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100% Mixed Media

2013 August 16

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. 

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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….

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4 Responses
  1. nise permalink
    August 16, 2013

    Your card is beautiful and I'm sorry you need it.  I need to make some sympathy cards for my sister to have on hand to send.  I am thinking I should try and make some to have on hand  for myself.  Then I wonder if I'll just do what I always do and make something that I think the recipient would like at the time I need it.   The decisions I have to make some days…

    Your Mr is AMAZING!  I don't even know him and I adore him!  What a wonderful treasure and back to 1834 – WOW!!!  I about cried when my Mom burned old checks my Grandma had written in the 1960s.  I told her they would have made wonderful collage items for her brothers's birthday cards (I make the cards she sends them every year).  I operate on a "fiscal" year and it starts with Uncle Keith.  I need to have his card done (all get similar that year) by next Saturday when my Mom will be here and expect to pick it up.  But you gave me a GRAND idea, so I am off to dig out Grandma's diaries (which I inherited) to copy a few entries to make background paper. Thanks for the inspiration and letting me ramble.  Happy Weekend!!

  2. August 16, 2013

    lo, uhmmmmm my Mr. was thinking of himself.  The box of “papers” was just stuff that was going to go into the trash.  I spotted the carton next to the trash can and went through it.  I wasn’t too happy for him to have bought these old wardrobes since we don’t have room for them (they are way too tall) but he thinks he’s got a treasure. I’ll send you some :-)

  3. August 17, 2013

    Love how this turned out!

  4. August 18, 2013

    What a gorgeous card, Micki!  And I am envious of your tag sale score!

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