Fall Flower Mixed Media Cards

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Get some great tips on making fall flower mixed media cards!

Today Colleen is sharing an idea for fall flower mixed media cards that are so bright and cheery and truly give us all the Fall feels. With the beautiful look of all that delicious texture on all her elements, Colleen has created something that you just can’t stop looking at! Colleen says “Fall is my favorite time of year and I always love to create fall cards filled with color, texture, and dimension. Just like the season!” #nailedit!

Let’s get the details of the making so we can use some of her ideas in our own projects.

Start by stamping a card sized piece of white card stock using our News Paper background stamp in Caramel Color Fuse Ink from Set #3.

Next create your mixed media piece by applying Mango Color Fuse Ink from Set #2 all over a piece of white card stock. PRO TIP: Don’t worry about making a “perfect” application – the variations are actually a huge plus for this look! Now use our Fall Leaf Stencil and apply Citrus and Apricot Color Fuse Ink from the same set over the inked panel. Again, don’t shoot for evenness – ink with your heart. PRO TIP: Using several inks from one set of Color Fuse Ink will give you a delicious depth and dimension thanks to our driving our formulators crazy encouraging our ink company to create shades that are pure perfection together.

When done, lightly mist this panel with water and blot dry with a paper towel. This adds some water spots, enhancing the textural look of a mixed media technique. When done, use some Pumpkin Color Fuse Re-inker, also from Set #2, to create some splatters over the panel.

Die cut this richly inked piece with the largest die from our Fancy Decorative Nested set and adhere it to the newsprint panel with thin dimensional adhesive. Set aside to make your gorgeous flowers.

Use our Cone Flower die to cut white card stock three times. Using the same Citrus and Apricot Color Fuse Ink, color the flower petals of one of these die cut pieces. Ink up the stamens with Caramel and Cinnamon Color Fuse Ink from Set #3 and then the leaves and stems with Juniper and Grass Color Fuse Ink from Set #11.

Using liquid glue, adhere all three layers together to create a lovely, thick and sturdy element that gives some lovely visual weight. You can always skip this step and use dimensional adhesive for the lift though these thicker elements add a ton of visual interest!

Using more white card stock, die cut it with our Arch Trellis twice. Use the direct-to-paper technique to add Caramel and Cinnamon Color Fuse ink to one of the die cuts. As with the other elements on this card, use uneven inking to give this a textured, rustic look. If desired, use the water misting technique to add more texture. Adhere the two die cuts together with liquid glue to add more dimension.

Lay your trellis and flower assembly on a mat and splatter with some white ink or watered down white acrylic paint to echo the water spots and create that visual continuity that makes this card so irresistible.

Now assemble your card! Adhere the trellis to the lower right side of your brilliant mixed media die cut background, add the flowers over it, and finish with your desired sentiment – trimmed or die cut – over the arrangement in the lower right corner.

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Just GORGEOUS! Let’s take another peek.

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Something in particular that we love about this idea for fall flower mixed media cards is that the very thing that makes this so spectacular – all that fabulous texture and depth – is enhanced by imperfect application. Who doesn’t love a card where you can’t go wrong?

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