Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mixed Media Birthday Card

This month the challenge on the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog is to make a summer card and if you wish add some burlap.

I had been playing with acrylic paints in a old book and had added embossing paste through a stencil.  I was going to do a journal - well - that did not last long - but I had this great page of mixed media paper I had made and I did not want to throw it away.  Very slowly it has made it into a couple cards.  I think the colors scream "Summer" so thought I would use it for this challenge.  It also screams "Happy".  (See paper does talk to me).  If I remember correctly, it is two pages of the book glued together with gel medium.  I add a layer of gesso on each side and then go to town with whatever mediums I want to use.  This time it was bottles of acrylic paint (inexpensive so you can lots of different colors).  Are you ready - here it is.


It is a larger card but it is a birthday card for a very good friend.  She deserves a special birthday card.  I stamped the butterfly in white embossing powder on another sheet of paper I had made.  It was just teal and it stood out too much so I dabbled different colors of acrylic paint over it to bring in the hues of the background paper.  The sentiment was white embossed on vellum (I need to find some heavier clear vellum).  After the card was assembled, I thought it needed some more white to tie in the white mat and embossing.  I used my Big Pen to dab white circled diagonally across the card.  Some pearls and enamel dots were added to the card.  The sentiment and butterfly are from Hero Arts.

Since the paper was a "work of art" I decided to mat it like an art piece.  I used a small mat of a dark teal, added a larger mat of white and then another shade of teal. Birthday card done and I am so happy with it.  It is such great therapy to get messy.

I am also entering this in the current challenge on the Monday Simon Says challenge blog.  The current challenge is "Anything Goes".

Thanks for stopping by.  Now that I have had my therapy I must accomplish something.  I need to go to the post office, get some food and I was thinking of running to Janesville but I did say I was going to hibernate.

11 comments:

shirley-bee said...

This card definitely screams summer! I love how you toned down the butterfly to fit with the background. Thanks so much for playing along at The Mixed Media Card Challenge :)

Julia Aston said...

Love the wonderful colors and textures here - what a beautiful birthday card for your friend - the vellum sentiment strip is perfect for it - thank you for joining us in the Mixed Media Card challenge!

Sue said...

Wow, your background is amazing! Love all the texture and colours. Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comment. Hope you're having a good weekend. Sue x

Ruby Craft said...

I agree with everything Shirley-Bee, Julia and Sue said. This is a beautiful work of art and I love it.

Loll Thompson said...

This really is a work of art Barb ... and perfect framed to reflect that. Also love the vellum sentiment banner as it doesn't cover up any of the gorgeous main panel. Love the colors, textures and dimension ... and a real explosion of colors that definitely screams summer! All the different colored dots make the perfect finishing touches ... beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge.

Sandra said...

Gorgeous colorful card! Love the pretty texture! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

Bonnie said...

The matting brings out the beautiful background! WOW!

Sanna Lippert said...

beautiful, bright and happy card! love it! glad you joined in with us at MMCC :)

Charlene said...

Love the vellum sentiment banner and your background is beautiful!Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Barb, so very pretty and Summery.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Elina Strömberg said...

Love, love the bold colors and great textures! Amazing and inspirational card!!
Thanks for playing with us at MMCC. Hope to see you with us again in September!