Sep 17, 2014

White on White Wedding card.

Hello Everyone,

I have been up to my neck in paints and mediums the last few weeks, completing projects for my design teams- (all two of them.) I have said on many occasions that I am slow in my design and construction of projects, but it is not because I find it arduous, on the contrary I enjoy every minute of the messy process. But...ha there is always a BUT.
I always need to create something clean and elegant after all the chaos of mixed media.

So today I have a lovely tall Wedding card.
The Bg is wet embossed using a Heart stamp and White embossing powder.

The heart was cut free hand, then laces applied with a ribbon rose on the top right.
Die cut a flourish and added the florist pearls to finish. 
Simplicity is sometimes very pleasing to the eye.

Crafty Cardmakers has the perfect Challenge for this delight: Ribbons/Lace and Pearls
So off it goes to join the many wonderful entries, I think it will sit quite happily amongst the other admissions.

Back to get dirty again now... do you want a little peek to tempt your interest?
Full reveal in a couple of months!


Sep 5, 2014

Hello everyone.

 The Mirror Crack'd is a new mixed media/altered art style challenge blog, and the owner Lin -Twisted Witch kindly invited me to be on the design team which I gladly accepted.
 I tend to muck around with mixed media and don't  take it very seriously, I guess that is what it is all about, getting messy, having fun and hopefully at the end of it a creation emerges!
The challenges will be running once a month on the fifth day of each month, some of which might have prizes, if you would like to participate you will find the first Challenge -'Anything Goes' here. NO CARDS ARE ALLOWED.

My first project is an altered box, it is always pleasing to me to see where the paper takes me, my inspiration was the G45 paper-12 days of Christmas.

 First step:
Choosing a few items for inspiration.

Attaching the G45 paper with Glue N' seal

Adding the media; fluid matte medium coloured with Red acrylic
Die cut, lace and Gold leaf, I also painted a wash in Antique Linen, but this did not last as you will see later.



Diecut frame and dry embossed.

Adding the image and Gold leaf into the glossy accents on the frame.

Back to the lid now and you will GASP!... because I did, but do not fret this is all about mixed media and this is par for the course so to speak, (well it is for me anyway).
 Red Acrylic and Black Indian Ink, spritz with water to let it run.  You have got to admit this looks a disaster, but I can fix it no worries
Added all the elements, including a cut up heart to hide my faux pas. 
I was looking for a hint of Red for the Bg, I was dreadfully heavy handed.

The metal element is topped with a brad, I cut off the prongs on the back for it to sit flat.
Attached some fibres along the bottom.

All finished.

More inspirational pieces can be found here. 
Working with mixed media can be scary, as normally it is a free for all with anything on hand, this is the fun bit as each creation is unique and interesting.
 So if you like getting down and dirty, give it a go, we would love you to join us for this fun Challenge.