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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Recycled library card with flowers

I've had my gelatos for close to a year, brushos maybe 6 months, but as usual with me new stuff needs to stay on my desk for a while before they get used. Once I did use them it didn't turn out looking like any of the gorgeous stuff others make. So leaving them, thinking, looking at blogs, videos, thinking a bit - THEN they're put to use again. And this time around I'm quite happy with the look.
I used an old library card sent to me by Mimi - thanks Mimi - and this is what I did with it: one layer of gesso, 3 shades of blue and purple gelatos, new coat of gesso, circle stencil from Tim Holtz and purple DI, a few splatters made with blue brusho. 3 stamps used on the background, using blue and black ink and gold EP.
Added 2 flowers made with a Prima stamp an gold EP, colored with blue brusho. Pearls, gold metal string and a gold embossed congratulations sentiment.
Mounted the library card onto a paper with engraved floral pattern with a kind of mother of pearl shine.

This card is for:
Creative With Stamps Challenge - #4 - Ink Splatters
Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media - Recycle (library card)
Creatalicious Challenges - #95 Anything Goes/option flowers


Marina said...

I think the painty background is fabulous and it obviously works for you to let your materials bed-in before using them. Great collage effect.

sandie said...

Looks like you made a great job with these and finally got to play!

meg said...

the blend of colours is stunning it appears seamless, and the flowers and wire complete the panel beautifully your card tempts me to go and buy these products.

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous design and just love what you have added and the colours are{aNNie}

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Pia! I LOVE the stunning background you've created and the gold embossing is so elegant! A work of art!
Tammy x

MaryH said...

Oh this was a fun post. I find that my new supplies are much the same way as yours. (a lot like putting leftovers in the fridge, then tossing them later in a couple days!) What a clever idea to use a library card for the layering...and your gesso & gelato looks are fabby. Love the addition of the gold thread under the dimensional flowers too. Looks like you've certainly got the hang of gelatos as this is gorgeous!!! TFS & Hugs (our library cards are now like a plastic credit card...gone are the days of the cardboard ones).

Laine said...

Beautiful and elegant. A complete delight.

cotnob said...

This is stunning Pia, gorgeous colours and fabulous details - you sound just like me, things have to sit on my desk for a while before I use them and I get disheartened when things don't go well and they sit there for a bit longer!

Chrissy said...

Gosh, this is lovely Pia..the background with gelatos is gorgeous and love the flowers..fabulous.


Asha said...

Another brusho beauty. It's grungy and gorgeous, esp with the pearls and gold embossed flowers and sentiment. Your mixed media project is fabulous - LOVE it!
x Asha

Paper Profusion said...

I know exactly how you feel about these media but trust me when I say you definitely should be pleased with how this turned out. It's truly gorgeous with lovely balance and no clashes (unlike my attempt today!).
Very nicely done indeed with perfect blending. Nicola x

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant background you created love the layers you used and beautiful flowers-our library cards are like little credit cards too
carol x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Pia, I am a lot like you. Whenever I get something new that needs experimentation, I like to think about it for awhile before I use it. I didn't know anyone else did this - I'm glad I'm not the only one! I think your waiting and researching has definitely paid off! This looks stunning! The library card is brilliant and I love these gorgeous colours!

Lilian YF said...

So pretty! Love the colors!
Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
The Leaf Studio

Monika Reeck said...

So many lovely used of gesso and are now queen of Mixed Media ...and the library card from Mimi looks so alive on your beautiful card...I luv mom came on 25 crafting no blog visiting hope you forgive me...big hugs..Monika

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow wow wow!!! Pinned!!
Fabulous mix of differente colours and media, Pia, this is another masterpiece!! LOVE your gelatos + distress inks + brushos, your background has a great look!! And this is no the only delight in your card: I enlarged the photo and have seen all the details that make your card wonderful! This is one of my favourite cards of your, any little detail is just perfect!!!!

Loz said...

This is so Beautiful Pia..Loz

Desire Fourie said...

Just so beautiful with a wonderful mixed media feel.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Mimi said...

SOOOOO COOOOOL! This is absolutely beautiful, my friend! All of it! You may take your time in using your stashed items, but when you get going, you really rock them! The composition of this card is perfect-- some free-form, some grid effect... visual and physical texture... love it. Big smiles!

Katy said...

This is gorgeous! I'm so glad you got those gelatos back out! I love the blues and the flowers and the string! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Creative with Stamps! :)

MaryV said...

Love the design and the beautiful colours! Thank you for joining us at CWS Challenge.
Mary (DT member)

Jackie C said...

Love this entry, thank you for sharing with Creatalicious, Jackie CT member

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our " anything goes with optional add flowers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

Paper Therapy Ponderings said...

very beautiful, love all the layers and color
thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media
Barb Housner (DT)

Donna Ellis said...

Your story is the same as mine, Pia! I usually own something for a good while before it gets used! And then it doesn't work out the way I had expected. This definitely is a masterpiece, and I have pinned it for my own encouragement and to share with friends! Beautiful! Hugs, de

Sara Barker said...

I saw your thumbnail over at CWS and had to come over for a closer look! This is so pretty--I love the colors and the background is just beautiful! hugs!

Linda said...

Love this .... there's so much detail and the colours are gorgeous. Thank you for playing along with the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge xx

Mervi said...

Fabulous card. I haven't use my gelatos for ages and just tried those brushos. I haven't much crafted at all this summer. Sorry my lack of commenting too, sad summer;-))m

*Vicki* said...

Another amazing and stunning background Pia!! I love how the flowers are popped off the design too!! So pretty! :)

Helen Gullett said...

What a beautiful mixed media project. Love the colors!
Thank You for playing along with HLS July Mixed Media Challenge!

Michelle said...

Such lovely colours. Great with the flowers and tread.
Thanks for playing with us at HLS Mixed Media Challenge Good luck!! Michelle(DT)