Saturday, January 18, 2014

A mixed media background.

Splitcoaststampers recently had a tutorial on a Layered Gesso background which I decided to have a go at.  I get a bit frustrated with this as it take so long to do... all that waiting around for layers to dry... but I preserved and finally got it finished

mixed media card 

Started by adding gesso to a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour paper.. (Just love this stuff), then added the Hero Arts Stamp in several places, some more gesso, some Tim Holtz Peeled Paint distress paint, some metallic rub, a bit more gesso and then using a Dylusions stencil and some moulding paste.  

The card sat for a week while I tried to decide how to finish the card.  Today I went to my LSS and had a chat with Winsome, who gave me some ideas... and managed to sell me a die.   So here is the finished card.

Mixed Media Vintage bike

Still fairly clean and simple despite my mixed media background.  

Today my hubby got to use his Christmas present from me.... a class at the Auckland Seafood school.  I got him a class on filleting and smoking fish.  He has a ball and came home with some beautifully filleted and smoked fish he had done.  We had it for entree before dinner. He said they did a number of different dishes... including smoked mussels.   While he was at class, I made some flowers...

Thanks for stopping by today.  It's late here in Auckland and time for me to head off to bed.  Take care


Betty said...

i think your card turned out to be so cool - love the colors and the background is wonderful - so many ideas to try!

Lin said...

What a fun post today, Dawn! I had to chuckle at your comment about "waiting around for things to dry".....that would be my sentiments, too! Love how this turned out, well worth that wait!

What a great gift for your DH! Mine is a cook, too and would love that!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

CinnamonSally said...

Dawn I love this card, perfect for the males in the family, I must get that die. The fish course sounds like fun, you are in for a treat with lots of meals cooked for you now!!

Greta said...

I am totally in awe of your mixed media card, Dawn! Absolutely gorgeous! I keep watching tutorials, but haven't been able to really get it yet. Your flowers are beautiful, too.

Maxine D said...

WOW - this is amazing Dawn - love the final result!! Worth the waiting.
You had fun with those flowers too by the looks of it! They will no doubt be popping up on your cards soon :-).

Sue Butler said...

Hello Dawn
Looks wonderful, you have all the elements; texture dimension and composition.It makes a perfect picture for the eye.

Nancy K said...

Awesome card, Dawn! I love all that wonderful texture on the background! What a creative gift to give your hubs; and you get to share the yummy result! Pretty flowers, can't wait to see how you use them!

Isha Gupta said...

This is just superb Dawn. Love your mixed media card. It's your style :) Gorgeous and pretty flowers :)

Alicia Borowski said...

Hi Dawn,
Great work on the MM background. I'm yet to master this technique. I need your contact details to post a card for the CCC. Please email me at maxibellestudio @

Vanessa said...

Wow, I love your mixed media background!! And your flowers are so pretty!
Vanessa x

Virginia L. said...

Gorgeous background and design, Dawn! I love the colors and how you layered the colors and images!! AWESOME work, my friend!