Sunday, 20 September 2015

Dylusions Mixed Media Get Well Card


This is the final thing that I made for Shaz before she went into hospital – until I had heard from her hubby that she had received it, it had to remain under wraps! I now know that I can share it with you.

I made her a get well card using a combination of Dylusions sprays and my new Dylusions paints. The colours of the two types of media match beautifully.

15 Finished Card

I began with a scrap piece of card which I had used for mopping up Peacock Feathers distress ink and Vibrant Turquoise Dylusions spray. It ended up pretty crinkled and distorted but I thought it would flatten out OK.

01 Turquoise DI and Dylusions Smooshed BG

This is my honeycomb stencil laid over the top of the background piece.

02 BG with Stencil

Stencilling with Polyfilla One Fill (what our US cousins call joint compound) – a lot cheaper than artists’ moulding paste! I spread a little in random patches, using a palette knife, and scraped off any bits that looked messy, and then dried it with my heat gun.

03 Stencil with Polyfilla

The piece with the stencilled Polyfilla.

04 Stencilled Polyfilla

Lemon Zest Dylusions spray. A couple of quick bursts at the top, then spritzed with water and held up so it dripped down through the stencilling. Love the lime green it produces with the turquoise.

05 Spray and Drip with Dylusions Lemon Zest Spray

Repeating the process with Crushed Grape Dylusions spray. In each case I spritzed it with water to help it blend.

06 Spray, Drip and Spritz with Crushed Grape Dylusions Spray

Coarse sea salt added, and re-spritzed with water. I left this for a few minutes to react, and then dried it with my heat gun.

07 Sea Salt

The piece with the salt crystals removed. It creates gorgeous swirls and spots as the salt draws the wet ink towards itself.

08 Sea Salt Removed

The piece along with a couple of other pieces used to mop up inks from my craft mat. Fabulous backgrounds!

09 With Smooshed and Sprayed BGs

The addition of Treasure Gold gilding wax to the raised stencilled areas. I put on the barest minimum so that the colours would still show through.

10 Treasure Gold on Stencilling

Working on the base card, I began by coating it with a thin layer of gesso, using a foam brush, and then dried with my heat gun. The surface of the card is fairly absorbent, and the gesso prevents the paints sinking in, and helps them blend better.

11 Gesso on Base Card

The Dylusions paints, in Lemon Zest, Vibrant Turquoise and Crushed Grape. I used the Ranger mini-blending tools to apply them and blend them together, and after the first coat was dry, I applied another, and after each one, blended the colours using a baby wipe.

12 Dylusions Paints on Base Card

The finished base card. The colours do blend well together, creating new colours.

13 Base Card Complete

The stencilled piece stuck down onto the base card.

14 Topper on Base Card

I found this amusing quote online and printed it out on the computer, cut out the pieces and coloured them with Antique Linen distress stain because the white card I printed them on looked a bit stark. I stuck them down with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and outlined each one with rough lines with a gold gel pen. (After I had stuck them down I realised I should have used gel medium… dratted chemo brain!)

15 Finished Card

The inside of the card was inked with a selection of distress inks, using Inkylicious Ink Dusters, to echo the colours on the front of the card. Starting at the top left corner and working around clockwise, Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Aged Mahogany. The centre of the card still looked rather white and stark, so I added some Antique Linen distress ink to tone it down.

16 Inking the Inside

I unscrewed the lid of my water spritzing bottle and flicked the tube over the surface of the card to spatter it with water droplets. I left it to soak in for a few minutes and then blotted it off with kitchen paper to leave the white spots, to create a bit of texture.

17 The Inside Spattered

The final step was to add the sentiment, which was printed from the computer, coloured with Antique Linen distress stain, stuck down and outlined as before.

18 The Inside Complete

The backs of my cards usually seem to get a bit messy (I’m sure other people manage to keep the backs of theirs nice and pristine and clean, but I’ve never worked out how to do this!) and we are told that if you make a mistake, make a feature of it, so I did!

19 Messy Back

I inked the envelope to echo the colours of the card and its inside, and added the water spattering for a bit of texture.

I hope this card cheers her up in hospital, and at least raises a smile, if not a laugh! She loves very loud heavy rock music and I was delighted when I found that quote on Pinterest, and knew I had to use it for this card!!

Many of us on WOYWW have been following Shaz’s amazing progress in hospital as her hubby writes a daily diary on his blog. We continue to wish her well, and so look forward to the time when she is well enough to join us again. Meantime, take care, Shaz, and get well soon! We miss you.


  1. Love your card from front, to middle, to back . . . have you been spying on me? I'm that idiot that dances around the house with the music turned up. In fact my niece called me one day and I forgot to turn the music down before answering the phone . . . she says, Oh, you must be cleaning house" . . . she knows me so well, LOL.

  2. Lovely colours and textures Shoshi - thank you for showing your process, that's very useful for me (so keen to learn)...


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