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!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

I made this one last card for the season to say happy holidays to my many blogging friends.  Today is Solstice and my community started celebrating the cycle of more daylight last evening with fireworks.  I hope all your holiday celebrations are sparkling in a way that is wonderful for you!

The card's background is water stamped with a HA diamond background stamp. Watercoloring with distress inks adds layers to the stamped images. Splattered acrylic ink, gold lame spray,  icy white pearl pen and distressed edges create lots of added dimension. 

Reminder:  Mixed Media Card Challenge is open until  December 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800).

Peaceful Wishes! 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

A HOME Made Christmas

This month's Mixed Media Card Challenge theme is home and an
option of lace. The theme is very broad. For me home includes home
made Christmas gifts. Over the years I have enjoyed making ornaments to share a few of my recent favorite techniques with a few stamping friends who also love techniques.

When I read that Virginia's View Challenge this month is "all things distressed" I knew my ornament would contain lots of distressing and could serve as the focal point of a card.  The card serves as the means to present my ornament to my friends.  Here is my first ornament card for the season.

I began with the ornament's base.  I tore apart a flap from a box waiting to be recycled.  Roughly tearing off the top layer of paper resulted in a the textured piece of corrugated cardboard to which I added white acrylic paint and mica snowflakes. The large snowflake is an acrylic skin and here is a link to my photo tutorial.

Behind the snowflake is a watercolor background stamped with Stampendous holiday sentiments.  The background is misted with Perfect Pearls in broken china ink and larger gold dots are made with Heidi Swapp's gold lame spray. The edges are distress with ink and frayed with a distress tool.  A watercolored bird is created with a Memory Box die cut.  A  gold pipe cleaner across the top was formed into a hanger for the ornament. 

The card base is watercolored with distress stains and water stamped (no ink just misted water on stamp).  I used a Hero Arts diamond pattern background. I felt the diamond pattern would compliment the pattern of the snowflake tips.  Well that is open for interpretation since the misted water on my stamp created some of it's own shapes. On the left side of the card is a loosely woven jute "ribbon".  I like the unusual texture it provides. I distressed the sentiment banner and chose a sentiment filling for all my stamping pals.

Thanks Virginia for another fun challenge and bringing guests to share their knowledge and inspiration!

Remember Mixed Media Card Challenge is open until Dec 25! 
Have fun getting inky!...Jan