Happy 12th Birthday James – A Mixed Media Birthday Card

In this video tutorial, I am creating a personalised birthday card for my son’s 12th birthday.

I am using stains, collage, mark making, fluid acrylics and a small photo of my son, printed on my Polaroid PoGo Zink mini printer.

Watch it on Youtube or download from Vimeo


  • a clean and neatly cut piece of cardboard
  • a sheet of watercolour paper
  • white gesso
  • clear gesso
  • a book page
  • fabric bits
  • a rotary knife to cut the fabric
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • collage brush
  • Ranger Distress Stains in Dried Marigold, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire
  • old gift card
  • a rug/dried baby wipe
  • Catalyst spatula
  • Stabilo All Aquarellable pencil in black
  • waterbrush
  • a heatgun to dry
  • Daler-Rowney white acrylic ink
  • Golden Fluid Acrylic in Carbon Black
  • a photo of my son printed on Zink sticker paper from my Polaroid PoGo mini printer
  • a Lyra watersoluble graphite crayon to make random marks
  • Faber Castell Pitt Brush pen in Black
  • Pentel Hybrid gel pen in white
  • Neocolor I wax crayons in Prussian Blue, Raw Umber, Orange and Salmon
  • washi tape