Card Making Tutorials

Creative Cards: Little Works of Art

June 16, 2011

Hi all, Lesley here! Today I want to share how to create ‘mini works of art’ to create unique cards with. This is a really good way to use up scraps and leftovers and I also find it a good way to jumpstart my creativity. There is no right and wrong with this and it works better if you just let go and go with the creative process and have fun. Keep adding and taking away if necessary until you are happy.

To start I used a Reeves 9” x 6” acrylic painting board. This is like a thick card with a canvas type surface on top.

Select colours and basic materials you want to work with. I chose to use the Pink Gelato collection (bits and pieces left over from other projects) and coastal blue, lemon yellow and dusty pink Kaisercolour acrylic paint.

Using a dab of paint and a very watery brush randomly paint the canvas with pink Kaisercolour. Uneven and blotchy is good!

Tear pieces of different patterned papers and adhere with Mod Podge. Let dry.

Place a stencil over the canvas. Spread Modelling Paste (also called Texture Paste) over the stencil. It is best using a plastic card for this (like an old gift card or credit card). You need to hold the stencil firmly too so it doesn’t move when you are doing this. You don’t want the paste too thick and it doesn’t matter if it is uneven. When you have finished carefully lift the stencil off and leave to dry. Remember to wash your stencil and card in water before it dries too!

Using a damp cloth rub on a different coloured Kaisercolour (using clean pieces of the cloth to rub some off) over the canvas and texture paste. Use different colours (I have used the yellow and blue) but let them dry in between coats.

Add rub-ons, crackle paint, distress inks, colour mists, etc until you are happy with the look.  Just let the different layers dry before you add another. You can stamp, emboss and do anything. Stamped and crumpled tissue paper is really cool too. I added some muslin threads to mine.

I then cut my canvas into a larger canvas for the Dream card and into 3 squares for the Journey card. I have still some left over for another project!

A tip using the Kaisercraft Paper Pads. Have you noticed the shiny papers in there. If you ink these with distress ink or use chalks, the shiny surface resists and you get a really defined and cool effect. This is what I have done for the backgrounds of my cards.

Add your mini art works to the background on the card and then add the Rub-On sayings. The Kaisercraft Rub-Ons are so cool and there are so many inspirational quotes perfect for any occasion. And there you have several unique cards.

“Dream Card” and “Journey Card” by Lesley Cooper

Materials Used: Pink Gelato Collection Patterned Paper (left over from other projects); Paper Pad (PP845); Rub-on (RB922); Kaisercolour Dusty Pink, Lemon Yellow, Coastal Blue; Rub-ons Childhood (RB914), Journey (RB905); Other – distress ink, distress stain, colour mist, crackle paint, muslin, modelling paste, cardstock










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  • Reply Kirsty June 16, 2011 at 8:38 am


  • Reply AdrianaB June 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    absolutely amazing, love this idea :)

  • Reply Vicki June 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

    WOW! – the AWESOME LESLEY stikes again!! :)

  • Reply Leanne June 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm


  • Reply Mrs Frizz June 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Oh wow … I’m definitely giving this one a go … absolutely bleedin’ awesome!!!

  • Reply lizzy crust June 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Hi.. thanks for sharing this.. i have learnt a lot from this post.. you girls are so very clever.. thanks again..

  • Reply Alanna June 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Oh wow Lesley!! They look brilliant!! Thanks for the tip about those shiny papers… I hadn’t even thought of that!

  • Reply Kelbyh June 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

    WOW, WOW and WOW again … stunningly beautiful! :)

  • Reply maja/eyovine June 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Stunning piece of art =) Thanks for the tip. I really have to try to maka an artsy page =)

    // maja

  • Reply Kerryn June 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    This is SO cool Lesley!!!

  • Reply Susie June 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This is stunning. I plan to give this a try. You listed your supplies but did not mention the stencils. What company and design name are they? Thank you for your response.

  • Reply Facebook User June 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Susie
    I am pretty sure the stencil I used was from The Crafters Workshop.

  • Reply Erica Lasham June 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    These are fantastic cards Lesley, Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I will have to have a play one day when I have more time :-)

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