Mixed Media Flower Birthday Card


Needed a Birthday Card for my lovely daughter! I created a background on heavy cardstock using stencils, Gelatos, embossing powder, die cuts and a script stamp.

Once my background was finished and dry (I let it dry overnight between two pieces of parchment paper), I die cut the flower out of the background.

Then I colored a piece of paper to coordinate (I use pages torn from an old dictionary) and glued it to the back, allowing it to peek through the opening created by the die.

Finally, I layered with a dark red cardstock onto white cardstock to finish. Done!

Watercolor “Resist” with 2-Sided Tape

Watercolors are so hot now that I’ve pulled mine out from the depths of my craft space to explore them again!

Did you know that you can use a liquid resist called frisket to mask off areas that you don’t want the watercolor to go? You apply it to the area you want to mask, let it dry, then watercolor as normal. Once your watercolor is dry, the frisket peels right off, preserving the paper color underneath!

Frisket is a bit on the pricey side so I did some research and discovered that some people are using rubber cement instead of frisket, however, there are reports that, over time, the area masked with the rubber cement turns a bit yellow.

Well, the whole topic got me thinking and I wondered if 2-sided tape could be an effective mask. You can peel it up with your fingers, right? Well, here is the result of my first attempt!

Tape mask1

It worked like a charm! I ran my tape across the page in a random pattern, applied my watercolors, let them dry and then ta-da! The tape peeled off with no problems and the paper underneath was perfectly preserved! I’m going to try more patterns!