Sunday, November 6, 2016

November Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

Once again it is the beginning of the month and a new mixed media challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  

The challenge for the month of October is Alcohol Ink.

I had to go out and buy alcohol inks.  I have not worked with them very much.  What playing I have done has probably been done in classes.  I was scared but I started to play.  Once you make a background, it is one of a kind so you know you will never be able to recreate it and what if you goof up in your creative process.  This particular card has been setting on the design desk for over two weeks but today I decided to be brave.

When I made my background on Yupo paper with three colors of alcohol ink and I was done dropping those slats of alcohol ink I looked at my paper, and I saw the face of a monster.  Thus this card started to evolve.  I cut the face out of the paper and then also cut strands of hair from the leftover paper.

It took me almost a week of shopping to find the perfect black to be the front of the card and complement the monster.  I had to have wiggle eyes and I wanted the ones with eyelashes.  Did you see my monster has three eyes.  There was that extra small dot on the right side that called out to have a small eye ball on it.

I die cut the letters for Happy out of Yupo paper and used alcohol ink on them.  I also colored a strip of paper with purple to stamp a sentiment on.  The purple is pretty dark and hard to photograph and I apologize for that.

I decided I needed more dimension for the hair so curled some wire around a pencil for additional fronds of hair.  It does give some extra fun to the card.

The letters were adhered to the card base with glossy accents.  The happy birthday sentiment is pop dotted.  The monster face has a double layer of foam tape on it.  The paper hair strands are adhered with glossy accents and the curled wire fronds are stuck into big thick glue dots.

This is going to be a birthday card for my daughter - I do hope she appreciates it.

Here is a close up of the eyes.

So please come and play with us at Happy Little Stampers during the month of November.  You will have lots of fun.


Inkyfingers said...

Oh Barb this is such creative and fun card and I love it!!! Who knew that you could get googly eyes with adorable eyelashes?? I'm off to find out what on earth Yupo paper is now!
Carol x

Susan Renshaw said...

Barb, I think this is awesome! Fancy finding a monster hiding in your background!
Fabulous make for the Happy Little Stampers!
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Michelle said...

This is so lovely. Never thought of it to use the inks that way. But I will give it a try.
xxx Michelle (DT sister)

Linda said...

This is such a fun design ..... Love it!! xx

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Its a fun card ! Yes you ar very correct we can never get same effect with alcohol inks .goof ups ?? end in some superb abstract design ;)