Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Great Distressed Pumpkin

Hope you had a wonderful week!  I have been working to extend the feeling of  autumn here while I look outside and feel like I am living inside a snow globe. Several inches of snow cover everything outdoors and  the snow continues to fall. But now I want to enjoy sharing the details of my most recent card with you.

The light brown base of this distressed pumpkin is stamped with a typed background. The pieced pumpkin top is created with a mix of alcohol inks and stamped images. The edges are completed with hand-drawn doodles. The stem is embossed with a crimper and inked.

The based of the background is dry embossed, brayered with black and accented with white line doodles. 

Wonder Under-so very sheer

Wonder Under (WU) Embossing Technique

The top of the background is one of my long time favorite embossing techniques.WU is available in most fabric stores and is often located close to the cutting table.  Generally it is used to adhere 2 pieces of fabric together.

Heat embossed with multiple powders

For this embossing technique cardstock is cut to the size desired  and the WU is cut a little larger for it will shrink when melted (perhaps about 1/2" around each side). 

It only takes a heat gun a few seconds to melt the WU so be prepared to keep gun moving or the webbing will melt away.  A clip clothespin may assist in holding the WU on top of the cardstock to protecting fingers from the melting plastic.

It's time to heat the WU and just go for it!  The fun part is to see the unique web patterns that the heat creates.

Embossing powders can be poured directly on the desired areas and excess dumped off. Versamark ink is NOT needed. Heat again just until the EP melts.

Final Touches-I was happy to tie up this pumpkin card with a bit of twine.  And add the stamp sentiment "Celebrate" across the great pumpkin!

This week I found some challenge inspiration at several wonderful places:
            Splitcoaststampers Mixed challenge 88: asked for a distressed pumpkin
            STAMPlorations October Challenge: embossing and stamps
            Simon Says Stamp Monday's challenge: finishing touch

Stamps used: Stamporations-Mixed Media Backgrounds set for distressed pumpkin images; Sentiment Builders-Celebrate set

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Challenge-Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!
Are you ready for a new month for challenges?  I hope you are ready to enjoy this month's challenge for Mixed Media Card Challenge!  This month's challenge topic is vintage with the optional element of keys

For my Design Team card I decided to ink up the Stampendous stamp "Deco Lady" which has sat in my "new stamp" box far too long.  Art Deco flourished from the 1920's to 1940s. The years between  WWI and WWII were filled with art and fashion representing luxury, glamour, exuberance.  Those are words I don't often think about when I create.  But I love that Mixed Media encourages us to try new media products and explore their the challenge begins!

I began my adventure to create a feeling of luxury, glamour and exuberance by marbleizing 1/2 sheet of manila cardstock with distress acrylic paints.  I mist the paints and offer encouragement for the paints to run and marbleize. I am still exploring these paints so I have no idea if my results will be something I can use. But no worries since one can always paint another layer until their smile reappears.  I loved the dried paint's smooth surface.  
While I found myself uncertain about the brightness of the colors I recognize that brightly colored backgrounds often look alot different once stamped with a black image.  So I focused on finding the area that would work best for Deco Lady's face. After stamping the image with archival black ink, I added highlights with gel pens, watercolor pencils, a stardust sparkle pen (sorry that doesn't show in the photo), a white pen and finally drops of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist.
Next for the mat I wanted to continue to achieve the same feel but in a different manner.  This lead me to crumble a piece of white tissue technique for texture, attach the paper to the base using PPA glue to and also use the glue's moisture to paint the paper with powdered metallic-Pearl EX and Perfect Pearls.  Once dry I added highlights with Inka Gold.
The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped onto acetate and adhered with a vellum tape runner.
The border was stamped with a stamp from Fiskars Henna stamp set.
Hope you enjoy some creative play while making a vintage card for the MMCC challenge! Thanks so much for taking a look at this month's card...and I greatly appreciate everyone's comments.
Thanks so much!...Jan

Monday, September 15, 2014

What's Up?...Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!
It sure looks like autumn here!  The pretty colors of the season are such fun inspiration to use in our art and are a terrific theme for this month’s challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge.

The optional add-on to the challenge this month is either leaves or metal.  This month’s sponsor is Add a Little Dazzle who specializes in metal craft sheets.  Be sure to check out the details of the prize being offered on the MMCC post.  
 I began this card by creating a watercolored background with distress stains.   Next I wanted to create a metal focal image.  I drew the silhouette of a goose on the back of a white Add a Little Dazzle metal sheet and cut it out.  A Sharpie black marker was used to draw in some definition to the goose and the eye was created with Ranger’s glossy enamel.  Texture was added to the goose by dry embossing on back side with metal stylist tools and a dense foam mat.  I used backing paste to fill in the back of the goose so it’s dimension will be maintained when the card is mailed. 

Close-up texture of metal goose and dimension of leaves
Once the goose was positioned on the card I added the falling leaves and the stack on the ground.  The leaves are punched from paper I colored with alcohol inks and stamped on some small images.  I also punched some watercolor scraps from my scrap basket to add some additional colors to the mix.  I randomly bent each leaf to give the look of falling leaves.
The sentiment was stamped and  hand drawn lines and distress ink added.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you found some additional inspiration for a Mixed Media Challenge Card this month!