Saturday, February 20, 2016

How Mixed?

Time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, and it's a fun one: M is for MIXED MEDIA.

It's easy to be intimidated at the thought of making something that is mixed media, I think. But most of us do it all the time! Using just two different media counts! At least by my definition. ;) Not wanting to be thought of as slacking off, I used four different materials for my card: embossing paste, Perfect Pearls, stamping with heat embossing and watercolour pencils. Here's the result...

The sisters and I have named this guy Frank, since he's strutting a bit of that Sinatra vibe. I started by creating the background, using this technique I've been meaning to try for a while. Other than you can't work too slowly, it's quite easy... I swiped some embossing paste through my stencil onto black cardstock, lifted the stencil and dropped it in a bowl of water so I didn't have to take the time right then to clean it, and then sprinkled three colours of Perfect Pearls randomly over the still-wet embossing paste. I carefully knocked some of the extra powder off and set the panel aside to dry while I worked on Frank. I stamped and embossed him twice, so I would have a whole bird, and one I could die cut for parts. I also stamped and embossed the hat, tie and present from the accessory kit. After watercolouring everything, I die cut all the parts and put him together. In the close-up, you can see where his eyes, nose and wings are raised just a bit with glue dots along with the hat and bow tie:

Once my embossing paste was dry, I buffed off the excess powder, even using a qtip to brush between the stripes. After die cutting it to the size I wanted, I adhered it to a black card base and popped up Frank and his gift with foam tape. A few snarky sentiments I have came to mind, but I have to admit, I didn't want to cover up any more of the front of the card! I'll save the sentiment for the inside.
I'm going to add Frank to the current Happy Little Stampers mixed media challenge, which is to use paint. 
Mixed media... not so hard after all! Why not join in and enter our current challenge? You'll want to see the amazing creations the sisters have made, as well as our newest Queen of Snark, Lorraine

Supplies: Stampin' Up basic black cardstock, Strathmore mixed media paper, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz Bird Crazy & Crazy Things stamps & dies, Memento Luxe tuxedo black ink, Wow clear matte dull embossing powder, Dreamweavers translucent embossing paste, Kelly Purkey stripes stencil, mint, mandarin & biscotti Perfect Pearls, watercolour pencils, My Favorite Things blueprints 24 stitched rectangle die, pop dot tape

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Dotty Jo x said...

He totally IS Frank! Just look at the tilt of his hat. Great card, Lindsey, Jo x

Barbara Godden said...

Fabulous job!!! thanks for the tutorial on how to use the stencil,paste and perfect pearls (all which I have) great colouring on "Frank".

Donna said...

Frank is a classy kinda dude...I adore his hat and bow spiffy!

Chris D. said...

Love Frank! And that background! And your card!

Lee aka Violent Kittie said...

Frank looks great against yor four mediums! Good work on this challenge.

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Lindsey and I love the background, I never thought to use perfect pearls for sprinkling so i will definitely be giving that a go! You did make me laugh calling him Frank, you're so right! he is a spitting image of the old crooner himself ;-)

thanks for inviting me to join you this week and for the warm welcome :-)

Lols x x x
p.s I have just posted a blog candy if you're interested ;-)

Melissa L. said...

This is super cool, Lindsey! Great coloring! I love the hat and tie especially! My family and I love Frank Sinatra's singing. :) Thanks for joining in at HLS Mixed Media Challenge. :)

Heather G said...

This is gorgeous. I love the background. You make me want to get all my stuff out and create...almost. I'm still cleaning up after a party so crafting will have to wait another day.

Jane Willis said...

Stunning! I'm very much a novice at stencilling so your instructions for making the background are very welcome

Carol said...

Beautiful work. Thanks for joining the "Paint" Challenge at HLS last month. Carol DT x