Free Mixed Media Inspiration Cards

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Mixed Media Inspiration Cards

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I create a set of Mixed Media Inspirational Cards that I would like to give you to say “THANK YOU” for supporting me by subscribing to my blog.
These cards will help you through the creative process of making an art journal page, canvas or any other mixed media art project you may have.

Once you subscribe you will get access to a post that has the .pdf files for the Mixed Media Inspiration Cards and a template for creating the box to store your cards in.
You will also be one of the first to know when I post to my blog, because you will receive email updates of all my new post.

After you have subscribed and downloaded  the .pdf files, head back over to this post.
I’m going to show you a couple of different ways you can print your cards out and personalize them.

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OK…Did you subscribe and download your cards?
I hope so cause I’d hate to see you miss out on all the creative fun.

Let’s start printing!

There are a couple of different ways that you can print these cards out.

Option #1:
Printing your Mixed Media Inspiration Cards onto decorative cardstock.

The first way I’m going to show you is the easiest and fastest way to print your cards and have them ready for you to start creating in no time.
TIP: Be sure you are printing onto a thicker paper like cardstock.
Lightweight paper is too flimsy and won’t hold up to all the love and attention you will give these cards when you are creating with them.

There are so many beautiful papers at the craft stores these days.
You may already have some in your paper stash now.
Why not print the cards onto the blank side on these papers.

Step #1: Choice your 8.5″x 11″ decorative paper.
Step #2: Load your paper into your printer. (Be sure to load your paper in the printer so that it prints on the blank side of your paper and NOT the decorative side.)
Step #3: Print your cards.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Printing on decorative cardstock. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Printing on decorative cardstock.

Step #4: Using a paper trimmer or scissors, cut the cards apart. Using the lines as your reference. 

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Cut the cards apart, using the lines as your reference. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Cut the cards apart, using the lines as your reference.

Step #5: Round the corners of the cards using a corner rounder punch.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Round the corners of the cards using a corner rounder punch. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Round the corners of the cards using a corner rounder punch.

Step #6: Print the box template onto coordinating paper. (Do this in the same way you printed the cards, being sure to load the paper into your printer in the right direction.)
Step: #7:
Cut, fold and glue the template to create your box. (Directions on how to do this are on the template.)

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and Cards (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and Cards

Step #8: Decorate your box.
How you do this is entirely up to you. Have fun and be creative.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and Cards Finished! (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and Cards Finished!

Step #9: Your all finished!!! 
Go and make something using your cards as inspiration.

Note: Directions on how to use these cards, are included in the subscription post and there is an “How to Play” card included with the deck.

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Option #2:
 Mixed Media Inspiration Cards and YOUR own art

The second way I’m going to show you is a way to personalize the cards with your own art.
TIP: Be sure you are printing onto a thicker paper like cardstock.
Lightweight paper is too flimsy and won’t hold up to all the love and attention you will give these cards when you are creating with them.

If you would like to personalize your deck of cards, you can print the cards onto the blank cardstock and paint on the opposite side of the page.
Below I show you a very simple process to personalize your cards (along with a few tips.)

Step #1: Print your cards onto blank 8.5″x 11″cardstock.
**If you want a matching box to store your cards in, go ahead and print that out now as well.

TIP: White cardstock works best for this if you plan to paint the paper as I will be showing you.
Although, other colors and even pattern paper would make for a very unique and interesting base to start with.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Printed on cardstock. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Printed on cardstock.

Step #2: Gather your prints, paints and tools.

I will be using Dylusions Paints throughout this project.
I like that these paints because they dry very quickly and I don’t have to wait for drying time in between each step.
You can use what ever acrylic paints you have. Just be sure that each layer is dry before moving on to the next so your colors don’t “mud” together.

My tool of choice is a very HIGH TECH tool….its an old plastic gift card 😉
As you can tell from this picture, this tool has been well used and loved, so much to the point I have no idea where it came from.
Anything with a flat edge would work for this step.

NOTE: Be sure to work on drop paper.
Drop paper is any kind of paper that will catch your run off paint.
This can be craft paper, newsprint, butcher paper (uncoated), basically any paper large enough to cover your work surface.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Gather your prints, paints and tools. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Gather your prints, paints and tools.

Step #3: Tape your pages down to your drop paper so they do not move while you are painting them.

Place the tape in a few spots, about 1/4″ from the edge.
This area will be trimmed away when you cut your cards apart.

NOTE: You will be painting on the plain, unprinted side of ALL the pages.

I forgot this step when I was painting my pages and this  is what happened 🙁

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: My OOPS!!! (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: My OOPS!!!

Step #4: Let’s spread some paint!!

Working from darkest to lightest, dip your tool (old plastic card) into the paint and scrap the color on your page in different directions.
The colors I used were London Blue, Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime
Leave “white space” after each color so each color can pop out on its own.

DO THIS FOR ALL PAGES AND ALLOW THE PAINT TO DRY COMPLETELY.

