Marvelous Dad

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!

Enabler's List
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


  1. Julee!!!!!!! This is so dang gorgeous! I love the colors you chose, so calm and strong, perfect for a father's day card! You have always rocked the MM background, so I'm not surprised at how gorgeous this is:)

  2. oh, wonderful, marvelous card! The colours and blending are spectacular! Funny how some memories and feelings stay with us! Good for you for getting your real artist pastels, although you were more than ready and talented enough to have them back then! Happy Father's Day to Mark!

  3. So nice of the twins to nap LOL! I can see you grinning from ear to ear while making this card :) Beautiful mix of colours and a fabulous card. Enjoy Father's Day ((hugs))!

  4. I am glad you were finally able to achieve your childhood dream of getting real artist pastels so that the rest of us can experience what a "real" artist card looks like! A great many people have big smiles on their face today thanks to your artistry. I think your mom probably meant "big girl" pastels. I am hoping to get some "big girl" pastels soon.

  5. Thanks for my amazing Father's Day card! I love it! And I know the boys approve also. :-) Such a great day with family today. Love you all so much!!! You are an amazingly talented artist and I'm so lucky to have you in my life, Julee!

  6. Beautiful card. Love the colors! Very artistic, too! :-)

  7. What a beautiful card! Love all the textures and distressing! Looks great! Thanks so much for playing along with us at our first challenge at Mixed Media Mojo!

  8. Nice masculine card design. Thanks so much for joining the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge.


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