For my mixed media card, I sprayed a selection of inks onto some card-stock.
Next I added Gesso, stencils, masking tape, tissue paper and stamps.
Once this is completely dry, choose preferred embossing folder and run through your machine.
OMG- is this not scrumptious?
If you are happy with your Bg at this stage, all you need to complete your project is to embellish at will and as you can see I have used poppies, which I have fussy-cut and popped up onto the side of my card. It was not necessary to doodle around the frame, but I was in the 'moment' and it was hard for me to stop! (typical I hear you say!)
The technique I use for my watercolour Bg is as follows, but you will notice that it is not my sample card, but it was made the same way.
Apply your water colours liberally, and let them dry.
Here my Watercolour paints are wet, when they air dry the result is much lighter; something to remember when applying your paints first up, you can always add more later but you will get a different pattern. I often use a paper towel to dry off really wet areas, it is fun to see the effects this leaves on the bg.
Now you have a choice, you can use stencils and stamps, or emboss.
Here I have added a stencil swirl and more Gesso then dry embossed.
Now this is ready to be embellished and made into a card.
Some more samples: