SSS Mandy's Flowers | Marabu Art Crayons | Marla's 500 Subs Milestone

Hey Procraftinators! I have a bit of a different post/video today. My friend Marla, over at MAD about Cards and Crafts is celebrating her 500 subscriber milestone. Instead of doing a video hop, she did a couple things and one was to ask creators that were willing to do a video of a card from her channel that inspired them. I chose this card from THIS VIDEO from her channel. I loved the look of her background and I hadn't played with my art/watercolor crayons in awhile. She used gelatos in her video and I have Marabu Art Crayons, which are basically the same thing, just different brands.

I started with a piece of Strathmore  Mixed Media paper and I applied Liquitex Basics White Gesso to it with a mini ink blending tool with one of my DIY blending foams. I did 4 panels this way so that I could play, make a few backgrounds and choose my favorites to make into a card. I ended up not being a able to choose a favorite and made 2 cards. Once the gesso was dry, which takes just a minute or two, as you are applying a real thin layer here, I picked out the colors of crayons I wanted to use. I chose a variety of blues and greens - Sky Blue, Gentian, Aqua Green, Kiwi & Apple. 

For the first two backgrounds, I took the crayon directly to the paper. One I did stripes and the other I just large polka dots. Then, I blended the colors out with a wet baby wipe. The colors blend easily, because we primed the paper with the gesso. If you hadn't used the gesso, there would more than likely be harsh marks where you took the crayon to the paper. The color would blend out some, but the harsh mark would remain where you originally drew it on the paper. The gesso alleviates this issue.

For the other two backgrounds, I scribbled the crayons on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat, sprayed the crayon with water and then put my paper into the color. The first one I kept dragging it through the color until I was happy. The second one, I placed the paper in the color and lifted straight up, for the most part. Then, I heat set before I did it again. Heat setting between adding more color, gives layers and depth to the background, instead of letting them all mix together.

I set the backgrounds aside and I stamped out two of the floral frame type image from Simon Says Stamp Mandy's Flowers stamp set. I cut the image with my Scan N Cut, then I filled the circular frame with a Nuvo Supreme Metallics Satin Silver marker. I colored the florals with various types of alcohol markers in unconvential colors. Marla has several videos on her channel with blue flowers. So, I chose blues and aquas to color my floral arrangements. Next, I cut a frame using two of the dies from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles die set. I don't have frame dies, but you can make any rectangle nesting die set a frame by simply nesting two together. I cut some Silver Pearlized paper for the frame and a piece to mat my backgrounds with. I matted my background and adhered the frame central on my background. Then, I popped my focal image up in the middle of the frame. Next, I stamped the inside with a sentiment and another floral arrangement from the Mandy's Flowers stamp set. I finished off the cards with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Liquid Mercury & Aqua Plains and Glitter Drops in Dazzling Blue.

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Supply List

  • Simon Says Stamp - Mandy's Flowers Stamp Set
  • Marabu Art Crayons
    • Sky Blue
    • Gentian
    • Aqua Green
    • Kiwi
    • Apple
  • Strathmore Mixed Media Paper
  • Liquitex Basics White Gesso
  • VersaMark
  • The Personal Stamp Exchange Silver Embossing Powder
  • Nuvo Supreme Mettalics - Satin Silver 505
  • Gina K Amalgam Ink
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles (used 2 to make a frame)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Paper Accents - Pearlized Silver
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops
    • Liquid Mercury
    • Aqua Plains
  • Nuvo Glitter Drops
    • Dazzling Blue

    ***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***