Thursday, October 11, 2012

Much Love this Christmas

Hi friends!  It's Thursday and about time for something other than Halloween here.  Today's card is inspired by a rough sketch I had for a mixed-media canvas, but haven't had the time to create it yet.  I figured why not try a little prototype in card form? 


The tree is hand cut in layers, then modpodged down and doodled in.  The background is two patterns of dp (hounds tooth and red text paper) that I added gesso and paint and gelatos to, as well as a little texture stamping with the Snowflake Splendor set.  The top sentiment is the Much Love Plain Jane, which I colored with a gelato and water brush, then finger painted a little white paint for some dimension and added a few little doodles.  It's matted in black and then I clipped a little mini library clip to it.

I completed the sentiment with a partial sentiment (I masked off the top part of the stamp) from Richly Blessed so I could stamp just the this Christmas and always section.  I cut this out and matted it to match the much love panel up top, then got to the business of decorating my tree with some flatback pearls and a star rhinestone from Pizzazz Aplenty.  A little paint on the tips of the ornaments completes the snowy scene.

This is truly my "style".  I enjoy trying a lot of different things in crafting, but I just find the messiness of mixed-media so freeing.  Maybe it's me rebelling against a lifetime of exacting perfectionism.  In so many ways I've felt like a wannabe artist my entire life, but working on mixed-media projects is the only time I ever feel like I might actually BE an artist.  And that's a GOOD feeling.  {grin}

Hope you have a wonderful day today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Much Love Plain Jane, Richly Blessed, Snowflake Splendor (Verve Stamps)
Paper: misc DP scraps, Black, cream
Ink: Black (Mix'd Media), acrylic paints, gesso, gelatos (Faber-Castell), black micron pen
Accessories: pearls, rhinestone star (Pizzazz Aplenty), mini library clip (SU!), paper distresser, waterbrush, Mod Podge

9 comments:

ginny said...

Your comments were interesting and matched my thoughts when I first viewed the card that "this card is truly a work of art". Hope you'll share the larger canvas with us if you get to it.

Marisa said...

ILove the decorations on the tree and the great BG you created. So glad this venue brings you such joy :)

Nikki said...

This is one very kewl Christmas card love the colours and how you painted it. It's a work of art for sure :)
hugs Nikki C

scrappingnana said...

Wow, love everything about your card. A true work of art in card form. Thanks for sharing.

Lee-Anne said...

Julee, such a beautiful work of art! Love how you created your tree and the background is totally amazing! You are an artist in every sense of the word!

Susan Clare said...

I just absolutely LOVE your work. In fact, you're quickly becoming one of my favorite card makers. :D You have such a great eye for color and design. So glad I subscribe to your blog and I can't wait to see your other Christmas cards.

scrapperatheart.com said...

You are a true artist in every sense of the word no matter what you create I am in awe of your talent! Keep inspiring us!

Riet said...

What a gorgeous card.

Hugs Riet.xx

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This card is awesome!!! I LOVE the tree! Wonderful inspiration thank you!