Greetings! I have a mixed media card to share today that admittedly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. But the elements some folks might not love, can be switched out to suit their style better. I love this card though…it’s weird, full of texture, grungy, and I got to use the new Sleek Deco stencil from A Colorful Life Designs on it.
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The Sleek Deco stencil is so cool, and can absolutely be used for elegant cards. But I pictured an old, abandoned, broken down 5 star hotel. The Sleek Deco is the wall paper, and you decided to go and explore the once-beautiful building, only to find bugs, nests, and unexplainable textures on some of the walls. Could this be where Eugene Victor Tooms now resides (where are my X-Files fans at? “Squeeze” is one of my favorite episodes.) But I guess we should talk about the card, right?
On a piece of patterned paper from Tim Holtz’s Abandoned paper pad, I applied Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink through the stencil. Then I used Lost Shadow Distress Embossing Glaze on top and heat set it. I stamped two of the bugs from my beloved Tim Holtz Entomology set with StazOn ink in Jet Black on to foiled cardstock and die cut them out. To create a spot for the cicada to “rest,” I finger painted an area in the lower left corner with Dylusions paint in Pomegranate Seed. Then I die cut a Funky Wreath out of orange cardstock and inked it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
To further grunge up the panel, I dripped Gold irRESISTables on the top and bottom. This gives a fabulous texture and unusual look. But I needed more. So I inked the edge of my brown card base with VersaMark and applied Aged Black Frantage Embossing Enamel. This needs to be heated from underneath because the chunky black particles in this embossing powder mix are too big for the VersaMark to hold. When it melts, it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s thick, shiny, and gilded. It’s one of my all-time favorites. My sentiment is from the Noteworthy stamp set and was stamped onto vellum with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair ink and then embossed with Lost Shadow Distress Embossing Glaze. I stapled the sentiment on for more texture. I also trimmed down my focal panel with the Tonic Deckle Trimmer.
There is a lot happening on this card, but I had a total blast making it. Mixed media cards like this are my favorite kinds to make. I love breaking out a ton of supplies and combining them all together. It’s fun to feel all the different textures and layers. Do you enjoy making cards like this too? I’d love to know. Please be sure to visit A Colorful Life Designs to see the many, many stencils they have to offer. You can use my code, AlFan10 to save 10% off of your regular-priced purchase. Then, show off your creations in the A Colorful Life Designs Fan Group on FB. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!