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Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus

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Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comHello Everyone! It’s Jenn Shurkus here from Shurkus.com. I am wicked exited to be sharing on the Ranger Blog again!

This week I have not 1, not 2 but THREE different mixed media cards to share with you. I documented the process so that hopefully you will try your hand at these techniques!

For today’s card I shared a sneak peek the other day on Instagram (https://instagram.com/p/2ZfzLGkqj6/?taken-by=jennshurkus ) because I just loved how this bumble bee came out.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comMix a little bit of Dina Wakley Media Tangerine, Lemon and Umber to make a “honey” color. Remember a little bit of Umber goes a long way.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comUsing a palette knife spread the paint here and there on a sheet of Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Don’t put too much thought into this just be sure to go off the sides and leave some whitespace.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comWorking quickly, so that the paint is still wet. Lay the Dina Wakley Media Essentials stencil over the wet paint ( I used the honeycomb pattern) and rub with a baby wipe. Wipe in the areas there are paint and also the white areas. Since your baby wipe is picking up some of the paint it will transfer onto the white areas of the cardstock as well.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comNote: you can gesso your cardstock before doing this step but I chose not to this time. I wanted the texture to be a bit softer. Experiment with both ways.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comPaint some Gilt Dina Wakley Media Paint directly onto the large circle in the Dina Wakley Media Woodcuts Stamp set. Stamp right on the Distress Watercolor Cardstock background. Repeat this process as many times as you would like. Note: this works best with a dry brush.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comAlso remember to stamp off the edge of the cardstock to create movement.  And can we just talk about how GORGEOUS this gold is!?! The first time I painted with it I literally gasped out loud!

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comTake the bumble bee stamp from Dina Wakley Media Scribbly Insects Stamp Set. Start by inking the whole image with Wild Honey Distress Ink. Next, dab on a little bit of Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and then a little bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Note: I concentrate the darker colors on the edges of the image.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comLightly mist the stamp with water and then stamp it onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock. While the image is still wet pull some of the color from the stamped line and blend out the image with your waterbrush. Note: be sure to clean your brush by wiping it on a rag or paper towel so that it wont be super wet and it won’t be holding a lot of color.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comTake your 3 Distress Ink colors (Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs) and squish out a palette. I like to do this on an acrylic block that is sitting on white paper, so I can see the colors. Paint in your bumblebee. This is where it will really start to look realistic. Avoid painting in the wings for now.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comNote: don’t worry too much about shading. I usually just pick a side and stick with that so for example here I chose the left side, so I only added shading along the left sides of the shapes.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comPaint some Dina Wakley Media Gilt paint on the wings. Note: Since these paints are a heavy body acrylic I tend to add a lot of water if I want to paint in an image with it.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comFussy cut out the image. Leave a little bit of white edging. Paint the edges of the bumblebee with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Note: You could use an ink blending tool and ink the edges with Pumice Stone Distress Ink to get a different look. I wanted to continue on with the watercolor look.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comStamp the bumblebee with Potting Soil Archival Ink on the card background.

Wrinkle up the wings of the cut out bumblebee a bit. I almost accordion folded them. Adhere the bee on top of the stamped bee on the background with Ranger black foam tape. I let the wings keep a ripple look to them.

Stamp the sentiment “ We are all a little fragile” from the Scribbly Insects stamp set on Distress Watercolor Cardstock with the archival ink. Roughly cut it out in what I like to call “word-fetti” and adhere to the card with your Ranger Collage Gluestick

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comGenerously dab some Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the wings. Set aside to dry.

Fragile Bee Mixed Media Card by Jenn Shurkus | www.rangerink.comOnce dry adhere the background to a card (folded size 4.25×5.5).


Jenn ShurkusJenn lives in New England, with her kitty Mister Harley and her boyfriend Chris. She’s been papercrafting for 15 years, and has played multiple roles in the paper craft industry as an independent store manager, designer and teacher. With a degree in graphic design she is also Copic and Ranger certified. Jenn loves to show people new and clever ideas to design their cards and projects. She has a flair for the “artsy-fartsy” without going over the top. She designs her projects in the way to inspire, but not intimidate. Jenn is eager to share her creative passions with others and encourage their artistic growth. She currently teaches in person and online classes as well as host Loft Art Retreats. You can read more about her, her handsome kitty Mister Harley and wicked cute boyfriend Chris on her blog {creative chick} http://www.shurkus.com/ as well as follow her creative endeavors on Instagram, FacebookYou Tube.