Sunday, June 01, 2014

Mixed Media


Hi everyone.  I'm really enjoying the mixed media on my cards.  Today's card has stenciling, sponging, embossing gel with glass beads, and a heated copper die-cut butterfly as the focal point.  LOVE the sparkle and shine from the clear embossing gel that gives a raised effect with tiny glass beads to catch the light.  Since it's clear, sponging colors underneath works well as the colors show through.  I've also added some of the clear paste on the left side of my card, just over the white card stock and you can still see how it sparkles.  One of my most favorite new toys! :)  This gel is not a new product ... it's been around for a while, sold at art supply stores and mostly used by artists.  It is fairly new to card making, I believe.  Seems like more and more art supplies are making their way onto cards ... especially with the mixed media - so fun! :)  And I've learned I save money shopping at the art supply store ... embossing gels and pastes are cheaper and come in large sized containers - bonus!

Here's a close-up ...



There's a new challenge starting up on July 1st called The Mixed Media Card Challenge.  Really looking forward to playing along.  Right now they are having a DT call and there are already six entries that are all so amazing - it's worth checking it out.  I'm going to throw my hat into the ring and see what happens.  :)

I also used my new distress inks from Simon Says Stamp ... and the butterfly die that I bought from there to make this card, so I'm entering it into the current Simon Says Stamp challenge - Anything Goes.

It's Sunday, so that means our family are coming for dinner.  Today I'm making it very easy on my self by cooking up a lasagne and garlic bread from Costco, and then making a Caesar salad, veggie tray and fruit tray to go with it.  This means I have more time to spend on making dessert, which is the favorite part of the meal for most of us :)  I baked up some gingersnap cookies along with a Rhubarb pie.  Yum, yum!  I'll send leftover goodies home with the kids.  That's it for me ... off to add the meringue topping to my cooked pie.







Stamps:  Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle)
Paper:  110 lb. white (Neenah)
Ink:  Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (TH Distress Inks)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Moonlight Butterfly die (Memory Box), Silhouette Cameo for cutting stencil, grid cut file (Silhouette America), sponges, Clear Glass Bead Gel (Golden), palette knife, copper metal sheet .005 thickness (K&S Precision Metals), mini butane torch



Challenges:
The Mixed Media Card Challenge
Simon Says - Anything Goes




33 comments:

Anita in France said...

Breathtaking, Loll ... the colours behind the glass bead gel simply glow ... perfect with that stunning butterfly! Enjoy your family time ... dinner sounds yummy! Anita :)

Anita Liedtke said...

What a beautiful card! This sparkling glitter and so so stunning, I love it ! And I would love some leftovers too ;) Greetings, Anita from Germany

Bridget said...

Ab-so-lute-ly STUNNING, Loll - I'm so glad you included a close up because the detail is outstanding - love your new toys and the way you've played with them!

Cornelia W said...

Well, with that wonderful card I am sure you'll get a spot, Loll! Just absolutely LOVE this!

aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card Loll, I love the look totally. Your colour choice is brilliant and the clear gel and micro beads so so eye catching. Everything about this card is fantastic. Love checking out what you are up to..

Bonnie said...

This is AMAZING, Loll! Such a variety of textures that all come together beautifully! Love the shimmer and shine! The copper butterfly is so pretty! I'm pretty sure you'll make the Design Team!

Shery said...

This is one gorgeous card, Loll! Love how you expertly used embossing gel -- that sparkle is irresistible! Thanks so much for responding to The Mixed Media Card Challenge DT call. Good luck! :o)

Brenda said...

Wow!!! I love all the different "layers" to this card Loll! The sparkly left side is so eye catching, love the shimmer and the distress inks on the right side and of course who doesn't love your copper looking metals?!!! This is one beautiful card for sure! I also am loving your meal and desserts. lol Hope you enjoy the Sunday meal and family!! Hugs, Brenda

Jami Register said...

Beautiful card. The colors all blend so well and love the sparkle and metallic pairing.

Lee-Anne said...

Love that stunning background, Loll! The glass bead gel adds so much sparkle and texture!

jasann said...

This is a beautiful card!!! thanks for sharing!!!

Becky said...

This is beautiful. I must find some of this gel :)

Karen B said...

This is just gorgeous Loll. Love the graduated colours in the stencilling and that lovely glass bead gel on its own. Good luck with the DT call.

Karen x

Viv's Visuals said...

Another stunning card Loll. Love the colours

Julia Aston said...

Wow - what a great look with that embossing gel Loll!

Jingle said...

This is gorgeous! I love the gel with the glass beads in it! Wow! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Susan said...

Love the way you used the glass bead gel - I must investigate that! And I also love the way some of the stencil is coloured and some is clear. What a gorgeous card! Good luck with the DT call for the new challenge.

Stamps and Paper said...

Hi Loll...just catching up on your creations over the last couple of days stunning colours and designs

Anne

shirley-bee said...

Wow, this is fabulous, Loll! The bead gel gives wonderful results, and I love the CAS copper butterfly - very modern!
PS - is there any rhubarb pie left?

NJ Stamping Queen said...

Found your card on pinterest and I love it! I now require new supplies to try this technique. Thanks for the inspiration!
:) Marie

Deepti said...

Oh my mixed media, looks amazing, Seeing this shiny card, I will have to buy this product. this is such a beauty :)

sandie said...

Loll I was about to mention the DT call to you before I read on, good luck with it and I am sure you will be in for a good chance. You are really shining through with this look but a I like how you still manage to keep the whole look CAS x

maria f. said...

I'm in love with the butterfly! Gorgeous. And it sounds like you got to go to the SSS event in OH. Lucky.

joy said...

This is one gorgeous mixed media card, Loll! I am visiting from the new MM card challenge blog and what a treat to see this beauty. I have some of the glass bead gel and you have inspired me to experiment with it. Good luck on the DT spot.

Far North said...

Terrific work with the glass bead gel! You achieved a stunning effect with it! Best wishes with the design team spot!

Katie Melhus said...

Geez this is gorgeous, Loll! Just popped in to say hi and become a follower and couldn't resist ooh-ing and aah-ing over this :)

Barb Ghig said...

Thank you so much for the close up on the details...Absolutely GORGEOUS card, Loll! I love all the texture and the gradation of color...makes me want to reach out and touch it!
Best of luck to you on the DT spot...you certainly deserve to be on the team!

Donna said...

So lovely! Did you use a very thin layer of the gel? I just tried the technique, but think maybe I put on too much. I'm thinking it should be a light smear? Thanks for any help. I sure wish you did videos!!! I'm such a visual learner....

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Donna. Yes, I just put a thin layer of the glass bead gel ... you don't need much. Loll xx

Lyndal said...

Just STUNNING Loll :)

Kripa Koushik said...

Absolutely stunning! Ve to agree I find more stuff at d local art supply store than my scrapbooking haunt. Missing my mom.... Ur kids r lucky u cook and pack some for them too :)

Lyn Smith said...

beautifully done

MaryH said...

Glorious, shining & so sparkling with color. Will be checking out these gel beads. They surely added so much sparkle & texture to this gorgeous golden butterfly card. One of your best (and that's saying something too! :-) TFS & Hugs