Creative Circle Design Team…Stamping without a block



Hello and welcome back.

This is my first design team blog post for Creative Circle AND my first blog hop ever. I am a Canadian Stampin Up demonstrater, have been doing mixed media art for several years and had a glass studio for 25 years. This gives me a strong design background and the confidence to be adventurous in my creations.

My passion is helping people to learn about themselves through art, art journalling, paper crafting, having fun with card making and getting inky. I love bringing found items to projects and using mixed media supplies and paints, mixed together with Stampin Up inks and cardstock and that is exactly what I did with this project.

Since this was created while I was From the studio recently, I am using classic carry over sets that are a must have for everybody, along with items scrounged up along the way to augment my limited supplies.

Stamp sets used for this card are Lovely as a Tree, Sheltering Tree, and the newer Timeless Textures, along with soft suede and whisper white cardstocks. Inks used were soft suede, cucumber crush and soft sky. Found and mixed media items include corrugated cardboard, garden twine and Inka Gold Emerald paint.

I wanted to add some kind of rustic embellishment from our Stampin Up lines such as the new burlap ribbon or our linen thread, but I had neither with me so substituted several threads taken from a piece of used garden twine. Neither the burlap ribbon or linen thread would be awesome items to consider adding to make this design your own.

The soft suede base was stamped in soft suede ink using the Timeless Textures set. Torn edges on the whisper white cardstock add to the rustic feel of the card. Soft suede ink was applied randomly over the surface using the flourish stamp from Timeless Textures without a stamp block.


Mixed media is about adding layers over layers over layers to build up a visual depth within your project, and a great way to do this is to use portions of a stamp to add a texture layer. By holding the stamp as shown in the photo above and stamping over and over again you can build up the colour and texture on this layer. For this card I stamped off once before repeatedly stamping over and over on the cardstock until all ink was gone. Remember to turn your stamp to different angles to get a random design. A variation on this technique would be to create a background using a variety of hand held stamps and two or three related ink colours.

Instead of using a sponge or a dauber to ink the torn edges of the layer, I simply used the flourish stamp because it was already in my hand. I treated the interior of the card the same way.


Next layer up is the cardboard.. Did you know that corrugated cardboard has one side that peels off more easily than the other? And that if you pull it off randomly it leaves a wonderful rustic texture? That is all I did to this layer before attaching it to the card with Tombow glue.

The cucumber crush focal image I chose from Lovely as a Tree reminds me of a mystic tree, something a druid might live under, and the sentiment is one of my favourites taken from Sheltering Tree, another indispensible set.  I used a waterbrush to blur the tree image slightly, giving it a watercolour look and then added soft sky ink as a background.

To create a buffer between the focal panel and the cardboard I edged a whisper white panel using inka gold emerald paint applied with my fingertip and attached it to the focal panel with snail. It brings another hit of green, along with a gold glimmer undertone to bring a classy contrast to the rustic design of the rest of the card. This was then popped up on dimensionals before being added to the corrugated cardboard. If you preferred, you could add a layer of cucumber crush or basic black cardstock, but I had neither with me. Green pearls from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit provided a final touch.

I hope you enjoy the layers and contrasts in this card and are encouraged to use this design as permission to have an imperfect play session with your supplies and found items at hand.

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Please carry on and visit the other demonstrators in the Creative Circle blog hop at the addresses below:

The order of the hop:
1. Sandy

2. Liz
3. Lynn
4. Carol  you are here