Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Challenge-Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi there!
Are you ready for a new month for challenges?  I hope you are ready to enjoy this month's challenge for Mixed Media Card Challenge!  This month's challenge topic is vintage with the optional element of keys

For my Design Team card I decided to ink up the Stampendous stamp "Deco Lady" which has sat in my "new stamp" box far too long.  Art Deco flourished from the 1920's to 1940s. The years between  WWI and WWII were filled with art and fashion representing luxury, glamour, exuberance.  Those are words I don't often think about when I create.  But I love that Mixed Media encourages us to try new media products and explore their the challenge begins!

I began my adventure to create a feeling of luxury, glamour and exuberance by marbleizing 1/2 sheet of manila cardstock with distress acrylic paints.  I mist the paints and offer encouragement for the paints to run and marbleize. I am still exploring these paints so I have no idea if my results will be something I can use. But no worries since one can always paint another layer until their smile reappears.  I loved the dried paint's smooth surface.  
While I found myself uncertain about the brightness of the colors I recognize that brightly colored backgrounds often look alot different once stamped with a black image.  So I focused on finding the area that would work best for Deco Lady's face. After stamping the image with archival black ink, I added highlights with gel pens, watercolor pencils, a stardust sparkle pen (sorry that doesn't show in the photo), a white pen and finally drops of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame mist.
Next for the mat I wanted to continue to achieve the same feel but in a different manner.  This lead me to crumble a piece of white tissue technique for texture, attach the paper to the base using PPA glue to and also use the glue's moisture to paint the paper with powdered metallic-Pearl EX and Perfect Pearls.  Once dry I added highlights with Inka Gold.
The Hero Arts sentiment was stamped onto acetate and adhered with a vellum tape runner.
The border was stamped with a stamp from Fiskars Henna stamp set.
Hope you enjoy some creative play while making a vintage card for the MMCC challenge! Thanks so much for taking a look at this month's card...and I greatly appreciate everyone's comments.
Thanks so much!...Jan


  1. The texture you created in the BG is simply amazing :) what a beautiful card!!

  2. What wonderful backgrounds you created on this beautiful creation Jan! love that image!

  3. Wow, would love to have been a fly on the wall to watch your process for creating that wonderful marblized BG!

  4. oh wow! what a gorgeous card! xoxo, Sanna

  5. Jan, this is jaw-dropping gorgeous!! LOVE your art deco lady ... and she is so beautiful on the marbelized background --- love those vibrant and saturated colors. And your textured background is also gorgeous ... fabulous techniques that I need to try. Thanks for the inspiration! Loll xx

  6. Wow - I love your twist on Vintage - fabulous Art Deco design. The colours and texture are amazing!

  7. Love those iridescent colours, Jan! Fabulous texture with the tissue too.


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