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Friday 24 August 2018

Creative Card Making with Jennie

Hello and welcome to more Creative Card Making here at A Vintage Journey.

Jennie here with you today sharing a short tutorial for a reasonably simple card but which looks as though I have done loads of mixed media work! I am all in for a bit of cheating !!!

I have had these journalling notecards in my stash for years. They are really lovely quality cardstock but I always found the patterns a bit too fussy for what I wanted. However, I now realise that they make a good base for mixed media product and the larger ones are just perfect for a 5" x7" card.

Having chosen my journalling card I lay it down and start putting bits and pieces in place which correspond with the colours of the background and with an idea of a design. I find it easier to do this at this stage rather than later when paints and products are drying.

Then I added some texture paste through a layering stencil.

I love how when this dries it really looks as though it is part of the background "mixed media" cardstock underneath.

The MDF key was dabbed with some Picket Fence Distress Paint. I only give one coat as I prefer the more worn vintage look of the MDF showing through.

I roughed up the edges of the journalling card and cut a base card from craft and a cream mat.

I always like to sew the journalling card to the mat before sticking it to the card. The machine presses down the roughed up edges so remember to go back in with a fingernail and rough it up again!

And then I stuck everything down with a sentiment and some pearl buttons.

Actually quite a simple card which was made whilst glue and paints were drying on another project!

I hope this might inspire you all to go back into  your stash and look for some of those journalling cards or paperstock which you might find have a whole new lease of life.

As alway thank you for joining me today and happy crafting!

Jennie x


  1. Such a stunning background for this fabulous card Jennie x Love the pale and feminine colours and the embellishments are gorgeous too

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous card Jennie, from the wonderful background to the well chosen embellies and placement, this is a real mixed media master piece!! (I am sure I must have some of this journaling cards tucked away somewhere, you have now totally inspired me to dig them out)..., thank you!!

  3. This is such a Gorgeous card , Jennie. Love your 'textured , gesso effect background with hints of delicate colour seeping through here and there. Just as you always do you have embellished so tastefully. Thanks for sharing x

  4. This is so incredibly beautiful Jennie! I love the soft yellow and gorgeous stencil work. What an inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  5. Such a fresh lovely card. These colours are so very pretty and delicate, thank you for sharing it.

  6. Really beautiful vintage looking card! I love the colors that you used on this, and the decorations! Very pretty, nicely done! Thanks for the share, hope you have a fantastic weekend. Keep up the posts.

    World of Animals

  7. So elegant and so effective - thanks for sharing Jennie xx

  8. A beautiful card and an inspiring tutorial - thanks for sharing your talents.

  9. I love the soft light colors you used Jennie - a wonderful layering of vintage items - with the key and your beautiful bloom! The stitched distressed edge adds great texture! Julia xx

  10. Utterly gorgeous Jennie with fabulous layers and a beautiful design xxx

  11. So soft and pretty, Jennie! I love your 'cheat' idea and your tutorial is wonderfully done! Hugs!