Thursday, 31 January 2013

Bucking the Trend


Yes, it is me - honestly!  My cards are usually quite CAS.  Sometimes ultra-CAS, especially when I only use half a sketch!  And quite a few of you are in the midst of online CAS lessons (and producing some fabulous results), which I think I might go for next time.

But deep inside of me, there's this mixed media person (I won't use the word artist) screaming to get out.  Not loud enough, until now.  I love mixed media creations but don't do them because, well, what do you do with them afterwards?  I've already got too much "stuff", and I don't like making things for the sake of making them if they're not useful afterwards (nowhere to put them).  But if it's on a card, I can give it or sell it (easier than giving/selling an item that doesn't have a use).

The inspiration for doing this card came from this month's Craft Stamper Magazine, which has a feature by Chris Dark, new to their design team.  That's her card on the front cover.  

So I thought I'd use her technique of layering diecuts from watercolour paper onto a watercolour paper background to make a card for this week's MUSE, the inspiration card for which is from Suzanne Dahlberg.


I used the pink, red and green colour scheme, the two flower types, the xoxo and the middle panel.  The base card has a two-tone red/green sheen to it.  You can see the difference in the two large photos. Lots of gesso and acrylic paint in various shades, including gold.  I had a blast making it, and pushing myself to add "more" instead of stopping at "less".



Here are a couple of close-ups so you can see the texture.




I'm also entering this into Simon Says Anything Goes.  Almost everything went into this!



So is it just a flash in the pan or will there be more of this?  I think there'll be more, but not on a regular basis, as most of the challenges I enter are CAS!

22 comments:

  1. This is a work of art. Truly beautiful. You must do more!!! Ann

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  2. Wow, Shirley, this is quite masterpiece! Sure you are a mixed Media ARTIST!! It is quite different from your usual CAS self, but I really like the bold colors and lovely layering! You should totally frame this! Beautifully done!

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  3. Shirley!!! This is jaw dropping gorgeous! Truly a piece of art that should be framed. You most definitely need to create more of these! Wow, you broke out of your CAS style into a whole other realm! So glad you joined us for this week's Muse challenge!

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  4. This is so pretty.Liked the mixed media effect on your card. The colors and details are wonderful. :-)

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  5. OMG! This would be so outside my comfort zone, but I absolutely LOVE it! THis is a work of art. This one has my vote for sure! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  6. Ooooooh that is stunning!! That's a piece of art! It needs to be framed by the recipient for sure! I seriously love this!

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  7. Oh my gosh Shirley. Wow. This is beyond amazing.

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  8. Wow, this is GORGEOUS! I love the mixed media/artsy style you've achieved - and yes, after seeing this I would definitely use the word artist!! Holy cow it's so creative and oh so STUNNING.
    Hugs,
    Audrey

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  9. Awesome art! And yes, you can use that word!
    You should let your artist out to play more often. She's pretty darn good. :)

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  10. FAB, FAB card Shirley - LOVE the layers & textures!

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  11. I am in awe! What a fabulous creation! I hope whoever you give it to frames it!

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  12. I LOVE this mixed media take on the Muse's card! So beautiful! :)

    Lauren
    http://landersoncraftydesigns.wordpress.com/

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  13. Good for you, pushing your inner creative self....and what a beauty came out! I adore the flowers and all of the texture is fabulous. I am sure you had fun creating this, almost as much as we have looking at it.

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  14. Wonderful work and I hope there's lots more to come!!
    x

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  15. Oh wow, truly you are multi-talented Shirley ... what a stunning creation ... all the depth and texture and colour ... yes, not CAS ... so?? Anita :)

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  16. Looks truly beautiful, it's good to make something different from your norm, push your boundraies

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  17. This is awesome! Love all that texture! Even with all the elements it's still neat and not overdone!

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  18. Shirley, this is a breathtaking take on my card! I just love the mixed media effects!!

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  19. Wow...awesome! Such great texture you have created.

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  20. It's fun playing with inks and paints isn't it? I really love your work of art! You could easily sell a series of these!

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  21. More instead of less - fun too eh? I can totally relate. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work of art. Have to go see if you've given more mixed media a try...

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