I’m dipping my toe into more mixed media play while trying to get a head start on some Valentines. I pulled out the new-to-me Stampin’ Up! stamp set that I picked up in a destash called “Love Bandit,” my new Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts, and my new favorite Stickles in Cranberry to make this card.

20160104_171312I used some simple Scotch Tape masking, post-it note masking, and Stamp-a-ma-jig stamping to arrange the little raccoon on top of the tree stump.  I would never have attempted this type of masking, especially on rough watercolor paper before, but with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, this was actually quite doable.  Then I did some water coloring with Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, and Black Soot to color them up.  I colored the heart the raccoon is holding and a die cut heart that I use for an embellishment with Festive Berries before I add a thick coat of Cranberry Stickles over top for lots of sparkle.

Then after carefully drying everything I’d done so far, I applied water to the watercolor paper around the stamped image with a water brush and started playing with the Color Bursts in Yellow Ochre, Terre Verte, and Indigo and a spray bottle filled with water. Eeek, this was nerve wracking, fun and exciting! Because the powders are mixed combinations the results when activated with water are surprising. I love it!!! LOL

261Then I followed a fab sketch from the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge to assemble this card front onto a card. I used a strip of an old scrap of patterned paper to layer behind the card front that I die cut out using the largest of the rectangles from the MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle STAX die set. I popped up the card front on foam adhesive for a little dimension, and put everything on a large white card base to create a CAS feel.  I thought the intense colors on the card front needed some empty white space to balance it out.

Lastly, I stamped out the sentiment “you stole my heart” from the stamp set onto vellum and heat embossed that with Recollections clear embossing powder to set it. I hand cut that little piece of vellum into a banner and added that at the top left of the card front tucked behind that Stickled heart I mentioned earlier.

The following is a start to finish process video of making this card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge
MarkerPOP Valentines Day Challenge: WINNER
Simon Says Stamp Monday Something New Challenge
Through The Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with an Option Twist of CAS Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’re having a wonderful crafty day! WOOF

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