Friday, March 17, 2017

Mixed Media Funny Birthday Card

The theme and sketch challenge at STAMPlorations is still going strong, and for our mid-month reminder I decided to tackle the sketch. 



I love working with lots of layers, so I was excited to take on this particular sketch. 



To play along in the STAMPlorations challenge, you can use either the theme or the sketch OR both. Options! You could also win lots of prizes! 


I had this piece of cardstock that I'd mopped up some extra Distress Spray Stains with, and I slathered some texture paste through the Dots All Over ARTplorations stencil


After the texture paste dried, I spritzed it with Distress Spray Stain in Mermaid Lagoon. I love how splashy the backgrounds turn out when you spritz the stains directly to page. 


As you can see, I used some patterned paper for the center panel, and then stamped a funny sentiment from my A Snarky Birthday to You stamp set, as well as a star from the same set. 

So there you go, a fab-o funny mixed media card, which could be used for a boy OR a girl! Blam! 

I'm going to play along at the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - For A Man
Dream Valley Challenges - Lots of Layers
The Crazy Challenge - Masculine
Pile It On - Humor/Puns

I hope you'll come play along in our Theme & Sketch Challenge

By the way, if you like any of the STAMPlorations products here,  my bloggy subscribers can take 20% regular & sale priced items in the STAMPshop using the discount code STAMPGIRLBECCA! 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day 4 - International Mixed Media Week + FUSION!

I am continuing the International Mixed Media Week festivities (you can read more about this farce in my blog post from Monday)!!

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It's also another day of celebration because the latest FUSION challenge has arrived!


If you haven't played at FUSION before, you can choose either the sketch OR the image, or you can mash them both together and create a fusion! I hope you'll come play along with me! 

Just look at that dreamy inspiration image!! I was totally and completely inspired to create a watercolor piece using the bright colors. 

If you were here earlier in the week, you would have seen the two Ken Oliver Color Burst backgrounds I created, along with my promise to tell you what I did with the second one later. Welp, it's later.
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For this card, I wanted to let the Color Burst crystals do the shining. So I decided to add some mixed media bits and bobs, but made sure to keep a lot of color as the focal point. 

Like my first card, I used some glossy black embossing paste, but this time I used it through a delicate Winnie & Walter stencil and only in selected areas. 

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I grabbed a bunch of different buttons and metal gears and started painting them black. 

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If you want to paint metal successfully, add a layer of gesso to it first. Then let it dry and paint over it with black. My buttons all started out with these pastelly colors that wouldn't have matched my design at all! 

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I adhered my bits and bobs to my background, and then selectively highlighted some pieces with InkaGold to give it a little more visual appeal. 

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I added Distress Crayon around the edges and smudged, along with a white gel pen border. I finished off the look with some sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz. 

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Taaaaadaaaaaa!

I should also mention that part of the reason I chose to use the bits and bobs was because I also wanted to play along in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Buttons. 

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I'm also going to link my card up to Crafty Gals Corner - Buttons, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Bit o Green.

Thank you all for popping by! I hope you'll go see what the rest of my teamies have made because you DON'T want to miss out on this inspiration!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coffee!! A Watercolor Card

Hullo Ladies and Gents!
I know this is post two for today (don't forget to check out my mixed media tutorial), but I'm up over on the Coffee Loving Papercrafters blog today with a watercolored beauty and would LOVE for you to stop by! 


You can find all the details on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog! See you there! 

Mixed Media Mother's Day Card with SO MUCH Texture!

You guys, you guys, you guys, I'm doing so many happy dances over this card I'm about to show you. I. Absolutely. LOVE IT! 



Look at all that texture - isn't it so dreeeeammmy? Ok, I'm a little bit of a freak for texture and I found a really awesome combo that I WILL be using again (and again and again). 

How did this happy circumstance come about, you ask? I'm glad you asked. 

Take a look at this STUNNING inspiration image from the new The Card Concept challenge



There are so many ways to be inspired here. If you haven't played at The Card Concept yet, it is fab. The design team is made up of card artists who span from clean and simple to mixed media and everything in between! So no matter what style of cards YOU make, your designs will be ogled and admired!

Now let me show you how I made my card! 

I rubbed some Dina Wakely gesso onto a piece of kraft cardstock with my fingers and then stamped some grunge.



Next, I added a layer of Ranger texture paste through the STAMPlorations Dots All Over stencil. 



And over the top of that, I drizzled some Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose Distress Spray stains. 



