Monday, July 15, 2013

Mixed Media, Mixed Emotions......

There is an interesting challenge going on over at the JUGS website.


 mixed media
pl.n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. A technique involving the use of two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition.
That might as well be written in Greek.  I did give this technique a try, and that's where the interesting part comes in.  :)  I think one of my major issues with this technique is that I am still trying to make a card using all of the guidelines I typically use when making a card.  It's too neat, too planned, I think I need to throw caution to the wind and get messy!  Well maybe the next time!
Here is my card:

 I started by swiping a couple of Distress Inks onto a craft mat (actually an old laminated place mat, think Nana's House!)  I then spritzed the ink with Glimmer Mist and Liquid Pearls Mist, thought a little sparkle and shine would look great.  I also added some very fine glitter.  Once that was done it kind of took on the look of an ocean view complete with sunset, which was PERFECT!  I added some of that wonderful Glitter Snow by Aleene, to make the white caps of my waves.  A little paper piercing, jute twine, white paint dobs (using the end of a pencil eraser), black paint on some bubble wrap (love that look every does!), and some Tim Holtz's tape. I also added some texture using a metal sheet and a Cuttle Bug, Honey Comb, Embossing Folder.

 The arrow is paper casted, another fun little craft to try out.  I actually made polymer clay molds from some of my stamps to create these little 3D gems.  I have shells, and flowers, arrows and lots of other goodies to choose from.  I picked the arrow to highlight the I Love You!   Stamp is from Gina K Designs, Gifts From The Sea.

Here is a great link for more information on:  Paper Casting.

I love, love, love the way this heart came out.  I cut 8 hearts out using my Cameo, in this awesome "card stock" I got at a local Printing Company.  It says it is only 100# weight but it is thick and solid, not quite chipboard, but definitely not card stock.  You should check out your local Printing Companies, they have some great deals.  I was able to purchase a ton of colored envelopes and card stock for a song, all on the clearance shelf.   I glued 7 hearts together and then ran the last one through a Sizzix Embossing Folder, capturing the 2 little love birds.  I then glued it on top, painted it with some craft paint and wha la!  I think that is my favorite piece on this project.

Overall I like how this project came out.  Will I try Mixed Media again, you bet!  But I will get some Gesso and go the "normal" route.  :)

If you haven't tried this technique before, head over to the Challenge and give it a whirl.   Spread your wings, get out of your comfort zone, I promise it will be a good experience!


And as always, thanks so much for stopping by!



  1. Geez, I think you did a great job on this challenge. Not sure I could do it. I'm too traditional and neat. Getting messy is NOT in my nature. I LOVE this card...all the texture and stuff. And love that you used all that glitter and glitz. Super cool my dear!!

  2. Donna, this is great! I love the way you put all the different elements together. See that's what I can't do. Lots of great colors and textures.....well done!

  3. Well Done Donna!!!! Love all the different elements and that bird heart is a great added touch! Also, the sentiment works perfectly because of the whit caps of the wave! So glad you gave it a go...thanks as always for making me smile and joining me at JUGS~ Enjoy your day! I am off to give it another go for that site I sent you!

  4. You did a great job mixing medias! I love all the colors! This is such a fun card. I loved reading about your creation. I feel the same way....I LOVE mixed media and have been playing around with it for a few weeks but I am trying so hard to get out of my tidy card making box. It's harder than I imagined! We will keep at it and see where it takes us!!! :)

  5. What a wonderful take on the technique, you did a great job! Thanks so much for playing along with Just Us Girls!

  6. Great card! Love the layers, dimension and especially that cute heart!

  7. Pretty good job my friend. I have not attempted this medium yet. Maybe in the winter time I'll give it a try. I was thinking of an art journal. Love how you always bring the ocean into your projects.

  8. What a fun mix of goodies on this card :) Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls this week!