Artful Crafting – Challenge 3 Nothing Floral
Congratulations to the winner and the runner ups of the May challenge :) It was wonderful seeing your entries and hope you all enjoyed and learned in the process too! Now coming to the monthly challenge for June. The challenge this month is very different from the previous two challenges and is a fun one. You are not restricted in using any type of products and can have fun making whatever you want, but you must not include any floral elements as part of the design :D To participate in the challenge head over here and you’ll love the design team projects! :D
So for this month, the challenge was to create something using products combined from the previous two kits and any other products we wanted to of course. Here are the two kits respectively for April and May that I received and had to play with.
I had to make a Birthday Card for someone and keeping the recipient in mind, I decided to try my hand at a card using mixed mediums. This was my first experiment with mixed mediums since my university days and well I could change a lot of things looking back at it but it was fun and I hope you’ll all like it too.
Starting with a 5″x 7″ piece of offwhite cardstock that I trimmed using my Tonic 12″ paper trimmer from the cardstock pieces from the May kit. I used the lines stamp from the Stampendous Stamp set from the May kit again and stamped randomly and repeated to create a checkered background using black ink. The thing with mixed mediums is that there aren’t any fixed rules and every piece turns out different. You’ll notice in the image, I have another stamp from the set on my block as well. I didn’t use that stamp, I own just one acrylic block and whenever its bigger than the size of the stamp I am using, I take another stamp from the same set and have it there un-inked to make sure the block stays level and doesnt ‘wobbble’ when I stamp, tip for you there :)
Working on my craft sheet, I sprayed a few sprays of the Dlyusions Crushed Grape Ink on my mat and added a dollop of white acrylic paint as well. Mixed both of them up really well using a paintbrush and using a piece of foam I stenciled through the Dlyusions Alphabet Border Stencil. I wanted a deeper purple but the more ink I sprayed the thinner the paint became so to avoid a big sploshy mess instead of a neat stenciled pattern, I decided to keep it light. Next using my EK Success 1″ circle punch, I punched out a few circles using a deep yellow and dark pink cardstock. Wanted this to be really bright and fun.
Spaced the punched circles out on my piece and adhered them down with mod podge. At this point I trimmed down the piece by 3/4th of an inch on the length and the width as I thought it was too big and so it ended up being 4 1/4 ” x 6 1/4″. Took out some washi tape from My Minds Eye and taped a few pieces over the circles and folded the edges to the back. Taking my memory box chevron stencil I taped that with the cardstock piece to the craft mat using washi tape so it would’nt move while I was adding paint to it. Started off with some medium green acrylic paint and ended up trying a few shades of green and a dark blue as well. Didnt go over the entire pattern and skipped a few chevron lines to keep the background visible in places too.
Now I had wanted to use a turquoise colored paint but didnt have it on hand and its next to impossible to mix up the color using the primaries so I decided to put my distress ink in peacock feathers to use. Now with texture paste you can use it as is and then spray on or add color later or you could color it up and use it directly. The best part is the paste takes the color up in its truer shade and doesnt lighten it down. So I mixed up two shades of the texture paste, using Peacock Feathers and the Crushed Grape spray. In both cases I applied the inks to my mat and mixed it up with dollops of texture using thick card pieces I had lying around.
The turquoise one went first on the top right and botte, left corners using the Alphabet Border Stencil and then the Purple went on to the remaining with the Quatrefoil stencil from Clear Scraps. Do you thin kthe purple was a bit too much here? :/ Would have definitely covered a bit lesser area with it if I was doing this again. Using a local black pointer I outlined the shapes in a few places for bringing out the dimension.
Now since this was to be a birthday card, I stamped out ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Everyday’ from the Right Now stamp set from Heidi Swap on to some scraps of the deep yellow and turquoise colored cardstock using black ink and then fussy cut them out. Had a pennant banner die cut in turquoise and some buttons out and laid everything out to see how it would work before I adhered them down with glossy accents.
A few more outlines and white bling later, I matted the piece on to black cardstock and made a 5″x 7″ card base using the same deep yellow cardstock and lined it with an off-white insert on the inside (sorry forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card. Stamped out a Happy Birthday sentiment inside using the black ink as well and made an orange envelope to match and I was done! A very super bright card :P
Now when I looked at it a few times, the sentiment seemed to be getting lost on the card itself due to the really busy background. So I stamped it out again on white cardstock and fussy cut and had them on the original ones. I think this was better.
What do you all think? Since this was made especially keeping somebody in mind, I really hope the recipient likes it and so do all of you :) Would love to hear your comments and thoughts on the process.
As always here is the list of supplies used in the project which are available on the Artful Crafting website and can reach you within 2 days in the comfort of your home :) Really hope you all will participate in this month’s challenge, so looking forward to seeing your entries. Will be back next week with a technique post for you all as well.
Lots of Love,