Tuesday, 1 March 2016

4 Quick Cards - Spring Edition

Ah...can you smell that? It's the sweet smells of SPRING!

Today I'm showing you the make & take I taught at the Paradise Lost One Day Crop on Feb 27.
I based it on another blog post I did back in December - 4 Quick Christmas Cards

I start with a pallet of spring colours - Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin & Picked Raspberry 
Distress Stain ~ and a sheet of 140lb cold press watercolour paper 9"x11".

I start by smooshing my 3 colours of Distress on to my splat mat and giving them a good spray of water. Then I start laying my watercolour paper on top of my stains. The middle picture shows the first & the right photo is about the 5th. I dry between layers and keep adding stain and water until I like what I've got. I don't worry about the white spaces and you'll see why in the next step.
This layer is all about Distress Paint & Ink Pads. I use all the same colour and start layering these on over the stains. I give this layer a really good dry with my heat gun before trimming my paper to 4 - 4"x 5.25" panels. This will leave a few small scraps that I toss in my scrap bucket to be used for future projects.

I add a stamp image (SA/Tim Holtz - Flower Garden)  and a sentiment (SA/Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk) to each card front before using my blending tool to ink the edges. Lastly I ran my Black Archival Ink pad along the edges to 'frame' them. 

I really enjoy this technique to make a set of cards - I get to combine my love of a large mixed media surface and cardmaking. 

Thanks for dropping by my blog today & I hope I was able to inspire you!

~stay crafty~



  1. These are awesome! I love the bright bold colours!

  2. Fabulous as always!! Love the bright colours!

  3. Gorgeous!! I love the color palette!! totally inspired to try some new color choices! :)

  4. They are fabulous! I love the color pallette - awesome for bright cheery spring cards! I will have to pick myself up some distress paints & stains!

  5. Gorgeous masterboard Julia, love those colours! And the cards you have created are so bright and lovely, thanks for sharing your techniques! Deb xo

  6. Really enjoyed the make & take on Saturday! Beautiful!


  7. This was amazing!!!! I'm going to have to give this a try.

  8. Fantastic!! I LOVE THOSE COLORS!!! And how you've finished these off is brilliant - thanks for some much needed inspiration! xxx Lynn

  9. Wow, Julia! These cards are awesome, and your step by step is so easy to follow! Definitely going to give this a try! I have to get those gorgeous stamps! Yeah, I'm late! Hugs!


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