Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mixed Media Card Challenge - Family

It's the first of the month and that means it's a new challenge up at the mixed media card challenge. Some people think that mixed media means you have to get allllllll messy and grungy. While, I find it fun to do that stuff (throw texture paste around like confetti!) mixed media for this challenge just means mixing 3 different types of mediums. 

Think inks, markers, embossing, paint, ribbon, wire, rhinestones, sprays, watercolors, etc- The possibilities really are endless and totally fun to explore. 





The theme over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge is family with the option of adding arrows.  I was looking through some digital stamps recently, and stumbled upon Boughs for the Wreath by Mo's Digital Pencil. 




Every Christmas, when I was a little girl, my dad and mom would my siblings and I trudging through the snow to find our perfect Christmas tree. We kids would dance around, pointing at this tree and that until we finally found the tallest, roundest, fullest one and my dad would crouch down and saw away until we took it home! 

He's also very known for making gorgeous Christmas wreaths with the leftover boughs - so this image just made me stop in my tracks and relive all those memories. :) 

But enough of the sniffly sentiments and on to the show! For my background, I pulled out a lovely emerald green piece of cardstock, dry embossed with circular shapes (because they reminded me of wreaths) and then added some Perfect Copper Perfect Pearls to really accentuate the raised areas. 




There are many different ways to use Perfect Pearls, but with this type of application, I inked the raised areas with Perfect Medium, then applied the dry powder directly to the inky areas. Finally, spritz with water from a mini mister because that's what makes it adhere permanently to the paper. 




The end result is so shimmery and gorgeous and sure to make a statement! 

I finished coloring the image, and then thought about the other aspects of a wreath to inspire my finished design. 



I die cut the image with a Spellbinders frame, and added little red rhinestones, because they reminded me of the berries my dad uses on his wreaths. And it wouldn't be a real wreath without ribbons and bells, so I found this lovely leftover piece of ribbon, tied it in a big ol' bow and then glued on some jingle bells. Finally, I embossed a simple gold sentiment from the STAMPlorations Joyful set. 

Totally love how this turned out, and I think it's the perfect homage to my papa!

I'm gonna send this lovely over to play in the following challenges:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Get a head start on Christmas or Hannakuh 
Allsorts - Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
DP2 Challenge - Anything Goes with Mo's Digital Image

38 comments:

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  2. Fabulously nostalgic piece Becca!

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  3. Loving the gold embossed bg - but then, it's GOLD.....!!!! [pun....??!!!]..... I also really like how you've framed the image in that die cut. Looks vintage gorgeous...& even MORE, the story of why the image caught your eye....good memories indeedy!!!

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  4. What a lovely story to go with your sweet card Becca! love that image - and your embossed background with the perfect pearls is gorgeous! (you almost covered it all though!!)

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  5. Lovely memories and a wonderful card Becca. Carol x

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  6. Love your background story on this, Becca...such sweet memories! Beautiful layers and textures...loving the gold!!!

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  7. This is so cute and gorgeous!! I love all the distressing you did Becca, and I can never do a card like this :D

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  8. What a great result with the perfect pearls. I am gonna try that.

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  9. Precious image, wonderful memories and a BEAUTIFUL card!!

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  10. Becca, I love the vintage feel of your gorgeous card! Loved that you shared your wonderful memory of Christmas past.

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  11. I love reading your back story which reminded me of the times I spent with my dad looking for Christmas Trees in the forest. I love the look and the design you came up with-beautiful card

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  12. Gorgeous card and a great background..I loved your coloring too Becca! :)
    Suchi xx

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  13. Oh Becca I love the image on it's own, but to hear your story about your childhood Christmas's made it all the more special. Love how you have mounted it with the use of perfect pearls on the embossed panel.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  14. This is beautiful.
    Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week :)
    AnyOldCraft (DT)

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  15. You have really made such a special card, Becca and I enjoyed reading how it all came about!!! Such a cute image and all the extra's you have added are so beautiful!!! Very creative and stunning bg - love the music paper, too!!!
    Have a wonderful week!!!!

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  16. Absolutely stunning card! I love how you have shared a special memory with us, I could see my dad in his blue coveralls and smell the trees as I read. I really like how you used perfect pearls on this card, I will have to give that a try. All the little details made this card a very special one.

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  17. Your card is gorgeous! Love the image. And, your perfect pearls really adds the WOW to the embossed panel.

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  18. Love the perfect pearls! Such a pretty card with this darling image! :)

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  19. What a wonderful tribute to your papa, Becca! Papa here (otherwise known as the Mister) did the same with our son and now for his grandsons, too. I was moved by your memories and the fact that our son and grandsons will have those same memories! Your card and tute are just out of this world awesome! Hugs, Darnell

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  20. I love the background story that sparked your card, Becca...and aren't those the most fun cards to make? Your card reminds me of Christmases spent on my grandparents' farm...building snow forts and snowmen, drinking hot cocoa made the 'old-fashioned' way by my grandma, indulging in sweets galore (my grandma was the QUEEN of desserts!)...Love the memories you've triggered for me!
    Hugs~c

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  21. Love the vintage feel of this card - gorgeous!

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  22. Aw, this is sweet, both the sniffly story and the amazing card. The image is perfect for a family card and all the embossing and embellishing makes the card sing.

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  23. Love the layers and the layout! Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner! Jeanie, DT

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  24. Love this card Becca! I can see why you chose it as your dad makes such beautiful wreaths. I love those red jackets and it brought back memories of when I was young and had a red jacket and grandpa was in the cow yard. I also have a picture of Ryan in the wheelbarrow in a red jacket as we gathered pine boughs. I think I need to buy this image!!

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  25. Oh My that background looks so good and I love the story behind the making of the card. What beautiful memories, I think you should maybe frame this, It holds such wonderful memories , it is a real treasure. Love it. I have not heard of Perfect medium before, so much for me to learn.
    Mary

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  26. What a lovely memory triggered by a stamped image; but then, that's what cards should do, shouldn't they? Trigger all sorts of good feelings and memories. This one is just darling. Love the dad and little fella. And your design is amazing! Those perfect pearls really add the most perfect shimmer - not too much, not too little, juuuust right! Wonderful card Miss Becca!! Your designs are always delightful! Bev

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  27. Your card is so festive love your tutorial. Thanks so much for joining us at Mo's Digital Stamp.
    Hugz
    Kim

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  28. This is a great project and a fun addition to our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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  29. Such a sweet image on this card...love the embossing.

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  30. What beautiful memories and what an equally beautiful card because of those that are precious to us. xx

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  31. Reminds me of the yearly hunt for the perfect Christmas tree at the tree farm! Wonderful card in your father's honor.

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  32. Thanks for joining our challenge at allsorts Tracy X

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  33. I always learn something from your projects, Becca. Love the shimmer and sparkle you added to the background accent piece. Beautiful image and beautiful colouring. Perfect Christmas card. Ilgs,
    Lena
    Lena’s Creations

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  34. So elegant and stunning! Thanks for the mini tutorial on perfect pearls, I'll be using mine more now!

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  35. That turned out so gorgeous. I absolutely love the look of this sweet card.

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  36. cute image
    lovely frame
    and love the vintage feel here Becca
    I must buy perfect pearls it looks adorable on your embossed paper Becca
    fantabulous card!!

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