Sunday, June 7, 2015

Collage Mixed Media Card Challenge

Hi everyone here it is the weekend again. The older I get the faster time seems to go. I just finished today this card for The Mixed Media Card Challenge. This month the theme is collage. Since I flunked art 101 I don't know if this card does qualify but I did use things in a different way than originally intended or changed the look of them. I had a blast making this card and using some things in my stash I've wanted to use but not sure how I was going to incorporate them into a card. Of course you know me I also had to do some experimenting. Drum roll please!
 I started by seeing if I could use double sided tape with therm o web deco foil for my top and bottom border on my card base. My double sided tape is at least ten years old and for some reason has wrinkles in it as well as in a few places I could not get the liner off. It probably got too close to a heat source so the imperfections show in my borders but I think it adds to this particular card.

I mixed purple acrylic paint and Liquitex Glaze in a bottle and using my air brush with the adapter got these neat speckles for the background. I never use some Mister Huey color mists which I won as I didn't like how they sprayed so decided to put the Honeydew color in a bottle and spray. I love how it turned out.  I then took Liquitex Iridescent Medium and dropped big globs of it on my cardstock and used a sponge roller to smooth it out. Alas in this photo you can't see the resulting texture but if you look closely you might see a little bit of the sparkle. Alas I've never been able to get a photograph of the medium but in my book this is a must have.

Since the adapter was out the next thing I did was mix in a bottle aqua acrylic paint,the iridscent medium and water to thin. I sprayed my scrap of a paper doily and then added purple acrylic paint to my mixture and sprayed again.

For my Chinese fortune I tore a piece of sheet music. Glued the fortune to that and glued the scrap of deco foil from doing my border.

I cut out with my eBosser a piece of a disposable Handkerchief. ( The package of handkerchiefs was given to me over thirty years ago and I thought they were too pretty to use for blowing my nose.) I stamped "Smile" using a Verve stamp from the "Happy Places" set. I used Memento Bamboo Leaves ink. I think it is really close to the green in the handkerchief.

Using a frame was an option for this challenge but I thought I would see if I could  cut a frame out using Spellbinder oval nestables and corrugated cardboard. I was not sure if the eBosser would cut the cardboard or not but it did a perfect job.  I painted my frame with ivory acrylic paint when that was dry I painted walnut gel stain over it and let it sit for a few minutes before rubbing some of the gel off with a paper towel.

Several months ago when in the big city I talked a friend into pulling into the parking lot of a dollar store that we don't have where I live. At that store I found all kinds of small shaped beads. I am so in love with the moon, star, and these flower beads. I used therm o web small Zots to attach them to my card.(Shameful plug here but if you click on the banner on the left you can find all kinds of neat products like the Zots which come in different sizes. They really do hold things like the beads here.)

Last but not least we have the butterfly. Using a die cut butterfly as my template I cut my butterfly out of a scrap of the pattern wax paper I created awhile ago.  In case you missed the tutorial for creating this kind of paper you spread glue on wax paper sprinkle ultra fine glitter and then place a single ply of facial tissue which you have colored with an airbrush, color mists, etc. For this particular paper I tore the facial tissue and then placed them in the glue. I took gold thread which alas has a tendency to separate so I don't like to use it in sewing and wrapped it around my butterfly's body.

There you have it with all the mixed media techniques I used. Right now it is still frustrating using the adapter to my airbrush but I'm going to tame that monster as it would be a waste of money to have the adapter gathering dust. ;-)

If you don't do collages I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try your hand at making a collage card. The challenge is open until the 25th.  Of course if you already do collages I invite you to also join in the card challenge. I also encourage you to experiment with different medium and get out those scraps or different things you have been hoarding and use them.

The temperature is in the 90's so too hot to be outside so I'm off to play with the Verve stamps which came in yesterday's mail. I'll be working on a Verve Sketch challenge and hopefully will be able to post my creation tomorrow at the latest.

Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. Lovely collage. I used to do collage in my altered books. I'm anxious to see your Verve stamps. I have some myself.

  2. You did a fabulous job!!!

  3. Great layering and textures on your collage card! Love the sweet little flowers and sparkly/colorful butterfly! thanks so much for joining us in the Mixed Media Card Challenge! Julia xx

  4. Iridescent medium is fabulous in real life, isn't it? Love that quote on your lovely collaged card!! Thanks for playing along at the Mixed Media Card Challenge :)


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