Tuesday, September 16, 2014

CKCB Challenge #3: Mixed Media Embellishments

Since I rejoined the Master Forgers' design team, I have been charged with the responsibility of inspiring our members and friends for the third challenge of each month. This month's challenge is a fun one; Make Your Own Mixed Media Embellishments.  I thought that the embellishment size was the perfect way to "stick my toe in the water" of messy mixed media fun, and try out a few of the ideas that have been floating around in my head for a while. I knew I had a sheet of rather plain burlap embellishments from Little Yellow Bicycle, so I pulled those out and set to work.

I gessoed a scrap of off white smooth cardstock.
I swirled it with my foam brush and it rather reminded me of frosting....mmm, frosting...my favorite is the seven minute whipped frosting, it tastes like the best marshmallow topping...anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah...mixed media embellishments ;-) 

I have been thinking about and picturing watercolor butterflies everywhere, so that was my main idea here. I stamped the Jillibean Soup stamps with Staz-On:
 And painted them with my Prang Glitter water colors (I didn't worry about staying inside the lines since I knew I would be cutting the butterflies out):

 While I was waiting for the butterflies to dry, I thought I would work on a few of the burlap shapes, so I sprayed and splattered some Color Shine on one:
 And I stamped another one, and colored the heart shape in with a glitter marker:

 When the butterflies were (almost) dry, I stapled them to one of the burlap shapes, and added some Stickles and gems to their centers.

 I am quite happy with how my little embellishments are looking, and now I am trying to decide  exactly how I want to use them on a project! I hope I inspired you to get a little messy today and make a few embellishments (or frosting, that would be good, too!). I would love to see if you do! Be sure to link up at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog!


  1. Those look AMAZING! I loveeeeeeee the colors!!!!!!!

  2. WOW! LOVE what you created!!! Pinning!!!

  3. These look fabulous Margie.Very clever ideas there. Might have to do something similar.

  4. Really enjoyed how FAB these came out.
    You have mad process photo skills, too!

    1. Thank you! I have worked very hard at improving them :-) If you look back a few years ago at my blog, they weren't as good.

  5. Wow these are amazing I'm glad you tackled this one and looking forward to doing some myself.

  6. It looks like fun and the results are fabulous.


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