Paper craft project no. 137: Imagine

2014-02-12 OLC Imagine
So I hadn’t been feeling too well the last couple of days that it was hard to concentrate on studying or writing. Been nauseated for the most part and while I wanted so much to eat (I’ve been craving noodles), I have settled on saltine crackers and ginger ale because they’re just about what I’m able to tolerate right now. Hoping to distract myself — and even DH suggested it — I took it easy and simply played with my art supplies earlier today. I thought I’d play with my gel printing plate (Gelli Arts) and do some monoprinting. I ended up with lots of backgrounds I can use later for cards, tags, and other projects.

And here’s a mixed media one layer card where I used my Gelli plate, a Hero Arts stencil, acrylic paints, inks, STAMPlorations stamps, and painter’s tape. Save for the layout (which I based on the STAMPlorations sketch #5), I simply winged it with this card. That’s how I prefer to work with mixed media anyway — no planning, just organically creating. I may end up with a dud, but in case I do, it’s another thing learned in terms of what doesn’t work or what I should remember to not do for next time.

To create this card, I first covered the right area (about 1.5″) of the card base with painter’s tape. I tore a small piece of painter’s tape and stuck it across where I planned on stamping the sentiment. I brayered some light green, yellow, and light blue acrylic paints on my gel printing plate. I placed a chevron stencil over it, laid my card base, pressed, and pulled. (Not wanting to waste paint, I pulled a few more prints on card stock and watercolor paper and set those aside to dry — I’ll be able to use them later in projects.) I dried the paint with my heat tool. Then I started stamping over the area — butterflies, arrows, ink blots, distressed text — in different Memento dye inks. Next, I sponged some Mustard Seed Distress ink all over. I removed the mask on the right side and stuck it over the other side. I took my brayer which was still covered with acrylic paint and brayered the remaining paint on the right side. Then I took my chevron stamp and stamped it repeatedly to create 3 borders in different colors. I stamped a zigzag stitch before removing all the painter’s tape and stamping the sentiment and a few ink stains and blots in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. With a Black Soot Distres marker, I outlined the shape of the tape to create a doodled look around the sentiment.

And I’m done! It may sound complex because of the number of steps involved in creating this card, but it was actually pretty simple to do. (Plus there’s the fact that with mixed media, you don’t really have to keep everything clean — you can be messy!)

I’m entering my card to the following fun challenges:

  1. One Layer Simplicity Challenge #2 – Can You Repeat That?
  2. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  3. Simon Says Work It Wednesday (I used a new supply — new bottle of acrylic paint)
  4. Make It Monday #178
  5. Artistic Inspirations #78 – Anything Goes
  6. Through the Purple Haze #28 – Anything Goes
  7. Challenges 4 Everybody #38 – Anything Goes
  8. Simon Says Monday Challenge – We Love Stamps!

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Stamps: VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters, VIGNETTE: Chevron and Arrows, VIGNETTE: Live, Love Laugh, PATCHWORK FRENZY: Graphic Squares, and Holiday Artsy [STAMPlorations]
Inks: Dandelion, Pistachio, Tangelo, Nautical Blue, Cottage Ivy, Tuxedo Black [Memento/Tsukineko]; Mustard Seed Distress Ink [Tim Holtz/Ranger]
Acrylic Paints: Lime Float, Sunny Days, Parrot Blue [Apple Barrel]
Card Base: 140-lb Cold-Press Watercolor Paper [Canson]
Other: Gel Printing Plate [Gelli Arts]; Rubber Brayer [Speedball]; Chevron Stencil [Hero Arts]; Heat-It Tool [Inkssentials]; Painter’s Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by!


14 Comments to “Paper craft project no. 137: Imagine”

  1. Lovely card with great color!! Thank you for play with us at Artistic Inspirations this time, hope to see you next week! Hugs Kate DT

  2. Love the background colors! Thanks for joining us at TTPH!


  3. WOW, love you background. Thanks for joining us over at TTPH…

    DT Pam

  4. Love the colors you chose! This looks just awesome!

  5. Looooove your creativity, and this card is amazing! Thank you for joining us at TTPH this week, good luck :)

    Lisbeth K @ Lisbeths hobbyer
    Through The Purple Haze DT

  6. I love how you get so much interest and depth on your one layer cards, and the masked sentiment idea is genius – I’ll be trying that technique!

  7. Lovely colourful card. Thanks for joining this weeks challenge at Through The Purple Haze.

    Sara, DT

  8. Love the bright colours and even though this is a one layer card, there’s just so much wonderful depth to it, it’s so creative and really beautiful work… Thank you for sharing your project and joining us over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog… :)

  9. Fantastic colours and textures Shery…beautiful work.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  10. Absolutely wonderful! Bright colors and your butterflies are fantastic! Love the layers!! Thanks so much for joining with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! BArbarayaya

  11. Such an amazing card, Shery – I would love to be able to do that, but I don’t think I can, although I am tempted to give it a try…..

  12. Great combo of stamps and I love the colours. It is amazing you can make all this one layer, so creative x

  13. Shery,
    I want to go home and try something like this right now! You have created such a wonderful combination of colours and patterns and the fact that you did it all in one layer is amazing.

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