Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy New Year! Here's to mixed media.

Happy New Year! 
I hope 2018 is a great year for everyone and that you find time to do more of what you love, creatively and otherwise! 

This card uses a mixture of old and new things from my stash. 
The stamp set is one of the first I ever bought, from Lucy Stamps. The newbie is Neocolor II watercolour pastels. I used them to colour the daisies and as a colour wash on the base. I decided I wanted more colour so added some jade infusions and spritzed on some water.

I used a technique I saw on Carole Dion's blog. She used a silicone brush to spread nuance crystals once they were spritzed, so that the colour was a bit more controlled. 
My base was gessoed and painted with Neocolors so I had to be careful not to add too much water. Once I sprinkled on the infusions and spritzed a little water I brushed the colour up from the bottom.

(Carole has some video tutorials that are fantastic, you need to scroll down on the left hand side and find videos in her labels.)

I love how the ripped cardboard gives so much texture and lets the colour settle in pools!
The edges are distressed with a touch of vintage photo distress ink.

I'm linking up to the anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

and to the party challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.
 A birthday is a great excuse to party!

Simon Monday Challenge Blog Logo

I used a scrap of black and kraft card to layer under the cardboard panel, just to tie in the black and brown on the card, so I'm also visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop, you only need 1 scrap or snippet to join in.

Snippets Playground Badge

I'm also linking up to the watercolour challenge at Happy Little Stampers. There's loads of gorgeous watercolour inspiration from the DT to have a look at too.

Lucy Stamps daisy; versafine ink & clear ep, Neocolor II watercolour pastels; PaperArtsy a bit jaded infusions;Art Basics silicone brush; vintage photo distress ink; distressed stripes embossing folder; sentiment sticker.

Thanks for visiting,


  1. So beautiful! Love the dry embossed background!

  2. WoW! Great background, you used the technique of Carole great. It fits perfectly with your sweet daisies.
    Happy New Year, Cathy!
    BożenA xx

  3. Absolutely stunning Cathy! I love the texture and such lovely colours too - perfection!


    Di xx

  4. Love this! What an awesome background!

  5. That background is super fabulous.

  6. The texture and depth is brilliant, Cathy ... so lovely behind those delicate blooms! Wishing you a Happy and Creative New Year ... Bonne Année 2018! Hugs, Anita :)

  7. Gorgeous card Cathy! Its so elegant and striking. Love it!
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  8. I love your mixed media cards Cathy!! There's just so much eye candy with this one. Love the gorgeous jade colour of your corrugated card. the pink flowers just pop. xx

  9. Hi Cathy, a stunning card, love all the texture the corrugated card gives and the colours are brilliant, wishing you a happy, healthy and crafty New year... Megan

  10. This is beautiful, Cathy! A great technique! The texture is amazing!! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Great textures on your design Cathy with the woodgrain embossing and the corrugated card - your purple blooms look great layered over the green! Julia xx

  12. Wow! I love the result you got with the corrugated paper and such gorgeous colours Cathy. Super backgrounds for those sweet daisies.

  13. Cathy this card really has the WOW bursting out of it.
    The colours and the texture of the backgrond looks wonderful.
    Enjoy your time in your craft room.
    sharon :)

  14. OMG! Love this card. That background looks amazing!

  15. An amazing project.
    Thank you for joining the challenge at Happy Little Watercolor Stampers.
    Bożena DT HLS

  16. So pretty - you are really delving into the realm of mixed media lately - love it!

  17. What a fab background and beautifully layered with this flower image. <3 Hugs, Autumn

  18. love your watercolour background - thanks for playing along at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge


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