This is for Polly’s terrific mixed media challenge where we were introduced to Godieve Tijskens aka StampingMathilda and her wonderful blog feature - Sunday Scraps.
I have a very, very large collection of scraps, backgrounds waiting for a home, die-cuts, punched left overs and a gazillion other things that any self-respecting Splitcoastie would have.
I have several of these backgrounds in my stash, this particular one has been on my desk for weeks and weeks. I am terribly lazy when it comes to washing brushes and stencils so I tend to “clean” them on a piece of cardstock and continue adding to it until I think I can one day use it.
This particular background is HP photo paper. I was experimenting using Distress Spray Stain and spray starch (Woolies homebrand ironing aid). I sprayed the stain onto alfoil, sprayed the puddle with ironing aid instead of water, then dunked the photo paper in it.
The bright blue is Mermaid Lagoon stain and the purple is actually Blueprint Sketch. I need to experiment a bit more to see if the colour change is due to the ironing aid. Over the next few weeks, each time I used a stencil, gesso, paintbrush etc, I used it on the background.
I went to my collection of old punched flowers and left-over long legs for my crazy birds. One of my very first punches was a set of Fiskars flowers – these flowers are seriously old LOL. I added a couple of pearls from my odds and ends embellishments box.
The panel measures 6.5” x 4”, I adhered it to a 5”x 7” cardbase and trimmed off some of the right hand side edge, then stuck another spare bird leg to the inside of the card. I had a heap of fun making this, sorry I am so late to the party.
I hope you all have a great week, thank you for looking.
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016 GMT Views: 871
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 22664
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 @ 7:05 PM
WOW! If that's the scrap you used to clean stencils and brushes then I need to do this! What incredible texture and color! You have SO much to keep the eye interested, Susie! And bird leg flower stems- brilliant! What a wonderful, creative imagination you have!
Registered: September 16, 2008 Location: southern spain Posts: 6429
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 @ 10:39 PM
A great idea Susie to clean brushes on paper and what a bg it's made, such rich colours, I love the flowers with the striped legs, very fetching.
Lucky you to still have woolies They shut down in England years ago
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Registered: July 27, 2007 Location: Dublin, Ireland Posts: 101518
Sun, Nov 06, 2016 @ 11:14 PM
I always love to hear successful ways of using photo paper, so thanks for that. I am intrigued looking at the top corner of the base layer where it looks as if it was hydrangea blossoms emerging into the light. And I love the leggy stems. You're not the latest to the party, I made a second card late yesterday evening , yet to photograph it.
Registered: April 13, 2011 Location: Midwest Posts: 313
Mon, Nov 07, 2016 @ 1:14 PM
WHAT??? Bird Legs!!!!! .....Susie! Is Nothing sacred???
I digress. LOVE your background!!! Your "cleaning" mess is so well tended and nourished! Well presented for it's debut! Actually it's Fantastically Spectacular...and it doesn't surprise me a bit!!! You always come through with some of the most Amazingly Creative things! This may very well be a "mutt" background (in USA terminology this means a pup of various origins), but the effect is definitely Pure Bred!
Registered: February 3, 2005 Location: Delray Beach, FL Posts: 34518
Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 4:30 PM
Oh, sis, this is amazing, and I giggled at how this background "evolved" from swiping your brushes a bit here and there. And how funny that there are some leftover bird legs - haha! Laughed at Ellen's comment above me! It's beautiful, and it just shows you how something beautiful can be had with the right "stuff" in the right hands - yours! Totally love it! Love and hugs! xoxo
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Registered: October 26, 2009 Location: Oakhurst, near Yosemite Nat'l Park. Posts: 43981
Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 2:01 AM
OMGosh Susie, HOW did you do that bg!!! Especially the top right??? that is so amazing! Those flowers are so funny, I love your sense of humor making those stems and leaves with striped paper. Ok, I have to go read now...you probably told all about how you did the card but I saw it and couldn't wait to comment!!!
Registered: June 10, 2011 Location: Canberra, Australia Posts: 5190
Wed, Nov 09, 2016 @ 9:18 PM
Oh Susie - I love the way you have used left over bird legs for your flower stalks. I recognised them straight away. Love the accumulation of colours in the background from all the different techniques and colours.