TIPS: Clean your tool well in between each color.
Be sure to let your paint dry in between so you don’t make “mud”

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ London Blue (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ London Blue
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ Vibrant Turquoise (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ Vibrant Turquoise
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ Fresh Lime (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Painting with Dylusions Paint ~ Fresh Lime

Step #5:  It’s time to stencil!!!

Grab one of your stencils (store-bought or handmade).
One complimentary color of paint. I used Bubble Gum Pink by Dylusions.
And a dabber or stencil brush.
Apply a small amount of paint onto your dabber and stencil in a few areas on your page.

DO THIS FOR ALL  PAGES AND ALLOW THE PAINT TO DRY COMPLETELY.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Stenciling with Dylusions Paint ~ Bubble Gum Pink (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Stenciling with Dylusions Paint ~ Bubble Gum Pink

Step #6: Now we are going to do some stamping!!!

For this step I used some bubble wrap I had lying around from a package I received in the mail.
You can use another stencil or your favorite stamp for this step as well.
This is a great time to add some white to your page (white areas give your eyes a place to rest).

Only stamp in a few areas. You don’t want to cover up all the stencil work you just did.

DO THIS FOR ALL  PAGES AND ALLOW THE PAINT TO DRY COMPLETELY.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Stamping with bubble wrap. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Stamping with bubble wrap.

Step #7: Grab your pens and lets doodle!!!

DON’T START THIS STEP UNTIL YOUR PAINT IS 100% DRY!!!!
This could take up to 12 hours depending on where you live and how thick you apply the paint.
If you write over paint that is even slightly damp you will ruin your pens and they may never write again.

I used my metallic silver and gold Pentel pens, Fude Ball pen and Faber Castell brush pen.

For this step just have fun doodling, tracing your stencil or stamped images and even writing words all over your page with different pens or markers.
There is no right or wrong way to do this.
In the end you will cut the page up and will only see little sections of the page, so don’t get hung-up on this step. 

DO THIS FOR ALL  PAGES AND ALLOW THE INK TO DRY COMPLETELY.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Doodling (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Doodling

Step #8: Seal and protect your art!! (optional)

My cards will get ALOT of love and attention and I want my art to last for as long as possible.
To make sure my art last, I sprayed my pages with Krylon Satin Finish Spray.
When the pages completely dried, I rubbed a light coating of Daddy Van’s Unscented Furniture Polish over the pages.

TIP: I applied a spray on sealer instead of a brush on sealer because I didn’t want to take the chance of smearing the ink from the pens.
I also didn’t want the brush lines on my finished piece.

 

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Sealers (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Sealers

NOTE: I swear by Daddy Van’s Furniture Polish.
This is an ALL NATURAL product made by a GREAT company.

If my art journal pages stick together, I rub a light coating on my pages (being sure to buff off the excess) and then my pages no longer stick together and they have a protective coating over them.

NOTE: Spray your pages outdoors or in a very well ventilated area.
The Krylon Satin Finish Spray has a VERY STRONG odor and it may last for a couple of days.

If this bothers you PLEASE DO NOT USE this product.

Step #9: Once your pages are completely dry you can cut your cards out using a paper trimmer or scissors.
Step #10: Round the corners of all the cards using your corner rounder punch.

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Finished cards ready for their storage box. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Finished cards ready for their storage box.

Step #11: Make the box to store your cards in!!!
The directions for the box are printed on the template.

If you printed out the box template already and painted and sealed the page along with your cards then you are good to go.
If you have NOT printed the box template out yet, you will need to do so now and repeat the previous steps to decorate your box.

 

Step #12: Decorate the box!!
Use stickers, washi tape, chipboard, etc., to decorate your box and make it BEAUTIFUL!!!

Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and cards completed and ready for creating. (image)
Mixed Media Inspiration Cards: Box and cards completed and ready for creating.

THAT’S IT…YOUR MIXED MEDIA INSPIRATION CARDS ARE DONE AND READY FOR PLAY!!!!

From my own personal experience I know how helpful this tool can be when you are going through your creative process.
Whether you are new to Mixed Media Art or a seasoned artist,
we all have moments of “artist block”or we get 
paralyzed by a blank page, not knowing where or how to start.

Hopefully, these cards will help you push past those moments, as they have done for me.

Let these cards inspire you to create.

There are many ways in which you can use these cards.
I have included a “How To Play” card in the deck to give you a few ideas.

You will also find that using these cards will force you to change things up from your normal process of creating.
THAT’S A GOOD THING!!!!
These are the times that we grow as artist, because we are discovering new things about ourselves.


If you haven’t done so yet, go ahead and subscribe NOW so I can give you this
AWESOME FREE GIFT !!
You can use them to create your next art journal page.

If you have any questions or comments, 
please do not hesitate to contact me at belder@beeclecticartstudio.com

 

KEEP CREATING!!

Brandy

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