VIDEO: Mixed Media Birthday Card // Stamping, Gesso, Stenciling!

March 19, 2016

Happy weekend everyone! Man, it has been a crazy week for me, but now it's time to relax with a little spring break. Today I'm sharing with you the third video I've posted this week. (You won't see that happen too often)! This video is something a little different than usual though. As you probably saw in one of my haul videos, I recently purchased some gesso. Now let me tell you that I have no idea the intended purpose of gesso (okay, I could guess, but I'd be far off. Let me show you how I used it on my project!

I created this birthday card for my lovely friend Courtney who has a birthday in April. I originally started knowing that I wanted the theme to be kraft, red, and gold. Then, I added a little white to lighten it up. To get a complete tutorial, check out my video below!

This is an A2 sized card which is 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" made out of kraft cardstock. If you're looking for a specific product and where you can purchase it, I'll have links below. Then I cut some white cardstock down to 4" by 5 1/4" to give it some breathing room.

Now we dive into the fun stuff! I used two stamps from a Martha Stewart flower stamp set I've had for quite a while. I just absolutely LOVE the way these flowers stamp on paper. So pretty! I inked them up in some Lipstick Red Colorbox ink and randomly stamped the two flowers on the paper. 

Once that was complete, I attempted to make my own stencils. Although it did kinda work, I'm not sure if my method is a good one. You can check it out in more detail in my video, but let me know if you try it out yourself! I used my palate knife to create the gesso streak in the middle to create a base for my sentiment.

Then I created clusters of butterflies using the gesso, sequins, and the punch outs. To finish off the card, I added a sentiment and some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine. Check out my full process/tutorial below!

I hope you all enjoyed! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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