Sunday, May 1, 2016

Reflection Card - Mixed Media Card Challenge

I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! Stupid blogger got me again with their stupid Publish/Save button. YESTERDAY this was supposed to go live, but it'll just have to do today. 

Up at The Mixed Media Card Challenge, we've got a whole new theme for the month: Reflections with the optional element of water. 

I stared at this for a good long time in dread. Dun Dun Dunnnnnn!

I've never attemped to do anything with reflections on a card before because I know it takes precision and a certain sense of artsyness. Both of which I'm lacking. I don't mean to imply I'm not artsy - but MY version of artsy involves messiness that all somehow seems to magically resolve itself into a pretty design. NOT things placed for any particular reason. haha.

But, I rolled up my shirtsleeves and decided to give it a go. 

The first thing I did was to stamp my image which are these lovely lotuses (loti?) from Dee's Artsy Impressions Lotus Love set.  And then I started scribbling with some Distress Crayons. 


I wanted to create a sky and water with the lotuses helping to break up the background and the foreground. I scribbled Broken China Distress Crayon for the water and punctuated it with lines of Chipped Sapphire. Next, I colored the flowers and lily pads and made sure to add some of the same color to my water area to create a "reflection".  Then I used my finger to smudge and blend colors together.


I added some white to the edges of my flowers for a little bit of highlights, and then used a Chalk Marker to add white highlights in the water itself (the white Distress Crayon just wanted to blend so I switched to a chalk marker.) 

I used a lighter blue gelato for the sky (since DCs only come in certain colors right now). 



I added a vellum strip and a gold-striped vellum background to seal the deal and make the whole thing complete. 

I may not have known what the heck I was doing, and I certainly haven't mastered this technique, but it was fun to stretch my creative muscles and attempt it! I hope you'll stretch your muscles with us and come play along at the Mixed Media Card Challenge. 

I'm also linking this up to:

OUR BLOG BADGESimon Wednesday Challenge Blog

House of Cards - Use Vellum or Acetate
613 Avenue Create -  ATG with option of Beach or Nautical 
Simon Says Stamp Wed - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping by! Leave me a comment or follow my blog and I will endeavor to do the same for you!


  1. Beautiful, Becca! The striped border really draws the eye in. Great inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

  2. I love your coloring with the crayons! I really need to give mine a try! Fabulous design! HUGS

  3. The colors are very vivid and I like the touches of gold. Pretty card!

  4. Fab bright colours in your card, love them!! Beautiful reflection and swet couple of lotus
    ....I think that your muscles have worked so well with this theme! :D

  5. So this is you NOT knowing what you're doing. Could have fooled me because I see lovely lotuses reflecting in the deep, gorgeous pool of water. It's awesome.

  6. A beautiful card Becca, you wouldn't know it was a first attempt at reflections! Carol x

  7. This lovely work of art was worth waiting for Becca!!

  8. This is so pretty and such strong colours which I love. It really looks like they are in the water

  9. Yes! Yes! I thought you forgot to post or something as I was looking forward to your post (this theme is perfect for me to play along for a card that I have been longing to make and not getting enough time for the tutorial- guilty! ) Ok! Now your card, It is wonderfully messy and loved your use of distress crayons! The vellum adds to its beauty! :)
    Happy Crafting!
    Suchi xx

  10. Becca - this is a stunner - love what you have created, despite the fact you were 'travelling blind'.

  11. Love this card, Becca. You did a great job. The reflection of the lotus blossoms is cool and all the coloring, plus the gold embossing makes a perfectly beautiful card. Thanks for thinking outside your comfort zone.

  12. What an awesome card Becca! Love the rich colors and the embossing is perfect! I'm going to have to pick up some of the distress crayons...they look like too much fun to play with.

  13. Your card turned out fabulous in the end, Becca!!!! Your lilies are beautiful and the colouring is very artistically done!!! So beautifully!!!
    Have a great day!!!

  14. Wonderful card Becca ! Loved your interpretation of refection !

    P.S Thanks for choosing my card in April's MMCC :)

  15. Becca, this is awesome! Fabulous colours and a stunning card, Jo x HOC/DT

  16. Totally with you on being stumped by this one! Love what you did.

  17. All that worry for nothing Becca! This is one fabulous outcome. So different. Not suttle but so your style and I love it. Bright and beautiful. A bit out of my comfort zone too but you have mastered it so well.

  18. I think you gave your creative muscles a fabulous workout, with awe-mazing results! Reflection ravishing!

  19. How fun and beautiful!
    I love your Monet-esque card Becca ;)

  20. This is absolutely gorgeous!! The colors are amazing!! What a stunning card, Becca!! I love it!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  21. This is gorgeous! How do you like the distress crayons? The gel sticks are pretty similar to Gelatos (if not the same), but the colors are limited to basic, not the pretty ones. Lindsay (thefrugalcrafter) thought that gel sticks blended a little better than Gelatos on her Youtube video...
    The Leaf Studio

  22. Hey Becca!
    So happy to see you here at HOC! and wow is this amazing!! The color you used is so vivid, it looks like a fairyland. The reflection you achieved is abstract and well.... beautiful. I am so glad you didn't obstruct it with anything other then vellum.. Great choice and great card my friend!! Love it... Thank you so much for joining us at HOC. Take care and have a great day!!
    Cyber Hugs,
    Shawna DT

  23. Very pretty and you say you didn't know what you were doing - well I think you did a very nice job. Great vellum strip to put your sentiment on. Thanks for joining us at HOC challenge this month. Shirley H.

  24. Fun! I just got the entire set as a gift, I can't wait to play with them.

  25. Beautiful card, your coloring and highlights are beautiful, I've been debating these crayons, you are tempting me!

  26. wonderful project! Love the bold colors!
    Thanks for playing along in the 613 Avenue Create Challenge.

  27. Wow this is fantastic. Think you mastered it Becca x

  28. Such a lovely card! I adore the beautiful colors! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  29. Beautiful!! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :)