Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! Where I live we'll be celebrating the 5th of July because Hurricane Arthur is going to dump lots of rain on the area so all the parades and fireworks have been pushed off a day. No worries here, though because I'm going to take the opportunity to do some housework, sell some stuff on eBay then get down and dirty in my stamp room.
Today I've got a tag to show you that I made for the new Mixed Media Card Challenge using the colors from Colour Me. This is my first foray into the world of mixed media other than adding the occasional scrap of ribbon or embossing paste on a card. I thought long and hard about this challenge before I decided to jump in with both feet and I even searched mixed media on Pinterest to get a feel for what it's all about.
The theme for the first challenge was nature with the option of making a tag, so that's exactly what I did. I stamped a scripted background on to the kraft card stock then after a bit I smeared on some embossing paste (that I dyed with a re-inker). Unfortunately the ink bled through the paste and I'm not sure if I should have waited overnight to do that to give the ink a longer drying time of if that would have even made a difference. I considered re-doing it but decided to proceed. I cut a floral shape from some burlap then layered some inked leaves and a little butterfly on it.
So that's it then. I will say that some of the mixed media tags I saw on Pinterest were absolutely gorgeous. People obviously have an eye for layering and color and adding just the right amount of texture. I don't see myself turning into a Tim Holtz-style stamper anytime soon (although I do love that style), but it was fun to see if I could incorporate some of those elements into the stamping style I've already got. After all, I do love a bit of texture on my cards.
Well that's it for me. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic (SU); Be (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Blackberry Bliss (SU); Kraft (Avery Elle)
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake (SU)
Accessories: Traditional Tag STAX, Pierced Traditional Tag STAX (My Favorite Things); Beautiful Blooms #1 die (Papertrey Ink); Burlap stencil, Splatters stencil (Tim Holtz); embossing paste (Dreamweaver); Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, linen thread, pewter jumbo grommet (SU); burlap