Birthday card for December Mixed Media Card Challenge

December is here, and so is our new Mixed Media Card Challenge. Theme this month is 'Celebration':

Even if we are entering the festive season with many reasons to celebrate, yet I wanted to make a mixed media birthday card. I was especially pleased with the background of my project; I loved the pattern of Andy Skinner/Stampendous 'Industrial' stamp, and for highlighting it I decided to use simple white die-cut elements on top:

For the background I used a leftover piece of watercolor paper. I started the background with mixing various Distress paints on the paper, and once the paint was dry I added another color layer with white acrylic paint. The pattern was stamped with black Archival ink.

Flower and leaves are die-cut (for flower I used this lovely new Bigz die and for the leaves this Tim Holtz Decorative strip die). Under the flower there's a punched scalloped circle that I glued on the background.
Before rolling the flower I inked the edges lightly with orange Distress ink.

Hop over to MMCC blog to see the entire collection of mixed media cards made by the Design Team. I hope you get inspired and play along!

Wishing you a lovely day,
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  1. Great colors on your background - and what a great stamp! Your white flower/stems are a wonderful neutral layered on top!

  2. This is fabulous, Elina! I love the grungy background, and your flower and leaves stand out beautifully on it.

  3. Your background looks spectacular and the flower is gorgeous! Beautiful card. hugs

  4. OOOOO, this is beautiful. I love it, Elina!

  5. Grungy, eclectic, and oh-so-cool! I love it!

  6. Beautiful card. The dark grunge background really makes the rose pop!