Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Little Mixed Media

Hi there!

I hope your week is off to a good start. My Monday was not a good one at work - way too much bending and lifting - I'm getting too old for this! I was so happy to get home, relax and watch some of my favorite designers' videos!

I know you all watch Jennifer McGuire's and Julie Ebersole's videos. They both had really inspiring ones today! You can watch them here and here.

Another favorite card designer of mine is Darlene DeVries. She is so easy to watch (I love her voice) and she makes fabulous cards! So, after watching her video today, I just had to CASE her card.

She used Metallic Gelatos on both a panel and some hearts, and it was so pretty! Here's my take:


The panel was first covered with Gesso, then I used three different metallic Gelatos to add color. When I was happy with it, I took a new Memory Box Stencil called, Rings and Puddles and placed it over the panel, then wiped with a baby wipe to remove some of the color. Love that technique! 

The bottom of the card was created using the Falling Hearts Stencil from SSS, some embossing paste and a bit of sparkle embossing powder

The three hearts were also colored with metallic Gelatos. Here is a close-up of the beautiful shimmer you get from this, fun to use, color medium:



I did not add Gesso to the hearts like I did to the panel. You can see the different effects you get with and without Gesso.

I want to thank Darlene for the wonderful inspiration! It felt so good to get my fingers messy today! 

I thought I might as well add this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart.

I have Tuesday off from work and I'm planning on relaxing A LOT! Then I'm back at it Wed. Thurs. and Fri. Wish me luck - it's gonna be crazy!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day! ♥♥♥ 




34 comments:

Vanessa said...

Beautiful card!!! Love how you used your Gelatos. Wishing you luck!
Vanessa x

Dawn Turley said...

I LOVE your card Barb and I just had to watch Darlene's video. You did an awesome take on the card.

Lynn Mangan said...

Hey there Barb...I hope today is a super relaxing day. Love the gorgeous combination of colors and the touch of texture is fabulous.

joy said...

Very nicely done, Barb! I love this card. The gelatos are so pretty.

Martha said...

WOW, this is simply FABULOUS, Barb!
Your beautiful creation & your detailed description of the process makes me want to go play with gesso. Thanks! Now, I'll have to watch Darlene's video.

Hope you have a relaxing day today.
Take care! ♥

Susanne Vargas said...

This is gorgeous! Love the shimmer! Have to try the stencil/baby wipe technique! Great effect!
Rest up for all those Valentine customers!

Betty said...

wonderful card, Barb - and thanks for pointing me to Darlene's videos - added her to my Bloglovin' list - have a restful day before the onslaught of valentine customers.

Richell Martin said...

Barb, it looks beautiful! I love those metallic gelatos. Enjoy your day off today!

Sue McRae said...

Fabulous background Barb and I love the soft shimmer on the hearts.

CinnamonSally said...

Stunning card Barb, your background is amazing!

Barb Ghig said...

What a beautiful take on Darlene's card! I love how your background turned out with all those pretty colors and the shimmer on the falling hearts is amazing! I also love how you framed your panel and sentiment tag in black, Barb...it really makes everything pop! Gorgeous card, my friend!!!

I sure hope you get lots of rest today, and that the next few days fly by quickly for you! I think we all need to appreciate people like you, who are 'behind the scenes' on Valentine's Day...you certainly make this holiday really special for the rest of us!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous card Barb! I love the shimmer effect. Hope you have a restful, sweet and Happy Valentine's Day!

Cat Craig said...

Love how you showed the difference between the gesso and the "naked" with the gelators. Really pretty effects Barb. Hope you get some rest and relaxation in before the rest of the VDay madness.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Barb, I love everything.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
hugs
Mandy xx

Virginia L. said...

Love how Darlene's video inspired you, Barb! I love that you always try new things and are so willing to share with us! The textures and shine on this card are so neat! Love the gorgeous colors that you chose! SUPERB!

Virginia L. said...

And oh..I hope Valentine's Day is over soon for you at the shop! It must be crazy busy at the flower shop! Take it easy whenever you can, my friend!

Joan said...

Just wait until you're even a few years older, except that I'm partially retired now, so it isn't so bad. I just smiled to myself when I read the names of the gals you referenced. These are 3 of my "favs", and of course I enjoy following you and for sharing your ideas. Get some rest and stay warm.

Robin K. said...

This is awesome Barb! The shimmer is gorgeous! I haven't gotten into the mixed media stuff yet so I'm glad you pointed out the difference using gesso and the different techniques you used- I learn a lot from your posts:)

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love this Barb! Your choice of colors and the shimmer in it makes it especial! TFS

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Great take on Darlene's card!

Penny Nichols said...

Gorgeous card, Barb! I love Darlene's cards too. Beautiful hearts and cute background with the blue.

Penny Nichols said...

I forgot to say, love your cat Murphy! How cute.

Donna B. said...

Love all the techniques you used in this card Barb!! I just ordered my first Gelatos and I'm off on a snow day and they are scheduled to come today!! I can't wait to try your technique!!

Greta said...

Oh how I love this card, Barb! You've inspired me to use my Gelatos & a baby wipe over a stencil--really cool! Relax & prepare for the rush!

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card my Friend! so much light!
so fun and unique!

Thank You Barb~

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wow, this is a beauty Barb!! Gorgeous! Love all the techniques you used. Hope your work days are getting easier, but I'm guessing you won't get much relief until Valentine's Day is over. Hang in there, my friend.

Laura B. said...

So cool! Love how you did the stenciling at the bottom! Need to try this gesso stuff...looks really cool!

Joni nina Andaya said...

How Awesome is this!!! Love this Barb!

Deepti said...

That mixed media BG is super cool!! I am inspired :)

wandaguess said...

DANG! Is there anything you can't do? This is AWESOME! Love the colors you chose...everything about it. XO

Tracey McNeely said...

Gorgeous Gelato effect, love the metallic Gelatos. Hope you had lots of relaxing before the crazy of Valentines day!!

Brenda said...

So beautifully made Barb, and the colours and shimmer, oh so lovely! I hope that you are resting well this weekend from what must have been a hectic week in your department! Take care sweet friend.

Sandy said...

Hey Barb - it has been a while since I visited your. Your card is beautiful and I am going to have to check out your inspiration. I have some Gelatos but don't use them like I should. Thanks for the sites!
Sandy

Virginia L. said...

I am still (here) and thinking about you! My SSS order came...thanks for your awesome tips, Barb! xoxo