Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 January House of Cards ...

Hello my lovely friends and visitors, I hope your week has started well. I’m back with my House Of Cards post today and we have a choice for you. We want you to create a Mixed Media card or use the colours in the photograph or a mixed media card using these colours. Here is the inspiration for you …

Mixed Media and or Colours

Here is my card …

A 148mm square card
Lots of lovely texture
There's lots of shimmer and shine goodness
A tilted photograph

Luckily for me I can also enter these Challenges
Country View Crafts Challenge Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #88 Anything Goes

I used Crafters Companion dies

Love to Create Challenge #3 Mixed Media Anything Goes
Papercraft-Challenges #1 Happy Birthday
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge Something New: my die!

I was completely iso I decided to incoporate the theme of mixed media and the colours and the end result is one that I love because it’s fresh and light. I finally got to use a new die too – I have to admit I’ve owned this beautiful die for a couple of months but never got around to using it, don’t know why I haven’t because it’s going to become a new favourite methinks lol!

1. I cut a piece of A4 card down to A5 and added a layer of clean water. I sprinkled green, red and yellow Brusho watercolour crystals onto the card.
2. I picked the card up and allowed the paint to flow into the other colours. I wanted to keep it light and airy so I used kitchen towel to mop up colour that was starting to muddy and or to keep the colour from the edges. I left it to dry overnight.
3. I attached the stencil and added matt texture gel in one area and whilst it was still wet I sprinkled green micro beads onto the gel and I left it to dry naturally.
4. Once the beads were stuck in place I re-attached the stencil and applied the texture paste and I left that to dry naturally.
5. Hunting through my coloured by me backgrounds I found a washed out piece of red card that I coloured with Twinkling H2O watercolours, a deep pink colour.
6. Hunting through my stamped images I found the three stamped flowers but the colour wasn’t right so I added a layer of the same H2O paint and put them to one side to dry.
7. I used the rose red and yellow Brusho watercolours to colour three of the blossoms and put them to one side to dry.
8. I cut the background card to size and used my Tim Holtz distressing tool to roughen up the edges then glued it onto a 148mm square white card.
9. Using my paper trimmer I cut thin slivers of fun foam and used either double sided tape or dries clear glue to attach the foam to the back of the die cut circles. I used dries clear glue to attach the die cut to the background.
10. I then faffed with the flowers layering them and finally attaching them in place on the card.

I am very happy with the end result, it has a lovely light and colourful feel which in the middle of UK winter makes it very fresh and light. We all need a little bit of bright colour in our lifes and this is my way of gettting that. I do hope you will come on over and join in our challenge. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really do appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do soon ttfn Karen x

Stamp &/ Stencil:
Leonie Pujol Typography A6 Fly Free stamp set
Tando Creative 6” square Sequin Waste stencil
Die Cutting Machine & Dies:
Sizzix Big Shot Plus die cutting machine
Leonie Pujol In a Spin mixed media die
Miscellaneous Tools:
MISTI; heat tool; paintbrushes; water pot; paint palette; palette knife

Card Paper:
Sheena Douglass white stamping card
300 gsm card/Craft UK white 148mm square card
Snippets: Sheena Douglass white stamping card
EP Ink/Paint/Pen Colours:
Brusho watercolour crystals: green; rose red; yellow
Deep pink Luminarte H2O watercolour
Antique Linen Distress IP
Wild Orchid Crafts: Sweetheart Blossoms
Little Things from Lucy’s: Sequins
Micro beads from my stash
Cosmic Shimmer texture paste
Pebeo matt medium
Collall all purpose glue
Double sided tape
Fun foam
Washi tape


laurie said...

What a fun card and design! Thanks for joining us at Dies R Us!

MHK Designs said...

This is fabulous, Karen! 8 love the colors and layering you did! Sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful 2018! Mynn xx

Darlene said...

What a clever creation ... very 'artsy' Karen! Great job! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes DRU’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Donna said...

What a fabulous mixed media card, like the bold colors and all the dimension! Best wishes for 2018! HOC teammie Donna

Di said...

Gorgeous card Karen! I love the intertwined rings - such dimension! Super colours there and an all round fabby snippets make!


Di xx

Em Louise Fairley said...

Gorgeous card, Karen. I love the texture and colors.
Em, HOC teamie

Teresa Kline said...

hello karen! what an amazing card, so many fabulous details...luv the mix of colors! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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Pamellia Johnson said...

Hi Karen. Such a beautiful card! Just wanted to say Happy New Year!! I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday! May 2018 be a year of crafting, friendship and good health!! sending hugs :)

Rocky said...

Hi Karen, love the card with those gorgeous flowers and cheerful colours, just what we need right now!

cohenna said...

wonderful background, beautiful colors
Happy New Year, all the best for 2018

Michele K. Henderson said...

Karen, this is awesome! I love these bright, rich,saturated colors that really make this design pop! Fun and fresh! have a terrific 2018!
Take care!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Lots of lovely layers on this, your chosen colours are just super!!
Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with the anything goes challenge over at That's Crafty.
Best wishes for 2018 Karen.
Tracey DT

Kath Stewart said...

a gorgeous colourful card Karen, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge...hugs kath xxx

Anja said...

Great card and beautiful colors :)
Thanks for joining us at Papercraft Challenges.

K M Meena Herale said...

Beautiful and colourfull card,
Thank you for Joining us at Happy Little stampers and waiting to see next time.


Teresa said...

Thanks so much for joining in with the challenge this month at Country View Challenges - good luck and hope to see you again. Teresa DT