Friday, October 31, 2014

October Challenge Winner And Highlights

Forty-one (41) wonderful vintage-inspired mixed media cards -- what a treat you gave us in October!

So which mixed media card did the design team vote as the winner this time around?


Congratulations, Yvonne! The elements, colors, and design of your mixed media card won us over! Grab your winner badge below to display proudly on your blog.

And now here are the highlights. Each of us 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.

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

And so we start a new challenge tomorrow. Are you ready? Get your artsy supplies together and check back in tomorrow at 6 a.m. PDT (GMT -700) to see what the mixed media card girls have cooked up to kick off the November challenge.

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Challenge #4 One More Round of Vintage-Inspired Mixed Media Cards

Hello, everyone! Here's one last reminder to let you all know that there's just a little over 3 days left to enter the October challenge. Have you checked out the gallery? Thirty-six artful entries and's got to be our most eclectic collection of mixed media cards to date!

Here is one last dose of inspiration from the mixed media card girls. Check them out and then link up your mixed media cards here!

Distress Stain "faux watercolour" background, layered stamping, doodling around the edges, embossing enamel details in gold and white, blue and white ink splatters and layered old/vintage embellishments

Stamped and sponged background in Distress inks, stenciled harlequin design with glass bead gel, candles stamped, colored with Copics and fussy-cut

Tim Holtz paper as background. Used punchenella to create dots with distress inks. Distressed and inked the sides. Added metal brad from Stampin' Up! and some twine.

Chalkboard technique combined with distress inks and some texturing can create a fun vintage look

Paper with a vintage Christmas design embossed, distressed, and sponged with chalk ink and PanPastel; stamped poinsettia colored with alcohol markers; background die-cut oval stamped with watermark ink and colored with PanPastel for a reverse resist effect; vellum laid over DP to soften images and colors; finished with a spattering of antique bronze distress paint

Stencil made with silhouette, paint, stamping, Versamark heat embossed, Spray mist and dry embossing

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Challenge #4 More Inspiration Cards

We've got a little over 10 days before the current challenge ends, so if you've been thinking of playing along, know you have plenty of time left still! And have you checked out this month's entries? Twenty-five beautiful vintage-inspired mixed media cards we have!

Here's another dose of inspiration from the mixed media card girls. Check them out and then link up your mixed media cards here!

Black heat embossed image, sponged with ink and then coated in Twinkling H2O, copic colored ribbon, sponged vintage designer paper with torn edge

Gelli Plate print from lace and bubble wrap, markers, ribbon, twine, fibre, brads

Spritzing, ghosting and stencilling with Dylusions, splatters, metal

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Challenge #4 Inspiration Cards

Have you played in this month's challenge? We've got more cards below to inspire. Check them out and then link up your mixed media cards here!

Distress Ink wiped background in green and brown tones, layered stamping in brown, grey and green tones with various stamps, ink splatters, Distress Glitter circles surrounded with golden glitter glue. Metal key as an additional element.

Background stamped with Simon Says dye Ink and edges sponged with distress ink. Birdcage & key  stamped with Hero Arts ink and the flower dyed with distress ink.

Background papers is from Tim Holtz over it I embossed using distress embossing powder and clear gel over punchenella. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co and buttons by Stampin Up.

Layered stamping and paper piecing with patterned papers from Kaisercraft and MME, 
distress inked and pop dotted with added burlap ribbon.

Watercolored poppies with distress inks, crackle finish, suede strip with heart charm

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #4 {Vintage}

Welcome to October! It's a brand new month, which means a brand new challenge! Are you ready? "Vintage" is our theme this month and you can interpret this any way you like. What does "vintage" make you think of? Take your cue from there. Our optional element this month is "key" so you can try to incorporate that into your card. Go beyond your inks and stamps, be as messy or clean as your creative muse tells you (or lets you!), and have fun!

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 October 25, 11:55 p.m. PDT (GMT -700).
6. We'll announce the winner and highlights on October 31.

Here's our take on this month's team. We hope our mixed media cards inspire you!

Sponged Distress ink over stencil and then over-stamped with script (second generation stamping). Die-cut poinsettia is coated with red glitter glue and shaped with stylus and mat for dimension; gold liquid pearls added to center.

Watercolour with Distress markers on vellum, modge podge tissue paper background

Distress Stain "faux watercolour" background, stamping in two brown tones (incl. key stamp), golden glitter glue hand drawn net pattern, spray ink splatters in white and blue tones.

Background distressed music paper in which I used stencils and distress inks. I cut out a tree using a Sizzix die from some vintage looking paper. Trimmed the images with black and white pens.

Gesso over patterned paper, translucent paste over stencil, and then colored with distressed ink

Patterned paper over-stamped with music, sentiment stamped and fussy cut,
handcut heart, key, lace ribbon, all distress inked.

Focal image: background marbleizing distress acrylic paint technique. Image: black archival ink. Highlights: pens, gold lame mist. Mat: wrinkled white tissue paper, PPA glue and mica powders. Highlights: Inka Gold. Sentiment: stamped on acetate.

Patterned Papers, Distress Inks, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella, Staples, Glossy Accents

Stenciling over patterned paper, sponging, sanding die cuts, colorizing B&W photo, inking wreath, ribbon and stars, distress paint over metal key

Stamped on, sponged, and distressed patterned paper, as well as applied rub-ons and Distress paints over drywall tape; layered two distressed and inked ATC size panels; decoupaged vintage girl over panel; finished with sticker sentiment, diecut flower, ribbon, and doily.

Stamping on PP, heat embossing, splattering with water, die cutting, distressing and gems.

Distress inks combined with old classic vintage colors and roses makes for my vintage card

Distress inks, paints, lace, stamping a little bit of fussy cutting and lots of layers

Inked and stamped background, with hints of water splashes. Inked red paper doily, and die-cut heart with wings; painted with different crackle paints, and inked when dry.