After watching the great monoprinting tutorial by Julie Warner, I was inspired to attempt this challenge. My brayer has gone to live in that big craft room in the sky, so I had to improvise. I got a sausage out of the freezer and wrapped cling wrap around it….worked a treat.
Using the sausage, I spread Momento ink over a big plastic bag. In the tutorial Julie used a “combing tool” to make an effective pattern, hmmm need to improvise again so I went outside and picked a lemon that had lots of dints and rough skin. I randomly pressed the lemon onto the ink covered plastic and then pressed white cardstock onto the plastic bag.
I then repeated the process with several distress inks. To make it mixed media, I spritzed it with Dylusions ink spray and then did a bit of stenciling. The silvery looking pattern is actually white Brilliance ink, I pressed the ink pad directly on to the lemon then randomly stamped the lemon onto the paper.
The tree stamp didn’t stand out much so I went over all of it with a black Aqualip pen. The little girls were cut from an old sheet of pre-coloured images (brand unknown). It is my nieces 30th birthday today, so I hand wrote the words and propped the words and little girls up with foam tape.
Thank you for looking…..I am off to clean up, this may take a while. Saying mixed media isn’t messy is a bit like saying you can go to a craft show and not buy anything LOL.
Date: Friday, March 14, 2014 GMT Views: 889
Registered: February 9, 2010 Location: Mentone, California Posts: 7380
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 9:26 PM
Necessity is the mother of invention...Sausages and lemons... you gave me quite a giggle...(Ed got to hear about it too). Your background ROCKS! I have a HUGE appreciation for all your creative efforts... Love the whispering little girls. Your niece will be in awe of this AMAZING piece of art.
Registered: January 8, 2011 Location: Sydney, Australia Posts: 19803
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 2:54 AM
Susie, you achieved an awesome bg with these fabulous colours and your improvised tools - I never would have imagined reading about a sausage being used on a card LOL!! Great thinking, though, with both the sausage and lemon!! Your niece will love this beauty!!
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Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 6:25 AM
You have that mind in overdrive...thinking of using a sausage and lemon. Well, you got the job done and I must say it turned out to make a super duper background. Very well done and your niece will love it.
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Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 7:15 AM
I need to raid my kitchen for stamping supplies! LOL! Would a cooked sausage have worked as well...perhaps add a bit of "smell o vision" to the project?? I LOVE this!!! The colors are amazing...love the deisgn and the cute little girls. You outdid yourself on this one Susie!!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 6472
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:50 AM
Oh...where to start. I love EVERYTHING about this card. I got lost on the bkg technique, and I never can do your cards as well as you do. The sentiment is perfect and I love the silhouette style tree. Great idea about the sausage and lemon-sounds like you could whip up a good meal after making the card.