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Friday 24 May 2019

Creative Card Making with Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here with this month's Creative Card Making post.  Regulars over at Words and Pictures will know I almost never make cards.  For some reason I find them very difficult to get going with.  But a Creative Card Making post requires a card, so here it is...

For this, I borrowed my inspiration from a tag I made in which I borrowed inspiration from one of my fellow Creative Guides, the lovely Jennie of Live the Dream.  And at three removes of inspiration, I found that it wasn't so hard to make a card after all!

I started with a pre-cut kraft card and envelope, 6x6 inches, and gave it a rough coat of gesso as a base.

Over that, I added some Idea-ology Tissue Tape and Design Tape strips and then smeared some DecoArt Crackle Paint in places.  (I know I took photos as I was going, but my camera seems to be playing up, and decided not to keep them.)

Over the dried crackle, I added dribbles of Distress Stain in Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky...

... and I smeared some Peeled Paint DI and Shabby Shutters DOxide onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and added that to the mix too.

I chose those colours to go with the tag I cut the Tim Holtz flower out of.

This one is from the Wildflower Stems #2 set.

I'd done some wrinkle-free distressing with those colours onto the tag, and had just enough to be able to cut the strips of paper lace too.

This is one of the two designs from the Lace Thinlits set released a couple of years ago.

Most of my butterfly Design Tape had become invisible under the crackle, so I added some more of that...

... as well as some actual lace from Tim's Idea-ology Lace Trimmings.

There's a bit of script stamping done in Stormy Sky Oxide.

And I used the leftover blobs from cutting the lace to add some extra detailing.

A few ivory sequins dotted around catch the light rather nicely.

And the Idea-ology Quote Chip gives me the necessary words to finish things off.

In the end, I really like this mixed-media card.  And it's flat enough to go through the post without extra charges!

I hope that's given you some card-making inspiration.  Thanks so much for pausing in your journey with me today.  There's still plenty of time to join in with our current Book It! challenge so do come and join us.  Have fun on your crafting travels.

Alison x


  1. Beautiful card and I love that it's flat for easy mailing! That Wildflower Stem is my favorite of the bunch, especially in your chosen colors. Wonderful mixed media inspiration and a great tutorial to boot!

  2. You really should do more cards! I love this, I love too that you've used the little blobs from the lace die, as extra interest. Gorgeous and easy to follow tutorial.

  3. Perfect! How lovely to see this come together into such a pretty card with such great advice to fo use the inspiration from a tag or something you’d already made. I love all the elements you used and the gorgeous inky design xxx

  4. Such a beautiful cards! I find it hard to get going when making cards too 😉. The gesso background and the grungy design with the flowers and inky colour palette is gorgeous - I love it! Creative hugs and wishes! Jo xx

  5. This is beautiful - who cannot make cards? Alison Bomber, you have just proved yourself wrong - you can and have made an absolutely beautiful card. I just love how you made the cardstock for the diecuts - gorgeous!
    Hugs, neet xx

  6. What a fabulous mixed media card, Alison. Love the gentle colour tones and all the gorgeous texture as well as the wonderful composition. You may not make cards often but when you do you definitely create some beauties .

    Have a lovely weekend

  7. So glad I visited Alison, it is gorgeous indeed , love the crackle and the flower and lace complimenting each other , and surely you proved that cardmaking is to be on your list, too !! So beautiful !! xoxo

  8. Another lovely. I do like your work and this card is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  9. It's a beautiful card Alison, well done, that flower looks spectacular against the fabulous background! The lace is a lovely additional touch!

  10. You should make them more often as this is beautiful with its soft colour palette, array of texture and that stand out die cut flower finishes it off fabulously
    Amanda x

  11. So beautiful Alison, a perfect vision of distressed Mixed Media! I love the colours scheme too!

  12. Love your kraft card and the grungy feel Alison x the bloom on the textured background look amazing x love the washi tape and lace too x
    Great step by step post xx

  13. MY favourite non card making crafter has made a wonderful card! Wonderful layout and subtle tones x

  14. Please make more cards. This one is very inspiring.

  15. Fabulous card, great colours, techniques and texture ....Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x.

  16. Gorgeous card Alison. I know how you feel about cards, I think that is why I tend to start with a Masterboard but never realised it until I read your post today. Loving all the gorgeous details and techniques you've used. Me thinks you should make more cards! Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  17. Just a fabulous card Alison! such gorgeous subtle colours and textures. I am so glad you are still enjoying the technique! Jennie x

  18. What a beautiful piece of art Alison! All of your inspiration resulted in this lovely little masterpiece! : )
    Thank you for sharing your processes with us. All of the textural elements truly compliment the focal point on this card. A treasure! karen o

  19. You really have made a beauty of a card Alison and it is lovely seeing how you brought it together - I love the random touches of crackle and the beautiful muted colour tones against the Kraft card. Anne xx

  20. I LOVE this card, Alison!!! It is so pretty and peaceful and I could look at it forever.

  21. I adore the subtle contrasts with this piece Alison. Understated style. Perfect. The sequins just complete the delicate innocence of your creation! Xx