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Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Masculine Birthday Brew!

Hello, everyone!  It's Broni and I'm hosting on the blog today.

Do you have a hard time with masculine cards?  Well, I do too.  Most of my stamps and images are feminine and just plain pretty.  So when I saw a digital image of a mug of beer, I just couldn't resist.  I actually have another reason that I had to have it…..I work at a beer company!  Yes, this will definitely get a lot of use!

Not only did I want to use this frosty mug of beer on my card today, but I wanted to add just a little bit of "artsy" too.

I started with a  kraft layer edged in Broken China Distress paint.  That's topped with a black crimped layer.  I ran the Broken China Distress paint over it and also painted a small section of the bottom left corner using my TCW Mini Chevron stencil.
I added a couple of layers of washi tape and wrapped some Charcoal Twinery twine around the layers.

I printed my digital image onto white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, then I cut it out using a deckled rectangle die.  While it was still in the die, I sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress ink around the edges using a large sponge dauber.  I also sponged some Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink over the candle flame.

If you look closely, you can see some drops of Ranger Glossy Accents that I used to represent the condensation on the mug.


So what do you think?  Does this work ok for a masculine card?  Even if it's a little bit "artsy"?

Thanks so much for dropping in to check out my card today!  I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Altered Playing Cards

Happy Friday...and if you are in Canada, Happy Canada Day weekend. We celebrate Canada Day on July 1 with big celebrations, fireworks, and lots of red and white. Lately, I have been slightly (!!) obsessed with altering playing cards because of an online class I am taking from Mary Jane Chadbourne called The Spoken Soul. Today I thought I would share three of my completed cards on the eclectic Paperie blog. I am a huge fan of ATCs...just love the size of these little canvases and they are a fabulous place to test drive some mixed media techniques and products.

All of the playing cards were sanded and coated with clear gesso before applying colour in the form of Inktense blocks or Neocolor II watercolour crayons. Then I intensified the colour with Faber-Castell Gelatos, Big Brush pens, Distress inks and stains. All stamping was done with Ranger Jet Black Archival ink using a variety of Tim Holtz stamps. Watered down white gesso was applied in rings with a bottle top or brayered lightly across the background. The white dots were made with Signo Uniball pen. The papers were scraps from my box and the images came from various downloaded collage sheets. I used saved up bits of embossed card which I highlighted with Metallic Distress paint and even a piece of cheesecloth for texture.

Each image piece was lined around the edges with the Faber-Castell Black Big Brush pen. I use that pen all the time because it gets rid of the white edges left from fussy cutting and will give you a fine black outline or a thicker one if you tip the pen toward the image. Shading on the backgrounds was done with a sketch and wash pencil and spread with a waterbrush. The sentiments were computer generated , inked with Black Soot  and/or Vintage Photo Distress inks, and matted with black cardstock.

The final details are the part of the process that feels like icing on the cake. You'll see brads, flat pearls, charms, Icicle Stickles, anything and everything from my stash that suits the card. Each card was edged with Black Big Brush pen to finish the edges. Well, that's it for me today. I hope you have been a little tempted to play mixed media on this ATC size (2.5" x 3.5") background. What a wonderful way to dip your toe into mixed media, to try out new ideas if you are already a mixed media fan, and just to play with composition and "stuff" I love my stuff :)

Thanks for visiting. There are links below to some of the products I have used which can be found in the eclectic Paperie shop.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Simple Layer Mixed Media Card!

 Good morning!  Sherry here and today it’s my turn to post a project.  The other day while browsing the eclectic Paperie site, I ran across Kim’s video tutorial on Speckled Gesso Resist.  It looked like way too  much fun, and I knew I had to try it!

Of course, I had to add a little twist to the technique, so I decided to use watercolor paper instead of a tag for my project.


After applying the gesso in a speckled pattern (as explained in the video), Shaded Lilac, Bundled Sage and Wild Honey Distress Stains were used for the background.  The heart was added using a stencil die cut from chipboard and stippling on Worn Lipstick and Barn Door Distress Ink.

Ink splatters were created with Broken China, Wild Honey and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint.

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Using Studio 490 Stencil for Art – 3 Fresh Flowers, embossing paste was applied to the front of the card.  For the stem a dollop of white embossing paste was mixed with Peeled Paint Distress Ink Refill and once dry Forest Moss Distress Ink was brushed on.  The flower was created by adding Dusty Concord Distress Ink Refill to more white embossing paste and applying it through the stencil.  Once dry, the flower petals were brushed with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and the center was painted with Wild Honey Distress Paint.

Thanks for joining me today!

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