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How to make Mixed Media Rubber Stamped Card

“Dipping your toe into mixed media is great fun! And when you team it up with 2nd generation stamping techniques you can create impressive masterpieces. This project creates a great card that you can have fun with creating your own stamped artwork together with a couple of 'have-a-go' techniques. Do not think too much about the stamps you use, try mixing them and using lots of different ones.” - Ann-marie Vaux

You will need:

  • 6x6inch Square white blank card base
  • Black cardstock
  • White Watercolour Cardstock
  • Artist Masking Paper or similar
  • Permanent Black Ink
  • Mixture of mini Distress Inks – approx 4 or 5 different colours
  • Mixture of Rubber Stamps, including 3 main focal stamps, background stamps and a large Sentiment stamp – go wild with them stamps you use, do not think about them all matching, go for contrast.
  • Waterbrush with water
  • Glossy Accents
  • Heat Gun (optional extra – if impatient)
  • Extra piece of white scrap cardstock
  • Tape Runner or Adhesive tape
  • Scissors

Time to Make: Approx 30-45 mins + drying time

Skill Level: Advanced


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    Cut 1 layer of black cardstock to 5.75inch x 5.75inch, and cut a layers of white watercolour cardstock to approx 5.5 x5.5inches. Attach the black layer to the blank card front, not the white layer at this time.

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    Take the White Watercolour layer and press the mini ink pads on to the white card, alternate the colours.

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    Using the waterbrush, brush water across and up & down on the watercolour card, moving the ink around, it will not blend neatly and it will run in to the other colours. You want the mixed effect Tip: Use a Heat Gun to dry the layer if wanting to carry on instead of waiting for it to dry.

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    Choose 2 or 3 stamps to be a main feature and using the Artist Masking Paper, stamp the images on to it and then cut on ready to use. Tip: Use a permanent ink pad, the masks can be used over & over again.

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    Using Permanent Ink stamp one image on to the layer, I used the butterfly. Then add the mask over it – Next to use 2nd Generation stamping that will give you a lighter stamped image - you will need your scrap card. Add ink to your stamp, ensuring it is covered and a good wet cover and then stamp once on to the scrap card, then stamp again on your card front, stamp over part of the main image (mine was the butterfly)

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    Add more masks that you have cut out, these can be used over the top of one another, then start stamping around the images,

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    Build up the full picture. Use any stamps, and use true stamping and the 2nd Generation stamping mix to add extra interest. When the image is full, use the large Sentiment stamp in True Stamping, nice and bold, on to your image in a prominent place.

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    Taking the waterbrush, add some colour to a few of the stamped items, only pick out a couple, give them a few shadows if you want as well at this stage.

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    Add extra watercolour ink that is heavier in colour around and behind as shadow for the Sentiment using the waterbrush.

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    Once the image is all dry (give it a blast with the Heat Gun again to be sure if needed) and then add Glossy Accents to a few of the main stamped images – just pick out a couple. Leave to dry.

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    Once the layer is dry, add this to the black cardstock layer and then attach to the card front using flat tape/runner etc.

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    The finished card.