One minute it was Saturday and now its half way through the week! This is a very belated upload for Polly's fabulous mixed media challenge to use cotton balls and jazz up a dull background.
Using a cotton ball I dabbed on diluted white chalk paint, that didn't look so good so I used the same cotton ball and scrubbed it over the entire card.
That didn't look so good either so I grabbed a baby wipe while the paint was still wet and very firmly wiped the paint off. To my amazement not only did the white paint come off but so did the dull paint and a fair bit of dull ink from the original cardstock.
Next I squirted a little bit of blue Dylusions ink spray onto al foil and without diluting it, I swooshed an ink soaked cotton ball all over the card.
Continuing with cotton balls I used several different stencils. I can't believe how much easier it is to stencil with paint using a cotton ball as opposed to a paintbrush, stippling brush or foam.
Miranda is a gorgeous embossed image sent to me by Helen (helekins). In the true spirit of mixed media, she is coloured with Prismacolour Pencils, distress crayons and alcohol markers. Fussy cut and adhered to the card with 3D tape.
I hope everyone has a happy, inky new year. Thank you for looking.
Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 GMT Views: 1421
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Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 4:52 PM
Susie, this is a truly beautiful card, love your stunning mermaid!! Such a gorgeous bg, so much to look at again and again on this beauty!! How good IS the cricket, eh, all these young debutants doing so well!!
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Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 5:52 PM
Wow!! What an awesome background you achieved with the paint and cotton balls, Susie! The mermaid is outstanding with her floral and butterfly section, the seaweed is beautiful with the sparkles, and the half circle to the left is lovely! As usual, my friend, you did an outstanding job with this masterpiece!! Hugs!!
Registered: April 13, 2011 Location: Midwest Posts: 314
Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 7:04 PM
What a Lucky Duck, er...Mermaid, Miranda is, to be popped onto a Susie Original Background!!! She is Very Impressive and Beautiful! I would guess she might be waiting for a Gorgeous Hunk of Merman to pick her up and swoosh her away to a Spectacular New Year's Eve Gala. And I'm sure that is her Mermother's hope also. Mothers always want to make sure someone is worthy of their daughter so Mermom will probably question Mr. Hunk endlessly when he arrives causing no end of embarrassment to Miranda. But Miranda, being the sophisticated Merwoman that she is, although yet being a teenager, and knowing that her mother has her best interests at heart, will take it all in stride (and isn't that exactly the way all of our daughters have responded to such caring concerns) and go off and have a Marvelous evening! There is nothing I can add to this.
Except....Susie, I think this background is one of the most Exciting and Impressive backgrounds I've seen since I've been looking in on your Amazing creations!!!!! LOVE this!
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Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 7:27 PM
OMGoodness, is this gorgeous or what! Wow, did that stamp come that way? The dress being flowers and butterflies??? Your bg is so over the top gorgeous too my sweet friend! I love the green and blue! Love the rings and the other stenciling and the corner design of underwater foliage!! Yippee, this is sensational!
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Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 8:07 PM
You do a boring background? Never saw one in all these years! Yours are rich with color, texture and unique techniques that only you think of! Makes me want to raid the cabinets and try other things too. You are inspirational to all of us Your imagination takes over when you create and the results are spectacular cards such as this one!
Registered: May 23, 2009 Location: sunny california Posts: 9465
Tue, Jan 03, 2017 @ 9:29 PM
This is amazing, Susie. The bg turned out unbelievably beautiful...I don't know how you did it with cotton balls. The colors are perfect and all tge different patterns and textures really make this a mastetpiece.
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