Mixed Media Card Journal – Part 1

This video is the first part of my mixed media card journal project.

Inspired by Seth Apter’s tutorial video, Card Play, available from Interweave online store, I have decided to use this project to make myself a mini journal of cards for inspirational quotes and affirmations that I live by.

Watch it on Youtube and Vimeo (free download)

The beauty of this project is that you can use as many cards as you wish. As Seth suggests in his video, you can use a full 52-card deck and have one card for a project a week; I have decided, however, not to decide just yet as you can add extra cards as you go along.


  • a set of playing cards
  • black and white gessoes
  • stiff paintbrush
  • a selection of craft paints (I am using the Artiste acrylic craft paints)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic paint in Titanium white
  • a selection of stamps (clear and handmade foam)
  • a stencil
  • make-up sponges
  • ink pads (I am using Ranger Archival ink pads)
  • bubble wrap
  • heat tool
  • round gelli plate and stamp platform



I started by gessoing some cards, back and forth. I started with white gesso and soon realised that the coverage would not be sufficient so I decided to carry on with my black gesso (I was initially planning to have all my cards black on one side and white on the other).

I then randomly slapped some colour on most of the cards, and kept building some layers by using a variety of paints, inks, stamps, stencils, my gelli plate and marking objects.

But this is only the beginning of the journey these transformed cards are going to take.
Part 2 to come soon…