Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Scrappy Weekend Sojourn

This weekend was the spring ScrapFest in Kitchener. A great annual two day event where I get to meet up with scrappy friends, make new ones, shop and create. I was doubly blessed as my daughter came along with me on the adventure for her first time.

I got to play with some Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush pens that I picked up in the marketplace area. It was all about mixed media for me as I shopped and created, having wanted to try some new mixed media techniques that go along with my use of Gelatos.

Today, I am sharing a card that I made. I went with a card as it was smaller and easier to try out than a full art journal page when "On the Go" as in Design Memory Craft's April Take the Challenge with Mou, and it worked for the design I had in mind that was inspired by Simon Says Stamp Monday's Challenge Blog theme of "Journey" for this week.

Supplies: cardstock (Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock), patterned papers and letter stickers (Crate Paper), gelatos and Stamper's Big Brush markers (Faber-Castell), stamps (CTMH, 7 Gypsies, Jillibean Soup), gesso and molding paste (Golden), ink and Multi Media Gel (Ranger), butterfly die (Memory Box), cloud stencil (The Crafter's Workshop), rub on letters (Royal and Langnickel), pen (Sharpie)

I decided on a spring time journey and what better way to portray this than the monarch butterflies' journey back north. I used Crate Paper's StoryTeller collection patterned papers.  The map paper was my background which I gessoed and gelatoed, followed by the addition of the molding paste clouds and stamping of "Spring" and the compass rose using a black Stamper's Big Brush.  The Big Brush was perfect for giving a lighter image, without having to second generation stamp, as it was a mid layer and not the focal sentiment on the card. I die cut some butterflies from the StoryTeller papers, glued them down and sealed the entire surface in preparation for the next layer and ink techniques.

Then I added dimension to the butterflies and edged the card with a variety of Stamper's Big Brush markers, using a quick finger smudging technique to colour areas prior to the ink drying.  Next, I went in with a fine marker to add definition detail.

Lastly, I applied letter stickers, letter rub-ons and word stamping for the sentiment.

There you have it. A journey themed card made while on a journey. LOL! Not too bad for a first try at a new-to-me product and technique.



Mariëtte said...

Love your mixed media project!
Gelatos are on my wish hopefully one day...I can play with those too.

Anna-Karin said...

This is lovely! Gorgeous background and the shadowing is really great. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

Linsey said...

Hi Cassandra! I'm new to your blog but I know I'll be visiting you on a regular basis now!! I LOVE your work and your style! It is just wonderful and this fabulous card is one example of it! Thanks so much for your great posts that share the deets on how to achieve the looks you do on your creations! I am super inspired! Hugs and happy crafting new friend! :)

Monique Liedtke said...

Just awesome! You're so good at this!!

Alrik Gerlach said...

Very nice project. The colors are beautiful.