Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Hint of Spring

Welcome back!
I just returned from my first ever vacation to miss some of our extreme weather here...after all the weather most anywhere is better than the 45 below zero that I left behind.  So I return feeling spring is closer than any other year on the 1st of March :-)

The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme this month is a Hint of Spring. And let us hope that "Spring is in the Air" when we are ready to send our cards!

I began my card with an embossed background. Watercolored with distress inks and covered with gloss medium and accented with some gold lame droplets.

The butterfly is a Tim Holtz die and stencil combo.  Using a brayer I heat embossed the high embossed areas with clear embossing powder.  And water colored wet-on-wet with distress inks.
And accented with Pearl Paint, Inka Gold and Mica Gloss. 

An newly emerging trend is the return of adding foil highlights to handmade projects.  On the left margin of my card I used packing material as the corrugated base and ironed the foil on top.  A fun way to add a little shine to a mixed media project.
This graphic links you back to MMCC.

My design team friends also share details of their inspiration cards on their blogs. Hope you get a chance to visit them too!.

Remember the calendar tells us spring begins on March 20. Looking forward to see what you create!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Februray Mixed Media Card Challenge

Love Life!

This month's Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is Love.  The optional element for this month is buttons.

Here is my card for this month:


I created this month's background with a distress marker spritzer, layered distress stains on top with the an acrylic block technique and stamped misted distress inks. The children are watercolored with distress inks and their coats are embellished with Craft Lounge, sparkly fluff.  The snow is created with flakes of Martha Stewart's snow glitter.  Connected the image and sentiment with a piece Tim Holtz diecut and embossed snowflake.  If you happen to think of it as a pine branch that is okay too!

Hope you have time to stop by the Mixed Media Card Challenge to see all the design team's creative interpretations on LOVE and then dive into the real fun of creating a mixed media card of your own...can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in and stay warm!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

January Mixed Media Card Challenge

Happy New Year-2015!

Wow, it feels like December was the shortest month ever! I do hope it was a wonderful one for you. Now it is time for somethin' new--Yes, new is the challenge theme this month at the Mixed Media Card Challenge and tissue is the optional item.

Here is my card for this month:

My first step was penciling in the rocks onto watercolor paper. I adapted a sea foam stencil  to create a perch for the bird. I used a extra fine black calligraphy marker (new to me) called Elegant Writer by Speedball and followed a few new techniques Karlyn Holman teaches on this You Tube video.  I outlined the stones with the marker. Wetting the black circles causes the ink to bleed and so I brushed the ink onto the background.  When it became too wet I gently tapped it dry with a tissue. Moving the water changes the colors to shades of pink. The ink becomes permanent when dry and then other watercolors can be added. It is a fun process and I hope to try it again in other applications. 

Magenta bird stamp is water-colored and added white accents with a Signo pen and stamped the sentiment in archival black ink. The card with the Hampton Arts sentiment "spread your wings and fly " is appropriate for a wide variety of occasions where one is making a new beginning.

You can find all the details for the Mixed Media Card Challenge here.

Hope you have fun playing along with the MMCC this month!

Thanks for stopping by!