Doodling with Debby: Romantic Mixed Media Layers

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday! You will not want to miss this supremely gorgeous card creation by the one-and-only Debby Hughes showcasing our super cute Layered Chickadee! Read on and be sure to watch the video for all the details! Enjoy!

Hello, it’s Debby here. Today, I want to share my newfound love of mixed media layers with you. This soft whites and pastels palette makes for an excellent backdrop for this sweet Layered Chickadee. This card would make a great Valentine’s, but equally is generic enough to be sent any time of year.

Before I get started, as this is my first video of the year, I want to wish you a fabulously creative, safe and healthy 2022! Right onto the supplies I used, I wasn’t sure if I was going to use all of these, but as it turns out, I did. So there’s the Layered Chickadee, Dotted Heart, and Privet Branch dies, the Polka Hearts stencil and the So Much Love stamp and die set. All these products are listed and linked below for your convenience.

step by step how to

  • Cut a few pieces of Fabriano Artistico Cold-Pressed watercolour card and, using the dip and dry method, colour the pieces with Antique Linen + Tattered Rose for the body of the Layered Chickadee, Picket Fence and Frayed Burlap for the wing, Black Soot for the head and neck and finally Abandoned Coral for the Dotted Heart die.
  • Run the dies through with the various coloured card using Painter’s Tape to keep the dies in place. Also, die-cut a Privet Branch die from Ivory card.
  • Use the cream/white die-cut for the Chickadee body, attach the grey/brown wing to the bird with foam tape. 

Glue the black head and neck pieces in place with a grey/brown beak. 

  • Attach foam adhesive to the back of the Chickadee and use the sticky surface to attach a black eye die cut.
  • Stamp the large script ‘Love’ greeting from the So Much Love set on Ivory card with Versamark ink and heat emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.

Die-cut with the matching die.

  • Stamp a coordinating sentiment from the So Much Love on leftover Black Soot card in Versamark ink, and white heat emboss.
  • Trim the sentiment out with a craft knife, clear, gridded metal-edged ruler and a self-healing cutting mat.

Using a piece of the watercolour card and the dip and dry method, create another card using Tattered Rose Distress Ink and run through with the Dotted Heart die to create a heart that tones better with the colour palette.

  • Take a watercolour card and adhere a torn piece of book paper. 
  • Apply gesso over the paper with an old paintbrush or spatula.
  • When dry, using the Polka Heart stencil, swipe Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Texture Paste through the hearts on the stencil.
  • When dry, splatter with Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone Distress Inks along with White Gouache.
  • Apply more Crackle Texture Paste to blur the lines of the book paper.
  • Splatter again with Tattered Rose.
  • Add foam adhesive to the back of all of the elements. Add the panel to a card base cut and scored from Fog card.
  • Add the Privet Branch die and then the two elements of the greeting. Next, tuck the Dotted Heart die in behind the script greeting. Finish up by adding the Layered Chickadee die cut.
  • Finally, add sequins and pearls held in place with Gina K Connect Glue.

Well, that’s me for this month. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial; you’ll find the video below. Thanks for joining me, and I hope to see you next time for Doodling With Debby.

WATCH THE VIDEO:

SUPPLIES:

RESERVE Simon Says Stamp LAYERED…
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Simon Says Stamp DOTTED HEART Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp PRIVET BRANCH Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamps and Dies SO MUCH…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps SO MUCH LOVE…
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Simon Says Stamp SO MUCH LOVE Wafer…
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Simon Says Stamp Stencils POLKA…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BLACK…
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Winsor Newton PERMANENT WHITE 37ml…
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Dina Wakley Ranger WHITE GESSO 1OZ…
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Tim Holtz CRACKLE 3oz Distress…
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS PALETTE KNIFE 2…
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Little Things From Lucy’s Cards…
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Darice 8MM CRYSTAL Sequins 10044-8
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Fabriano WATERCOLOR PAPER 5×7 BLOCK…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# IVORY…
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Simon Says Stamp Cardstock 100# FOG…
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Tonic EASY CLEAN MAT 1514E
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER Ranger 4…
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3M Scotch SAFE RELEASE MASKING…
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MISTI PRECISION STAMPER VERSION 2.0…
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9×12 Mat…
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Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE…
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Crafter’s Companion METAL EDGE…
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Crafter’s Companion SOFTGRIP STRAIGHT…
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C-Thru T SQUARE RULER Westcott JR12
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Simon Says Stamp SMALL TEFLON BONE…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Craft MINI SNIPS…
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Elizabeth Craft Designs FINE POINTED…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE Adhesive…
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Ranger ANTI STATIC POUCH ink62332
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING STORAGE…
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Gemini JUNIOR Die-Cutting And…
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Thanks so much for stopping by, and to Debby for being our guest!

  1. What a stunning piece of work. Absolutely loved it and such a clear and helpful tutorial. Such a pretty set. Thank you – great start to 2022

  2. So excited to see the Doodling With Debby post and it was awesome. The card is so beautiful and the video is filled with great tips and techniques.

  3. WOW, this is so pretty!!! I love the way you colored the bird so gently, popped up the wing, and everything else about this gorgeous card!

  4. Amazing! I really enjoyed the technique of achieving the colored pieces to die cut your embellishments. This is a lovely card and thanks for sharing all your talents with us.

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