Tuesday, December 30, 2014


My daughter will be celebrating her 37th birthday on January 15th so I decided to make a funky mixed media card to go along with the gift I bought for her.

I started with some Bazzill for the card blank.  Next I cut a square from an old box and peeled off a portion of the printed layer.  I covered the remainder of the layer with a couple coats of Liquitex Gesso so the printing would not show through.

The next step was to use some Golden Molding Paste through a Wendy Vecchi flourish stencil and to add some bits of cheesecloth.  Once everything was dry I used a natural sea sponge to add Fresco Finish paints - Haystack, Pumpkin Soup, Green Olives, Blood Orange and Smoked Paprika.  I used a piece from the Wendy Vecchi Large Collage background stamp and some Coffee Archival Ink from Ranger to add a bit more interest to this layer.

Next I made a frame from chipboard and coated it with Golden Crackle Paste.  Once dry I covered it with Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive and Wild Honey Distress Ink from Ranger.

The next step was to make the metal flowers from some foil tape used for wrapping heating pipes.  The layers were hand cut and then textured with some tools in my Walnut Hollow metal working set.  To colour them, I used some Americana acrylic paint called Russet and some Cranberry, Sunset Orange and Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink from Ranger.  For the large flower I used the paint first and for the small flower I reversed the process.  The large flower has a gem sticker from Recollections for a centre and the smaller flower has a pearl sticker from Dollarama for a centre.

I took a metal leaf from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and coated it with a blend of Lettuce Alcohol Ink and Snow Cap Mixative.  I thought it was too much of a colour contrast so I added some Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink blended with Copper Mixative to the high spots.  When I added the flowers and leaf to the frame, I tucked a couple of feathers underneath.

Next I took a wooden letter from Dollarama and coated it with Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom Embossing Powder and then added text with the Coffee Archival Ink and a Recollections stamp.

The butterfly is a wood piece from Dollarama that I painted with Honest Copper Patio Paint from Deco Art and added some of the pearl stickers for the body.  I also used a bit of the copper paint on parts of the exposed cardboard.

Finally I used Coffee Archival Ink and a stamp from Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set to stamp the word Celebrate on a scrap of card stock and then inked the edges with some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post Exchange  - Let's Celebrate
Top Tip Tuesday - Make Your Own ( metal flowers)
Little Claire's Designs  - A Special Card


  1. HOLY FIBBER-NOODLES Cec! Amazing! I am loving your fiery palette with all the golds and shimmers, wow! Your metallic flowers are spectacular! Add that to my must-learn-from-Cec list! The cheesecloth texture turned out fabulous, what a wonderfully tactile card! Beth must have just loved it! Two thumbs up! big hugs :)

  2. All of the elements in this card meld so beautifully! It just makes me want to reach out and touch it! Thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge!

  3. This is gorgeous Cec!!! Love the colors you used, so striking!!

  4. Gorgeous card!!! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

  5. This is gorgeous. Love the details with the handmade metal flowers and layers and rustic sparkle. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for another challenge. Bettina DT Member at Top Tip Tuesday xx


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