Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Layered Mixed Media Card Ken Oliver Color Burst Tutorial

If you've been following along on my blog, you know I've been stuck in CAS (or the Becca version of CAS anyway) for quite a little jaunt. 

I was bound and determined to break myself out of that zone and this weekend I set out to get messy. REAL messy. 

I also realized that it's been awhile since I've made an official tutorial for you, my bloggy followers (although I do post regular tutorials on both the STAMPlorations and Coffee Loving Papercrafters blogs). 

Here is my remedy for that! PS If you like the tutorial, please consider Pinning it!


To be completely truthful, this card was alllllllmost a CAS design. I stamped a lovely tree from the Wendy Vecchi Card Art Sentiments stamp set.I thought I'd create a scene with the tree using some Ken Oliver Color Burst Crystals.... SO I spritzed my paper with water, plopped some crystals on, AND - hated  the result. It's not at all the lovely scene I was picturing. 


So what did I do? Rather than putting the project into the trash bin, I cut it into different sized rectangles and started layering. 


I used a dry brush and some gesso on a sheet of black paper for my base. I love the look of the brush strokes still in plain view. 


Once I was happy with the position of my rectangles (and don't ask, please HOW many times I rearranged the pieces) I started gluing them down and defining the edges using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen.<----psssttt these pens are divine for writing over pretty much any mixed media surfaces!


OOOOOOooo - I think defining the edges really helps to make the individual pieces POP. I also added a layer of white scribbles to the edge of my black cardstock, using a white gel pen. 


I didn't want to cover up too much of my colorful panels, so I added a bold black butterfly die cut (PSSTTT... you can get it for 20% off in the STAMPlorations shop by using code STAMPGIRLBECCA) and a vellum overlay with a simple sentiment. 

I'm going to link up my creation to the following challenges:
More Mixed Media Challenge - ATG + Brights

Creative Craft Cottage - Add a Butterfly
Mix It Up - Anything Goes + Optional Paper Piecing

Taaaadaaaa! Messy beauty achieved. I'll have you know that creating this little number broke me out of my CAS shell and I'm back to my mixed media love.


  1. Wow, not how I thought this would end up after seeing the first image! Totally stunning - you are a real artist, Becca, Jo x

  2. I always enjoy seeing your step by step tutorials Becca! This is vibrant and fabulous. I like the white frame you created. Marvelous project!

  3. You turned the colorful CAS panel to a striking MM card ! I really loved the squares ,partial tree image on it creates lots of interest .

  4. Brilliant work, Becca!!! Such clever way to reuse that piece you didn't love! Fabulous design and sooooo striking! Very well done!!

  5. Whoa! That bright colorful bg behind the b&w bfly and sentiment -- FAB.U.LOUS.!!

  6. Yey to messy and breaking out!!! So creative and such fun. Glad you kept going to produce this unique and colourful project. I absolutely love it! x

  7. Great save on your beautiful card. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your sweet comment.

  8. Thanks for the tutorial - and a stunning way to rescue and re-use. Who would have thought it started life the way it did!

  9. Simply stunning girl!!! Those colors!

  10. Wow, Becca! I LOVE what you've done! I've just received my first Color Bursts, and can't wait to try them! Thanks so much for the tutorial! :o)

  11. WOW stunning save brilliant and inspired inspiration-it looks brilliant cut up and layered and love the gesso brush strokes too
    Carol x

  12. I really like it. I"m going to try my version of this. No tree stamp, but I like the layering squares.

  13. Well, wanted to pin, but couldn't see how. Sorry.

    1. You should just be able to hover over the picture and there's a pin button that will show up in the upper lefthand corner.

  14. Gosh! This is just SO lovely!! How vibrant and gutsy! I LOVE IT!
    Thank you for playing along with us at MIUCB!

  15. Beautiful project thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage - good luck
    Lyn - DT