Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Retirement - a New Beginning - Mixed Media Card Challenge

A friend at work asked me to make a personalized retirement card for a woman in her department. I wanted it to be bright and cheerful. (I was totally inspired by my friend Loll's card here.)  Here's the card that I made.  It's an over sized card so lots of people can sign it.  I simply folded an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock in half for the card base.
For the background, I first sponged over the panel with Ranger Distress Wild Honey Ink.  Then I laid the Dot Fade Stencil by Tim Holtz over the sponging and spritzed over the stencil with water.  I removed the stencil and dried the panel with my heat tool.  It left a great water spot look
I stamped the cone flower and stem onto watercolor paper, colored them with Ranger Distress Markers and went over the colors with a water brush.  I dried them with a heat tool and brushed over the flower head with a clear glitter Wink of Stella. (it's really sparkly IRL!) I fussy cut them and adhered  them on the panel with foam dots, curling up the petals a bit.  I stamped the sentiment on a white rectangle and MARIE on a piece punched with a circle punch.  To finish it off I added three sequins, adhered the panel to a piece of Shimmer Gold paper and then to the card base.

This card fits the January Mixed Media Card Challenge
I used stencils with water, watercoloring and stampings as my mixed media.
Retirement is a new beginning! and I used sequins!
Just a reminder you have until January 25th to enter the Mixed Media Card Challenge - check it out here!
Stamps:  Simple Alphabet - PTI, Happy Retirement - American Art Stamp, Tim Holtz Flower Garden.
Paper:  Watercolor paper,  White, Vintage Cream and Shimmer Sampler - PTI.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, True Black- PTI, Wild Honey Ranger Distress
Accessories:  Dot Fade Stencil - Tim Holtz, mini mister - Ranger, foam dots, Clear Glitter Wink of Stella, Ranger Distress Markers - Brushed Corduroy, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmelade, Spun Sugar, Lemonade Blend Sequins - Avery Elle, 1" circle punch - EK Success, waterbrush pen.


Annette Allen said...

wow that background is perfect and I love that flower..

Sharli Schaitberger said...

It's delicious! I love how the water spots turned out! It's not every day you get a flower perfect for such a large format card! This really works!

Loll said...

Oh Julia, this card is gorgeous!! Marie is going to be thrilled when she gets it. I especially love the ghosting with the dot stencil --- makes a beautiful background for your pretty fussy-cut flower. xx

~amy~ said...

Julia, this is so pretty...I love all the yellow.

SewPaperPaint said...

Very pretty and thoughtful card. Love that you personalized it!

Redanne said...

A totally stunning card Julia! I just adore the cone flower and the way you did the background is so beautiful... Hugs, Anne xx

Kim Heggins said...

This is one gorgeous retirement card...love that vibrant yellow!

Deb Riddell said...

Beautiful Julia, love the background through the stencil and love Wink of Stella, it gives such a pretty subtle sparkle! Deb xo

Pamellia said...

Gorgeous!! Love that flower Julia, and the colours you used are so fiery and vibrant! What a bright spot during this dark and dismal day of weather! hugs :)

butterfly said...

Stunning sunshine colours! I do love that flower and it looks spectacular here - I'm sure this card will be treasured.
Alison xx