Category Archives: Mixed Media

Day 3 – Dare to Get Dirty 2017

We’re moving along…it’s already Day 3 of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges. We’ve had some really fun ones this year. One of the fun things about being a DTGD hostess is that we get to see the challenges ahead of time so we can make samples for our fellow hostesses. There is a lot of planning and coordination involved in this event and everyone does a super fantastic job working together to pull it off. It’s one of the ways Splitcoaststampers gives back to their Fan Club Members. If you haven’t checked out SCS or the Fan Club yet what are you waiting for?

Here’s the card reveal for the sneak peak I gave you yesterday:

DTGD17stamperrobinThis was a sample card I made for Robin’s challenge (a.k.a. stamperrobin). Although it was a bit out of my comfort zone, I had fun piling on the supplies for this mixed media piece. I did a lot of spraying and painting to get the colors just right. This piece has so much texture too…I added mini art stones, layered die cuts, pearls, Prima roses, a metal key, ribbon, etc. I added Gesso to everything and sprayed again to get the patina look. While this card may look heavy and bulky it’s surprisingly light.

One of the other sample cards I made was for Marg’s (a.k.a. margscardcrazy) challenge. This was more up my alley.

DTGD17margscardcrazyAI created a soft rainbow watercolor wash background and die cut the sentiment (after it all dried) then pieced it back in with a couple of additional layers to make it more dimensional. I didn’t want to add a stamped image or anything to distract from that dreamy background so I just added a few clear sequins. I love the way this one turned out. Looks like melted sherbet, doesn’t it? Mmmmmmm.

And, finally, I made this get well card for Janine’s (a.k.a. jaybee) challenge in which I channeled my inner Sandy-Allnock. I am so inspired by Sandy’s work and follow her blog regularly. She’s a fantastic paper-crafter and artist.

DTGD17jaybeeI will be back tomorrow for Day 4 of our Dare to Get Dirty Challenges with a few more cards that I’ve made. In the meantime, I will leave you with a sneak peak of the sample I made for my friend Jean’s (a.k.a. naturecoastcrafter) challenge. Come back tomorrow to see the entire card.

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It’s On! Dare to Get Dirty 17

Woo-Hoo! It’s time for the week long Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on SCS! It’s super fun and there are some great prizes at the end of the week. But you gotta be in it to win it! Stop on over and join in…click here to go right to the Dare to Get Dirty forum…new challenges will be posted daily and boy, are there some fun ones.  I’ve got two coming up…one tomorrow and another on Tuesday so I hope you’ll join in.

Here are a few of the cards I made for today’s challenges.  This first card is for Sandee’s (a.k.a stampersandee) DTGD challenge, I started by swiping Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Iced Spruce onto a piece of acetate, spritzed with water and smooshed onto watercolor paper. Once I was satisfied with the results, I stenciled over the top with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide ink. The sentiment was stamped with regular distress ink (Wilted Violet) first, then I went back over it with the Distress Oxide ink…using the MISTI which really came in handy. The cute shades were cut from mirrored silver cardstock using a MFT die.  Added a few Nuvo Crystal Drops to finish it off.
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My next card is a sample I made for Bev’s (TexasGrammy’s) challenge. The colorful strip started out as an entire A2 card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). I heat embossed the triangle pattern (Simon Says Stamp Abstract Triangles background stamp) using Hero Arts white embossing powder then filled in each triangle with watercolors purposely overlapping the colors to achieve additional colors and triangles.  It was a little overpowering left as it so I cut it into a strip and left quite a bit of white space.

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I also made a sample card for Dina’s (a.k.a. dini) challenge today. I first made a background (A2) by gluing strips of different patterned pieces from Echo Park’s Happy Days collection. When I had all the strips in place where I wanted them, I then cut bigger strips using MFT’s Horizontal Stitched Strips dienamics to form my background. I wanted the fun, colorful pattern to be the star of the show so I kept things simple by just adding a framed sentiment.

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There are five challenges posted each day so check out my gallery to see the other cards I made today. If you’re not already a SCS Fan Club member, be sure to sign up so you can access all these challenges as well as many other Fan Club benefits. I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more Dare to Get Dirty 2017 challenge cards.  Meanwhile, . Here’s a sneak peek…

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Happy Birthday, Dear Valarie

Today is my longtime friend Valarie’s birthday. Val and I have been friends since we met in college in 1986. Even though we live in different states and don’t get to see each other often, we carry on like we just saw each other last week. I love and miss Val and she is never far from my thoughts. Happy Birthday, my friend.

HB Valarie

I made this fun, colorful birthday card for Valarie. I used Tim Holtz’ Crazy Dogs stamps – I knew she’d love the silly dogs. I started out by creating a mixed media background using stencils and various colors of Distress Inks. I then added some little hearts using Simon Says Stamp Stacked Heart Wafer Die. The crazy dogs were stamped onto watercolor paper using My Favorite Things Black Licorice Hybrid Ink then colored using Distress Inks.  Before coloring the dogs, I used masking fluid to mask their eyes, ears, noses, collars and tongue.  Next came the smooshing (a.k.a. Smoosh Technique)…rub a Distress Ink pad directly onto a piece of acetate. Spritz with water then place watercolor paper on top. Smoosh the paper down into the inky water droplets to pick up color. Afterwards, I went in with a paintbrush and watered down ink to fill in the rest of the color and add contrast. When the dogs were completely dry, I removed the masking fluid and used Copics to color their collars, noses, tongue and inside the ears.

HB Valarie

The presents and party hats were stamped onto Crafter’s Companion Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock (SNUSP White) and colored with Copic markers. After fussy cutting the dogs, presents, party hats and banner, everything was assembled on the background piece and adhered to a 5″x5″ cardbase (SU! Orchid Opulence).

Thanks for checking out my blog. I had fun creating these party pooches.