Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers June 2017 Mixed Media Challenge

Hi Friends! 

Woohoo! I have been invited to be the Guest Designer for the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge for June! What an honor and when your card is chosen as one of their monthly winners, you have a chance to Guest Design in the future- thanks HLS!!
I love using mixed media and I know some of you are a bit tentative to try mixed media but it is fairly simple to create a mixed media card!  Just combine at least two or more mediums- ink, acrylics, pastels, pencils, glitter, texture paste, etc. and you are using mixed media!  

Most of you probably create Mixed Media cards and did not even know it!  Mixed Media can be Clean and Simple, Vintage/Shabby, Elegant & Classy - basically any style you feel comfortable designing!

Still not sure what qualifies as Mixed Media?  Splitcoaststampers "Mix-Ability" Challenge has a great list of items to help you understand what they are looking for in a mixed media card and I have found that their description seems to apply to most Mixed Media Challenge sites.  Quote directly from the SCS "Mix-Ability" Challenge site: "Here are our guiding principles.

This is a mixed media challenge, with the goal of teaching people how simple Mixed Media can be, and how you can get a range of looks with Mixed Media - Clean & Simple, Vintage, Modern, Abstract, Grunge and much more. 

A "medium" can be any of the following:

  • Pencils - wax, oil, watercolor, graphite/charcoal, chalk/pastel
  • Pastels - chalk, oil
  • Markers - watercolor, pigment, water-based, acrylic
  • Pens - ink, glitter
  • Pigments - Gelatos, watercolor crayons, metallic rubons
  • Paints - watercolor, acrylic, oil, poster, tempera
  • Inks - dye, chalk, distress, reinkers, pigment, hybrid
  • Powders - mica, pigment, chalk
  • Sprays & airbrushing
  • Dimensionals - embossing paste, gesso, fabric, found items, papers (collage, piecing) & ephemera, foils
  • Heated elements - encaustic wax, embossing
And a "mix" can be any two or more of these items or others."

Since the Happy Little Stampers theme for this month is "Glitter" I decided to create a Vintage style Christmas card.  I have to confess, I have a huge stash of glitter that has been collecting "dust" so I was excited to have a reason to pull it out and use it!  

I did use quite a bit of glitter in this card (two types of glitter in three different ways) and I find it is very difficult to photograph glitter, but trust me, the card just glistens in real life!

We hope that you will take the time to check out the rest of the inspiration from the Happy Little Stampers Design Team and create your own project using Glitter this month! We would love to see your artwork in the gallery!!

To create this card:

1). Using embossing ink, stamp the Inkadinkadoo Evergreen Holiday framed wreath image onto white cardstock, apply black embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool.

Use an AquaPainter™ to color the image with watercolor pencils , water-based markers and distress inks.  

Once you are satisfied with the results, fussy cut the image, mount onto black cardstock, fussy-cut along the edge again before adding a few white highlights on the floral sprays with an extra fine white paint pen.  

2). Use a palette knife to mix glitter into a small amount of crackled texture paste, use a diamond patterned stencil and apply the glitter paste to a piece of white cardstock. 

Set the panel aside to air dry before trimming and mounting onto gold cardstock.

Can you see the shimmery glitter? 
3). Adhere the strip of green satin ribbon along with the white crochet lace (wrap the edges of the ribbon behind the panel) and add the strips of pearls to cover the edges of the lace.

4). Using adhesive, add a bit here and there on the wreath and sprinkle diamond glitter over the image.  Mount the wreath onto the card front using dimensional foam.

5). Ink the sentiment from Poinsettia Stamp Set (Power Poppy) with embossing ink, stamp onto a piece of white cardstock, apply black embossing powder and heat set with a heat tool. Once the embossing has cooled, use the AquaPainter  to apply a bit of Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Inkto “age” the paper, trim the panel, create the banner points (I used a hexagon punch but you could also hand cut), mount onto black cardstock (trimming close to the edge) and add to the card front with dimensional foam.  Apply additional "glitter" with a clear glitter pen over the entire sentiment.

6). Finish off the card by adding a few pearls to the upper left hand corner.

Well, it feels good to have at least one Christmas card completed and while I have my glitter out, I am hoping to create another card for this challenge shortly.

Stamp Sets:  Evergreen Holiday (Inkadinkadoo), Poinsettia (Power Poppy)

Ink/Mediums Versamark ,  Derwent™ Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Up! Markers- Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Cherry Cobbler; Distress Inks- Old Paper, Tea Dye; Spectrum Noir® Clear Shimmer Pen, Extra Fine White Sharpie® Paint Pen

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry

Accessories: AquaPainter™, Hexagon Punch, Pearls, ½” Green Satin Ribbon (from my stash), Pearls, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Crackled Texture Paste, Diamond Stencil, Palette Knife  

Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and I hope you will join us in the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media “Glitter” Challenge forJune! 

Hugs and have a blessed week, sweet friends!

1 comment:

Helen Liu said...

Hi Julie, thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers as Guest Designer. Your vintage Christmas Mixed Media card is simply elegant. Thanks for sharing with us some useful tips of Mixed Media too. Helen Liu, HLSMM DT Sister

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