Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winter Wishes - With a Bit of Mixed Media

Hi, Friends.....

I am here with a card to share that really took me out of my comfort zone!! It was inspired by the photograph over at the Fairytale Challenge blog.

Here is the beautiful inspiration piece they gave us: --------->

The ice-covered seed heads reminded me of some gorgeous Dollar Store silver reflective stickers I have.

I gessoed some gray kraft paper (I have to admit that I didn't know there was even such a thing as gray kraft!!) and flicked additional gesso over the snowy background.After the background was completely dry, I applied the sticker.

To mimic the ice coating, I went to my Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sea Breeze. I squeezed out drops all over the seed head in dots and drips like you might see after an ice storm in the winter.

I grounded the scene by smoothing some snow medium over the lower part of the panel. This is the same snow medium that gave me fits before because it was not white. This time I mixed in a bit of gesso to whiten it up. Worked great.

Lastly I stamped Winter Wishes on the scene. Please do not ask me how I managed to stamp it all catty-whompus....all I can say is that it "looked" straight at the time. I didn't feel like covering the crazy angled thing with a small sentiment panel, although I might later. So for now, it is what it is!! I guess you can dock my pay if you don't like it.  Ha!

Here's a close up of the seed head with the Nuvo drops:

Supplies used include:
Dollar Store reflective sticker
Daler-Rowney - Simply Acrylic White Gesso
DecoArt - Snow-Tex Textural Medium
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops
A Creative Journey with Melissa - Fall and Winter Holiday Sentiments stamp set
Versafine Ink in Onyx Black

Thank you for stopping by. Your visits and comments mean a lot to me!!!


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Fairytale Challenge Blog - Inspiration Photo
2. Word Art Wednesday #318-319 - AG
3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #370 - AG Christmas w/ opt no sentiment
4. Dare2BArtzy January Challenge - Winter Wonderland
5. The House That Stamps Built - J1718 - Inspiration Palette



  1. It's absolutely beautiful! I love it, crooked sentiment too! xxx

  2. Janis, you nailed the icy look on this lovely card, and what a great take on the challenge photo at THTSB! So happy you linked up to The House That Stamps Built this week!

  3. This is sooooo gorgeous and artsy!! I cannot believe that flower is a stick from the Dollar Store!! What a find! I love your snowy background and I never would have noticed the angle of the sentiment; it fits in with the artsy; grungy feel. Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  4. This is gorgeous! Love that seed head with the nuvo drops for impact!

  5. Your project is so adorable. Great take of the inspiration photo.
    Many thanks for joining us at Fairytale Challenge.
    Hugs, Silke

  6. bhahahhah taht cat !
    hahah so funny!
    your card is so very nice!

  7. WOW!!! This is gorgeous and I love your interpretation of the inspiration photo. The gessoed background and those Nuvo drops give wonderful texture to this artsy mixed media card. As for the cat meme, I'm still laughing!

  8. This is beautiful Janis, a great idea with the gesso. I didn't realize there was grey kraft either... I guess one is never too old to learn, haha.


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