I used a concentrated spritz of water over the top of my drizzle lines, and let it drip down the page. 



Over the top of that I added some FaberCastell Glass Bead Glitter Gel. And ohmygoodness guys! This is the first time I've used this glass bead glitter gel and I'm in <3 <3 <3! It's so sparkly and adds a GREAT texture. 



Over the top of my mess, I added some gauze ribbon that I pulled apart and then I added a vellum sentiment overlay (this sentiment is from the Verve Button Best stamp set. 



Definitely gaga over this one, so I'm not even sorry for the picture heavy post! 

I'm going to link up my design to these awesome challenges:
Craft Stamper Take It Make It - Anything Goes

Inky Chicks - Flowers (stamps or as embellishments)
Crafty Calendar - Mum's Day or Special Female
Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media


If you like it then make sure to put a PIN on it! 

Also, definitely go check out the magnificently pretty inspiration my fellow Card Concept teamies made! 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Day 1: International Mixed Media Week

Helloooooooooo bloggy friends. Today is the very first day of International Mixed Media Week. 


What's that? You haven't heard of International Mixed Media week? Neither have I. I totally just made it up but I really think there SHOULD be an International Mixed Media week (and if there already is, give me a holler).

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Really I just wanted a reason to show you an entire week's worth of mixed media projects because... well that's what happened in my craft studio this week. :) I have a bunch of dreamy tutorials all lined up for you, so I hope you like pictures! 

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I made a couple of card backgrounds using some Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolor crystals. These things are GENIUS for creating drama. I only used one of my backgrounds for this card, so stay tuned to my blog later in the week to see what I did with the other one!

I wanted to play along at Just Us Girls challenge this week

  
So I broke out my stencils! 

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The background was too pretty and since I had to be the ONLY pretty thing in the room, I decided to cover it all up >insert evil stepmother voice here<. Just kidding. Really, I wanted to see what would happen, so I tried it! I used Dreamweaver Stencils Glossy Black Embossing Paste through the STAMPlorations Broken Glass stencil.

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My background seemed a little too pristine, so I dirtied it up a little bit by dropping Perfect Pearls all over it, and tapping some Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain over it, then I spritzed it with a teeny bit of water. 

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I used an embossing gun to heat set the paste, which makes it crack and bubble up and gives it such a yummy texture! Just look at that - don't you want to run your fingers over it?

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I added a big ol' star that matched my background courtesy of the True Multifaceted Star Cutaway by Winnie & Walter. I also added on some gessoed and painted star chippies, and sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz Ideology. 

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Taaadaaaaa! I hope you enjoyed day one of International Mixed Media week! :) hahaha 

I'm also going to link my card up to:
Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media

Thanks for popping by, my friends!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Strong Women Card

Yesterday was International Women's Day and I had a custom order for some cards in appreciation of strong, confident and awesome lady friends. 

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I fell in love with this new Unity stamp set called, very appropriately, Unity Girls and just HAD to buy it. It reminded me so much of my sis and I. 

I wanted to keep the focus on the women in the cards, considering the holiday the cards were celebrating. 

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I colored my image using Spectrum Noir Markers (TB1, TB2, GB4, GB5, GB6, PL1, PL3, PL4, FS1, FS3, EB4, EB6, TN3, TN4, TN9, GG1) and it was soooo relaxing. I forget, sometimes, how much fun it can be to sit and color. 

My colors were taken from:
CAS Colours and Sketches




Since we are celebrating strong women, I want to take the time to celebrate all of  YOU! My bloggy friends are all so uplifting and provide me with so much happiness with their sweet comments. THANK YOU for keeping my crafty mojo going!

I'm also going to link up this card to:
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark
Simon Says Wednesday - For a Special Lady/Girl

Thanks for popping by!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Distress Oxides - Take 2! Sponging on Kraft

As you may have known (by the large earthquakes stemming from North Dakota) I have been jumping up and down in my excitement to finally have time to break out my brand new Distress Oxides and play. 


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I'm planning on having tons of time this weekend to explore some of the other things, but I really wanted to give these babies a whirl on kraft paper.

Guys. Guys. Mind = Blown.

I cannot believe how pretty they look when sponged over kraft paper.
If you're new to the Distress Oxides, what rock have you been under? Haha - just kidding. If you're new to Distress Oxides, they are a pigment + dye based ink fusion. What that means is that the pigment portion of the ink sits on top of the paper. Which means that you can use it on kraft & black cardstock. 


