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Midweek Media: Using Magazine pages

Hello crafty people! For today’s Midweek Media post, I wanted to share two cards that were made using pages from a magazine as background paper.

I am always drowning in magazines and catalogues at our house. I keep some of them to use when making cards, either as cheap ways to protect my work surface when blending or spraying, and some to use when creating.


Both of the backgrounds were altered to make them look less like magazine pages, including ink blending, using stencils and embossing glazes, using gelatos, and stamping. I then added some die cuts onto the cards to help elevate them to be a little more than a recycled image.

Card #1

The background advertisement was altered with a lot of sprays, ink blending, and using an old typewriter background stamp that I stamped and heat embossed onto the panel a few times.

The original advertisement before altering it.

After this all dried, I decided to add more heat embossing. I used a tile stencil to add a glittery embossing paste, and then added silver sparkle embossing powder over the left side. After die cutting the altered advertisement, I heat embossed around the edge of the die cut panel with some black sparkle embossing powder.

To finish this card, I added two of the same die leafy die cut made out of scrap paper–one that I ink blended with a light blue ink, and the other that I heat embossed with more of the sparkly black embossing powder. I added a matte die cut layer behind the panel for some additional dimension and strength and then added a sentiment strip sticker that was popped up with foam tape. Blue and white sequins were added and then the whole thing was glued onto an A2-sized white card.

Card #2

This second card background was created from an image from another catalogue. This time, I stenciled gelatos through a stencil (the pink, yellow, and blue dots) and then quickly heat embossed them with holographic embossing powder since they were still sticky/wet. I also stamped the image a few times with a music staff stamp I had in my stash. Finally, I sprayed the whole thing with some yellow shiny spray. After everything had dried, I die cut the background with a stitched-rectangle die cut.

The background before being altered.

Again, I added a matte layer behind the catalogue page for dimension and strength. The sentiment is larger on this card, and I used some fun, shiny black paper to make it really the star of the show. I added a couple of leftover bits from previous projects–some leaf die cuts and a previously sprayed and stamped purple flower on the lower corner of the card. Some clear gems were tucked next to the flower on the lower left corner and in the upper right corner as well.

The card was glued onto an A2-sized white card base.

I hope this inspired you to consider using some magazine or catalogue pages in your work.