For Dad

I’m honored to be a guest designer for the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge today. This month, the girls are challenging you to create a mixed media piece (more than one medium) with a flower theme in mind – I chose to make a few abstract flowers. There’s even an optional twist – real or faux stitching – I’m sure you can guess which one I applied!

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I started out wanting to create a card for a friend. But something happened as I was working on my piece. My dad wandered into my crafting office, stopped an said Wow – that’s really nice! THUD….that was me picking myself up off the floor.

You see, my father has NEVER commented on anything I’ve made unless I gave it to him directly….lol! He lingered next to my crafting desk, and continued to tell me how much he liked this piece – it was about 80% done. Maybe it was the flowers? The colors? I was too dumbstruck to even ask why! Who cares why….He liked it, he liked it – he really, really liked it! (channeling my inner Sally Field)

My dad loves flowers – so in my mind – that’s it. Well, I decided right then and there that this would not be a card, but rather a frame-able piece that I’ll give him for Father’s day. He’s hard to shop for – at 83 he doesn’t need much – and did I mention that he liked it!

So here it is – my little masterpiece. This project was so much fun to make, here’s how I did it.

Mixed Media Mojo Flowers Challenge - Ingrid Blackburn

Abstract Flowers Project Instructions

First you’ll need to create a few Wrinkle Free Distress backgrounds – one in Mustard Seed/Spiced Marmalade and another in Tumbled Glass/Broken China/Mermaid Lagoon/Salty Ocean. The centers of the abstract flowers are with the same technique in Hickory Smoke/Soot Black. Once you have those done, free hand cut the flowers and centers. The background was edged in Hickory Smoke, Soot Black and some Paynes Grey Acrylic diluted with water. Brush some Paynes Grey and Silver acrylic paint onto the background with a fan brush. A little background detail was added using the Latticeworks stencil, a Starbucks cup holder and some bubble wrap. Next add a little faux stitching on the flowers and greeting (from the Noteworthy set by Stamplorations).

Add a little basic shadowing under the abstract flowers, paint some stems in Paynes Grey, and add some PG & White splatters, and a little edging in a black and white pigment pen – that’s it! I love the Mixed Media Mojo piece, I wanted to keep it cool – no browns which is very unlike me!

Since I had decided to frame it for my father, it needed a cool matte. Once I settled on the combination of 1/16 white, 3/4 black and 1/8 Brushed Silver…the black needed to stand apart, add to the design and not take away all at the same time – that’s asking a lot!

Enter clear embossing for a subtle tone on tone effect. To get this perfect result with the Tim Holtz stencil, you’ll want to find the center point in your project. Then line up your stencil over the center. That way you can go up and down in perfect unison to get as close to a perfect pattern as possible. Line up your patterns top and bottom and smoosh Versamark to your project. Add Brutus Monroe clear embossing powder – it’s hands down the best powder I’ve used in 18 years of embossing!  And I’ve used many different kinds. 🙂

Abstract Flowers - Mixed Media Project

I just love the end result – it turned out almost exactly as I envisioned…which is rare! I hope you enjoyed it too. It doesn’t matter if you go the more traditional or Abstract Flower route, you’ll have fun creating your own piece. And stop by the challenge blog for sure a few times this month – there’s a new Mixed Media tutorial every week – a true treasure of creative inspirational how to!

So here’s what I want you to do now….go to the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge and give the Flowers Challenge a try – Mixed Media doesn’t have to be crazy involved, you’d be surprised what you can come up with with just some simple things like watercolor, acrylics, stencils and some water. It’s relaxing and you’ll amaze yourself – I promise!

Now click here to visit the challenge and get inspired with all the great projects designed by the UBER talented Design Team!  I’m off to find the perfect frame for this beauty. Now it’s your turn to get your fingers inky –


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MM Watercolor Butterflies Video

Yesterday I posted a very cool, fun and quirky butterfly card for the Wings Mixed Media challenge over at Happy Little Stampers. It was such a fun project to create, rather relaxing actually, I’m so glad that I filmed it for you! I won’t lie – the project took me two hours to create, so I had to majorly edit the video down for you. I even split it up so that you can find your way easier around the two distinct different components of this card – watercoloring the butterflies and creating the mixed media background that allows them to literally fly off the page.


Enjoy the process – grab a beverage and have fun – I’d LOVE to see your cards when you create them! And if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel yet – be sure to do so so you see them as they first come out.

Part One focuses on the masked border used to create this card and the actual watercoloring process for keeping the light and darker tones in the butterflies.

Click Here to watch Part One in HD on YouTube

Part two focuses on the Mixed Media portion of this card used to literally pop the butterflies off the page.

Click Here to see Part Two in HD on YouTube

If you want to see the written tutorial and close up photos, be sure to check out the original post right HERE.

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Best of Flowers Blog Tour


Today we’re continuing to stamp with Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary stamp set – Best of Flowers.  Welcome to the RemARKable Blog Tour!  I’m stop #3 and you’ve just come from my friend Linda’s blog Ink Stamp and Scrap.  I love Linda’s style – she stamps like me – clean and simple! 

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This is the third day of samples with this great stamp set.   Our anniversary sets have several images that are retired but were quite popular and one brand spankin’ new one!  I’m so glad they brought them back in this exclusive limited edition set!  I thought today I’d stamp with the rose bouquet as I’ve never stamped with this one before.

It also marks my first time using the Dress Up Framelits.  I just love these little framelits, they’re so cute!  And you can do SO much with them.  The limits are endless.

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Creative Tips:

  • I took our First Edition DSP and cut that out with the dress form, stamped directly on it using Jet Black StazOn and the Rose Bouquet stamp.  Best of Flowers 001 CU
  • I squeezed my ink pads to collect the ink in the lid and water colored my images using the Aqua Painters.  I colored the image using Riding Hood Red and Garden Green.
  • I stamped color on color for the banner in Soft Suede using the Blooming in Kindness stamp set for my greeting.  I just LOVE that set!Best of Flowers 001 Banner
  • I added a Vintage Faceted Buttons with Linen Thread tied through them and two Pearl Basic Jewels to complete my banner. Best of Flowers 001 Height
  • I cut the end of the banner using a 1” Square Punch and popped it up on dimensionals for some drama to my simple card.
  • My Garden Green panel needed a little something so I created a vintage looking wallpaper by stamping the Rose Bouquet stamp several times from different angles in Garden Green.
  • I popped two Riding Hood Red panels on either edge.  It completed my card.
  • For my base, I chose Very Vanilla.
  • I just love the end result, I hope you do too.  It’s a classic card and really pops. To see my other card with this set from earlier in the week, click here.  To see my candle also done with this set, click here.

Next up is Melissa Bollinger’s blog –  Enjoy the rest of the tour and see you back next month!


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Stamp Sets – Best of Flowers (133342c), Blooming with Kindness (126420w, 126422c) Ink – Riding Hood Red (126968), Garden Green (126973), Soft Suede (126978) Jet Black StazOn (101406)  Paper – Riding Hood Red (111348), Garden Green (102584), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650), First Edition DSP (121878)  Cool Tools – Aqua Painters (103954), Dress Up Framelits (130101), 1” Square Punch (124098) Finishing Touch Vintage Faceted Buttons (127555), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) , Linen Thread (104199), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

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