Sunday, February 10, 2019

Create Art Mixed Media Panel

Hello everyone, I have a mixed media panel to share with you today that was inspired by the 'Winter Blues' challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, here is the challenge brief:

January is the longest winter month and lots of us get the "winter blues." Let's take the winter blues in a positive direction by creating a mostly monochromatic vintage or shabby chic project done up in shades of blue. You may use a bit of white, beige or grey for contrast, but I would like to see the blues to be front and center in this project.

Edited to add:  thank you Frilly and Funkie for choosing my Create Art mixed media panel as one of your Top 3!

I just got Tim Holtz's new Wildflower Stems from his Chapter 1 Sizzix release so decided this challenge would be a great time to take them out for a spin and I couldn't think of a better way to beat the winter blues than to Create Art!

I started out by finger painting a piece of pale blue cardstock with a bit of white gesso and crackle medium.  Inking followed with multiple shades of blue Distress Inks and then I stamped it with the Papillon stamp set and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.   A coat of Vintage Distress Collage Medium followed but I lost some of the blue colouration after adding it so I scribbled on Distress Crayons in shades of blue with some Picket Fence and then spattered the page with diluted white acrylic paint.

The edges were tattered with a Paper Distresser and the background was then applied to a piece of cardstock that was edged with French Design Tape.

Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was inked with multiple shades of blue Distress Inks and flowers were die cut from it with both the Wildflower Stems #1 and Wildflower Stems #2 dies.

The Wildflower Stem die cuts were then adhered to the prepared background, popping up the flower heads on pieces of black foam squares and outlining around the Wildflowers with Distress Marker in Stormy Sky.  A piece of blue grossgrain ribbon from my stash was wrapped around the background panels and the 'Create Art' Quote Chip centered over top.  Clippings Stickers phrases were then added and outlined again with the Stormy Sky Distress Marker.

Two more pieces of script and navy blue scrapbook paper were layered together and the prepared background panel popped up on top of them with black foam tape, a Small Easel die was added to the back for display and my Create Art mixed media panel to beat the winter blues was complete.

Here are a few closeups of the finished piece.

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it came together and thanks to Frilly and Funkie for the inspiration!

Have a great week everyone and happy creating,

Deb xo


  1. I love the shades and layers of blue Deb. A beautiful card xxx

  2. Gorgeous Deb, thanks for sharing. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  3. I love the idea of the blue monochromatic. Gets a person thinking outside of the box

  4. Gorgeous!! I love your shades of blue and the die-cut wildflowers. Thanks for being a part of the Frilly and Funkie blog challenge.

  5. This is an awesome display of Winter Blues, Deb! I am especially loving that very mixed media backdrop to those lovely stems! I was delighted to see you played along at Frilly and Funkie! We'd love to see you join us more often! Sending hugs!

  6. Love the soft background with the layered textured panels! Beautiful card! Lovely wintery flowers! Thanks for playing along with us in the "Winter Blues" challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

  7. Deb, this is really the most stunning use of these flower dies I've seen. I just love the blue palette and your awesome layers. It's great to get to see what you've been up to as I've missed your beautiful work. Big hugs from SC, Autumn


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