As I mentioned in an earlier post, I feel I am becoming increasingly interested in
mixed media creations, and have just begun to experiment in this field. This is
my 3rd mixed media creation. I know it is fairly 'straight', but hopefully with
time, and experience, my work will become 'looser' and 'freer'.
When I was a little girl (soooo long ago!) people used to say I was a 'very strange
child'. This was for many reasons, one of which was that I loved churchyards, and
that love still remains today. Churchyards to some people are disturbing places,
but I find them peaceful and beautiful, and some of the older ones have wild
flowers, ferns, and other pretty vegetation growing in them, not to mention
the occasional bunnies, birds, and insects.
My card has been greatly influenced by the countless times I have sat quietly
in old churchyards, not only in Australia, but in other countries too.
I distressed the edges of the kraft base, but it doesn't really show up, then
I die-cut the church window and painted the die-cut with Distress Stain
'Brushed Pewter'. To give the impression of light behind the window, I
sponged 2 yellow distress inks onto a scrap of card, covered that with
Tim Holtz' Frosty Film, then attached the window to that.
For the brickwork, I applied homemade texture paste through a stencil.
The paste was made using the recipe by the wonderful Pamellia, who has
become a major inspiration to me...she has just started her own mixed
was dry, I sprayed and sponged it with several distress sprays and inks.
After fitting the window into the aperture, I arranged my handmade
flowers and die-cut foliage, all of which were sponged, painted or
sprayed with various inks.
All the foliage was finished with a light spritzing of liquid acrylic
pearlescent ink, but unfortunately it barely shows up in the photos...
nor does the lovely shimmer of the Frosty Film in the window.
I have had the dove die for years, and can't believe I have never used it.
It was among the many items I found when I transferred my outside
studio to our spare bedroom. After cutting it, I roughly painted it
with silver paint, then applied 2 light coats of 'Abalone' Opals.
While the Opals was still molten, I carefully placed 1 tiny piece
of 'Champagne' Glass Glitter (using a toothpick) to represent
the dove's eye.
Challenges I would like to enter
Allsorts #310 - 'Use At Least 3 Die-cuts'
Anything But Cute #1 - 'Vintage Garden' DT Favourite
City Crafter #261 - 'Focus On Flowers'
Country View Crafts - 'Simply Scenic'
Crafty Cardmakers and More #138 - 'Make Your Own Background'
Fab 'n' Funky #258 - 'May Flowers' TOP 3
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - 'Add Some Flowers'
Inspiration Journal - 'Embossing Paste'
Little Red Wagon #288 - 'Distress It'
Mixed Media World #3 - 'Vintage'
Our Creative Corner - 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' #79 - 'Anything Goes With A Twist...Add Flowers'
The Mixed Media Monthly #12 - 'May Flowers'
Dies - Sweet Stamps Elegant Leaves; Marianne LR 0106, LR 0150, Bosskut Dove
Punch - EK Success Retro Flower Medium
Stencil - Crafter's Workshop Mini Bricks
Embossing Powder - Opals Abalone
White Ink - Colour Box Frost White
Distress Stains - Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter, Festive Berries, Tea Dye
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar.
Liquid Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Chartreuse
Silver Spray - Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylic Pearlescent
Glass Glitter - Stampendous Frantage Champagne
Frosty Film and Distress Edging Tool - Tim Holtz
Stamens are from my
It's so good to be back in blogland...thank you for visiting me, and until next time,