along with the stencil. This gives your card a great bold look! I can imagine lots of possibilities with the set!

  30. I just love this card of yours Sherry. The coordinated stamp and stencil is a blast! Loving the beautiful daisies and vibrant creation; so stunning! TFS! Hugs xx

  31. More fabulousness. Love seeing all your wonderful techniques.


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