Hi friends! I know I said I was taking a bit of a break, but the boys actually napped long enough for me to make a card on Friday so I decided to pop in and share it, since it's a Father's Day card for hubby. This card was inspired by a few different things I've seen around blogland recently. First off was Amber's mixed media tutorial. Earlier this week, I got the itch to play in the new Mixed Media Mojo challenge, so after reading Amber's tutorial, I pulled out some gesso, stencils and sprays (which for some reason I never use) and made a few different backgrounds with scrap pieces of white cardstock.
Then, the next day some Pentel oil pastels I had seen on sale arrived. My sister had a box of these when I was growing up and I was never allowed to play with them. My mom had told me they were for real artists, so I mentally filed them as something I would never have. When I saw them on sale, I had that same little girl wish to play with them, so I just had to get some. And it was so fun filling in some of the backgrounds with these pastels, blending with my fingers and then doing a little wash with some water and a brush. So soft and beautiful! So the lighter yellows and greens you see are done with oil pastels.
And when I finally sat down to make a card, Stacey's Viva la Verve June Week 2 sketch was the perfect way to use some of these mixed media backgrounds. I originally tried sewing a vellum square to my top panel, but unfortunately there was no thread on the bobbin and that bobbin winding enigma is definitely for another day. So I scrapped the square (except for the pierce marks the sewing machine made) and decided to go with a primitive star die cut instead, embossed with distressed polka dots for some fun texture. I added just a hint of gesso around the edges to make it pop and layered it on 2 layers of dimensionals for extra pop.
The sentiment is from the new Wonderful Marvelous set and I masked off the you on the wonderful marvelous you sentiment before inking, then added the Dad sentiment to the right in Archival ink, then embossed in clear so I wouldn't have to worry about smudging while I was layering everything together. Lots of distressed edges finish things off.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Wonderful Marvelous (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, vellum
Ink: mint julep, honor society, water cooler Mister Huey's Color Mists (Studio Calico), jet black Archival ink (Ranger), gesso
Accessories: Primitive Stars Die (Sizzix), distressed dots texture fades (Tim Holtz), layering stencils (Tim Holtz), clear embossing powder, sewing machine, paper distresser
This blog is for personal inspiration only and all projects are my original designs unless otherwise stated. I own Verve Stamps and have received products and materials to work with from several generous companies over the years. While I have received free products from these companies, I maintain the freedom as an independent designer to say what I truly think of their products. I will never recommend something that I don’t personally use and enjoy.