Monday, June 1, 2015

June Mixed Media Card Challenge

June's Mixed Media Card Challenge is collage with an optional element of a frame.

My style of creating mixed media collage pieces is very labor intensive.  Mostly because I really enjoy the process of gathering many natural materials and preparing them for use in my art. Since natural elements are often uniquely different from one another and the number of pieces that achieve quality preservation is limited so I always try to preserve more than needed.

In my card today I share some of my personal favorite materials for college work.  I have always loved the feel and look of textured papers. To create the textured background I incorporated cotton string into the handmade paper mix.

I sorted through boxes of natural found objects I have gathered and dried from my garden and land including bark, flowers and ferns.  I tested many combinations until a general idea for my card came together. Finally I painted the background with acrylic paint. Then stenciled the left side and top with embossing paste and added layers of stamping.  All the found elements were encased in matte gel medium as I attached them to the background.

The bird perched on the branch was painted, fussy cut and attached with gel medium. Inka Gold was added as a final layer for accenting the background before some final micro beads were added.  A frame/card base was created by adding shredded bark into the mixture of handmade paper. And the corner cut off to give a peak at what is inside.

I certainly don't often make cards like this that require so much time. But very soon a dear friend of over 20 years is moving out-of-town and she will understand and appreciate such a gift. as I speak about moving on, the year term of the first MMCC  design team comes to to the end this month. A few of us are moving on to new creative adventures but many familiar faces will remain on for another year.  But I would like to say a big thanks for the support that other DT members have provided--you have been wonderful!  Thanks for the fun and see you as our creative paths continue to cross one another!

Hope you visit other DT members blogs to learn of the details that went into the creative inspiration they made to share with you this month! You can click on this link to go back to the MMCC challenge blog.
Remember the door is always are welcome to stop by any time!...Jan

Reference Book:  New Creative Collage Techniques by Nita Leland-this is a great reference book with lots of new collage techniques which can be added into your Mixed Media projects.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

For Artsy Inkers: AIR folded card challenge

Welcome to a challenge to make a 3 layered card with Z- fold! 

Please know there are several card designs that meet this description so I am providing details to show you how to make the card's cuts and folds needed for this challenge.  I highly recommend making a mock-up version prior to making the final version.  

Photo 1
Your challenge-Use a 6 x 12 piece of white cardstock or watercolor paper to create a Z folded card (bottom edge view).  Your card will follow the cutting and folding style provided here.  

I added blue hightlights to show you the top edges of the 3 layers as seen on the front view of the card.

So let's get started:
Cut a piece of scrap paper into 6X12" (tape together 
a couple piece if necessary).

On your 6x12 paper the top (blank area in photo) needs to be cut off at a diagonal. Mark a tick mark at 3" on the left edge of your paper.  Draw a straight line from that point to the upper right corner. It should look like a straight line sitting across the top edges of the flowers above. Cut on the line. Cut off-this triangle piece will not be used for this card.

Fold the paper at 4" with a mountain peak fold  and at 8" with to valley fold to create 3 equal sized panels.  The left side is the shortest section and is the front of the card.

Now you are ready to design your card...this part is totally up to you. 

A note from my experience- know the center panel only needs designs on the front and back for the card to have a complete look when looking at the front as well as the inside of the card.  I also learned the images on the top edge need to be relatively aligned if you want to cut that edge to mimic the stamp's edge across the top of each card.  You will see in the 1st photo I didn't match the images on the edge on the center panel resulting in the card's front view of the card looks like I was trying to cut a scalloped edge. 

Please post your complete card and details in the gallery and title AIR folded card challenge. Provide a link on my discussion thread along with any learnings you may want to share.

This challenge may be combined with others. The challenge will be open until Sunday June 7, 11:59 pm your time.  I will provide a surprise to a randomly selected winner.

Have fun!...Jan

Friday, May 15, 2015

My backyard & Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!
I am sharing a card today in which I used my "backyard" as inspiration.  That is kinda funny since I live in a forested area and there really is no yard-front or back. But the outdoors is my favorite place and provides me with wonderful inspiration. 

To create this card I used a tree stencil and modified the outline with a black watercolor pencil and distress inks. Since I'm sure you don't want to see the remaining dirty snow I added some wild flowers which will soon be blooming. The stamp was misted to give the feeling of the many flowers. The butterfly is stamped with archival ink on Clearly for Art, clear acetate. One can heat and bend this product to add dimension. Here the top front wing is bent to be approximately 1/4" above the card. Like the sentiment says I wish the recipient quiet, peaceful moments to find inspiration for creating art.
I also wanted to use my card as a reminder

that the Mixed Media Card Challenge theme this month is wings and foil as an optional element and the deadline is May 25. Please see the website for the full details.

Thanks for looking!..Jan