Friday, February 22, 2013

Mix-ability Challenge-butterflies and hexagons

A few weeks ago, Splitcoast Stampers started a new challenge. It's a mixed media challenge.  If you have been around blog land much lately, you may have started to see a new trend. It's Mixed Media with papercrafting. There is some WAY cool stuff out there. I have tried this  a little bit over the past year, but it still scares me a bit. I am super excited that SCS has this challenge. It's a great way to learn and to practice. 

I have been stalking the challenges over the past few weeks and collecting a few new products. I decided to jump in this week. The challenge was to use  water with water-based or water-soluble mediums on your project to make color MOVE! You can read all about it HERE.

I pulled out my new re-inkers from MFT in Sno Cone, Grape jelly and Lemon Drop. I placed a drop of each into a plastic pallet. 

I found some watercolor paper in my stash (it's from SU) and it was perfect for this technique. I first wet a some streaks with water and a brush, then I added my ink with some quick brush strokes. The water helped the ink to move across the paper in the places where I first wetted the paper. I then held the paper up right to create a dripping effect. 

My heat tool was my friend with this. I am not a patient crafter, so before I moved on to another color, I made sure my first coat was dry. 

Instead of using the watercolor effect as a background, I went ahead and used my Inspired By BUTTERFLIES DIE-NAMIC to cut out a large butterfly. I added a bit of text, stamped in MFT GAPE jelly ink from Own Your Story stamp set.

I was a bit of an overachiever with the mixed media and while I still had drops of re-inker in my pallet, I went ahead and added some white acrylic paint to each of the colors and some more water (from my aqua painter) to thin is all out and have a colored, white wash to my embossed Kraft cs background. Emboss first, then paint. 

I looooove how this one turned out! A sweet Grape Jelly button and Hemp Twine finished it off. 

The sentiment along the bottom is from the MFT set, My Favorite Sentiments . I love that it filled the width of my card (4.25 inches). 

Here is the finished card again.

I still had plenty of my watercolored paper left over after die cutting the butterfly. I didn't want it to go to waster, so I made another card, and this time I used my HEXAGON STAX DIE-NAMICS to cut some fun, geometric shapes to my card. 
The new DOCUMENT IT-RIGHT THIS WAY stamp set from Laina Lamb by MFT was a perfect match for my trendy card. I stamped the fun arrows in the same colored inks I used for the watercoloring,  being sure to add them in all different directions. 

I also added a few streaks of the purple colored acrylic paint I had left over, to the background. I made sure that was dry before stamping the arrows. 
I decided to add the sentiment in black AND then accented the hexagons with a few small black pearls. It's such a fun card! 
I left the inside blank, so I could add any sentiment in the future, or just a note to a friend. 

Thanks for stopping by today. I've got more to share over the weekend. Thanks to a two hour delay due to icy roads, I did not have to work this morning, so I stamped and created for a few different challenges. I hope you'll stop back by. 

Here is my shopping list for the MFT products I used today. 

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  1. These are SO cool!!! I love the effect on the butterfly and the cut out hexagons but the white wash hexagon background that you did is my favorite part!!! LOVE!!!

  2. Oh I just love these. Love the mixed media look and you did it perfectly!!!

  3. Very cool mixed media creations, love that butterfly ;)


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