Wednesday, 1 June 2016

A Beautiful Mess

Hi everyone!

Joi is hosting what will be our final challenge over at Our Creative Corner! 

She would like you to focus on making....

A Beautiful Mess 

.......How about getting messy?? Can you do it with me???

Can you be free and filthy? Are you brave???

I believe YOU can do it... you can create...

A Beautiful Mess

Whether you make a messy looking project or just use 'messy' techniques...
we want to see every inch of your  'Beautiful Mess'!

So create 'A Beautiful Mess' for a chance to win some of the Sponsors fab products!


I decided to make a card for this challenge - I don't make many cards, but thought it would be fun to do something different for a change

Now onto the mess.....I decided to work with Distress inks and Stains....

The first thing I did was to make some base cards to then cut die cuts leaves and flowers from. These would be messy, but used to construct something beautiful

 I did some wrinkle free distress technique - which is stunningly messy and random. I used Shabby Shutters DI and Peeled Paint DI. I then began to make layers using a lattice stencil and added some Shabby Shutters DI through it. Then I used a script stamp to stamp some Peeled Paint DI over the card.
Then I added further mess by splattering some white acrylic paint all over it.

This one was made using Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry DI. I did some wrinkle free distress technique with those inks, then I used a splatter and rings stencil and used Fired Brick DI through it. Then I stamped a script stamp with Dark Mahogany DI and finished it off with a splattering of white acrylic paint

I then worked on making the centers for the flowers

I applied drops of Decoart Liquid Glass to card and sprinkled with Distress Glitter in Rock Candy. When dry they were coloured with Squeezed Lemonade DI and then cut out

I made five flowers - florist tip - It is more visually appealing to use odd numbers of flowers.

I made the flowers up in three layers, crushing the card a little by placing a pencil in the center of the flower and pressing the card around the pencil. This breaks down the structure of the card, giving creases and making them softer and easier to work with...It also nicely adds to the 'messy' element here!

The card background was made using Broken China DI and Tumbled Glass DI using wrinkle free distress technique followed by some Broken China DI being used through a splats and rings stencil

I then added some Distress Stain splats to the card and dabbed 
some script stamping here and there using Jet Black Archival ink

The edges of the card were stamped with a Visible Image stamp that has a flourish on one edge and a grunge texture on the other. I used Decoart Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint to stamp with as I wanted a messy "there, but not" effect!

I decided to have some black splatter on the center of the card so I used a splatter stencil and Decoart Media Carbon Black Fluid Acrylic paint - normally I would just do paint splatter with a brush and watered down paint....but as this was a last minute addition, and the card was virtually made, I didn't want to risk ruining it!

 I decided to put a quote on the card...I chose some words from my chit chat stickers and coloured them to match the card background using Broken China DI. I made the other two words from Label Letters stickers. I outlined the chit chat stickers with fine tip black pen

I then constructed the card...Using a white card base I painted some card black and used that as a base for the blue background. I placed the leaves and flowers around the card...

And there is my finished 'Beautiful Mess'..........

Thanks so much for being here today! I hope you like it and I hope you are inspired to join in with the 'A Beautiful Mess' challenge this month!

 Our Sponsor for this month is....

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They are going to give a $20 voucher to
  one lucky winner this month! 

All you have to do to win is enter Joi's challenge - and you could be the lucky winner selected by - Get in and have a chance to win!

Happy Crafting!


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  1. A fabulous, messy, gorgeous card Laura, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  2. This is my kind of mess! Gorgeous inky designs and lovely combo!


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