A happy hello from me once again!!
I hope you are having a wonderful week, I am here today to share with you not only a new project I worked on for a couple of days, but also a very HAPPY NEWS!
I was asked to join the fabulous MAGNOLIA-LICIOUS STORE's DT, and I really couldn't say no!! It is a magnificent online Store which carries stamps (Magnolia. CC Designs, Whimsy stamps etc), Magnolia Doohickey dies and many more goodies! Go see for yourselves to check the wonderful prices and the super sale where you can do some happy shopping!
For my happy debut, I worked on a project, where I challenged a bit my usual style. I chose to work out an amalgamation of "Tim Holtz mixed media style" with Magnolia cuteness. The result is the following:
Before I go into detail, let me tell you that at Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog we have a new Challenge for you, and the theme for these two weeks is "Anything Goes - with an option of Ribbon."
Now allow me to babble with more details on my project, maybe, who knows, I inspire you to try it yourself as well!! (let me know in the comment section if you do, I will come and see it!!)
I started working on the quote panel first, using Tim Holtz dies as a stencil (the circular patterns on the upper and lower left side). I inked some of the pattern and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.
Next stage was colouring the panel with distress inks, and this after I added two Tim Holtz masks to create some effects. I used Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord and Antique Linen sparingly over all the sides of the panel, working lightly towards the centre. Once the ink dried, I stamped part of the tree with Memento Rich Cocoa and the quote with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
The third stamp I used was the butterfly, and for this I used purple ink - Versacolor Violet.
All the stamps are from a Tim Holtz set. Phew, I think I had them for two years or so, and I couldn't pluck up courage to give it a go! But this week I took the plunge, as they say.
I finished working on the panel by adding droplets of Walnut Stain and gold ink to give it a vintage look. Edges were also distressed, using a scissors blade and then covered with Walnut Stain. Last but not least, I misted the panel with water to give the DI a boost and create an "antique" feel on parts of it.
Here you might see better the effect and shine of the gold ink droplets and the overall composition.
Now we get back to some Magnolia love! :) I have coloured two images for my project, two of the stamps which I love to use time and again. They are not the latest Magnolia stamps, but if you are lucky, you can still grab some of these at the Magnolia-licious Store with an amazingly discounted price for you to play with them!
I coloured this sweetie with Copics, and on the pretty flowers I added Mulled Lavender Stickles. I chose her because for me she represents Hawaiian beauty (maybe the flowers in her hair!) and I always imagined Hawaii to be one of the most beautiful places in the world (see the connection of my imagination with the quote I used? :))
I added this cutie on foam pads near the quote panel.
Embellishments used on the front of my card are: a round doily, lace, gauze, and some lovely light purple organza ribbon, which I passed through a gold vintage button - I like the button as it has a special place where I could stick a flat-back pearl on). I just love the effect it gave!
I finished the front with some faux white stitches and Mulled Lavender Stickles around the edge.
Now onto the inside part of the card:
This is the second Magnolia image I used : "Tilda with tag", a stamp which is found as a cute mini-version at the Store, in a very convenient low price here.
Go grab 'er while you can, as it won't be much before they're gone!!
Once again I coloured with Copics. Then I masked Tilda and worked on the background to coordinate it with the main panel of the front. You can see the swirl masks, part of the tree branches and the quote behind her. This work was done after I die-cut the image with oval Spellbinders die, leaving Tilda's feet dangling underneath.
As you might have seen, I also re-altered a box I had which had a butterfly cut on its top. I added some of the ribbon I used on the tag which I put in behind the panel, and that that cute butterfly which had the same colour scheme : purple and black. It did not have any green, bit that's's ok).
The sentiment I used on the inside is computer generated - a free digi sentiment from the very talented Paulette at Create with TLC.
I added some fragrance oils to give to a friend of mine as a gift... do you like fragrance oils? I looove putting some in my room once in a while, they give me that relaxed feeling :)
Sorry for the long post.. but this was a particular project for me, and giving details might encourage someone to try this style. Seeing an artist like Tim Holtz doing such a project might seem intimidating (it was for me), but although it IS time consuming, I can now say that it is manageable! :)
I leave you with the last picture, and last but not least, DO come over at MAGNOLIA_LICIOUS challenge blog to check out what did the fantastic design team members prepared for you today. We would LOOVE to see your project there and get also inspired by your awesome creativity!!
Shawn, owner of the Store is generously giving one random winner a $20 Gift certificate to spend in the Store!! Wowee... I could remain there, seeing all that gorgeousness in the Store. Go and check it out, and then take your chance by participating. You could be the lucky winner - I was some weeks ago!! And now I'm here, as part of the DT!
Praise God, I cannot be any happier! :)
This is the whole bunch, with the tag, which was behind the quote. I just love it!! Sending you all a VERY big cyber hug and thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment. I sooo love to hear from you!
Stay safe, and Smile!!!
Challenges I'm entering with this card:
All About Magnolia #21 - All about your favourite colours: My favourite colour is purple, and gold.
Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia # 144 - Anything goes
The Ribbon Girl - March Card challenge - Anything goes
Paradise of Stamps - Spring (the flowers in Tilda's hair and the butterflies used scream Spring to me :)
Simon Says - Tag you're it - I have inserted a tag behind the card - you can see it in full in the last photo