Mixed Media Birthday Cards

Hi guys! I’m still playing catch up to bring all up to date with some of the projects I’ve been making lately. This is another project from one of the local classes I’m running, which are still going well and are continuing to grow. For this class I wanted to do a feminine and a Masculine birthday card, for the masculine one I decided to demonstrate an earlier project, Steampunk Vintage Card, that was very popular.

The feminine card I chose to make a pink one, which honestly is a little out of my comfort zone but i’m really pleased with how it turned out. I began with a card base 5x7inch, I then cut a piece of patterned card slightly smaller than the card base. I gave it a thin coat of gesso so the pattern is still visible but the paper is prepared for mediums to be added to it. The next step was to add some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (pictured below) in small patches. Once the texture paste was dry I began adding some colour, I used a combination of Lindy’s sprays Prima Donna Purple and Frozen Jack Frost. I also added a little water to help the ink flow and make the colour less intense. After drying I added splats of Lindy’s Frozen Jack frost and Dylusions Black spray.

I then adhered the patterned card to the card base and it was time to add the embellishments, first a small piece of cheese cloth and some craft paper wrapped wire with a coat of gesso. For extra layering I stamped some images with black Archival ink on a spare piece of the patterned card and fussy cut around them, using the Tim Holtz Curiosities stamp set. I also Die cut some leaves using white card and the Tim Holtz Bigz Garden Greens die. After attaching all these elements I wanted to adds some paper flowers that I also coloured using the Lindy’s sprays mentioned above and a little of the Jazzy Jivin Purple spray. The final embellishments I added were buttons and a die cut sentiment from the Tim Holtz Handwritten celebrate thinlits set cut from white card.

Although cards are not my go to craft, the class (pictured above) seemed to really enjoy making them. I hope the description I have given inspires you to create your own mixed media cards, if so put some pictures on your social media accounts and tag me using #winstoniancrafts. I would really love to see your projects. Happy crafting!


Mixed Media Altered Coffee Jar

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while but I have been super busy setting up my local craft classes, that are currently going really well. This project is one we did in the second class and it seemed to go down well so I though I would share it with you too. I began this project with a clean empty glass jar, the first step was to paint it with white gesso in order to prime it for other mediums.

For texture the first medium I added after gesso was Finnabair clear crackle texture paste, but we didn’t use this in class as it takes a while to dry and you can’t speed up the process with a heat tool. Once the crackle paste had dried I added some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Prima stencil shown above. I then added more texture with Prima art stones and mini art stones which I attached to the jar using 3D matte gel.

Some of the embellishments I used on this project I coloured before I attached them ,such as the paper flowers as they are quite delicate. The Tim Holtz Bigz dies Gadget Gears #2 and Garden Greens are cut from mount board and coated in gesso which made them fairly strong so I attached them before adding ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach all the embellishments purely for how rapidly it dries so we can move on quickly in class. Given more time I would use Finnabair 3D matte gel to glue everything on as it is a much more reliable and stable adhesive. I also added some paper clay pieces before inking that I made using a Prima mould and then coated in gesso. Then it was time to colour! For this project I used Lindy’s sprays, Tebetan poppy teal, Sassy sapphire, Gator gumbo olive and Buccaneer bay blue. I also dripped some Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Mushroom and Mermaid, from the top of the jar to run in between the art stones. Once I was happy with the colour I added the rest of my embellishments to the project, paper flowers, buttons, a Tim Holtz clock face and game spinner. All that was left was to add some highlights, for this I used Creative Expressions Graphite and Chocolate Bronze gilding polish, which gave the project definition and a nice metallic finish.

As you can see by all the smiley faces, this was a popular project. I hope this post inspires you to create your own mixed media altered jar? If it does, tag me in your social media pictures of your awesome projects using the #winstoniancrafts as I would love to see them. Happy crafting!