True Blue Mixed Media Birthday Card

 If you love the look and feel of mixed media, but have not given it a try, this step by step is a great way to learn mixed media and try it out in a small space with someone special in mind.  The fun part about mixed media is there are no rules, no mistakes, no real guidelines….it is fun trial and error, it is layers of techniques that you love and together mixed media happens.
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Shopping List:
Canvas Corp Heirloom: Life Story Paper
Canvas Corp Denim Fabric Sheet
Canvas Corp Hemp Rope
7gypsies Gypsy Chronicles Mini Ephemera

Tattered Angels Materials:
Navy Blue High Impact Paint
Sapphire Glimmer Mist
Monolith Chalkboard Mist
Periwinkle Bouquet Glimmer Mist

Other materials: stencil, texture paste, metal brad

The Canvas Corp Heirloom collection is a great system of cards that help you chronicle your life story, your family’s life story or extended family.  Life Story is one of the papers in the collection and is made up of 6 identical cards on one 12×12 paper that have space to note specific details from each life so they can be remembered forever.  Small details that will mean a lot to those reading it in the future.  Christine choose to use the paper as a background for her card and we think that is so very cool.  This paper is perfect for making mini books, cards and scrapbook layouts.  You just cut them to create and fold into a card or mini book.

This 7gypsies ephemera pack with the vintage Happy Birthday Card is just the right style for this vintage inspired card.  
gypsy mini ephemera chronicles
Trim a third of the Life Story Paper vertically for the base of the card.  Apply a coat of Tattered Angels Navy Blue High Impact Paint on the Life Story Paper, concentrating the brush strokes on the right side and leaving some paper exposed. Let dry.
High Impact Paint - Navy Blue
Apply some texture paste through a patterned stencil on the right side of the card. Let dry.
texture medium
Brush a coat of Sapphire Glimmer Mist on the stenciled areas. Let dry.
sapphire glimmer mist
On different areas: mist, brush, & drip the Monolith Chalkboard Mist on the stenciled areas. Let dry.
Chalkboard Mist Tattered Angels
Cut out a small upper section of the Life Story paper. Water this down & mist the Monolith Chalkboard Mist on some areas. Let dry.
handmade birthday card
Now for the card decor…fussy cut the banner & the image of the birthday ephemera from the Gypsy Chronicles pack.
Happy Birthday vintage card
Now it’s time to layer our true blue mixed media birthday card. First, cut out a couple of small denim fabric pieces from the sheet & adhere this on the right & bottom parts. Then, adhere the misted paper on top of the denim fabric.
blue birthday card
Adhere the fussy cut ephemera on top of the misted paper with dimensional tape. Trim a small piece of Canvas Corp Hemp Rope & tie a small knot on the left side. Adhere this under the fussy cut image with a good fabric glue. Next, flatten the festener part of a small round metal brad & adhere this on the knot of the Hemp Rope.
Life Story Birthday Card
Adhere the fussy cut birthday banner on the bottom left of the card, on top of the denim fabric.
mixed media birthday card
Finish it off by splattering some Periwinkle Bouquet Glimmer Mist around the card.
Making a mixed media cards are really pretty easy to do and it is a great way to use bits and pieces from past projects, use up materials when you have just a bit left and a way to test different techniques and keep them all, not matter what you think about them, they make great layers and add texture and detail.  
Happy Creating!!!!





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