Thursday, July 4, 2013


Hi there!

How's it going?  I hope my American friends are having a wonderful 4th of July!  We watched the fireworks last night and enjoyed the wonderful display of color!  Today I enjoyed a few hours at my sister's cottage on the lake.  Feet in the sand and a gorgeous view of boats on the relaxing! 

Well, it's time for A Mixed Media Color Challenge #2!  I decided to try the mixed media technique on a card.  And, I tell ya, I am hooked with the mixed media technique!  I tried perfect pearls mist for the first time and I LOVE it!  It is my new favorite!  It also inspired me to get out my neglected distress inks and craft mat.  For this challenge we were to follow the colors of pink, peach, and yellow.  And, use at least two mediums.  Here is the lovely inspiration photo...

So, I started with the distress inks and sprayed them with water on my craft mat.
I took cream colored cardstock and just placed it over the ink.  Here is the result...
 The next step was taking a butterfly stencil and spraying the perfect pearls mist...
A side view of my card...
I then had fun painting a chipboard butterfly.  First, I painted it with coral acrylic paint.  I could not find peach paint at Michael's.  The closest I could find to peach was this coral paint.  I thought, ok, close enough.:-)  White crackle paint was applied and then I mixed yellow, pink, and the coral acrylic paint with modeling paste to paint the butterfly.  Glitter paint was added before the final touch with the perfect pearls mist.  Washi tape, gems, ribbon, and pom pom trim were added to finish off the card.  It is so fun learning new techniques and I thank Mona and Sue again for all their tutorials and wonderful inspiration...thank you!!!
Paper:  SU, Coredinations
Stamp:  Precious Remembrance
Ink:  SU(Black)  Tim Holtz Distress Ink:  (Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed)
Paints:  Coral, yellow, pink
             Glitter paint:  Martha Stewart
Modeling paste
Tim Holtz Crackle Paint:  picket fence
Perfect Pearls Mists:  Ranger
Butterfly Stencil:  Heidi Swapp
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Twine:  PTI
Flower:  K&Company
Gems:  Paper Studio
Washi Tape:  Recollections
Pom Pom Trim:  Close to My Heart



  1. Hi Maria! So nice to hear from you and WOW!!!! How amazing is your project. I'm glad you posted a how to as well. I'm definitely going to give it a go. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!
    hugs, Asha

  2. Hi Maria :-) happy 4th to you my sweet friend! I hope your enjoying your sister and the cottage!!! I love your card, its spectular!!!

  3. Beautiful card Maria! Love that gorgeous butterfly! Thanks for sharing how you created that cool background and thanks for joining along with A Mixed Media Color Challenge! Have a great weekend!

  4. This is delightful, Maria! Love the mixed media background and butterfly!♥

  5. I KNEW you would get hooked! LOVE that you showed your steps and LOVE that you just played and had such spectacular results! GORGEOUS card! THX for playing with us at A Mixed Media Color Challenge!

  6. Your card looks fabulous, Maria. I love how you created your background! x

  7. Absolutely gorgeous card! Love the butterfly! Great techniques!

  8. Maria, this is beautiful! TFS how you created the BG! This is such an appealing color combo, isn't it!!! Love your bold butterfly and the fun fibers!!!

  9. Oh Maria, this is an absolutely beautiful card! I love the sweet butterfly :) I hope you had a great 4th of July.


  10. Ooh, what fun techniques you used, Maria, and what a beautiful card! I LOVE the shimmery butterflies on that fabulous background. The main butterfly is awesome, too. And loving the happy pom poms and big happy bow!

  11. What a fun play in the ink you had with this card! Love the bright cheery colors as well. Nothing better than the lake and watching all the boats...I'm a little jealous as to see boats in this rocky arid climate, I'd have to go to a reservoir (and that is drinking water not a boat body of water!)


  12. Wow! Maria, what a great card with all these wonderful paints, pastes, glitter, and so many wonderful items you used. The butterfly is gorgeous.
    I know you're having fun with this.

    Our 4th of July was a washout. Sooooo much rain. Next day, too. Sounds as if you had a great time. After Christmas, July 4th is my favorite holiday.

  13. Wonderful mixed media design, colors and love the bling.

    Regards diane

  14. Beautiful, Maria! Your butterfly background and focal image are amazing. :)

  15. How pretty, Maria! I am glad to see how you created this. Hope you are enjoying what's left of our Independence Day weekend!

  16. Wow!! Soo PRetty Maria!! Ia m Loving all the Wonderful texture and Beautiful Butterflies too!

    Hope you had a Super 4th!


  17. What a beautiful card - gorgeous butterfly!

  18. Maria your card is so very beautiful! I love the background you created and the painted butterfly! And I love how you did the bow and the Pom Pom trim! Just gorgeous! My little one is down with the flu really bad so I don't think I am going to make the second challenge in time.... :)

  19. soooo pretty. love how you did the background, thanks for showing us how, too. pretty butterflies.