be brave

Hi everyone! Woot-woot! Can you believe it’s July 1st?! It’s time for another fun challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog and I’m super stoked to share my DT inspiration project for MIUCB #15 – Anything Goes + Mixed Media! I inked around the edges with regular ink, I used texture paste with a stencil, I watercolored with distress inks, and I did a little stamping. We are welcoming four new designers this month so be sure to pop over to see what they are all about! AND and we have a prize this month, donated from the personal stash of new designer, Cathy! Woo-hoo!

I’ve been out of the crafting groove for the past several months. Some of you may know that my husband became critically ill in late February/early March due to a brain bleed after biopsies of a brain lesion, and I lost all interest in crafting. Thank God he’s improving, and I feel like crafting again!

I had such a good time creating this! I started with a piece of plain ivory cardstock, patterned paper and dark teal cardstock, and distressed the edges of all the layers. Then I used texture paste and The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, and after that dried, I added several colors of distress ink on my craft mat with water in the distress sprayer and smooshed the panel into the ink. I wrinkled it a bit while it was still wet, and then let it dry.


Then I put the layers together and adhered them to the card base with foam tape for a little dimension. I affixed a zipper, a clock hand and some inked wooden cogs to the watercolored piece and adhered with foam tape to the layers on the card base. To finish the front, I flicked walnut stain distress ink mixed with water and then added some dark teal fabric flowers and the sentiment.


Here are a couple angled shots so you can see the dimension. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!


I stamped a STAMPlorations sentiment on the inside panel that I layered on dark teal cardstock and decorated with a leftover strip of patterned paper from the front.


Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock, Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide cardstock, Stampin’ Up Share What You Love Specialty DSP
Stamps: STAMPlorations Art Is stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Tranquil Tide ink, Ranger Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Evergreen Bough and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Accessories:  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Tim Holtz Distress Tool, The Crafter’s Workshop Mini Butterfly Collage stencil, Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste, Small Talk sentiment stickers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up with us this month! Remember, all of our challenges are Anything Goes and we offer an optional technique twist to get your mojo going but it’s not required to play! Thanks so much for stopping by today and we’ll see you again soon!

Scrappy hugs,

Author: Leslie

I'm definitely what one could consider a crafting junkie! I love making cards, 3-D projects (especially paper shoes, mini albums and gift bags), mixed media projects, altering items, as well as occasional beading and making jewelry! Fortunately, hubby is very supportive! Life is good! :D

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