Saturday, July 28, 2012
Mixed Media Just Because card
My crafting has mood swings. Sometimes I'll enter a CAS period where less is better, and clean lines and white spaces are beautiful.
Then there are my periods when I use up a certain embellishment, like lace, or flowers, or buttons. And let's not forget color obsession. I was on a Teal kick for weeks!
Well, today I was inspired by Jean Blenkhorn's artwork, and tried my hand at a multimedia card. It's 5x7, because if I'm going to throw on all the elements that move me, my card has to have room for them!
Queen Kat Designs stamped image called Porcelain Mermaid by Terra Bidlespacher. I colored her before even looking for a theme or patterned paper to use. I just wanted my muse to take me wherever it wanted.
Once she was colored with my copics, I found a piece of amazing seashell patterned paper. I built on this base, weaving raffia to look like a net, adding tiny seashells and ocean-themed buttons. I ink-distressed the image, the sentiment and the card base with both Distress Inks and chalks.
I found a Tim Holtz embellishment--a tiny corked bottle, and cut and rolled some printed paper to stuff inside it. The bow is tied brown netting, and the seagull perched on the sentiment? Another ocean-themed button.
I'm not used to throwing everything but the kitchen sink on a card, but the embellishments called to me. Who knows? From this project I might start using paint and mod podge and all sorts of items. Or I might go back to simple, pretty, whimsical, clean.
Wherever I go, it will be to follow where my muse leads.
Where does your muse lead you? If it takes you to the beach, then Terra's Porcelain Mermaid is a great starting point. You can find her and her salty friends HERE.