Posts tagged ‘Festive flurry’

March 25, 2023

Mixed media festive flurry

Hello and welcome.

There is a mixed media challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week.  The term mixed media is used to describe artwork that is made from a variety of different materials or media.  I got out lots my craft supplies and spent a pleasant evening just creating.

To make the background, I started by smooshing oxide inks spritzed with water onto a piece of acetate before pressing onto a piece of watercolour card to create a random pattern.  Here I used speckled egg and weathered wood, spraying a little more water to blend the colours.

After drying with my heat tool, I added homemade texture paste through a star stencil to add texture. I didn’t worry too much about achieving perfection, just went with the flow.  When this was dry, I added a further layer by randomly stamping text onto the background, and then used a white posca pen to add white splatters.

Next, I stamped a snowflake from the Festive Flurry stamp set onto a piece of baja breeze card and heat embossed with chunky white embossing enamel, then die cut using the matching framelits.  I inked the edges of the die cut to make it pop against the background.

I popped up the snowflake and the handcut sentiment on adhesive foam for dimension, inked around the edges and added it to a 6″ square card base.

I was really enjoying the process, so made another background, this time using faded jeans and tumbled glass distress oxide inks. This technique produces different results every time, which is so much fun.  I also like how the chunky embossing powder on the night of navy snowflake looks here and love all the little imperfections…

I was really pleased with how my homemade texture paste turned out too.  I searched online and found several different recipes but didn’t have all the ingredients.  Most of the recipes called for baby powder, but as I didn’t have any, I improvised and used cornflour instead.

My texture paste recipe – add 1 tablespoon each of PVA glue and white acrylic paint to 4 tablespoons of cornflour and mix well.  Add more cornflour, a little at a time, until you reach the consistency you require. Store in an airtight container.  I hope you give it a go – it was easy to do and I was delighted with the results.

I hope you’ve been inspired to join the challenge this week – we’d love to see what you come up with.

Enjoy your weekend

February 11, 2023

White on white Christmas card

Hello and welcome.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas this year? Well the ladies over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown sure are! Andreja’s colour challenge this week is to use white and no other colour.

Notoriously difficult to photograph, white on white cards are stunning in real life.

I partial embossed a 6 inch card base using the music notes embossing folder by Stampin Up. A line of white embossing powder, mica and glitter was added using the encrusted jewel kit by Stampendous. The snowflake was stamped onto vellum using versamark ink and then heat embossed with chunky white embossing enamel and adhered to the card. Finally, a clear jewel by Stampin Up was adhered to the centre of the snowflake.

While I had all my supplies out, I made another card using similar techniques, this time adding flat back pearls as embellishments. I think my favourite is the first one – how about you?

I hope you’ve been inspired to join in the challenge this week.

Enjoy your weekend.


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