• Linda

Rustic Christmas Card

I have recently had the opportunity to attend a Mixed Media workshop which is something I have always wanted to try! I wouldn't call myself a 'messy' crafter. I prefer clean and simple style. Or should I say 'I prefered' because I am a bit of a convert now! I still enjoy making cards that are simple yet beautiful BUT there is something liberating about being messy with paints and pastes and textures. It allows you to go wild and unleash your inner creative self! With mixed media, things generally look messy when you start, but somehow, by the time you finish adding all the layers and textures, the result is amazing and nothing is too much or too out of place. The 'less is more' doesn't apply here. Mind you, knowing some basics about creating a composition will come in handy as you might end up with unequal areas, with one area being too busy and the other areas too scarce.

The card above is my first attempt on card making with mixed media. I have used the Nordic Winter die from Sizzix. This die offers you two in one results. Not only you get a beautiful background piece but what would normally be a waste can be re-used. All the little reindeers, trees, stars and birds can be turned into another card or project so technically, there is no waste from this die.

I used a wavy piece of cardboard to create the background. I painted this with the trio of Rust Effect pastes from Prima Marketing. As a beginner I found them so easy to work with. I love their grainy texture. I think it adds a bit more authenticity to the finished rust effect. I also added a touch of inexpensive Metallic Gold paint from Hobbycraft. To add a lighter, silvery tone, I used the Confetti White Perfect Pearls from Ranger. To make it more wintery, I added few white specks of snow. These were done with white gesso mixed with water that I splatted with a paint brush over the background. Easy Peasy.

I used a sentiment from Hearts Come Home set from Stampin' Up! and I stamped this with a black archival ink. To finish the card, I tied a piece of twine in one corner.

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