The name implies that as I can use it for anything I want.
I like that.
Mine will be used for creative play rather than amazing art or pouring out my feelings onto paper (I like to keep my private stuff, private if you know what I mean).
I cut a piece of white cardstock 5" x 5" and coated it in Studio Gesso. I used a dry brush (no water added) so the thick Gesso would give some fine texture over the cardstock. Hard to see in the picture but you can see it in the final photos. Set the card aside till it is dry to the touch, maybe 20 minutes depending on how thick the layer of gesso is.
side note: I guess maybe I should say here that I chose to coat the paper with gesso so the remaining layers will sit on top of the paper and not soak into it, just like I did on the art journal page.
Next, I squeezed out a small amount of Mustard Seed Distress Stain onto a my craft mat, added a bit of water, then laid the cardstock into the stain. Pick it up quickly and dry with a Heat it tool. At this stage I go back and forth between the Heat it tool and dabbing with a paper towel. Remember, because the paper is coated in gesso the dry time is extended so you have more time to work the Distress Stain.
side note: I did not photograph it but I added Tumbled glass Distress Stain using the same method and the Mustard seed. Just remember, when adding blue with yellow you get green, so I kept the two colors on a limited "get to know you" basis. I think of it this way...they are more like brother and sister, not husband and wife.
Okay, on to the next layer...Distress Paint.
Enter a Stencil set from Wendy Vecchi called, 3 Flouirshes. I used the blending tool to add the paint over the stencil in just a couple places. One thing I really like about this stencil is that the flourishes are in 3 sizes, which means I could use the large size in the art journal and the small size on the 5 x 5" card front I'm making. Great when a product can do more than one thing, right?
side note: remember to wash the embossing paste off your stencil before moving on to the next step.
I decided to change it up a bit here and add some Distress Glitter in Pumice stone. What I didn't show you here is that I dried the embossing paste with my heat it tool so that the glitter would not stick to the entire star. Now I know that might sound a bit kooky but I really wanted the color of the paper to show through parts of the stars and have Distress Glitter as an accent (you can see what I mean better in the next photo, once I knocked off the rest of the excess glitter).
I cut a piece of blue cardstock with a 1/2" border for the card foundation while the stars were drying. When the stars were completely dry, I stitched the card front to the foundation.
First, roughly color the butterfly with a Distress Marker (broken china), dragging the color out to the ends of the wings with a water brush to create some transparency in the tissue.
side note: It is easier to color the butterfly and then cut it out.
Flip it over and add a layer of multi-medium to the back.
side note: I cut the left wing of the butterfly off, BEFORE I added the multi-medium to the back of the butterfly.
Use a Distress marker-Pumice Stone/water brush to add a drop shadow around the butterfly. Usually this technique works best on watercolor paper, however our paper is coated with gesso, leaving an longer open time to work the color around the edge.
I gathered a few things, Distress Paint in Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage, Wendy Vecchi stencil - Barcodes, some washi tape and a blending tool with foam.
"taking RISKS...not quite knowing what you're doing...
what you will DISCOVER will be wonderful"