Make Today Count

5/24/20 Rising Star at A Place To Start!

Hi everyone! Hope you’re having a great day! I’ve popped in this morning with an inspirational mixed media card I created with Stamplistic’s Forever stamp. Aside from the awesome stamped image, this card features yummy distress ink smooshing, heat embossing, water droplets and opaque ink splattering, and a homemade shimmer mist!


I smooshed a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper several times in Ranger cracked pistachio, peacock feathers and mermaid lagoon distress inks spritzed with plain water in a mini mister, drying with a heat tool between smooshes. I stamped the image in Versamark and heat embossed it in white. Using an ink blending brush, I applied twisted citron distress ink lightly in a circular fashion over the entire image with the darkest concentration of ink in the center.


I dribbled plain water from the distress sprayer over the entire piece and rolled a roll of paper towels over it to soak up the droplets. When that dried, I colored the long oval shapes in the image with a Spectrum Noir GT3 alcohol marker and then applied a homemade mist of white Perfect Pearls and Dr Ph. Martin’s blue india ink over the entire piece in a mini mister to give it some silky shine. Once that was dry, I wiped any residual ink from the embossing with a dry paper towel and then splattered Copic opaque white ink (slightly diluted with water) with a fan brush. When the piece was completely dry, I trimmed it, layered it on silver foil cardstock and again on dark green cardstock, and added a single tiny green gemstone to the center of the image. I adhered a Tim Holtz Quotations sticker to a couple layers of cardstock and adhered it to the bottom right of the image.


I embellished the inside panel with leftover silver metallic paper and dark green cardstock used on the front, layered the panel on the dark green cardstock and added another Tim Holtz Quotations sticker.


And one more peek… so loving how this turned out!


Sharing in the following challenges:
A Bit More Time To Craft Challenge: #116 – Anything Goes
A Place To Start: May Challenge – Create Custom Background / No Designer Paper
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: #251 – Anything Goes + Sentiment
Crafty Catz: #506 – Anything Goes w/optional Outdoors (no twist)
Creative Artiste Challenge Blog: #60 – Anything Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge: May Challenge – Anything Goes w/optional Pink (no twist)
QKR Stampede: #398 – Anything Goes
Sparkles Monthly Challenge Blog: #128 – Use Real Stamp / No Digis
The Creative Crafters: #28 – Anything Goes
WordArt Wednesday: Weeks #438/#439 – Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge: #5 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper, Hygloss silver metallic paper, Stampin’ Up Whisper White and Tranquil Tide cardstock
Ink: Ranger distress ink- twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon; Spectrum Noir alcohol marker- GT3; Versamark, Copic opaque white ink
Accessories:  Hero Arts White embossing powder, White Perfect Pearls and Dr. Ph. Martin’s blue india ink in mini mister, mini mister with plain water, fan brush, ink blending brush, Tim Holtz distress sprayer, Tim Holtz Quotations Metallic Stickers, Darice tiny green gemstone

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this card! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

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

7 thoughts on “Make Today Count”

  1. Love the design and colour of your flower. Lovely card. Thank you for joining s at Creative Artiste this month. Judy DT

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  2. What can I say? This is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for a wonderful response to our challenge at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    Sorry for the late comment. My other life overtook my crafting life!

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  3. Congratulations, you were chosen as a Rising Star for the week of May, 18 – 24, 2020 at A Place To Start! Please stop by our blog and grab your badge. We apologize for the late notification!


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