Sunday, 7 January 2018

January Mixed Media Challenge

Hello, Crafty Friends!

It's Sunday 7th January today which means, it's the start of a new Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. As you know Anything Mixed Media Goes as long as it is not a card and you use at least one stencil.

My DT contribution for January is ... a little canvas ....

This canvas is one of those projects that develop as you go along, just like life turning 'mistakes' into positive outcomes.

I started off creating a shaded blue background on canvas using DIs before stamping the Zinnia Row in both blue and black. The black was too strong, and I decided to cover up with crumpled white tissue paper. Before doing that I added the Peony #1 with paste and some die cuts too for added texture. The tissue was a bit too messy in places hence I removed some of it and, once dry, covered the canvas with translucent Beach Hut paint.

I then added the flowers, thanks to Cath Barnard for my win, and die-cut leaves before painting them with pink acrylic, Bright Fuchia and Blue Starlight Paints. I then added the sentiment, stamped on a piece of tissue paper, some stenciling using the Crisscross stencil with Blue Starlight Paint, plenty of fine splatters, the die-cut Flutter Zen Butterfly, some pearls and finished off with Treasure Silver and Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold Gilding Waxes.

You can still see a bit of the stamped Zinna Row in the photo below towards the top of the canvas between the roses. The blue stenciled Crisscross diamonds are not that easy to spot in the photos, but show up well in real life.

TIP!: For varying depth of texture, try layering several die-cuts of the same shape on top of each other.

The photo below is a bit darker, but captures the sparkle quite well.

I hope you feel inspired to dig into your crafty resourcefulness and create something to enjoy  .... why not link it up with the Mixed Media Challenge over at STAMPlorations. The theme for the Mixed Media Challenge is always Anything Mixed Media Goes except cards which means projects such as tags, ATCs, canvases, layouts, art journal pages etc, are perfect for entering, and you must have used at least one stencil (any brand) in your project. The challenge will close at the end of the month. You can find the full challenge details plus more Mixed Media inspiration here on the STAMPlorations Blog.

Ooops, almost forgot to mention the prizes: one winner as chosen by the Mixed Media DT will receive a $10 gift certificate and two Top Picks will receive a $5 gift certificate each, all of course redeemable at the STAMPlorations Shop ... but that's not all ... if there are 25 or more entries one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive two standard sized stencils of their choice.

That's it from me for today. I shall be back soon with another project to share.

Have a lovely day!

Monika xxx

here is what I used from the STAMPlorations Shop, remember to apply my personal discount code STAMPGIRLMONIKA (not case sensitive) at check out for a 20% discount*** on their stamps, stencils and dies:

ARTplorations Stencils/Masks: CrisscrossedPeony Number 1
preview-web-stencil-086-CrissCrossed preview-web-stencil-peony-number-one

STAMPlorations Stamps: Be YouZinnia Row
BeYou preview-SheryRuss_ZinniaRow2x6

CUTplorations Dies: Trendy Spring Blooms DiesFlutter Zen #2 Layering Dies
preview-trendyspringbloomsdies preview-flutterzen2layeringdies

*** The personal discount coupon STAMPGIRLMONIKA works on already reduced items too, but can not be combined with any other coupon codes.


  1. Glorious texture and yummy colours. Love how you've layered the die cuts for extra texture too x Fabulous and so very creative x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous canvas Monika xx


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