Friday, August 1, 2014

Mixed Media Card Challenge #2 - Summer: Optional Element Burlap

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Hi everyone!  Can you believe a whole month has gone by since the first Mixed Media Card Challenge?  We had such beautiful entries - more than 90!!!  and it was really hard for us as the Design Team to choose our favorites!  Thank you all for playing along - and we hope you will join us again for our August challenge:

And today we have a brand new challenge for you -  Summer - with the optional elements of using burlap 

Flowers always mean summer to me as I love to garden and then cut the different flowers as they bloom to bring inside to put in vases and jars around the house.  I included the optional element of burlap on my card this month since I had a piece in my craft room.
I found a great technique for burlap over on Jenny's blog.  I covered my piece of burlap with Metallic Gold Embossing Paste which gave it a wonderful shimmer. The paste fills in the spaces between the threads of the burlap and makes the surface more solid.  Here you can see the difference between the plain piece of burlap on the top and the piece with Embossing Paste on it. It almost feels rubbery!
After the paste dried, I stenciled over it with a Check Mate Stencil using Archival Cornflower Blue Ink
I used the Hibiscus Dies from MFT to cut the flower, stem and flower center out of Perfect Peacock and Princess Pink Craft Metal Sheets.  I used a flower tool to add dots to the flower center and to accent the creases and add roundness to the leaves and petals.  They already had some nice creases in them from the dies themselves.  The birthday die is from PTI.
I adhered the flower to the burlap using pieces of thick foam dots to hold the petals up off the burlap.
Here you can see the burlap a little more closely - as well as the layered metal bloom.
Here's the full view - one more time! For mixed media - we want to see texture, dimension and techniques.  I used a stencil with ink, embossing paste, burlap, craft metal, and die cuts.
So get out your summer things, add a bit of burlap if you feel creative and link your Mixed Media Card to the Mixed Media Card Challenge #2 found here! Where you will also find all the wonderful inspiration from the Design Team!  You have until Aug 25th to link up.  Hope to see you there!
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Archival Cornflower Blue
Accessories:  burlap - Joann's, Metallic Gold Embossing Paste - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490, mini blending tool, Checkmate Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490,  Hibiscus Die - My Favorite Things, Wonderful Words Birthday die - Papertrey Ink, Punch Bunch Flower tools, Perfect Peacock and Princess Pink Craft Metal - Add a Little Dazzle.

24 comments:

Tenia Nelson said...

Gorgeous!

Far North said...

Oh, I too love gardening and enjoy the flowers indoors too! So wonderful that you bring them into your art too! Thanks for sharing the coloring technique on your burlap.

Marybeth said...

This is one heck of a WOWcard,Julia! Love those flowers and what you did with the burlap...beautiful!

Kripa Koushik said...

The embossing paste really brings out the burlap texture so well. I've never used craft metal in my work before so it was good to know that it can be die cut. Love the way the colours shine off them and add another beautiful dimension to the card.

Lisa Lara said...

Now that is AHmazing Julia. What a genius idea.

Deepti said...

This is gorgeous, I like the touch of gold on burlap !

Charlene said...

Beautiful!! I love the stenciled burlap!

Elina Strömberg said...

Love your card! I have never thought about stenciling over a piece of burlap, but your tutorial really inspired me to give it a try. Love the 3D flowers, too.

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Julia. This is so cool! I LOVE the gold embossing paste on the burlap - looks amazing, especially with the stenciling over top. The metal flower and leaves are so pretty ... adding the shaping and details makes such a different. oll xx

My Paper Epiphany said...

So unique! I love the stencilled burlap and the clever use of metal!

Annette Allen said...

what a cool card..

Tracey McNeely said...

Seriously fabulous Julia! I am being tempted!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Beautiful. Love the sparkle and shine against the burlap.

Shery said...

Beautiful card, Julia! I'm salivating over the metallic gold embossing paste! Amazing how it transformed plain burlap into an amazing background for your gorgeous bloom!

Buttons said...

Thank you for the shout out Julia x I love how you've taken this idea and run with it to create such a great card - LOVE that checkerboard pattern and the metallic flowers work absolutely perfectly with it. Jenny x

shirley-bee said...

Fab card, Julia! I like the technique with the stencilled burlap.

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Dazzling!! That technique you used on the burlap is fab!! What a great look. I love the way the metal shines.......amazing card!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous Julia! Love the burlap background and stunning blossom!

Pamellia Johnson said...

I just love your use of the burlap here and your flowers are amazing! Fantastic :)

Bonnie McLain said...

Great FLOWER... and love that gold metallic embossing stuff.. have to learn more about that stuff... sounds and looks GREAT on your card... love this Julia... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Bonnie said...

What an amazing, creative technique, Julia!

Greta said...

Your card really stood out when I went to MMCC--LOVE it! Now I gotta get gold embossing paste!

Chrissy Larson said...

Wow!! I love all the sparkle and shine on this card. SO neat!

Bryan Evans said...

The metal flowers are fantastic, love the overall look of your wonderful creation.
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