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Friday 4 December 2020

Creative Artiste #67 December 2020

Christmas preparations are well underway now in our house although it will be a very different celebration this year. No big family get together for us, we have decided to wait until everyone can be safe. But there are still presents to wrap, cards to write and goodies to gather before I can put my feet up.

Meanwhile ....

.... there's a new challenge at
Creative Artiste is a challenge blog for everyone who likes to mix their media. So, as long as you like to use various mediums on your creations, we'd love to see you enter the challenge.
A big Thank You to everyone who entered the challenge in November. Your projects were all fabulous and our winners have been announced on the blog.

Our theme is always
"Anything Mixed Media Goes"
and we have opportunities to be a Guest Designer for our winners.

I have made some mixed media Christmas cards to show you.

These cards are all A5 (13 x 18 cm) in size. I've used stamps and die cuts from various companies and a few different techniques.

The main panel on this card was created using the shaving foam technique with acrylic paints in red, yellow and gold. I added texture paste through Stencil #13 from Aall & Create and gold paint splatters.
I stamped the flower (Stamps by Chloe) onto another piece of card from the same foam mix and fussy cut it out. I fixed the flower onto a die cut circle and added the sentiment.
The main panel was then matted onto card that I coloured with Candied Apple Distress Ink.

The background for this card was created with acrylic paints and a Brayer. I used two shades of green and a gold. I then painted over with white gesso and created a "spotlight" circle. I added texture paste through Stencil #20 from Aall & Create and defined the circle with squiggles and a black Posca pen.
I stamped the trees (Visible Image) in the circle and some branches (Stamps by Chloe) on the panel before adding the sentiment. I finished the card with splatters from a white Posca pen.

This card features Stencils #20 and #21 from Aall & Create. The first using the shaving foam technique with green and gold acrylic paints and the second with texture paste. The spotlight circle was made by masking a circle and using Lucky Clover Distress Oxide in an outwards movement.
The die cut trees and a fern from Tim Holtz were coloured with Lucky Clover DOX as was the card  the panel was added to. Some white Posca pen splatters and a sentiment finish the card.

This last card features a spotlight circle created with the shaving foam technique using Distress Oxide refills in Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans. I added a die-cut snowflake from Spellbinders and used Stencil #13 from Aall & Create with texture paste and a loose stamp that I've had for years. I defined the circle with doodles and a black Posca pen and finished the card with white Posca pen splatters and a sentiment.

Now it's your turn to have fun and create your mixed media projects. You can enter our challenge up to three times. A full list of the rules is on the challenge blog. For more inspiration please visit the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog to see the fabulous mixed media projects created by our multi talented team.
Remember to have fun crafting and enter your "Anything Mixed Media Goes" creations in our December challenge. 
The Creative Artiste Design Team will be taking a break during January but the challenge will be back on 5th February 2021.

Have a lovely Christmas everyone, however you are able to spend it.

I have entered these cards in the following challenges:

Tuesday 1 December 2020

Crafts Galore Encore December 2020

December already! Although this global nightmare is no where near being over at least we can begin to put this awful year behind us and welcome a more hopeful new year soon. Our little princess is lightening our mood and looking forward to decorating the tree, writing cards, wrapping presents and a visit from Santa.

But before that ....

.... There is a new challenge at

Thank you to everyone who joined in with November's challenge. The winners have been announced on the challenge blog. This is a month long challenge and you can enter up to three times. There is a full list of rules on the challenge blog.

Our theme every month is the popular
"Anything Goes"
and our sponsor this month is:

who are offering a $10 gift certificate for the lucky winner.

I have made a couple of Christmas cards to show you.

Both cards are made from 8"x 8" card blanks and use two of the gorgeous trees from Jan's Tree Scene digi set. All the metal snowflake embellishments and the little tree charms were a gift from a friend - Thank you Pam!

I used papers from an old Lily of the Valley paper pad - the cover is long gone so I don't know which one - sorry. I matted and layered the papers with silver mirri card. The bow is made with polka dot ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons.

I used a computer program to merge four trees into one image and coloured them with various green Copics. I added Glamour Dust to the snow on the branches.

I die cut the sentiment, layered it onto silver mirri card and mounted it with foam pads onto the card.

This second card was created by scoring a vertical fold down the centre of the front to make a sideways easel card fold. The papers are also from an old LOTV paper pad - Classic Christmas - and were layered with gold mirri card.

I printed two of the trees, coloured them with Copics and cut them out to leave a white border. I used Glamour Dust on the snowy branches and fixed the trees to the card front with foam pads.

This time I just die cut the sentiment, attached a gold charm tree and fixed it to the card with foam pads to act as a stopper for the front fold.

Now please visit the  Crafts Galore Encore challenge blog where you can see the wonderful projects and cards created by our talented design team using Jan's Digi Stamps images.
Grab some inspiration while you're there and enter your "Anything Goes" creations in the December challenge.

Stay safe everyone!

I have entered these cards in the following challenges: