Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Challenge Winner and Highlights

Hey, mixed media card artists! The April gallery had 94 super gorgeous floral-inspired mixed media cards. Can you say wow? :o) Time to announce the winner and highlights.

Here's the mixed media card that the design team voted as the winner:

Congratulations, Filharmonica! Please grab your winner badge below to display proudly on your blog.

And now here are the highlights. The girls in the design team picked an entry to highlight. It's the entry that uniquely impacted us in some way -- a specific technique that was used, the colors, the creativity, or something in it that touched or impacted us.

Deepti's highlight: #90 Greta H 
Deepti says, "The big bold flower in Greta's card stole my heart. Congrats!"

Elina's highlight: #74 Karen
Elina says, "Love the beautiful earth tones and the gorgeous stamping. This great design proves that you don't necessarily need to use vibrant and bold colours for creating a card that really stands out!"

Jan's highlight: #51 Julie Gearinger
Jan says, "The fuzzy-cut flowers are stunning on this background created with several layers of mixed media goodness."

Jenny's highlight: #91 Suchi
Jenny says, "I love the vibrant colours, the distressing, the stamping and texture."

Julia's highlight: #30 Filharmonica
Julia says, "Beautiful color tones of cream, green, brown - wonderful texture with paper layers and paint, gorgeous spray of flowers."

Lyndal's highlight: #16 Suzz
Lyndal says, "Just LOVE the white rabbit darting through the flowers & cool window with the sentiment peeping through!"

Loll's highlight: #53 Donna of Inky & Quirky
Loll says, "The gorgeous bright green brusho background pairs perfectly with the beautiful stamped and popped up purple flower.  Cheerful and fun colour combination and fabulous design."

Maria F.'s highlight: #45 Pamellia
Maria says, "Absolutely gorgeous BG with wonderful white crayon highlights and clever to use a calendar page to mark baby's arrival."

Shirley's highlight: #54 Susan B
Shirley says, "I love the colour and texture of Susan's background panel, and it contrasts beautifully with the diecut flowers."

Congratulations, ladies! Grab your badge below to display proudly on your blog.

Get your artsy supplies together and check back tomorrow at 6 a.m. PDT (GMT-7) for the May challenge. Plus we'll have a Design Team Call included in the post. Our first birthday is coming up soon and we're looking for a few new mixed media card artists to join us for our second year!

Be artsy. Be messy. Be creative! :o)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Challenge #10 {One More Round of Inspiration Cards}

Hello! Have you played in our current challenge yet? Just 3 more days to link up your flower-themed mixed media cards!

Here are a few more cards by the team to inspire:

Stenciled background with sprays, die-cuts leaves and flowers, sprayed ribbon


Stamped and stenciled, embossed, punched tissue paper, vellum


Gesso-ed and watercolored background, stenciled flowers with Gelatos and watercolors

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Challenge #10 {More Inspriration Cards}

Spring is in full swing, and there are only 10 more days to link up your flower-themed mixed media cards!

Check out the cards made by the team for your inspiration:

Sponged basket weave stencil, stitched border die-cut, shaped and sponged flowers and leaf sprigs

Vellum paper with white, pink and light blue heat embossing. Shabby white Fran-táge. Twine and a stamped sentiment. Prima flower.

Stencils with paste and ink, corrugated die-cut, acrylic paint,page pebble, washi tape, thread

Stencils, sponging, water flicking, embossed die cuts, layering.

We hope you were inspired by the cards, and we hope to see your mixed media card in the gallery!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Challenge #10 {Inspiration Cards}

A week has flown by! How are you doing with your floral-inspired mixed media cards?

Here are a few cards by the team for your inspiration:

Sprayed background, stenciling with embossing paste, sponged and shaped die-cut flower and leaves

Spray inked and brayered stencils image on the background. Black stamping and doodling. Layered paper flowers with rhinestones.

Reverse stencil technique, distress markers, dye ink, watercolour paint and embossing powders

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #10 {Flowers}

Hello, mixed media card artists! It's April and it's time for a new mixed media card challenge theme. For April, our theme is "FLOWERS". Show us your flower-inspired mixed media cards. "Basket" is an optional element.

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by April 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT-7).
6. We'll announce the winner and highlights on April 30.

How did the design team interpret the theme? Take a look at our cards below. We hope they inspire you to play along with us! We look forward to seeing your beautiful cards!

Distress Ink to stamp and then spray water and stamp.

Gelli plate lace background, stencilled acrylic paint, Neocolour II crayons, Stickles, gilding wax

Rubber Band embossed background, die-cuts, sponged and shaped punched daisy, gold embossing

Heat embossing and water coloring paired with layering makes for my mixed media card

Used designer paper with Matte Medium and Gesso, Silhouette cut files coloured with distress ink, Inktense pencils and Wink of Stella

Embossed background, foil, alcohol inks, acetate, acrylic paint, embossing paste, glitter, archival ink, dried fern and leaf, stamps, markers, 2 stencils.

Acrylic paints, spray inks, gesso, stencils, dies, and metals!

Background made swiping specialty card stock through inks and rubbing alcohol on craft mat, embossed pot, flower stamped on modeling film that was layered to Terminology Tissue wrap, colored with ink and cut out, partial stenciling on side.

Die cuts of patterned paper layered with Prima flowers.

Distress Stain (light pink) background with Distress Ink (dark pink) rays. Rays created with a Tim Holtz stencil. Glitter paste partially applied over the rays. Stamped flowers with wooden buttons and yarn. Glimmer Mist splodges and a stamped, fussy cut sentiment.

Gel medium and punchanella to create the circles in background then used white ink over once dry & fabric flowers

Background created by blending Gelatos on gesso-ed panel, stamping, and stenciling gesso; edges distressed and swiped with Japanese watercolor brush pen; sentiment panel stamped and splattered, and adhered with layers of washi tapes

A friendly reminder: We are a CARD challenge, therefore please only submit card projects (no layouts, altered projects, ATCs, etc.). Non-card projects will be deleted.