Mixed Media Challenge

Bloom with Hope, Stampin' Up!

I was looking at some Mixed Media challenges today, and decided to play with one.  I did so many things to this card, I’m not sure I can remember, but I’ll try.

First, I painted a sheet of paper from the All Abloom designer series paper stack with white acrylic paint mixed with a little Lost Lagoon ink refill.  Then I sanded it a little, embossed it with the Chevron embossing folder, and sanded some more.

I used the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches to make a stencil, then sponged more Lost Lagoon over the stencil.  I stamped the words from By the Tide in Tuxedo Black memento ink randomly over the panel, then used a little Whisper White ink refill to tone down the color a little.  I think I may have spritzed it, too, somewhere in there, but I’m not sure.

Next, I ripped the panel into several pieces.  I stamped the Swallowtail in Mossy Meadow ink on Pistachio Pudding card stock, and spritzed the stamped image with water and let it run a little.  Then I spritzed the inked stamp with water and stamped again over the first image (without letting the first image dry).   Then I let it dry, and layered the ripped pieces over the pistachio card.  I stamped the Swallowtail again in Black ink over the whole thing and covered it with Modge Podge to seal the edges.  I used a toothbrush for the Modge Podge.  I’d like to say this was because I wanted some cool texture, but that wouldn’t be true.  I have some awesome paintbrushes that Rachel gave me for my birthday one year, but I didn’t want to mess those up with Modge Podge.  My old brush was still wet from being cleaned after the white paint, so – toothbrush it was.  I do like the cool texture, though.  (Apologies to the owner of the toothbrush, by the way.)

After it dried, I ripped it a little more, layered it to another sheet of All Abloom paper and a Pistachio Pudding card.  I found a clay butterfly that’s been waiting for a purpose, so I added it to the corner.  And let me add that Stampin’ Up! needs to make a butterfly mold.  Our molds are so much easier to use than the maker of my current butterfly mold.  It cost twice as much for one of “their” molds as two of ours, and it isn’t as nice.  The impressions aren’t very deep, so it’s hard to get a good impression without having to trim it.  And it doesn’t fit in an old embellishment container.

Anyway — the clay butterfly was originally yellow, so I used one of the Pumpkin Pie blendabilities to darken it.  The flowers are from the Blended Bloom hostess set (also colored with Blendabilities) and the sentiment – Pumpkin Pie on Daffodil Delight – is from Lots of Thanks.   A little Always Artichoke seam binding ribbon finished off the card.  Of course, it’s retired, but Mossy Meadow stitched satin would also look great.  I wanted to use seam binding because I love the grungy look when you wet it, scrunch it and then let it dry while still scrunched.

It seems like I did a lot more than these steps – but it was probably the part that I threw away.  The top layer (instead of flowers ) was a Swallow tail on a window sheet – colored yellow and red.  But it just kind of looked a little creepy to me.  But since I still used paper, card stock, ink, paint and clay, I think it definitely qualifies as mixed media, don’t you?  (Maybe a little too mixed!)

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy (and for hanging in till the end!).  Have a wonderful day!


About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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4 Responses to Mixed Media Challenge

  1. Emilie Boyd says:

    Wow that is complicated!!!


  2. KatheD says:

    I truly love this ♥ but I really really want to know which challenges – all day I tried to not ask, but here I am…


  3. buffycooper says:

    Thanks, Emilie & Kathe! Kathe – I stumbled across it on splitcoaststampers.com, here –
    Have fun!!


  4. Sandy says:

    This s really super. And, next time I see you I would love to see it in person. Lots of steps, but well worth it. Great job.


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