Cards and Craft, Challenge Entry, Off The Page

Laughter Imagination Dreams

Hello Everyone. The project that I have to share with you today is a little bit different. I love making cards and I love using sketches but I have started getting into art journaling and mixed media. So when a challenge came up from Just Add Ink I checked if they accept off the page creations – and they do 🙂

This is a close up of my final piece. Because the influences for this piece also came from a card sketch that I had been creating as a design team member of the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

So which elements did I chose from the Just Ink Challenge – well you could say I chose all 3. But I would mainly say flower and paper. The flowers are made out of an old book which I stamped the flower image onto and then cut out with my small scissors. The leaves I drew freehand in pencil before cutting them out.

I roughly figured out where I was going to place the flowers and painted some black flower outlines with black acrylic paint and then I edged each with a white acrylic pen. I glued all of the elements down with Mod Podge and once this was dry I drew around each of the flowers and leaves with coloured acrylic paint pens.

Looking at this now I think that I would put a wash over the area where the quote is just to help it to stand out more. I don’t like my handwriting but I am getting braver in using it instead of just using my computer and printer to do quotes for projects.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my off the page project. If you have any tips on how I can improve my writing on these kinds of projects I would love to hear them.

Until my next post,
Be Kind to Yourself and Others.
Tracy B.

Just Add Ink Choose 2 Challenge – which I am entering
Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #467 – which you can enter

Card Project, Cards and Craft, Design Team

52CCT February 2021 Technique Challenge

Hello everyone. We are getting closer to the end of February which in my household means renovations will be beginning soon. But this will definitely not stop me from crafting. I think that you can tell that I am a crafter because the first things that I worked out that were coming with me was my crafting supplies and how much I could get into our new accommodations. The final things will have been packed by the time this post goes live 😀

But any who onto the main reason for this post. My interpretation of this weeks technique challenge over on the 52Christmas Card Throwdown Challenge.

I must admit to not doing a lot of mixed media and not really understanding it fully. But I went down the rabbit hole of the internet and got a little lost while searching. And this is what I came up with after my research.

02 2021 Wk4 Technique

Since I am down to a limited stash due to our renos I had to use what I still had to hand. So in my paper drawer I found the Kraft paper and this was my starting point. I still had my stencils and some ink. So with my Tim Holts Guillotine Trimmer I cut out 3 tree shapes but decided that I would have them at different lengths. Then I stenciled on top of each one with 3 different coloured inks and added some tinsel with my gold pen. I had some Christmas paper still on my desk and laid my trees on top but it just didn’t look right – the 2 smaller trees looked like they were floating on air and the background paper was too bright.

So out came another stencil and more ink and I was hoping that this would work and not ruin my background paper. I liked the end result and then decided to ink around all the pieces and make some pots and trunks for my smaller trees. When I put everything back together I was almost happy then I sponged black ink around all of the pieces and this just brought everything together. Each tree was missing a star from the top but lucky for me I still had my sticker stash on hand; I found 3 different stars to use. I layered my panel onto some green cardstock and then put this onto a card base.

Thanks for stopping in and looking at my design team make for the Technique Challenge over at 52CCT. I hope that you will consider coming along and playing with us. Before you go off to make your creation I would love to leave you with a last thought for this post.

Just a hope that our renos will help our home to fully become better.

Until my next post,
Be kind to Yourself and Others.
❤ Tracy