Papercrafts Unite Against Racism Blog Hop

Hello friends! Welcome to the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop. I’m happy to be coming together to stand with the papercrafting community to stand behind our crafty sisters and brothers of colour and to show my support in the never-ending fight for racial equality all over the world.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

If you are looking for more information about the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop and a full list of participants, ways to help etc. head over to Justine Hovey's blog.


As I was thinking about what to create for this blog hop, I was struck by the saying "now is the time". Racism and racial injustice have gone on for too long in this country and now is the time for change.

With this idea in mind, I began selecting elements that went together to support this theme. Clocks and gears seemed the perfect fit to represent time and the butterfly was of course perfect to represent change.

The background was created by spraying watercolor paper with Distress Spray Stains in Speckled Egg, Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone and just a touch of Ground Espresso. I spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat tool. Next I smooshed some Rusty Hinge Distress Ink onto it. For this I smashed the ink pad onto my non-stick craft mat, spritzed it with water and then dabbed my paper into the ink. I dried the paper and then repeated the dabbing until I was happy with the look. I also did some water spritzing and dabbed the water dry to give it a bit more grunge. Once the background was dry, I stamped several images onto it using Vintage Photo Archival Ink. This included the clock from Inventor 1 and images from Dapper and Field Notes.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

The clock was created using the Timekeeper Bigz Die. I cut it from watercolor paper and then applied the Distress Embossing Dauber to different areas, sprinkled it with Walnut Stain Embossing Glaze and heat set it. I then added the embossing ink to some of the open areas not covered with the Walnut Stain Glaze and added Rusty Hinge Glaze. I then added Broken China Glaze to the final spots. The main thing to keep in mind for this look is don't cover the entire surface with the same color. Apply the colors to different section and occasionally allow the colors can overlap a bit. I used this same technique on the clock hands and the Hardware Head was distressed with a bit of Mushroom and Mined Alcohol Inks.

The gears were die cut from watercolor paper using the Gearhead Thinlits Die. I inked them with Peacock Distress Ink and added a tiny bit of Vintage Photo using my finger tip.

On top of all of this, I layered a butterfly cut from watercolor paper using the Tattered Butterfly Bigz Die. I smooshed Fossilized Amber Distress Ink onto my non-stick craft mat and dipped and dabbed the die cut into the ink, drying it in between. I then stamped it with the clock from the Inventor 1 Stamp Set using Vintage Photo Archival Ink.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels

To finish off the card, I added the sentiment which was stamped using the Vintage Type Lower Stamp Set from Each word was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock that was inked with Old Paper and then edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Now Is The Time Mixed Media Card by Juliana Michaels


You may be arriving to my blog from Martha Lucia Gomez of Joy Clair Designs.  Your next stop on the hop is Amy Hill.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy all the inspiration you find during the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop.



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  1. Your creation is a beauty !! Thank you for sharing it in this great and important bloghop !

  2. Your distress inking is absolutely goregeous! Love this project!

  3. Stunning creation and loving this intricate design Juliana! Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with us <3

  4. Wonderful card with so many beautiful details!

  5. This is really gorgeous! I love all the colour and detail in it. So pretty.


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