But before I get tooooooo far, I also want to say that this card was made for the brand new challenge at STAMPlorations


 

The theme & sketch challenge is exactly what it sounds like. Choose the theme or the sketch OR use both! There's prizes for the winners and you can use ANY brand of stamp you want! So, what I'm saying is... YOU should go play! 

I chose to use the theme: Spring and picked out these pretty little daisies from the Pocket Blooms stamp set. I embossed them in white and then began sponging. 


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See how well that color shows up? You'd never be able to get that with a dye based ink, and pigment based inks leave an oily little residue that doesn't dry for...like... ever. Distress Inks dry within a minute! 

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Like all Distress products, Oxides react uniquely with water, too! I sprinkled some water over the ink and dabbed it up. That's when the magic "oxidization" happens. 




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Yeah.... I love this technique with Distress Oxides. Definitely going to be using this one again. 

I added the Thanks Word Die cut to the center panel.


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I used Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides for these two cards. 


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Blam! Two super pretty and relatively easy cards to make! 

If you are thinking about buying any of the stamps/dies used here, just know that my bloggy subscribers get 20% off ALL the things in the STAMPlorations store by using the code STAMPGIRLBECCA. 

I'm also going to link up to:
Addicted to Stamps and More: Anything Goes
Paperminutes: Spring

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sailing Away - Fusion Challenge

Sailing, sailing, sailing. Somewheeeeeere. Beyond the seeeeeeeeaaaaaa. 

*warning: brief-but-entertaining off-topic tangent ahead*


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Do you want to know what that song always brings to mind? Back in my junior high days I realllllly wanted to lose some weight (hah... if I was only that skinny now) and this was pre-Netflix, Hulu, Youtube workout video on demand.  My mom had this old copy of Richard Simmons Sweatin' to the Oldies and my sister and I would clamber off the school bus and watch good ol' Richard in is upper-thigh-baring 70s track shorts and try to do our best follow along. Beyond the sea was always my fave song, because it meant we were cooling down and the VCR tape was almost done. 

Haha - good memories!

BUT the real reason we're all here is for a card, yes? 


Before I show off the finished design, check out that faaaabulous inspiration image & sketch from Fusion this fortnight (pssstt...... I'm just learning now that fortnight means two weeks. I always thought it was a fancy way of saying month, but NOPE. I feel so British when I say it, too. Try it! And then have some tea and crumpets.)

Woops... I didn't warn you about that tangent. 

If you haven't played along at Fusion before, I love it because you can choose either the sketch OR the inspiration image, or you can mash the two together (which is what I chose to do). 

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Mix and matching patterns anyone? Thanks to Simon Says Stamp's Sailing Away set and coordinating papers, I was able to do just that with ease!

The inspiration image made me use all those different stripes and patterns, and if you squint you can see a little ship on the countertop. I also used the sketch as a base for my design. 

I'm also going to play along with the following awesome challenges:
Sisterhood of Crafters - Destination/Travel
Use Your Stuff - Use a Sketch of your choice
Come and Get It - It's in the Male 


Well that's all for me today, folks! I hope you take time to go see what the rest of my Fusion Friends did and then play along yourself!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Distress Oxides! My First Play Session

Hello Friends! 
I am popping in to share a card I designed for The Card Concept's new challenge


I jumped up and down and up and down when I got my Distress Oxides in the mail and I had a first initial play around with them. I'm planning to do a detailed tutorial sometime within the next week of all the various techniques and give a full review - so stay tuned!


I started by doing a sponging and spritzing Distress technique using Tumbled glass Distress Inks and Cracked Pistatchio Distress Oxide Inks. 


I should probably have started by saying my colors were pulled from the inspiration image for The Card Concept's new challenge. Isn't it puuuurty?

I also loved the style lines in that image, so I wanted to do a curved blue in the background of my card. 


Next, I created a mixture of greens and amber and used a die cut to create teeny daisies. I stamped and watercolored a jar using the STAMPlorations VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals set and then I glued and put things together. 


The sentiment is from my Strong Women stamp set. As you can see, I also used a die cut from Stampin' Up to create a die cut in the background, too. 

I'm going to link this up to:

Little Red Wagon - March Birthstone Aquamarine
Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge with Smooshing


Thanks for stopping by. 


By the way - if you're looking for some more inspiration, I'm up on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog today showing off how to stamp on coffee mugs! Go check it out!