Thursday, April 9, 2015

Challenge: Color-bright, vibrant and cheerful

Hi All!

I have been having fun playing with alcohol inks over the last few weeks.  When I saw Craft Stampers, challenge this month was about color-bright, vibrant and cheerful I wanted to jump right in!  Here is a link to the challenge details. Take It Make It Challenge : April!

Exploring my forest

I recently took a class to learn to how to a make a hand stitch journal. I plan to use this piece as the cover for a new journal.  The base is a strong watercolor paper. The background is created by blowing alcohol inks one color at a time across the glossy paper. It took considerable time to learn some minimal control over the results. I enjoy looking at the depth of all the layers of ink and the interesting blend of colors. I added to the forest story with a stamped bird and tree branch. The feather is embossed and die cut from a piece of alcohol inked paper and dots of heated embossing powder.  The feather was added with pop dots to the background. 
I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!...Jan

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April's Mixed Media Card Challenge!


The Mixed Media Card Challenge theme this month is flowers and the optional element is a basket.

I frequently draw on my love of nature and gardening for inspiration for my art work. I enjoy building mixed media projects in layers to share my stories. For this month I share that living in the the far north means there is no spring season. And while I miss the beautiful, fragrant and colorful bursts of spring flowers for now I patiently wait and make art.


I wish I could put this card in your hands so you could twist and tilt it to capture the many different effects of the light bouncing off the different materials.

 I started creating the blue background with aluminum foil attached to cardstock and dry embossed . I colored the foil with several different hues of blue alcohol ink.  To create the look of cracked ice I used blending fluid to remove the blue edges to reveal the silver.

On an acetate overlay I painted the openings of STAMPlorations shutter stencil with white acrylic paint to represent the breaking-up of our snow pack.   I left a few shutters unpainted so it is easier to see the cracked ice underneath.

For the top layer I created a piece of alcohol inked glossy cardstock to represent the bright summer colors that will soon fill our world. And added embossing paste enhanced with color, glitter and texture to create symbols of our annual earth cycles in the far north including a fern and a leaf I dried last summer. The STAMPlorations daffodil was stamped on acetate and colored with sharpie markers.

So for now I am happy to enjoy many representations of flowers until our growing season arrives. And as they say "I'm just chillin"!

May you have a beautiful spring season!  Hope our design team's cards bring you inspiration for this month's Mixed Media Card Challenge. Be sure to stop by their blogs to see the details of their cards.

This is the link to the Mixed Media Card Challenge

Challenge Entry:  I am also entering this card into Virginia’s View Challenge- #14 Layers and Dimension
Layers-base is embossed foil colored with alcohol inks
Overlay-acetate layer with shutters stencil painted with acrylic paint

Top layer-alcohol ink painted glossy cardstock with stenciled highlights created with embossing paste, glitter and gel pens and stamping.  Daffodil is stamped on acetate and colored with markers.
Thanks for stopping in and of course every comment put a smile on my face and more inspiration in my heart!   Many thanks!...Jan

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A bright and cheery bird for spring!


While many of us are still looking at piles of snow 
any single hint of spring is appreciated!  And so to get a jump start on spring I started thinking about putting together a collage card of happy spring tidbits. After enjoying a review of my stamps I finally decided on including 15 stamps and 2 stencils.  Then the real fun began!

I created several backgrounds to determine which would work best. Lots of bright happy springtime colors are a must for this project. I love birds so I was delighted to give the most important seat to my chick stamp (Best Stamps).  For an added treat I covered the image with 2 colors of flocking one with glitter. Doesn't everyone love the soft feel of a peep? The grasshopper is from Stampendous and the numbers stamp is by Tim Holtz as well as the dotted fade stencil behind the chick.

To create the collage I used: distress stains and inks, Wendy Veccchi archival inks, Wink of Stella, embossing powder, Viva's Pearl Pen-ice white to paint the feathers and of course the flocking.

I am entering the Mixed Media Monthly challenge. This month's challenge is Birds of a Feather. This piece with it's playful chick brings me a smile that is needed to get me through the rest of our winter's extreme temperatures and I hope it does the same for others. To me art is about lifting people's spirits.

This is also a reminder that the Mixed Media Card Challenge with a spring theme and an optional bird element is open through March 25. 

Hope spring is around the corner for you!