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