Anneke says:

“For this project I worked on black cardstock and used a layered background technique. Textured cardstock works well for this technique. I love how the texture came through while adding the first layer of white paint.

When it comes to building layers I learnt a lot from the talented Dina Wakley. According to Dina, layering is just a matter of control. It’s important to know the properties of different mediums to avoid bleeding and the frustration that comes with it. I solved that problem by sticking to one single medium, acrylic paint.

I started layering by first building a foundation layer: a wash of white paint, covering most of the background. For the next layer I created green and blue paint drips and added vintage book text and stencilling. Finally I added the top layers of a focal flower image, doodling, stitches and embellishments”



Stamps Anneke used...

  • PaperArtsy: JOFY 14 

Other materials...


  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencils: Lattice Work; Tiles
  • Dina Wakley Media Stencil: Halves; Organic Shapes
  • Royal Talens Amsterdam Acrylics: Titanium White; Sky Blue Light; Vermilion; Persian Rose
  • Golden Fluid Acrylics: Green Gold; Cobalt Teal
  • Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint: Lime
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Posca Pen: White
  • Micron Pen: Black
  • Signo Uniball: White
  • Liquitex: Matte Gel Medium
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die: Tag & Bookplates
  • Black textured cardstock
  • Vintage book paper
  • Embroidery thread
  • Flower charm
  • Ribbon











1 Die cut a tag from black textured cardstock. Rub a wash of acrylic paint onto tag with fingers.   2 Apply green paint to top of tag. Spray with water and let the paint drip. Repeat with teal paint.











3 Adhere torn strips of vintage book text to the tag with matte gel medium.   Add white stencilling randomly by sponging white paint through the Lattice Work stencil.











5 Create light blue circles, pink squares and orange organic shapes by sponging through stencils.   6 Stamp small circles and text using black ink. Add accents with black and white pens.

To finish the project: I stamped the flower on the tag using black ink. I made a second print on a scrap of paper, coloured with acrylic paint and added black accents with a pen. I cut out the flower, adhered to the tag and curled the petals. I found matching ribbon in my stash. Finally I embellished with a small blue flower charm and cross-stitches.

This project was first published in the March 2016 issue of Craft Stamper.