Thursday, March 16, 2017

Day 4 - International Mixed Media Week + FUSION!

I am continuing the International Mixed Media Week festivities (you can read more about this farce in my blog post from Monday)!!

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It's also another day of celebration because the latest FUSION challenge has arrived!


If you haven't played at FUSION before, you can choose either the sketch OR the image, or you can mash them both together and create a fusion! I hope you'll come play along with me! 

Just look at that dreamy inspiration image!! I was totally and completely inspired to create a watercolor piece using the bright colors. 

If you were here earlier in the week, you would have seen the two Ken Oliver Color Burst backgrounds I created, along with my promise to tell you what I did with the second one later. Welp, it's later.
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For this card, I wanted to let the Color Burst crystals do the shining. So I decided to add some mixed media bits and bobs, but made sure to keep a lot of color as the focal point. 

Like my first card, I used some glossy black embossing paste, but this time I used it through a delicate Winnie & Walter stencil and only in selected areas. 

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I grabbed a bunch of different buttons and metal gears and started painting them black. 

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If you want to paint metal successfully, add a layer of gesso to it first. Then let it dry and paint over it with black. My buttons all started out with these pastelly colors that wouldn't have matched my design at all! 

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I adhered my bits and bobs to my background, and then selectively highlighted some pieces with InkaGold to give it a little more visual appeal. 

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I added Distress Crayon around the edges and smudged, along with a white gel pen border. I finished off the look with some sentiment stickers by Tim Holtz. 

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Taaaaadaaaaaa!

I should also mention that part of the reason I chose to use the bits and bobs was because I also wanted to play along in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge: Buttons. 

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I'm also going to link my card up to Crafty Gals Corner - Buttons, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Bit o Green.

Thank you all for popping by! I hope you'll go see what the rest of my teamies have made because you DON'T want to miss out on this inspiration!

25 comments:

  1. Awesome design Becca! I love the cogs and wheels and how you've made them look so dimensional with the buttons! Fab background too! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

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  2. Great techniques and you look like you had so much fun making this fabulous card x

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  3. Absolutely stunning!! The background looks amazing!! Wow!! I love those colors!! The gears and details are fabulous!! I love the shimmer from the Inka Gold!! Gorgeous card, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  4. Wow Becca! Love the bursts of color on your background and the fun 'buttons and bobs"! thanks for sharing your techniques! Julia xx

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  5. Such a cool card! I love the Ken Oliver colorburst background and those wonderful gears! Love all the details and textures!

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  6. Awesome backgrounds...looks so fun too!

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  7. Amazing card!! Your background it's really fabulous, so bright and happy! LOVE the buttons and gears with inka gold!!! Great inspiration!

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  8. Fantastic backdrop and wonderfully inspiring card.

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  9. Dang girl!! Your creativity has reached new heights with this beauty. All those steps and the drying time in-between was so well worth it. This turned out wonderfully!! Even though you've added all the 'bits and bobs,' that color just shines through. Fabulous, darlin'! Bev

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  10. The backgrounds were gorgeous before you added anything to them!! Then all of the goodies went on and SHAZAM!!!

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  11. Oh my goodness--amazing! Love it, Becca!

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  12. oooh ! i just love this and that background is gorgeous :)

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  13. Love this Becca - you make grunge look (almost) elegant and definitely appealing to me :-)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  14. Love love loooooooove this one! The colours, the techniques, the way you've altered the buttons. It's all fantabulous :):)

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  15. Cool background to a remarkable card. Great use of dimension. ☺

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  16. Wow, fantastic creation. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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  17. This is awesome! I love the distressed, colorful background and all the little gears and arrows. So cool!
    Take Care!
    Michele

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  18. LOOOVE this! So so cool! I need some time to smoosh some stuff on other stuff! Gorgeous and very cool card!

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  19. I love every bit of this! Thanks for sharing the gesso tip on the buttons.

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  20. You have blown me away again with another stunning project! So vibrant and perfect for the challenge!

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  21. Oh I LOVE!! This project totally ROCKS!! I love the colors, the fun gears, the sentiment strips-EVERYTHING!! I just played with my Ken Oliver stuff today. My background DID NOT come out like yours.

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  22. Love your arty card, fabulous background and love the all the details.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Luv
    Debby

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  23. Great mixed media card Becca... lots of colour and textures

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  24. Beautiful Becca! I just love all the pieces you put together here! I adore the black buttons and gears and I LOVE your color burst background! Wonderful!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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