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






Friday, May 1, 2015

May-Mixed Media Card Challenge.

Welcome back!

You are arriving at the just the perfect time.  If you need a little extra sunshine today... I have plenty to share. Sunrise here today is at 4:10am and sunset at 11pm-that's right nearly 17 hours of daylight!  So yes, I have lots of extra daylight to gather inspiration, be creative and to share!

This month the MMCC's theme is wings with the optional element of foil.

I wanted to play on a different surface for today's inspirational card so I chose a non-porous glossy cardstock to create an alcohol ink background. Then I chose a fond stencil to use with the Faded Layers Technique to add a layer of dark leaflets pointed on the left edge. The stencil was used as a mask while removing the background ink with rubbing alcohol.

Another stencil was used with distress inks to create a mosaic pathway.  The bird was stamped with archival inks and then over-stamped with script in memories unicorn ink. I used enamel accents to create the eye .  Additional branches were stamped with archival inks. To finished I added drops of rubbing alcohol for additional dimension.

I would like to thank you for stopping by, sharing your
comments and moving onto find additional inspiration at the rest of the design team blogs.

Here is a link back to the challenge post.

I look forward to seeing you entry into the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

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