Thursday, July 4, 2019

Remember Mixed Media Plaque For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's the first Friday of the month so that means it's time for a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and our theme for July is Precious MetalsAmanda is our host for this challenge and here is her brief:

For this challenge we would like to see some kind of precious metal feature in your project. Think gold, silver, brass, copper, aluminium, steel..... It could be in the form of embellishments, cardstock,  paint, gilding wax, foil, gold leaf or rub ons. Just remember to ensure that you create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I decided to create a mixed media plaque with multiple metallic accents for Amanda's challenge, starting out with a base of metallic foil and building from there.

 I used metallic foil, metallic cardstock, metallic embossing powder and metallic embellishments to create my Remember mixed media plaque, read on for the how to.

I first applied some of Rebekah Meier Designs Vintage Tin Mixed Media Transfer Foil to a piece of her double sided Mixed Media Adhesive Sheet, burnishing it well to transfer the foil and then removed the adhesive backing from the other side and applied it to a piece of kraft cardstock for stability.

Torn strips of corrugated cardboard, vintage book pages and a scrap of lace were adhered to the foil for texture and interest.

Ranger Opaque texture paste and Crackle paste came next, applying it randomly over the foil and textured surfaces but making sure to leave some of the foiled areas still visible.

After the texture pastes had dried thoroughly, washes of semi-transparent DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint were applied in Green Gold, Yellow Green Light, Cobalt Teal Hue and Cobalt Turquoise Hue. Each layer was dried before applying the next and the paint washes were wiped back from the underlying foil here and there.  Interference Gold was then mixed into some of the Green Gold and Cobalt Turquoise Hue Fluid Acrylic paint and allowed to drip and run down the background.

Once everything had dried completely, spatters of diluted white acrylic paint were added over the whole piece and the background set aside for the moment.

Tim Holtz's Flower Garden and Mini Bouquet dies were cut from Copper Metallic Kraft Stock and Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.  The Heavystock die cuts were then embossed with Oil Rubbed Bronze embossing powder from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies and the petals gently shaped while the embossing powder was still warm.  The embossed flowers were adhered on top of the Metallic Kraft Stock die cuts, slightly offsetting them so the copper was slightly visible below.  Some stems were die cut from more of the Copper Metallic Kraft Stock.

A Hinge Clip and Quote Band were inked with Alcohol Inks (Sepia, Mushroom and Copper Mixative).  The sentiment on the Quote Band was coloured with Black Soot Distress Crayon, rubbing the crayon back to reveal the lettering, and then lengths of rusty wire were twisted onto each side of the Quote Band.

Then it was time to assemble the plaque.  Several graduated layers were adhered together to back the foiled background - a piece of Dapper Paper Stash, more Copper Metallic Kraft Stock and kraft cardstock stamped with Tim Holtz's Ledger Script stamp.  The foiled background was then popped up on top of these layers with strips of Gina K. Designs Black Foam Tape.

The Quote Band was affixed in place by wrapping the rusty wire around the foiled background and tacking it on with staples.  The staples were inked with a bit of Rust Alcohol ink and an Alcohol Ink Blending pen.

The Hinge Clip was applied to the top right corner and a little tag clipped in place (this image is from Ephemera's Vintage Garden).

The finally, the three layered cone flower die cuts were adhered along the bottom of the plaque.

Love the dimension created just by curling up the petals on the embossed die cuts while they were still warm.

And you can still catch hints of the foiled base layer underneath all of that fabulous texture and paint.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Remember mixed media plaque came together and that you have been inspired to join in our Precious Metals challenge over at A Vintage Journey.

Make sure to pop over to see what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you (they are all amazing as usual!) and can't wait to see what you link up, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Wow, what an amazing plaque! I so enjoyed seeing how it all came together and the background texture and techniques that you used look stunning 😁. Wishing you a Happy July! Creative hugs and wishes! Jo x

  2. Huge round of applause for that amazing mixed media panel - the crackle, corrugate and textural effects are just fantastic, and the vivid blues and greens are gorgeous, all with that hint of shimmer coming through. A completely brilliant layered plaque, Deb.
    Alison x

  3. Great use of metal elements Deb, I love all the wonderful texture in the background and the metallic flowers are gorgeous! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Amazing layering here, Deb - love this! I just got that Emerald Creek powder, and now can't wait to use it after seeing your flowers, and perfect how you put them with the metallic card! I love everything about this plaque, from crackle to colors to embellishments, and that wonderful saying - thanks for the detailed walk through. Enjoy your weekend - xxx Lynn

  5. What amazing plaque Deb! Love the embossed flowers. It’s so eye-catching!
    Ann x

  6. I have certainly enjoyed seeing how you've made this stunning mixed media background, Deb! Those crusty layers are fabulous with the hints of metallic peeking through! Genius way to layer those flowers, too! I love this piece! So sorry to be late; we just got back from the mountains (no internet). Sending hugs! Sara Emily

  7. Wonderful ! It looks to me like you have thoroughly enjoyed making this gorgeous plaque! so many lovely textured layers. I love the way you have even given the flowers a metallic layer! great work Deb. Toni x

  8. Wonderful piece! I love the details: the shaded flowers, the rusty metal plate, and the golden touch, the crackle effect and the colors! Spectacular! Barbara

  9. So sorry to be SO late in coming to visit your metal project Deb! It seems I looked at all of the entries but forgot to visit all of the Creative Guides! What wonderful layering you did to achieve the look of your background - love the colors, textures and great crackle! Your flowers look lovely with the black over the gold! Julia xx


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