Mixed Media Card Challenge #14

Saturday, August 1, 2015


It's time for another Mixed Media Card Challenge and here's our theme for the month of August:


The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month, with the winners announced on the last day of the month.  To play along, simply create a mixed media card and enter it at the Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Be sure to check out the cards from the rest of the Design Team!  So much inspiration!

New to mixed media?  Simply combine two or more mediums on your card.  So many choices: watercolor, gesso, acrylics, distress inks, pencils, crayons, Copics, other inks and on and on...

My colored panel has been made using the stencil monoprint technique.   My Splitcoaststampers tutorial for this technique can be found right here.  Once that was dry, I sponged more ink around the edges of the panel.  Then I stamped several different butterflies in gold ink and also heat embossed them in gold.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Distress Watercolor paper and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Milled Lavender Distress Inks; Encore Gold and Ranger Jet Black Archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies and Bold Sentiments
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations Bloom Silhouettes stencil, water mister, E.K. Success powder tool, gold embossing powder, heat tool, adhesive, sponge

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Embrace Life

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Just a quick reminder for the Mixed Media Card Challenge for July!

After covering my card base with clear gesso I did lots of background stamping with several STAMPlorations stamps.  I've used three different colors of archival inks.  Next came some heavy gesso through the ARTplorations X Marks the Spot stencil.  For more texture, I randomly added more of the heavy gesso with a spatula.

I used some Primary Elements Artist Pigment with water and a brush to add some color to the background.  The I added some microbeads with some gel medium for a bit of sparkle (you'll have to pretend you see this ok?).  I stamped the flowers and then did some messy watercoloring on them. The vase is a simple die cut that's been popped up on some foam adhesive.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor, misc. black and Neenah Solar White
Ink: Archival in Watering Can, Jet Black and Forget Me Not
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Rosebuds from The Bee's Knees, Trendy Butterflies and Noteworthy
All the other stuff:  ARTplorations X Marks the Spot stencil, clear gesso, heavy gesso, gel medium, Primary Elements Artist Pigment, distress markers, Finnabair microbeads, spatula, vase die, foam adhesive

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Homage to a Candle

Tuesday, July 21, 2015



So happy to be getting my Christmas cards done well in advance this year :)  I'm back with another One Layer Christmas Card challenge Design Team card for you.  Here's our next challenge:


Had to put my thinking cap on, after looking through ALL my Christmas stamps.  Can you believe I don't have a single Christmas candle stamp?  And, believe you, me...I have a ton of Christmas stamps!!!

So, I thought about molten wax, and that was the beginning of this card.  I placed some acrylic paints on my craft mat and misted them with some color mists and swished my paper through that a couple of times.  Then when it was dry, I stamped the sentiment block twice to make it look like a candle. Then, using some gold paint and my Retro Circles stencil I added the illusion of a flame. 

Check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team right here!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Strathmore 140# watercolor paper
Ink:  Ranger jet black archival ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Vignette:  Christmas Block
All the other stuff:  Silks acrylic paints,  Heidi Swapp color mist, Dylusions ink spray, craft mat, ARTplorations Retro Circles stencil, sponge

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In My Garden Journal Page Tutorial

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hello, my sweet friends...I have a tutorial over at STAMPlorations today.  It features one of my mixed media journal pages.


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Focus to see the Light

Wednesday, July 15, 2015



Just a little reminder that there's still lots of time to join in the fun at the Mixed Media Card Challenge this month!




I've layered some papers, added some translucent paste through an ARTplorations stencil, stamped in five different shades of archival ink, and then added some mists.  The sentiment is such a wonderfully encouraging one "it is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light". That may be a hard thing to do some days, but it is so, so true.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Prima Engraver Collection
Ink:  Archival Inks in Jet Black, Cobalt Blue, Forget Me Not, Watering Can and Venetian Orange; and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies, TYPOgraphia:  Encouragement, Artsy Border Maker
All the other stuff:  translucent paste, ARTplorations Honeycomb Delight stencil, mists, spatula, distressing tool, sponges

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Vintage Layout

Monday, July 13, 2015


I've never done any scrapbooking.  So when Finnabair's classes included two layout designs, I decided to jump in with both feet!  All the techniques can be used on cards, tags and really any sort of surface.

This is my favorite piece from all four classes.  I came away with so many ideas and look forward to putting them all to good use.

Thanks for letting me share this with you today my sweet friends...

Faded Hellos

Sunday, July 12, 2015






Hello, everyone!  I'm back with another Stencil Sunday project with ARTplorations stencils:


It all starts out with a tag.  I've used archival ink through the ARTplorations Weathered Wood stencil. Next, I used a translucent matte gel through the  Bloom Silhouettes ARTplorations stencil and dried it.  Once that was dry, I placed my stencil back over the flowers and stamped the brick pattern from the Mixed Media Grunge stamp set through it.  It was done in a haphazard way, just with my fingers.

Next comes some layers of pastels, a layer of a wax medium, some spray mists and a bit of sanding. The sentiment is from VIGNETTE:  Celebrate Artsy.  The edges have all been distressed and inked also.

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Inspired to create a mixed media project?  Here's the link to the current challenge along with all the rules. Don't forget there are prizes...yes PRIZES!  Can't wait to see what you create!

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