Saturday, January 26, 2019

Embrace Imperfection Mixed Media Panel

Hello everyone, I've got a new mixed media project to share with you today that was inspired by Simon Says Stamp's current Monday Challenge: Alcohol, Drinks Or Inks.  I had just purchased Tim Holtz's Alcohol Lift-Ink so decided this fun challenge was the perfect time to experiment with it!

Edited to add:  Thank you Simon Says Stamp for choosing my Embrace Imperfection mixed media panel for your Designer Spotlight!

I used the Lift-Ink with Tim's Inventor 1 and Sideshow stamps to lift multiple colours of Alcohol Inks off of Translucent Yupo and then embellished the alcohol ink background with lots of his Idea-ology embellishments.  I've a few step outs on how I created my panel, read on for the how to.

I started by inking a Translucent Yupo sheet with multiple colours of alcohol inks and then added and subtracted colour with both rubbing alcohol and Alcohol Blending Solution and more ink.

The Inventor 1 and Sideshow stamps were then inked up with the Alcohol Lift-Ink and stamped onto the Yupo, blotting the Lift-Ink left on the Yupo with paper towel before rubbing gently to reveal the images (check out Tim's Alcohol Lift-Ink video on YouTube for lots of tips and tricks).

A piece of black cardstock was inked with Black Soot and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide inks, tattered around the edges and the alcohol ink background was sewn onto it.  A piece of Chatter Design Tape was added along the bottom and some typewriter key alphabet stickers from my stash were added at the top (as you'll see below, I ended up moving them!).

A variety of Idea-ology embellishments were aged with a combination of Distress Paints and Distress Crayons for a rusted appearance (Game Spinners, Hinge Clips, Pocket Watch, Numeric, Ruler Pieces, Long Fasteners Brad and Word Band).  The Pocket Watch was filled with some gold stars from my stash and a punched round of scrapbook paper from Tim's Destinations Paper Stash.

A piece of Deco Foil Toner Sheet was foiled with Copper Deco Foil Transfer Sheet to back the alcohol ink background assembly.  The Game Spinners were attached over the stamped Inventor 1 clock, Elements Remnant Rubs were added here and there and more typewriter key alphabet stickers were added to the background.

Two graduated pieces of Destinations Paper Stash scrapbook paper were cut to back the panel, inking and tattering the edges.

The pieces were all layered together and the rest of the idea-ology embellishments adhered to the panel along with one of Tim's wonderful Paper Dolls.  Here are some closeups of the finished piece, the pointing hand in the picture below is a stamp from Tim's Possibilities stamp and die set although it looks just like one of the Remnant Rubs!

I added one of the gold stars over the flower in the lapel of the Paper Doll and perched him on top of the Ruler Piece.

A few of the gold stars were adhered inside the Pocket Watch, both to the background and to the glass front so they would still be visible when the rest of them settled to the bottom.  A few more stars were added the alcohol ink background as if spilling out of the Pocket Watch.

Rusty wire from my stash was twisted around both ends of the Word Band.

The Hinge Clips were then used to clamp the ends of the rusty wire onto the panel.  I ended up having to add a further piece of black cardstock to the very back of the whole panel as the Hinge Clip at the bottom was sticking out too far ... embrace imperfection!! 😉

Hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Embrace Imperfection mixed media panel came together and thanks to Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge for the great inspiration!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. Absolutely brilliant Deb, loveeeeeee it xxx

  2. You always inspire me, but this one took me to new levels that I want to explore. Your techniques make me want to expand my technical horizons.

    Diana @ Playing

  3. Wow, that's all I got. The detail. The layers. The colour. Love it! I like your style and that you are an animal lover like myself. :) New fan in Victoria, BC

  4. Wow... love your gorgeous creation! Deb. The colors on the background and those embellishments are so beautiful! :)

  5. amazing project Deb, great lift ink background, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  6. What an amazing mixed media panel, Deb - stunning alcohol inkiness, with great lift stamping, and brilliant collaging of all the elements. So happy the Spotlight brought me to you, and sorry to have missed it earlier.
    Alison x

  7. I agree with Alison and everyone before her--this is an amazing piece! You've done an exceptional job with the AI Lift technique here! So happy to see your name and amazing artwork in the Spotlight at SSS! Hugs!


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