Mixed Media Spring Journal and Cards

Hello crafty friends and Happy Spring! Today I am here to share my Mixed Media Spring Journal and Cards showcasing Newton’s Nook products as well as many of ThermOWeb’s tried and true products. We’re gonna mix it up a bit today as we combine papercraft and fabric craft mediums to create a fun fabric journal a couple of spring cards.

Journal and Card Supplies:

Deco Foil Clear Designer Toner Sheets 

Deco Foil Slimline Toner Card Fronts – Time to Fly

Deco Foil Transfer Sheets – Rainbow Shattered Glass

iCraft Ultra Bond Liquid Adhesive

Fabric Fuse Quick Bond Fabric Adhesive

Gina K. Designs Glitz Glitter Gel – Turquoise

iCraft 3D Foam Squares

iCraft SuperTape Adhesive Roll

Deco Foil Stencil Pal

HeatNBond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive

PeelnStick Craft Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets

iCraft Removable Purple Tape

iCraft Super-Tape Adhesive Roll 

Newton’s Nook Photopolymer Stamps – Floral Roundabout

Newton’s Nook Purr-fect Stencil – Floral Lace

Newton’s Nook Frames and Portholes Slimline Die

Other Supplies: Cardstock, Distress Inks, Ink Brushes, Shrink Plastic, Alcohol Markers, Heat Tool, Tweezers, Wood or Chipboard Embellishment, Fabric, Trims, Sewing Machine (optional), and clear acetate.

Mixed Media Spring Card One:

For this first card using the Newton’s Nook slimline die. If you keep the larger two dies attached (you have to cut them apart when you get them) it will create a frame. Die-cut from white cardstock and set aside.

Next, using removable Purple Tape, adhere a piece of cardstock with your stencil overtop to your work surface. Using your Stencil Pal spread the Glitz Glitter Gel across the stencil and then slowly pull the stencil up and away to reveal the beautiful floral pattern. I had to include that close-up so you could see just how beautiful it really is!

Use SuperTape to adhere clear acetate to the back of the die-cut with the porthole openings. Next, layer 3D foam squares around the portholes to create wells for shaker bits.

Now let’s tackle the shaker bits! Die-cut some flowers, butterflies, and leaves, from shrink plastic, using the smaller dies from the set. Color the die-cuts using alcohol markers. Finish them off by holding them down with tweezers and shrinking them with a heat tool. Look how stinking cute these are!

Hint: My favorite thing about SuperTape (besides the fact that it’s super strong) is that it comes in several sizes. The 1/8th inch size is perfect for those super thin areas.

Mixed Media Spring Card Two:

For this next card use the Newton’s Nook slimline die again and trace inside the frame to create a rectangle in the center of your Deco Foil Slimline Toner Card Front. Next, foil the card front using Rainbow Shattered Glass (which is perfect for dragonflies). Tape off the rectangle area with Purple Tape and color using Distress Oxide Inks. Use a clean cloth or tissue to clean the ink from the foiled dragonflies and remove the Purple Tape.

My intention was to layer the die-cut porthole frames piece on top, but I got overzealous and inked the outer edge as well. . . I didn’t like it. So . . . I cut off the border and adhered it to a Clear Designer Toner Sheet (also the foiled dragonflies) to create a new card base.

Pop up the die-cut frame using 3D Foam Squares and add a stamped sentiment.

Hint: Use leftover scraps of foil on smaller areas


Mixed Media Spring Journal:

Okay, I think I saved the best for last. I had so much fun making this fabric cover journal and I just know you will too!

Stamp the Floral Roundabout on watercolor paper or cardstock and color using your favorite medium. Cut a circle opening in your cover fabric (I ran mine through a die-cutting machine to partially cut through the fabric and then finished it with scissors).

Add coordinating fabrics and trim using HeatnBond Ultra Hold Iron-on Adhesive (I cut mine into strips slightly smaller than my fabric pieces). I have recently started using this in my journal making and love, love, love it! It is so easy to use. You iron it to one piece of fabric, peel off the backing and then iron the second piece of fabric (or even chipboard) to it. You get a smooth adhesion with none of the wrinkles you get with liquid adhesive.

I added some fun stitching on the cover which is absolutely optional because the HeatnBond is all you need for adhesion. Use Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive to adhere the stamped image to the inside, front cover so that it shows through the opening.

Next, flip the cover over and add a lining (which hides the back of your stamped image) using the HeatnBond as well. I added more stitching around the edges and finished the front with a bit of rose trim adhered with Fabric Fuse.

To finish it off add foil to an embellishment by pressing PeelnStick double-sided adhesive against it and then press a piece of foil (dull side down) against the adhesive to transfer the foil. Add your custom embellishment and a sentiment to the stamped image.

All that’s left is to add journal pages, envelopes, and ephemera inside the journal cover.

Hint: I added a thin layer of was over my colored, stamped image to seal it.

Hint: If you remember to use the Sizzix chrome cutting pad you won’t have to use scissors to cut out your opening.

I know this was long so if you’ve made it this far, THANK YOU for following along and happy spring crafting!