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Bright mixed media card by Maya Isaksson


Hello! My name is Maya Isaksson and I'm very happy to share this first project as a guest at the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® blog! I fell in love with the bright and happy colors of the Gelatos® in the Bali set, because of the Mix and Match system the work of picking out colors that matches is already done. 


I started by mixing my own shimmery paint by mushing a bit of Pistachio Gelatos® and blending it with some Silver Texture Luxe™ and water in a jar and then painting it all over some watercolor paper. Between each step I dried the paper using a heat tool.


I painted the top of the paper with each of the color of Gelatos® (Passion Fruit, Limoncello and Pistachio) and spritzed some water on it. I tilted the paper a bit to make the color run and dried with a heat tool between each color. 


Here are the result after all the colors were added. I just love this combination of colors! 

The next step was to add some splatters of color. I dipped a stipple brush in clean water and added the Gelatos® straight into the brush by rubbing it to the tip of the color. Then I used my finger to splatter paint all over the background with the brush. I did this with each of the color of Gelatos® and dried the piece between every layer.

To make the piece look a bit more finished I used the Gelatos® to paint a frame around the background and then I used my finger to blend it out a bit. 

I also stamped around the edges using a stamp and the black Stamper’s Big Brush Pen. It contains India Ink that doesn't fade and that is permanent when dried. I wasn't sure if I wanted to add any more water so a permanent ink is perfect to prevent any bleeding and smudging. 

I decided to make cards with my background and made decorations by diecutting shapes from black cardstock, adding some Gelatos® and covering it all with Texture Gems ™. It gave the diecuts a raised shiny finish and it just looks amazing against the colorful background. I assembled my cards and was very happy with the results! I just love playing with colors and making pretty backgrounds and the Mix & Match system takes the guesswork out of it. 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you got inspired!


Gelatos® Designer Colors- BALI (#770165) (Passion Fruit, Limoncello and Pistachio)
Texture Gems™ Ice (#770704)
Texture Luxe™ Silver (#770323)
Stamper's Big Brush Pen BLACK (#770012)

Watercolor Paper
Black Cardstock
Stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps
Dies from Pinkfresh Studio, Winnie & Walter and Lawn Fawn


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Ruby C

I can see why you love this color combination. Very bright and vibrant. Great way to use texture gems too. Love the added die cut embellishments.

Petra Offrell

great tutorial, lovely cards, altogether very inspiring


Awesome background! Love it. Thanks for the tutorial!


love your cards and color combination


Loved these bright n bold cards !


Maya, these are stunning cards with full of techniques..and new colors in I need this Bali set :)

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