Coffee Notes

Hi friends!  Happy Saturday!  I'm back with another card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. The past few Fridays I've made a point to work in a little mixed media in the afternoon. This is the result of yesterday's experiments.

Handmade mixed-media card by Julee Tilman featuring Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

Did you know when you mix tiptop taupe, cajun craze, white and some aqua paint you end up with a beautiful purplish pink?  Kind of fun to see how colors mix when you're too impatient to hit things with a heat gun in between layers. {grin}  Anyhow I started with a bit of heavy gesso on some Fabriano watercolor paper, then used a leftover piece of cardstock cut with a Tim Holtz die as a stencil to add whipped spackle to it.  For those of you who asked last time I used this, it's a super light, creamier version of spackling (the kind you use to fix holes on your walls), that's a lot like light modeling paste or texture paste.  It's great for stenciling, adding dimension and because it's so light, dries relatively quickly.

So after that was dry, I swiped some tiptop taupe and cajun craze inks onto my craft mat and then did a little watercolor wash over the top first with tip top taupe and then with cajun craze.  Next I scraped on some aqua paint, then went back in with some heavy gesso and a palette knife to scrape a bit of white space back in.

Handmade mixed-media card by Julee Tilman featuring Verve Stamps. www.poeticartistry.blogspot.com

I found a 7 Gypsies ticket in my stash, and loved how there was just enough room to stamp the word Coffee as every one of the notes.  I added the is happiness in a cup sentiment from the One Cup sentiment, embossed in copper on vellum, then layered this over the ticket, adding a bit of tissue tape and a library clip to attach it.

From some of the excess of the aqua panel, I stamped the cup from Get Together in early espresso and cut with the coordinating Cup for All Seasons.  A bit of antique linen softened the edges up just a bit.

For the cream panel, I embossed with a Cuttlebug folder, then sponged with antique linen.  I scraped aqua paint and some of the leftover cajun craze and tip top taupe inks over it, then finished with a bit of heavy gesso.  I tied a linen thread bow around this panel, accenting with a vintage brad.  To finish off, I added some wood veneer leaves from Stampin' Up.  I may have bought a quintillion of these a couple years ago and was so happy to have rediscovered them in the closet yesterday.  I watercolored them with the leftover inks on my craft mat, then added just a bit of detailing to the solid leaf with a cajun craze marker.  A tiptop taupe card base and a bunch of distressed edges finished things off.

Alrighty, that's my card in a rather long nutshell.  If you're still reading, thanks so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you're enjoying all the coffee loving cards along the hop.  Have a fabulous weekend!
Enabler's List
Stamps: Coffee, Get Together, One Cup (Verve Stamps)
Paper: tip top taupe (SU!), cream (Neenah), watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: cajun craze, tip top taupe, early espresso (SU!), antique linen (Ranger Distress), Versamark, aqua acrylic paint, heavy gesso
Accessories: Cup for All Seasons (A Cut Above by VERVE), Mixed Media dies, tissue tape (Tim Holtz), linen thread, mini library clip, leaf wood veneer, vintage brad (SU!), ticket (7 Gypsies), Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder (Cuttlebug), paper distresser, copper embossing powder, whipped spackle (Faber Castell)

26 comments

  1. Absolutely stunning Julee! I love this style but seldom get to do it!

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  2. I love this gorgeous card! The mix of colors and layers make this really unique and eclectic too! I love it!

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  3. Really wonderful card. It has been almost iridescent quality to it.

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  4. Oh, wow!! I'm speechless! Amazing and stunning work of art!! Thanks for sharing it and all the process you have done! Great tricks!
    Love any detail and the whole mixed media card and I pinned it
    https://it.pinterest.com/pin/534802524484790661/

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  5. These backgrounds you built for this are just gorgeous and I had to laugh about the drying times. ( that is always a hangup) :) I love every detail on this Julee

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  6. Love your card Julee! The twine is perfect for your rustic card. Love the little wooden leaf too! :)

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  7. Beautiful card, Julee. I love the dimentional background and the subtle colors
    and layering. All in all a real beauty!

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  8. Beautiful card. I really love the all of the elements you layered together. Thanks for the inspiration

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  9. So gorgeous with the colors and textures!

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  10. I love all the beautiful layers and colors of this card design. A great fall coffee creation!

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  11. Gorgeous. Love all the texture.

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  12. Gorgeous. Love all the texture.

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  13. Gorgeous! Love all of the layers and that yummy paint and spackle... awesome awesome!

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  14. Julee, this is gorgeous. LOVE all the texture and detail. BEAUTIFUL colors.

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  15. So many terrific details on your fabulous fall coffee card!! Love them all!!

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  16. Julee, your card is beautiful and amazing! Love the background and sentiment for sure :)

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  17. Wow, gorgeous card! your cards are always beautiful.

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  18. Love all the texture and fun details, Julee

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  19. Oh, Julee, I got a giggle when I read the "recipe" of colors you used to achieve this beautiful color. And the amazing background and who you did it makes me just thrilled. I so want to play with some of the mixed media stuff. I absolutely love all the texture and "touchy-feeling" kind of card. Beautifully done, and I imagine you had a blast! Hugs!

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