I love it when my pal Tiffany from I Heart Art Blog asks if I’d like to create a card or project for one of her Mixability Challenges on Splitcoaststampers. I don’t even have to hesitate….YES!!! The challenges are so fun and so cool! They’re Mixed Media challenges and you don’t have to be an expert. In fact, it’s great for those who want to learn about Mixed Media. My other pal, Lydia, explains more about the challenges here:
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.
So, Tiffany’s challenge this week is Easter or Spring themed! And, I have tons or Spring colored stuff just oozing all over the place. But, I knew in the deepest part of my heart that I really wanted to make an Easter card. Not a bunny-foo-foo type of Easter card, either. One that celebrates the true meaning of Easter. So I combined the colors and florals of Spring with the wood and gold to represent the Church. I hope as you look at the card you can see all the different elements that are there.
Believe it or not, this whole card started with the patterned paper from Prima called Free Spirit. It’s really beautiful paper and I just cut random sized strips and stuck them onto typing (copy) paper using Gel Medium. Once the Gel Medium is dry then I used the Stamper’s Big Brush Pens and Gelatos® to highlight and add contrast. I also used a stencil and Whipped Spackle to add a little interest. The cross is a Spellbinders Shapeabilities die cut created from adhesive back wood paper from ARC Crafts. The leaves are called Dancing Leaves and they were cut out of vellum and colored on the back side with a Stamper’s Big Brush Pen and then wiped with a baby wipe.
It was just a little bit labor intensive. Maybe not a mass production card. ;) But, I really love how it turned out and it’s nice and flat, so perfect for mailing to someone special. (I know my folks will LOVE it!! ♥)