Wednesday, 15 April 2015

AW39 - Around the World Challenge mixed media project

It’s Around the World Challenge time again! And this month I was asked create a project inspired by this image:

I decided to take my inspiration from the colours of the flowers and foliage, so began with a watercolour-style background. This one uses a fun salt technique which was shown to me by Karina Goodman at Studio 61 here in Derbyshire. 

TIP: If you want to play around with this kind of project, make a few backgrounds at a time, so you can get started quicker next time. 

So, how did this card happen? I really should start writing these posts immediately after creating this sort of project, as it’s hard to remember all the many steps that go into them, but here goes… and please bear in mind that I am still learning this technique so some of the steps are purely experimental.

  1. Take a piece of watercolour paper and wet it, with a brush, aquapainter or with a spray bottle
  2. With a paintbrush or aquapainter, drop or swish some ink so that the colours blend
  3. While the ink is still wet (this is important) sprinkle some coarse seasalt on top. I did this on the red section only.
  4. Allow to dry completely before brushing away the salt. You’ll see that it has absorbed the ink and leaves paler spots behind; it’s a little unpredictable but you can get some amazing patterns this way. 
  5. Now you can begin adding some fun elements to the project. I began by cutting and tearing strips of Typeset DSP and laying them across the left hand side of the project. This was inspired by the March page from this lady’s smash book.  
  6. With the brayer inked up, tap just the edge of it onto the project, to create vertical lines - you can make flower stems, grass or patterns this way
  7. Stamp around the top using Gorgeous Grunge and red and black inks
  8. Using the brayer, colour a piece of Typeset DSP in red… and another in purple. Alternatively, if your ink pad isn’t too wet, you can simply press the paper into it. Don’t worry about perfection; it’s over-rated. 
  9. Using the bird punch, punch out six wings from each of the coloured pieces of DSP. Trim the purple ones down so they’re slightly smaller, then arrange both sets in a flower pattern. 
  10. Now you can decorate the petals as you wish, by outlining them in black pen, white pen (or both) and adding dots and lines. I also hand-drew the stems and a leaf, doodling dots along the stem and colouring the leaf white with the Chalk Marker. 
  11. I created a third flower with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch pack flower, but cut out the petals individually (you may need to punch two or more flowers), again arranging them in a flower pattern and inlining them in black pen. 
  12. All three flowers are topped with a circle of gold glimmer paper.
  13. Next I added some white splodges of various sizes, simply freehanding them with the chalk marker. I outlined them in black pen. This was inspired by this lady’s project. 
  14. I found words from two different stamp sets, stamped them in black and cut them out roughly. Once stuck down, I outlined them in black pen. 
  15. Individual sequins were added with Glue Dots. I haven’t found anything else which will stick them down successfully.
  16. Finally, I spritzed the whole project with Vanilla Smoosh Spritz for a gentle shimmer.
Now it’s your turn to create a project inspired by the photo. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as this one - take a look at what the rest of the team made for some more ideas.


  1. Thanks, Judy! Are you going to have a go at the challenge?

  2. Not for the moment, Helen...perhaps later on. I'm in the midst of packing up all my "surplus" stuff to make my house look good for trying to sell. How to work out what I still "need" to use and what's "surplus"!!
    I've had to temporarily had to suspend my Club to turn my stamping studio back into a lounge/dining room :-(. If it doesn't sell quickly, I could end up in withdrawal!
    Guess I'll have to get my fix by blog hopping.
    Cheers, Judy

    1. Oh no! Fingers crossed for a quick sale!


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