How to Make a Mixed Media Card With Marion Smith Designs

by Keri Sallee

Today, I want to show you how to make a mixed media card using tons of Marion Smith Designs goodies, The Crafter's Workshop Stencil and Faber Castell gelatos.


  • Watercolor Paper
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard
  • Faber Castell Gelatos
  • Large Image Stamp
  • Doillie
  • Marion Smith Designs "Texture" stamp
  • Marion Smith Designs "Mad Tea Party" Ephmera Paper
  • Marion Smith Designs Filligree Butterflies
  • Marion Smith Designs Junque & Gems Stones
  • Marion Smith Designs Aqua Stamena
  • Crafter's Workshop "Striped Leaves" Stencil
  • Viva Decor Ink Gold
  • Lace (Hobby Lobby)
  • Water Bottle
  • Exacto/Craft Knife
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To form you card, start with a piece of water color paper cut to 6 x 12 and then folded in half.

    Step 2

    Liberally spray you surface with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Mustard. Speed the drying time with a head gun (use a tool like a spatula to keep you paper down while drying. It might warp slightly.)

    Step 3

    Once dry, grab your Archival Ink (or any permanent ink) and Marion Smith Design's "Texture" Stamp.

    Step 4

    Without a block, randomly stamp your surface.

    Step 5

    Next, grab a big image stamp, like this harlequin stamp. Using alternating colors, "color" your stamp with Faber Castell gelatos.

    Step 6

    A point to remember...if you haven't cleaned your stamp well, the colors of your gelatos might change slightly. I was ok with this, but if you're not, make sure your stamp in completely ink free.

    Step 7

    Once you've finished coloring, grab your water bottle. Lightly spray you stamp. Allow it to sit for a minute or two so that your gelatos mixes with the water.

    Step 8

    Turning your card over, press your card onto your stamp. Move it around your stamp and your card so that the image is all over.

    Step 9

    Notice that my blue gelato mixed with my mustard background to make green! Happy surprise I didn't think about. LOL Next, grab your doilie. I get mine from the baking dept at Hobby Lobby.

    Step 10

    Using a gel medium, like Matte Gel Medium from Liquitex, apply pieces of your doillie to 3 places.Make sure to apply your gel under and over.

    Step 11

    Scribble a small amount of pink gelato on your non-stick surface and spray with water to make the consistency of watercolors.

    Step 12

    Apply a heavy dose of pink gelato to each corner and lift the card up so that it drips down your card.

    Step 13

    Next, grab your stencil and Inka Gold paste. I used "Striped Leaves" stencil by Dina Wakely for The Crafter's Workshop. Using a spatula, lightly scrape the paste through your stencil onto your card.

    Step 14

    Step 15

    Now it's time to fussy cut! I prefer cutting my images with an exacto/craft knife rather than scissors. This image is from Marion Smith Design's "Mad Tea Party" Epherma paper.

    Step 16

    This pocket watch is also from the Ephemera paper.

    Step 17

    On your fussy cut pieces, lightly apply a grey gelato on the edges and rub with your fingers.

    Step 18

    Now it's time to make our butterflies 3-D. Using Marion Smith Design's Filigree Butterflies and a medium paint brush, lightly bend the wings around the handle.

    Step 19

    Add a Marion Smith Junque & Gems small stone to make the body and Aqua Stamen (also my Marion Smith) for antennae. Make 3 total.

    Step 20

    Lastly, add a few more floral stamps. Then layer your fussy cut pieces and butterflies with some lace to finish up you card.