Thursday, June 18, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Monika Makes a Mixed Media Style Card

Hi, everybody! It's Monika back again. Today I am making a mixed media card with lots of layers built into a single layer working with the Mixed Media Grunge and The Birds And The Blooms sets, both of which are sets available through our stamp club. I chose the black hooded oriole as my main image, a bird native to India hence my colour scheme. There is also a lovely story from Bengal about this bird which I found when doing some research. It too inspired my card and can be found here.

I first started by stamping the oriole in black Memento, colouring it with Promarkers (Gold, Tulip Yellow, Burnt Orange, Cold Grey 4, and Soft Green), going over it all with a clear Emboss Dual Pen and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.

TIP! Make sure that the whole image is covered with a layer of clear embossing. If bits are missing, use the fine tip of the pen and more embossing powder to fill and heat set. The layer needs to be complete to provide resistance to the ink when blending in order to avoid ink seeping through and staining the coloured image.

Next, I blended pink (a mix of melon mambo and crisp cantaloupe) and yellow (crushed curry) as my base layer for my background, stamped the marigold into place using my yellow ink, stamped the sentiment into place using pink (crisp cantaloupe only) and blended some baked brown sugar around the edges of my panel over my bird to create a shadow. Then I added some further layers and texture by spritzing with a little water and stamping the background using stamps from the Mixed Media Grunge set. For this I used mainly second generation stamping in crushed curry and rich cocoa ink. To finish, I added a layer of rich cocoa Memento ink around the edges, layered on my red base card, and added a few sequins to ground the oriole.

As always, there is a craft along video which starts after the embossing of the oriole. It focuses mainly on how I built my background. It also contains the usual tips on how to cover up 'mistakes', the little things that happen to take your card into a different direction to the one initially intended.

If you ever fancied making a card of this style, why not give it a go and share it with us over at the Inspiration Case Playground.

That's it from me. Have a lovely day!
Monika xxx

Products Monika used in today's project:


Mixed Media Grunge (April/May 2015) and The Birds and the Blooms (June/July 2015) are our premium 5x7 sets offered in the STAMPlorations stamp club! We've got lots of perks, including free worldwide shipping, a free 4" by 6" stamp set sent every 3rd shipment (or immediately after signing up for the semi-annual subscription), 2 personal discount coupon codes, 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 June. We'll pick ONE (1) commenter to win a $10 gift certificate or her choice of 1 ARTplorations stencil. We'll announce the winner on the first week of July!


  1. beautiful!! love the background you have created!! awesome!!

  2. So pretty. Love all the depth you have achieved. It looks very exotic. Hugz

  3. Amazing card...the color blending and choices of stamps for the background are really fantastic for enhancing your oriole. Lovely story, too.

  4. Wow! gorgeous card! LOVE that background and SUPER LOVE that birdie. ♥♥

  5. Beautiful card - love the colors, techniques and the great video:)

  6. Fabulous card Monika - and thanks for the video

  7. Love the choice of blending colors, so amazing, great technique too!

  8. What a beautiful card! Set of stamps offers great opportunities for creativity. Such a wonderful blend of stamps, inks and incredible creativity Monika allows you to create such an incredible card.

  9. You make the prettiest cards with colors and layering!

  10. Beautiful card! I love these colours together. I enjoyed the video too, thank you!

  11. Your background rocks! I love the bird sitting in all that color~~

  12. of. art! This is absolutely stunning - and your video is a wonderful bonus!

    1. Ooops, I meant to type Monika! The gorgeousness of your card got me all too excited!

  13. WOW - I love seeing what people do with mixed media on their cards!!! This is awesome!!


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