On Monday I showcased two fall cards that were at the beginner and intermediate levels. I am back today with another card using basically the same dies but at an advanced level because of the supplies and techniques involved. I am so thankful to Tim Holtz at timholtz.com, Licensed Designer, Seth Apter at The Altered Page , Spellbinders for my leaf die and Seth’s die, and my friend Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made for giving me such great products to work with and for being all-around nice people (not to mention inspiring!). My job is made easier because of them. Tomorrow I bring you two more cards. ( I have been very busy!:)) This next card is mixed-media in nature and is not difficult by any means but it does involve more time and supplies. Come take a peek as I explain how I made this card.
I have always assumed that I was not a mixed-media artist but when you break down those two words mixed and media, meaning…many techniques, materials and supplies, I guess I am there. I will say that I have a lot to learn about mixed-media but everyone has to start somewhere, so here I go! I love how there are lots of components to creating with the different supplies and there really is no right or wrong with mixed-media. You just get to go until YOU decide you’re done! How fun is that? It can be about layering, or simplicity but it usually involves several products or materials. So I first started off with this plaid piece of card stock.
I then added just a slight wash of gesso. I came back in and painted several pieces of mixed-media paper with acrylic or golden paints and placed them on top of the patterned paper, rubbed the back side of the paper and then removed them. I did this several times. I went back in later and distressed a strip of the plaid card stock and adhered that to the existing paper even though it was the same print. Also, I added some of Tim’s distressing inks (here) to add more colors. Using a blending tool and distress inks or acrylic paint, I stenciled some Stencilgirl stencils by Seth Apter (found here or here). When you have the look you like, go back in with the stencils and color in some of the parts and pieces with a pen. Stamping always adds a twist so I stamped two of my favorite stamps, Tim’s Cracked stamp(here) (I love this stamp!) and Seth’s Screenprint (here)on the background. Some of the stamps I actually stamped with paint. I took my piece to the sewing machine when I was done. Isn’t that what mixed-media is all about? Oh.so.fun!
Die-cut the fall leaves referring back to Monday’s post for complete instructions.
Again, I used the cracked stamp but on the tag this time. It really ages things and adds an interesting look to virtually anything! Perfect stamp for this old tag I think. Then my good friend Cathe Holden sent me some ephemera from one of her junkin’ trips and I attached it to the tag. Now adhere the tag in place.
Die-cut the Ring Around die from black card stock or poly-foam and watercolor paper. Apply acrylic or golden paint and distress ink onto the die pieces or just leave plain. It’s your art project :). Attach to page.
Now add in the leaves.
Finally it is time to add the sentiment. I love foam dots so I used them on some of the letters. I almost ALWAYS use foam dots. I like my projects to have dimension. So, what do you think? Could you make this? Would you want to see this demo’d or in a classroom setting? I really enjoyed all the messiness that went into this project. It really helped me to get outside of the “tidy” box:).
Tomorrow, another mixed-media project that’s more at the intermediate level AND a project that is just on paper layering…all using the same dies! Hope to see or hear from you then!