So this is one of those serendipitous cards. See the background? That’s one of my “rejects” last week when I was trying desperately to get some crafting mojo going but all I ended up with were a couple dozen unfinished cards and canvases. Welps, Friday night as I was working on a new mixed media card, I came across this rather colorful gessoed, Gelatos-ed, and stenciled card base underneath one pile on my craft table. I remembered I was experimenting on a stencil technique and didn’t like it so I tossed the card to my reject pile and promptly forgot about it. When I saw it again last night, though, I was struck by how textured and colorful it was, so instead of finishing that mixed media card I was working on, I ended up making this card and was happy with how it turned out.
I trimmed the background and mounted it onto my card base and then built the card from there: a strip of dark yellow textured cardstock from DCWV’s Mango collection, a strip of burlap ribbon, jute twine, embossed artsy butterfly on punched circle, and a sentiment — part of the new Subway Art Builders stamps from STAMPlorations that’ll be available in May. (Oh yeah, the STAMPlorations girls will be doing a Stamp Release blog hop in May to showcase the 5 new stamps coming out then. A number of lucky crafters will win these new stamps. Follow the STAMPlorations blog because that’s where we’ll post sneak peeks of the new stamps and the details of the hop in a couple of weeks.)
Normally, for a card like this one, I’ve got a video tutorial to share. But I didn’t get to shoot one last week, and I didn’t have good lighting Friday night to repeat how I did the background. I’ve got another project planned where I will use this stencil technique so I will shoot and share the video for that one in a few days :-)
I used the sketch at House of Cards for this mixed media card. The challenge is to use the sketch to create either a fun/cute card or a shabby/vintage card. I don’t think I’ve ever played there. I’m hoping my card could pass for a shabby card. And then at The Card Concept, the challenge is to use a butterfly theme. My card is in the shabby category and it can also fall under the freestyle collage category. And finally, there is the delightful Virginia’s View Challenge, where it’s all about stencils!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend!