Challenges, Mixed media

Sketch Saturday and 4-in-1 cards

These inky things of beauty came about from the recent 4-in-1 card video by Jennifer McGuire , and the fact that I want to try more mixed media techniques. There was a challenge in the Hero Arts Mixed Media Facebook group this month to create a project with at least two different types of media – then I watched Jennifer’s video and the rest is history. It’s the most fun and liberating project I’ve done for a while … just playing with whatever I laid my hands on with no plans for how it would end up looking like!

I’m still surprised that I managed to make these, but the hardest part now is turning them into cards – the first once I created, though, was turned into a birthday card this morning – and hopefully the recipient will enjoy it.

As for the two media types used in the project? Well there were a LOT more than that in the end – dye ink, pigment ink, heat embossing, Distress mica spray, Hero paste and Hero pearls – with a final touch of acrylic paint splatter! So much fun trying some of these products out for the very first time, and also christening some stamp sets etc at the same time too!

Here’s where it all began … I chose some cool colours in the purple/purpley-blue range from Gina K Designs. And I’m also using the finished card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, as it includes multiple areas of stamping.

Add a ton of different products randomly around the panels – using multiple stamps and stencils from various brands (Stampin’ Up!, Gina K Designs, Simon Says Stamp, Pink & Main, and My Favorite Things from memory) – and a masterpiece is born. OK, perhaps not an actual masterpiece … but truth be told I’m pretty chuffed with it, and can’t believe I actually made it myself!

I needed a birthday card this morning for someone who’s a lover of the colour purple and who enjoys the odd glass or two of wine … so hopefully this card fits the bill.

Challenges, Mixed media

Hero Arts mixed media

I joined the Hero Arts mixed media Facebook group, hoping to dip my toes into the mixed media creative world to learn something new and to see if I enjoyed the techniques. This week saw the first challenge where we watched a demonstration video about adding very simple texture to a cardfront – and this is my attempt at trying to replicate it. Sadly I don’t have any of the Hero Arts mixed media products yet, so I made do with whatever paste I could find (it was a very thick pastillage texture paste from Gina K that I hadn’t opened yet). It didn’t give the same results, but I’m super happy with how it turned out! I used the Mermaid stamp set by Hero Arts for my image and sentiment – as for what I used on the background, I threw so many different types of ink etc at it, I couldn’t honestly tell you what ended up in the final product!

I have so much more to learn with mixed media, but I’m looking forward to the journey along the way.

While I’m at it, I think this card also works well for the following challenges: The Paper Funday great outdoors challenge, Never Before Used Schtuff challenge, and Simon Says Stamp happy birthday challenge.

Challenges, Mixed media

No longer a mixed media newbie

OK the heading may be stretching things a bit, but I think this qualifies as mixed media so I’m saying it’s true 😉

Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected me to create something like this … Craft Roulette once again pushes me outside my comfort zone. What started as a boring background (made months ago just to mop up some leftover ocean mist ink after ink smooshing) looks totally different ink blended randomly with two brown inks, with a rice paper postcard stuck down with Modge Podge, washi ephemera stickers, and ephemera labels, and a few random stamps. I freaking LOVE this!! My first ‘real’ mixed media attempt!

  • Project: Collage
  • Colours: 3 pops of red (very small hearts)
  • Element: Far away (the Eiffel Tower is far away from me, and the postcard is sent from far away)
  • Random: Vellum or tissue paper (rice paper postcard is acceptable as tissue paper I think)

That also means I can submit this into the Use Your Stuff challenge of ‘mixed medfia’ this week – and three older items used from my stash, the rice paper and the modge podge, and also christening the ephemera pack that contained the butterflies and labels.

I’m also going to enter it into the V is for Vintage challenge over at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers … although I have another snarky card in mind for that challenge too!