01 August, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge: August

Happy Friday to you,

July just flew by, and we are already in August. This also means that it's time for the second Mixed Media Card challenge!
We got an amazing number of entries for the July challenge. In case you missed our July challenge winner and highlights, just visit this link and get inspired by the amazing creations!

In August we are still enjoying the beautiful summer, and also the new Mixed Media Card Challenge is all about summer:


So take out your bright color paints, summer themed stamps, burlap pieces, and be artsy. Be messy. Be creative!!


Here's my summer themed card with burlap flowers and warm yellow and orange colors:





I started with misting a piece of white heavy office paper with a light yellow mist. Once dry, I added some texture with a text stamp.


Using a circle stencil I dabbed Versa Mark ink on the misted background. The clear embossing ink created a resist allowing the light background to show through when the background was re-misted with darker colors.

If you want the stamped texts only to show in the embossed areas, use water-soluable ink (like Distress).  I wanted the texture to show on the entire background, so I used a permanent ink that did not dissolve into the darker mists.



When creating a small sized mixed media background for a card I like to use a larger piece of cardstock which I cut to size just before attaching on the card front. A larger surface is way easier to work on, and the left over pieces can be used for later projects.


For the flowers I used some old canvas ribbon I had in my stash. I punched a 1" circle from white cardstock, attached one end of the ribbon on the center with a mini stapler, and twisted the ribbon around the center. I used hot glue to fix the ribbon on the cardstock.


For the leafs I die-cut a large flower from green craft core cardstock. Before removing the leftover pieces around the die-cut image, I sanded the die-cut image lightly. Then I inked the petals, detached them, and folded to half.

(Here's a link to the Sizzix die I used - follow the link to read more info)


The flowers are die-cut from burlap paper using this die (click link for more info). Before gluing down the ribbon center circles I painted the flower petals with gel medium. This allowed curving the stiffed petals, and also stopped the edges from fraying.


I wish you an inspiring weekend jump start :D
Thanks for stopping by!
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24 comments:

  1. I just love your drippy bright background Elina and your beautiful ribbon and burlap blooms! so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Julia for your sweet comment! <3

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  2. You such have a gift for making beautiful flowers! I like the stenciling technique. Thanks for sharing all the details!

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  3. Beautiful card! Gorgeous colours and your flowers are just lovely!
    Ingrid x

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! I hope you play along!

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  4. Wow ! I am speechless by the beauty of ur card. What a lovely BG ! Love bold yellow and those flowers are so stunning, thank you for sharing the tutorial, I will have to try this out :)

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    1. Thank you Dee! I really loved your card - it was simply amazing!

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  5. Beautiful background and flowers!

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  6. Awesome card Elina. LOVE your background ... thanks for the step-by-step instructions with photos - great tips too! :) The burlap and canvas ribbon flowers are amazing ... so much interest and texture. And thanks for the tip about adding gel medium to stiffen the petals, making it easier to shape them. Loll xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment, Loll. Loved your card - it was truly filled with warm and sunny summer feelings!

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  7. totally in love with the bg...... and thank you so much for sharing a pictorial of your process and tips.

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    1. Kiitos Riikka! Odotan kovasti näkeväni sinun korttisi haastekorttien joukossa! :D

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  9. I so love your card, Elina! The background is beautiful and it was great to read about and see your process. I especially appreciate your showing how you made the canvas flowers! Never thought to use punched circles as the base -- priceless tip!

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    1. Thanks Shery for your sweet comment and an inspiring challenge :D

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  10. I love the background on this card, Elina, and the flowers are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! Loved, loved your card, too!

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  11. So gorgeous!! I love your background, what a great technique...might have to try that one! Your burlap flowers are wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. Thank you, Pamellia for your sweet comment :) <3

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  12. love the colours, and the drip paint is very effective, thanks for the inspiration and sharing your project.
    geezercrafter

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