Wednesday, April 1, 2015

TCC32 Pleasant Poppies- Just Because :-)

Hi Stampers!! 

It’s time for the new Card Concept #32 (Coral, Aqua, Green & White) Inspiration Photo Challenge- my Mixed Media card was inspired by the colors as well as the beautiful flowers.

I decided to combine our Card Concept challenge with the Splitcoaststampers Ways to Use It WT524 Tortoise or Hare Challenge (see details here and gallery here) and the Mix-Ability MIX112 First Day of Spring Challenge (see details here and gallery here) and Virginia's View Challenge #14 Layers and Dimension :-)  

I am normally a “tortoise” when it pertains to card making – especially my Mixed Media designs but that is what I love about stamping and creating….you are allowed to go at your own pace and it is so therapeutic:-)

The Card Concept is a bi-weekly challenge that has an inspiration photo along with a number of design styles that you can choose from to create your card- Clean and Simple, Clean and Graphic, Clean and Layered, Shabby Chic, Freestyle Collage, Classy and Elegant and Mixed Media. 

So pull your supplies together and come join in on the fun!! 

To create this card:

Apply a layer of Gesso to a piece of Whisper White cardstock and allow to dry (I prefer to use my Heat Tool to speed up the process).

On your craft mat, apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Distress Stains- Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Broken China and lay your prepared piece of Whisper White cardstock over the stains, twist and lift.   

Repeat until you have the desired effect on your background, spritzing with water and allowing to spread over the page and drying as needed between layers with the Heat Tool. 

Ink the retired background stamp, Ex Libré using Bermuda Bay Classic Inkand position the background panel over the image, “finger walk” the panel on parts of the stamp to allow only portions of the stamp to be revealed on the background, re-position the background layer and repeat (again, until the desired effect is achieved).

Once dried, apply Gesso® using the Balzar Designs® Well Rounded stencil- allow this to dry and add a few torn pieces of Graphic 45 Washi Tape. 

Stamp the Notable Notions script stamp with Bermuda Bay Classic Ink over the background and stamp the large splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge using Ranger® Tim Holtz® Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Use the Distressing Tool to distress the edges and mount onto the Calypso Coral card base.   Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Ranger® Tim Holtz® Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges.

Open My Digital Studio (MDS) and position the Pleasant Poppies background stamp (enlarge the flowers a bit) as well as the sentiment, Just Because from Notably Ornate (enlarging this a bit as well) and print out onto Whisper White cardstock.

Color the Pleasant Poppies using the Light and Medium Calypso Coral and Old Olive Stampin’ Blendabilities™.  Add a few shadows with the Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker and a few highlights with the Faber-Castell White Pitt Pen marker. 

Carefully “fussy-cut” the flowers and add to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®. 

Hand cut the sentiment away from the frame and use a Sponge Dauber with Ranger® Tim Holtz® Vintage Photo Distress Ink to age the paper a bit.   Mount to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals®.

Cut a strip of 1 ½” Burlap Ribbon, cut off the binding on both sides and remove a few strands of the Burlap.  Spread the remaining strands apart a bit and adhere the larger strip to the card front.

Weave a few strands of the burlap into the retired Designer Round Ribbon Slide and adhere to the card front to finish off the card.

Stamp Sets:  Pleasant Poppies, Notably Ornate (both MDS Versions), Notable Notions, Gorgeous Grunge, Ex Libré background stamp

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Stampin’ Blendabilities™- Light and Medium Calypso Coral and Old Olive Collections,  Stampin’ Write Marker- Crumb Cake; Ranger® Tim Holtz® Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Broken China Distress Stain, Ranger® Tim Holtz® Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Printer Ink- Black, Faber-Castell White Pitt Pen marker

Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral

Accessories: Gesso®, Balzar Designs® Well Rounded Stencil, Graphic45 Washi Tape, Sponge Dauber, Distressing Tool, 1 ½” Burlap Ribbon, retired Designer Round Ribbon Slide

I have some good news to share- those of you who have been following my blog, know that my husband has been undergoing chemo treatments for a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (short name- Waldenstroms) and we found out yesterday that the bone marrow biopsy results show that the chemo has been effective and he will now be under a 2 year maintenance program- Praise the Lord!!  We are so thrilled to hear these results and wanted to thank all of you for your prayers, cards and support!  The Lord has blessed us so and we are so thankful!!

Thanks again for taking the time to visit, and again, I hope you will find the time to stop by The Card Concept to check out the rest of the Design Team projects as well as create your own to join in on the fun!!  Have a fabulous Easter Week and Resurrection Sunday!!


maria f. said...

Hi Julie! First, thanks for having me at Card Concept. I love your turquoise mixed media beauty and also your good news you've shared at the end of your post. Happy Easter.

Sheri (a.k.a PaperCrafty) said...

Gorgeous card, Julie! Love the distressing and the great texture the burlap ribbon adds!

Jenny Engelke said...

Oh my gosh, Julie! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!! I LOVE everything that's going on here....especially the poppies against the bright turquoise!

Virginia Lu said...

How gorgeous is this! The dimensions and depth are fabulous! The rich and deep colors are so beautiful! I appreciate your participation! So glad that you join the fun over Virginia’s View “Layers and Dimensions” Challenge!

laurie said...

Wow Julie! This is certainly a stunning card!So rich and beautiful. So glad to hear about your good news, too! Happy Easter!

Lea Lawson said...


Michelle said...

Julie! Such great news for your hubby! Big smile on this end for you two. :-) And now to the card... WOW WOW WOW!!! I have a secret desire to be able to create art like this, but I've never known where to start (coming from a super-CAS origin, lol!). Your colours and texture and just awesome design are stunningly beautiful!

Olga Direktorenko said...

Stunning layers and the colors are simply marvelous!

Yoonsun Hur said...

OMW!! Julie, your card so very beautiful!! It is really elegant and pretty. Love your beautiful poppies!

Far North said...

Stunning piece of art! But the best is your DH's break-through happy for both of you!!

artful-notions said...

Beautiful in every way! Love the bold turquoise and red (gorgeous!) poppies! Your dimension & layers with the burlap is wonderful!

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