Mixed Media Flowers - Sweet Cherry Blossoms

Diecutting mixed media Paper Glaze

Hi friends! I've got a treat for you today; I got inky making a fun mixed media card! I'll be using the new Sweet Cherry Blossoms die, Polka Dot Scarf stencil, and Paper Splatters watercolor in Kiwi Lime. Also, I'll be using the existing Paper Glaze Luxe in Golden Ring, Swanky Friendship stamp, Falling Brick Wall die, Coffee Understands Again, and Gradient Flatback Pearls in Navy Blue and Charcoal Grey. 

First, for you mixed media lovers, Picket Fence Studios has a plethora of design elements that can be used on your surfaces! I'm using just a sampling of it! Now, onto my card! 

First step was to build the background. I applied various shades of blue and teal ink, via ink schmooshing, onto a white piece of watercolor paper. Ink schmooshing is the process of applying ink onto a glass surface, spraying it with water, and then tapping the watercolor panel into the ink. Continue this process until you've achieved the look that you want. You can see what it looks like in the photo below. For this technique, you'll want to use colors that play nice together so that you don't create "mud".

Once I was finished with ink schmooshing, I added splatters of the ink over the panel, including the liquid watercolor splatters in Kiwi Lime. Then I stenciled over the surface using the Polka Dot Scarf stencil, and then stamped the scribbly heart from Coffee Understands Me Again. I kept a light touch so that you could see the images, but they also blended into the background color. Once I was finished, I trimmed the panel using my deckled paper trimmer and applied gold paste around the edges for interest. Then I adhered it to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and adhered both to a 5.5x4.25 white card base. 

Next, I worked on the Sweet Cherry Blossom dies. These are the perfect size flowers to stand alone or use with other elements! I die cut the layers for several flowers onto watercolor paper, and then applied color using the same technique as I did with the background card panel, only I went much darker in color so that the flowers popped! When the layers dried, I adhered them together and fluffed the top layers a bit to give the flowers depth. 

I wanted to create a layer between the background and the flowers so that the flowers wouldn't get lost in that busy background, so I die cut Falling Brick Wall die in white cardstock and then applied Golden Ring Paper Glaze Luxe over the die. Once it was dried, I adhered it over the card base and then added the flowers and leaves over it. I added gold paste to the flowers and leaves as well. I finished with a sentiment from Swanky Friendship and several Flatback Pearls in Navy and Charcoal Grey. 

Mixed media is most successful when you limit the color palette. You can play with all sorts of elements such as the paper glaze, liquid watercolor splatters, reactive inks, and various dies and stencils! It is just SO much fun to play like this, I hope you will grab your stash and give it a try! 

You can find the products I've used for this card by hovering over the item name and then clicking on it. That iwll bring you to the Picket Fence Studios shop! 

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