Art Journal Style Cards with Shari Carroll

Welcome everyone!! I had this crazy thought of bringing Art Journaling to cardmaking by creating simple small pieces of art that I can give away. I also thought this would be a great way to show how you can try Art journaling on a smaller scale.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz layering stencils and some bright Tim Holtz Mini Distress inks and went to town creating my background.

Art Journal Style Cards, Shari Carroll, Tim Holtz

I started by using coordinating colors like Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers in a small area of the stencil. I spritzed the ink with water and pressed the stencil onto a panel of Distress watercolor cardstock. I added several layers using different stencils and colors along the way.

Art Journal Style Cards, Shari Carroll, Tim Holtz

As I worked on the vibrant piece and before cleaning the stencil off with each color, I pressed the stencil onto a second piece of watercolor cardstock with the remaining ink. This gave me a really interesting background and didn’t take much time at all!

Art Journal Style Cards, Shari Carroll, Tim Holtz

I used a bit Dina Wakely and Dylusions washi tape over the stamped Tim Holtz Wildflowers, then finished off my cards by adding Tim Holtz Tiny Text Remnant Rub messages in both black and white. This is a super easy technique to try and every piece will be unique!!


Art Journal Style Cards, Shari Carroll, Tim Holtz

I filmed a full process video of how I created these cards.. You can view the video below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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  1. I love these cards, I have so many stencils from TH that I know now how to use them. Never thought to ink the back and place it on the cardstock. I also like these color combinations, you have given me some great inspiration of course mine creation will probably be all muddied up! haha I just don’t know when to stop before it gets to that point and I give up altogether. Thanks for sharing this technique.

  2. This card is beautiful Sheri! I love Mixed Media, and fell in love the moment I saw this. Thanks for sharing your art process.

  3. I became entranced watching this, wanting to see what is left behind each time you lifted the stencil! Beautiful! I’ve never seen anyone ink the stencil first, then smoosh it down. I will definitely have to give this a try. Thank you!

  4. Wow, this card is gorgeous! The colours are bright and beautiful. The sentiment is something we should say everyday.

  5. Beautiful cards, love the colours. What an amazing and fascinating technique, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Watching you create is a bit of magic every time I see it. I would have thought all the different colors would get too muddy, but you managed a fabulous collage of color and texture. Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Just love the art journaling…cards are great! I’m looking forward to the end of school so that I can start doing some art journaling myself…thanks for all your inspiration!

  8. These are beautiful! I have quite a few stencils and always forget about them. Thanks for the video which was very helpful.

  9. Shari, your background on this card is incredible and I love how you used black card stock to die cut the flowers.

  10. I love working with stencils, but never did like you did it on these cards. I love it Shari, thank you for this great idea.

  11. I love the layers you have put together hoping to know when to stop .
    Reminds me of a great video you did with gel plate and stencil .
    These are references for me

  12. Shari,
    I love your videos. You are talented and inspiring. I have a few of those stencils and now I can use them!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  13. Stunning cards! I love all these beautiful layers you made with the stencils and the colors are gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. Never thought to stack layers upon layers of stencils to get such an interesting effect. The second card makes such a nice bonus, too! When I’m not sure what I want to create but my fingers are itching to do something, this would be a great way to play and get busy making beautiful cards.

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