Spread your wings

It’s a new month so we are launching our March challenge today over at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog, as always the theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.

I used a fun technique using a Watermark Stamp Pad to create some of the flowers on my background which gave a lovely depth to my mixed media page; I hope you like it too (grin!).  

I stamped a Floral Silhouette stamp from Penny Black onto the background of the page using Versamark Watermark ink and then I dried it using a heat gun (the heat fixed the ink and achieved better watermark images). I applied some Abandoned Coral Distress Stain and also some Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Archival Inks over the top, gradually building up the colour using a blending tool so the watermark flower images appeared; they are the lightest flowers on the background. Then I stamped more of the flowers using the Penny Black stamp again and the Vintage Photo and Ground Espresso inks.

The pink flowers were die cut using Wildflower Stems #1 Thinlits by Tim Holtz from some design paper and then arranged onto the page using Liquitex matte gel medium. I used a journal card from Kaisercraft for the wording which reads “Until you spread your wings you’ll never know how far you’ll fly!”. The top and bottom of the card was embellished using two strips of silver metal beading.

To finish, I added the pretty butterfly sticker and some silver wire to trail behind it.

All you need to do is to use three different mediums on your projects to join our Anything Mixed Media Goes Challenge. For more inspiration please check out the amazing creations from my fellow Design Team members over at Creative Artiste too. I hope you are inspired to join us; it would be lovely to see you there!

I seem to be drawn to pink at the moment, I even decorated my friend’s birthday cake with pink and white feather icing; this is a Victoria sponge filled with buttercream and strawberry jam. As we are still in lockdown here, I thought this would be a nice surprise to wish her a happy birthday (grin!).

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well! x

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tsukineko Versamark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Penny Black Clear Stamp Set (Floral Silhouette 30-563)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Black Soot)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Stain (Abandoned Coral)
  • The Works (Design Block)
  • Tm Holtz Sizzix Thinlits (Wildflower Stems #1 664163)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Kaisercraft Captured Moments (Life’s Treasures CM108)
  • Mark Richards Metal Bead Stickers (Silver Metals #1981)
  • X-Press It! double-sided tape
  • Home Bargains You & Me Stickers (Beautiful Butterflies 22742)
  • Silver wire
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

I’m pleased to be able to join the Beautiful Blossoms challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge with all the beautiful stamped and die cut flowers on my page.

I’m joining the Anything Goes challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog with my vintage shabby chic flower page.

I’m also joining the Art Journal challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge too with my art journal page.

I’m happy to join Paperbabe Stamps and their #138 – Anything Goes challenge with my page too.

I’m also joining the Mix It Up Challenge Blog and their MIUCB #47 – Anything Goes + Inlaid Die Cut challenge with the fun technique I used to create the background using the Watermark Stamp Pad.

18 thoughts on “Spread your wings

  1. The cake stopped me in my tracks for a moment there Jo, i’ve not had breakfast yet hee hee!!
    Love this vintage page, that watermark pad is such a versatile crafty tool and over stamping with a different colour really adds a certain depth to the page. Your Butterfly really dances across the page so pretty. Have a super weekend Hugs Tracey x
    P.S Thanks for linking up @ PBS x

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  2. I love this romantic side with the butterfly and this stamping form. The color combination is fabulous to look at!
    Recreate a work of art.
    Such a delicious cake, I envy you for it !!!
    I wish you a good day hug Elke

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  3. Beautiful page Jo. You got some fantastic depth to the background. Nice flowers and butterfly too. They all work together very nicely. And your cake looks delicious. The feathering looks great too. I bet your friend enjoyed it. I like Victoria Sponges, they aren’t too sweet but just sweet enough. Have a super weekend Jo. Hugs-Erika

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  4. You know I always enjoy reading about the techniques you use and the colours – Abandoned Coral and Vintage Photo!
    I’m really impressed with how you made the sumptuous background with the combination of blending, watermarking and stamping, so skilfully done.
    Thinlits sound like magical creatures out of a children’s book and this illustration could easily be in a magical book of nature.

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    • Thanks so much Sheila, that’s so kind! I was thinking of you today as I’ve started to work on a page for your Single Flower challenge at AJJ, can’t wait to join in the fun 😀. Take care and happy weekend! Hugs, Jo x


  5. The watermark stamping is a great technique to add layers without bulk (useful for cards that will be posted). The butterfly looks great against that lovely background..

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  6. Oh Jo you always make amazing colourful layouts and this is another one. So full of lovely flowers and that lovely butterfly. Perfect sentiment and dare I mention how mouth watering that cake looks. You are a tease. Stay safe and craft on mu friend.

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  7. That background is as yummy looking as your friend’s birthday cake! I’m so happy you shared your process, but wish you could share the cake, as well! Gorgeous AJP, Jo, and again, using those favorite TH wildflower die cuts. Once again, I love that you shared this with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog!

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