A Life Without Dreams by Alison Hall


Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today, sharing a mixed media card that I made with a few of my favourite mediums, and some Dylusions stamps.

Here's what I used...

Dylusions Cling Mounted Stamp Sets - Black Sheep, Quintessential Quotes, Anatomy of a Page
Watercolour Cardstock, Black Cardstock, 6x6 ins White Card Blank
Stencil Brush, Paintbrush, Baby Wipes, Music Sheet, Black Pen, Water Spray Bottle, Heat Gun, Scissors

Here's what I did...

1. I began by cutting some watercolour cardstock into 5x5 inch squares. I then used Gelatos to add some background colour, scribbling with different tones of the same colours, then blending with a baby wipe.

2. Next, I did some tone on tone stencilling with Dinky Stencils and Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint.

3. My next step on the background was to sprinkle on a contrasting colour of Infusions, then spritz with water, and dry with a heat gun.

4. To make my card, I picked out the purple background and used black Stazon ink to stamp a floral design around the edges.  

5. I painted a thin coat of Snowflake Fresco on some music sheet, then stamped the focal image from the Black Sheep stamp set, and the quote, then cut them out. I also hand cut a scalloped edge and added some black pen doodling, before gluing it to the edges of the background. 

6. I adhered the image and quote, outlined the words with a black pen, then used Distress Markers to colour in the image. I used a round paintbrush to add a splatter of watered down Snowflake Fresco, edged the background with black Stazon, then matted and layered onto black cardstock and a white card blank to finish.

I hope I've inspired you to create some art today.

Alison x

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  1. Brilliant!! Fab tutorial Alison x

  2. A great collection of backgrounds Alison. Love your finished piece too. X

  3. Love the quirky card Alison and your backgrounds are ace!
    Fliss xx

  4. Great background and a bit of Dylusions stamping, fabulous
    Amanda x

  5. Stunning, the background is a beauty too ;)
    Donna xx

  6. Wow - those backgrounds are amazing. Great idea to make up a batch all in one go. They look so cool all laid out like a creative rainbow! Fun crazy character to go with the purple tones.
    Alison x


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