Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Beau-Tea-Full Mixed Media Card - Card Concept Guestie

There's nothing better than when you look at an inspiration image for a challenge and instantly know exactly what to do .


That's what happened to me when my peepers beheld this stunner for the latest Card Concept challenge:



I'm guest designing with the Card Concept team for the month of May and it has been SO much fun!! When you are surrounded by talented people - like the design team of Card Concept - you can't help but to be inspired and put your best foot forward! 

For this card, I started by gessoing a piece of heavy weight cardstock and then I scribbled on some Distress Crayons:


OOoooo messy! 
As soon as I saw the scribbles, I knew I'd created a masterpiece and so I put my supplies away. 

Just kidding! haha

In reality, I used my finger to smear the Distress Crayon and create a smoother look. 



You heard me mention earlier that I gessoed the page before I applied the Distress Crayon. 

Why? 

I'm glad you asked!



Check out the difference between these two backgrounds. The one on the left has been gessoed and the one on the right just plain paper. You can see that the Distress Crayons don't look very smooth on the right side and it's picking up the texture of the cardstock.

So if you want a smooth, more blendable version of Distress Crayons, make sure to slap some gesso on the page first. 

And now, back to the card: 


Over the Distress Crayon background, I used some gold texture paste through a stencil. Next, I stamped the teacup from STAMPlorations Always Tea Time set and paired it with a sentiment from my Literary Caffeine-ations set.  I colored the cup in with Spectrum Noir Markers. 

This little shabby chic mixed media number made me oh-so-happy so I was DONE! 

Thanks for popping by my blog to check out my card. 
I'd love to see you play along at the Card Concept this month!
Go check out what the rest of the talented Design Team made HERE


34 comments:

  1. Your card is gorgeous... LOVE the gold texture paste and nice tip about the distress crayons... s your card supposed to be up on the card concept blog because I didn't see it there... although I am looking through sleepy eyes so it's possible it's me...

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  2. Queen of vintage! I loved the net behind the tea cup Becca! Beautiful card! Your posts always make me giggle...thanks for making us smile! ;)
    Suchi xx

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  3. Loving loving the vintage look ..tulle ,gold and the gorgeous cup !

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  4. Gorgeous inspired card -- LOVE the teal color :)

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  5. Absolute grungy goodness! Beautiful isn't a strong enough word, Becca! Love this to pieces. Hugs, Autumn

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  6. So pretty and thank you for being our guest this month Becca! <3

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  7. What a brilliant vintage card. Love this style Becca xx

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  8. Gorgeous vintage looking card!!!;)

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  9. Fabulous vintage-look card! I love the colours and images, Jo x

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  10. LOOOOVE serendipity. When everything dovetails into something you wanted to create anyway. And, oh boy, did it work here. You've really nailed the essence of the inspiration piece. Oh, and thank you for the gesso tip for the crayons...wasn't really tickled about the way they perform, but this will do the trick.

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  11. Gorgeous card - I love the vintage look!

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  12. So beautiful! Great vintage look! I haven't distress crayons, but thanks for the info on gessoing before use them... I must remember your trick when I will buy them :D

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  13. What a beauty!!! Love all the textures and colors! And thanks for the tip about the crayons!!!

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  14. Thanks for the tip, I recently was gifted the entire set of crayons...and have no idea where to begin.

    Your card is fabulous, I love how you added wonderful layer upon layer and have such a fantastic masterpiece. I would so love to sit down and watch you work sometime...maybe a video in the future????

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  15. I'll see your beau-tea-full and raise you one GORGEOUS accolade! Seriously, Becca, this is a knockout! Your background textures/layers/colours are lovely, but it's that teacup that captures my heart. It reminds me of the pretty china teacups (I have three on display at our place) my grandmother used to serve hot cocoa to my sister and I, for breakfast...that, and 'toast' fingers (toast, spread with Beehive Syrup and cut into strips), plus one cheesy and 2 potato chips. My grandma had the definition of'spoil the grand-kids' down to an art *grin*! Thank you for the gorgeous card AND the memories sparked...
    Hugs~c

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  16. Beautiful down to the very smallest detail! The textures and that lovely image all work so perfectly.

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  17. And what an amazing guest designer you are Becca!! This card is layered in prettiness! Thanks for the gesso tip ;)

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  18. Oooonh Becca this is so pretty and grungy all at once - love it!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  19. Look at you! Guesting all over the show....congrats! And another fabulous card..... yes! Gesso rocks - & I've never seen crayons [Tim H's] used before...so thanks for the intro. Not that I need them.....I don't need them....mantra....mantra.....got too much stuff now. But they sure look nice!!!!!

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  20. Beautiful mixed media card! I love the colors and the way you bring it all together!
    Take care!
    Michele

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  21. Another stunning example of your considerable awesomeness...Grin. We.Are.Not.Worthy (imagine me saying this in a slow deep Darth Vader voice). Thanks for sharing your awesomeness with all of us!!!

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  22. Playing with Distress Crayons is one of the thing I have been doing lately... isn't that so much fun? Love your card, Becca. Classic and love the texture on the background you created :)

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  23. Fantastic card. The whole layout and background are fabulous. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  24. Beautiful card! Love the layers and colors.

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  25. Becca, this is beautiful!!! I have never seen that technique before...I especially love the gold stencilled background and that beautiful teal embellishment! LOVE IT!

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  26. Oh my your card is absolutely stunning Becca!! I love your work with the watercolor crayons...I seem to not know what to do with those! Have a great weekend! HUGS

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  27. Your card is beautiful and I agree its great when you see a challenge and you know just what you are going to do. Great example of the before and after gesso treatment. Distress crayon, man wish I had access to all the new wonderful supplies around, Oh well never mind I do with what I have. Have a wonderful weekend
    Mary

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  28. Love your mixed media with this delicate teacup!! OH the TULLING:))

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  29. What a gorgeous vintage card! So fun to have you guesting this month!

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  30. This is FABULOUS, Becca! Love your gorgeous background, and that bit of cheesecloth is the absolute perfect accent. Gorgeously distressed and beautifully done.

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  31. Well, that tea cup is to die for, so it half makes the card. But all the texture and dimension you added just takes it over the top. Love this design.

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  32. Beautiful card! Love the teacup!
    Lilian
    The Leaf Studio

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  33. Oh, I would love to have some tea from that beeeeeeeautiful cup, Becca!!!!! Can I come over - I'll bring some cupcakes!!!!! Your card is so stunning - love the gold you added and the tulle!!! What a wonderful vintage look!!!
    Hugz

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