Today for your creative pleasure I present a handmade mixed media housewarming card, “Home”, featuring a Rita Barakat Art die cut and using Emerald Creek and Seth Apter powders, Twelve Stones Scrapbooking paper.
I am in the middle of selling our condo and looking for a house, if you watch my Instas (@B_Enchanted or the @themightykuma_dog, unhelpful studio dog) you may have noticed the moving boxes! And my longtime BFF Amy and her daughter closed on their condo today! She moved closer to where she grew up and we met in town…..and only 10 minutes away from me! (Just in time for me to move away! Wah!) So we are both starting new adventures in life this month! It was important to me that I make a little memory for her. I know she loves to archive her ephemera memories in scrapbooks or frames. 🙂
So to start this card, I used Marjolaine Walker’s Twelve Stone Scrapbooking paper for the first layer, cut diagonally on two sides. I also cut a square of the pattern out, slightly smaller than the first layer, and used Chameleon markers in pinks and purples to add ombres to the pattern in colors to match the fairy die cut. I used Rita Barakat Art fairy rubber stamps on the center of the background.
For the encaustic-look layer, I added Versamark ink pad to the edges and embossing power in Fractured Ice and Seth Apter Baked Texture Patina Oxide, both from Emerald Creek. Using my heat gun, I melted the powders a layer at a time giving the edges an encaustic look with a little shine. I wanted to make it look a little like a wooded glen surrounding our fairy!
(Have you seen these powders in action? Amazing, addicting and just plain awesome, Check out the video on the Emerald Creek Facebook page where I was called in as back-up cameraperson at Creativation 2018. I knew my phone skillz would make me famous someday! I’ll be showing you much more with these powders in the next few weeks. )
Then I took out the adorable pink fairy die cut designed by Rita Barakat and added a little Versamark to the edges wings and bottom edge and Patina Oxide, add heat and voila, she blends into her glen while still standing out!
I brushed on some clear liquid glue as a sealer and to give our fairy some gloss and make her pop from the background, wiping away the excess to avoid staining. If you do this, keep in mind that the paper die cuts are not waterproof! To protect the color, spray with an acrylic sealer first before using any liquid effect. I did NOT spray first by choice to age the look of the die cut a bit. But be careful, you can can easily discolor your piece, this is not a beginner move! Try it on a scrap printed piece of paper first.
Finally, I adhered the die cut to the background, centered in the stamped images, and wrote “home” in black and white ink below. Once dry, I sprayed the whole square with acrylic sealer to protect it. I glued the background to the asymmetrical scrapbook paper and then centered that on the card base.
I made the card base with a heavy cardstock in bright white, cut into a (not perfect) square, 5″ x 5″ when closed (so approx. 5″ x 10″ open). I hand cut the cardstock to go with the asymmetrical design, so it isn’t exact in my sample!)
I wrote a personal note inside, signed the back (always!) and attached it to a nice bottle of Rose’ in a unique rose sculpted bottle for her housewarming gift. (Stay tuned, I promised her when we emptied that bottle I would turn it into a fairy lantern!) I didn’t take a lot of progress pics this time but here is the completed card!
(Honorable mention, not for sale: paper Shakespeare rose by IG @intensecolor #thehappymondayproject , now in Nashville TN)