Thursday, 18 June 2015

More Mixed Media Style

Hi Everybogy!
I am back with another Spotlight Feature for STAMPlorations. 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.

For the inside I simply stamped the oriole in baked brown sugar and doodled a border.

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 over at the Inspiration Case Playground on the STAMPlorations Blog. Pop over to leave a comment my Spotlight Post to be entered into a prize draw. Whilst you there feel free to have a look around as there is always so much going on with Inspiration Projects for cards, Mixed Media Projects and Tutorials, Prize Draws and lots of opportunity to play along too.

Next up just a quick reminder ...

... details about the birthday bash can be found here.

GIVE AWAY reminder: I will email a copy of my digi stamp, the sentiment of the butterfly card here, to every new follower of my blog. Anyone who joins between now and 10th July 2015 will get one. Remember to click on the small green/blue squares to the right of the 'join this site' button to join. To claim your free stamp email me at, please replace AT with @. Please be patient, it might take a few days for me to get back to you as I am away on holiday until Monday 22nd June.

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

Monika xxx

stamp sets from STAMPlorations I used, links are in the text above
MixedMediaElements-preview.jpeg thebirdsandtheblooms-web-preview 

From Stampin'Up! - poppy parade card stock and the following inks: baked brown sugar, crushed curry, crisp cantaloupe, melon mambo (which was not directly used but still enough of it was on my brush to blend with the cantaloupe for the link you see in the card)
from stash - Promarkers: gold, tulip yellow, burnt orange, soft green and cool grey 4, Emboss Dual Pen by Tsukineko in clear, clear embossing powder, rich cocoa Memento ink, white card and sequins


  1. Monika, this is absolutely STUNNING! Wow! The grungy fabulousness, the rich warm tones, yup, this is a winner!

  2. Gorgeous card, I love the details that went into the BG :)


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