Life Happens Mixed Media

Hi friends!  I'm popping in with my final card for this year's Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  It's been a work in progress on my desk all week and it's finally "finished". I was undecided as to whether I wanted to make it a card or put it on a canvas because I really loved how it turned out.  I ultimately decided for a canvas looking card (with an added bow at the end).


I started out with a 5.5" square piece of white cardstock that I treated with Gesso, then collaged with designer papers and some Tim Holtz tissue paper.  Next I scraped in some acrylic paints and more gesso until I achieved the desired look.  By this time, everything was pretty thick, so I used my MISTI alignment tool to stamp the Coffee Helps sentiment in Archival Black, to make sure everything would get inked evenly.  I think I did three stamp passes to make sure it was crisp.


Next I stamped the cup and straw from Coffee Helps in archival black on designer paper, then colored in with watercolors, pencils and accented with a white gel pen.  Then I let things sit for a few days. When I came back, I glued on the cups and let it sit for a couple more days.  Finally last night I decided to cut it down to card size, mat with black, add a flat bow and call it done.


I've got a little blog candy today!  
Coffee HelpsCup for All Seasons Die Set

Just leave a comment here before 11:55 pm on Thursday, June 30 to be entered to win
the Coffee Helps set and Cup for All Seasons Die Set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've had a wonderful time hopping this past week. 

Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee Helps (Verve Stamps)
Paper: white, dp scraps, Tim Holtz Melange tissue paper
Ink: Black archival (Ranger), watercolor pencils, acrylic paints, gesso, white gel pen
Accessories: grosgrain ribbon (SU!), MISTI

61 comments

  1. Wow this is amazing! Your background has so much depth and interest. Fabulous job!

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  2. love your card, and the great colors and techniques!

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  3. Your card looks fantastic with all that you have going on and that misting sounds like it saved your background by being able to re stamp the image just to get it perfect
    Hugs Nikki

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  4. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! What a great technique!

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  5. Your sentiments are so amazing. They are always spot on. Love this card and all the wonderful techniques you used. TFS!

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  6. I love your colors and your tissue paper background - very pretty card!!

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  7. Julee I think this is my favorite of all your cards for the hop. It is so appealing to the eyes and love the touches of black you added, it really sets it off. Thank you so much for a chance to win such a lovely prize.

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  8. What a pretty, colorful background! Love those coffee cups!

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  9. What a pretty, colorful background! Love those coffee cups!

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  10. Love the pretty background!! Fab card!

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  11. Beautiful card...love that gorgeous background.

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  12. Breathtaking card Julee....truly a work of art. Thank you for being such a faithful supporter of the Coffee Lovers Bloghops.I appreciate all the encouragement you have given me over the past couple of years...I truly love Verve stamps.

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  13. Fabulous images, love the sentiment and the background is so amazing!

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  14. Well, Julee, it was well worth the wait! It is beautiful. You could frame it for in your studio, it is too beautiful to give away! Just a fantastic work of art! Great job.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Julee,
    I love the mixed media aspect of this card. The vibrant colors and the tissue paper adds so much character and texture to it. Wonderful work!

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  16. Oh, that background is absolutely gorgeous. I think I'm going to have to buy some gesso to experiment with now! Beautiful color and texture...and a fabulous card.

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  17. Julee,
    I love the mixed media aspect of this card. The vibrant colors and the tissue paper adds so much character and texture to it. Wonderful work!

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  18. I love everything about this!!!!!!

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  19. I love the beautiful texture that the tissue creates! The colors are vibrant and just generally look great

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  20. I got a peek at this card on the Coffee Lovers FB page and had to see how you made that gorgeous background. The colors, the stamping and that big bow are all just perfect. WOW!

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  21. I love your mixed media projects. This background looks so awesome. I love the colors.

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  22. Total work of art! The background is fabulous!

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  23. I love your mixed media projects. This background looks so awesome. I love the colors.

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  24. Beautiful card, Julee!! I always love your creations!!

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  25. Julie, this card is a work of ART! Should be FRAMED!!! The background is fabulous, but I am in LOVE with those little coffee cups! The colors are all fabulous...and the rich black sentiment is perfect!!

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    1. Ugh...auto-correct changed the way I spelled your name! I typed Julee...it changed it! :(

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  26. Wow, Julee, an amazing mixed media card! I'm not sure I could do all those steps and end up with something so beautiful as you've done! Hugs!

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  27. Wonderful creation. Like the background, watercoloring & stamping. Thanks for giveaway chance. Have a Bee-utiful evng!
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  28. Love your card and the stamps!

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  29. Awesome card, love the background

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  30. What a beautiful piece of art!

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  31. All that patience certainly paid off. What a beauty!

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  32. Lovely card, love
    the background and
    the flowers on the
    cups.
    Carla from Utah

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  33. Those paper pieced coffee cups are so pretty and I love the way you accented them with white pen. Such a beautiful, colorful background really shows them off to perfection. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  34. Your BG is really awesome, love the paper pieced coffee cup! Great art work!

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  35. Wow! Too cute!!!! I love the colours! Thank you for this amazing chance to win!

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  36. wow, beautiful background and the colors and cups are so inviting. Beautiful card.

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  37. I'm oohing and ahhing over this fabulously gorgeous card - LOVE it!

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  38. THIS is amazing Julee...love everything about it.

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  39. Wow! Awesome background! Cheers...Gina F

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  40. the depth of color this has is just gorgeous Julee :) & that sentiment just hit my wish list :)

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  41. Gorgeous! Love your mixed media background!!

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  42. I love the gorgeous colors in your card! It's like a bright flash of color that really sets off your coffee ups so well! Love this card!

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  43. Awesome card! Love the colors and the background to show off those awesome cups!

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  44. Oh Julee, this is such a great piece!
    Sometimes, great pieces take a few days to
    finish. Thanks for the inspiration and the give away!
    I only got to make one card, due to my mother-in-law
    passing away, but have enjoyed seeing some of the entries.

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  45. Beautiful card, Julee, I love your background, TFS and I have enjoyed visiting your blog this week!

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  46. Julee, that background is amazing! I'm going to have to give that a try sometime! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog this week and for giving away those great coffee digis at Verve!

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  47. Great card! Love the texture

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  48. Pretty awesome blog candy :o) Thanks for all the wonderful creations that you've shared on your blog this week!!

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  49. I just love this! And thanks so much for being a sponsor for the coffee lovers hop! I won a verve gift certificate and can't wait to go shopping! Thank you thank you!!

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  50. Stunning! Beautiful colours, sentiment and images. Hugs Bev (Uniko) x

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  51. What an amazing background, and I love the graphic looks of the latte cups, too! Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun Verve stamps!

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  52. Wow! That's a lot of steps. Your card is just gorgeous. Each time I read about the misti tool I consider getting one and then getting rid of my clear stamps. Do you always use the misti for stamping?

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