100% Mixed Media
Ok, maybe not 100% but at least 50%. I was in need of a sympathy card and I wanted one to be a little more toned down in color – a more natural color theme and I wanted to use some of the music pages from an old book.
( Oh I must tell you, the masons were having a garage sale and my husband hit the “mother lode” as far as ephemera goes. He had me come out to the garage and had a box full of ledgers, receipt books, call logs…. all filled out in that beautiful old handwriting and dated – as early as 1834!!!! They had been stored in the attic and with my dust allergies, I didn’t play around with them yet. Let them sit outside in a basket for a couple of hours to get that dusty smell out (which it did)).
A really simple card using an old Stampin’ Up! set for the sentiments and a paper tearing ruler, which I’ve had and never used. But the real joy for me is how the focal layer turned out:
Basically, I at first thought I just wanted splatters. So using watered down paint and a paint brush, I flicked red paint drops but then decided they were too “bright”. Using a brayer, I added a thin layer of gesso and then flicked watered down Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on top of the gesso. I dabbed the Distress Ink onto the craft sheet, spritzed it with water and then picked it up with a brush.
Next I used a brayer again to roll out some Adirondack Espresso paint (onto the craft sheet), then taking my Wild Poppy Silhouette stamp and “stamping” into the paint, then stamped onto the book page. Stamped the sentiments onto scraps, edged with Distress Ink which was then popped onto the music page with foam mounting tape. Using the tearing ruler worked great on the music page and gave it that rustic look, which is why the glassine paper got the same treatment.
I really like how it turned out. And I like the little pop of color the dew drops added. I am thinking I’ll be making several more, maybe in different colors. If you haven’t tried old book pages in your card creations, you should try it! I know I’m glad I did…..!
Wishing you a great weekend!!!! Until next time….