Sunday, May 15, 2016

MMC #24 Butterflies & Blooms

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Well, Here I am with my two entries for the Butterflies and Blooms challenge.  I don't know why but I seem to always say flutters and butters when trying to say flowers and butterflies.  lol...  I am not really a mixed media gal, but am trying to break out of my comfy zone, because I find that the cards I make go into a shoe box and stay there.  Things like this, I can set out and share with others or give as gifts.

When I saw Ken's challenge project I was totally inspired and remembered some old frames I had in the garage in the "someday projects box". Here is Ken's Project.
Check out Ken's tutorial here
I started out by trimming a piece of Canson watercolor paper to fit the frames. In the first photo I used the Hibiscus stamp drawn by Dina Kowal, it's available through Impression Obsession.  I just love this stamp, it looks like it was drawn with a thin black marker.   For the second and third projects,  I then used
Stampendous Duo stencils and pen to trace my flowers onto the watercolor paper. These Duos are so cool because they come with two stencils that you can layer or use separately and also have a awesome pen. You can find them in your local scrapbook store!

Stampendous Duos
Trim watercolor cardstock to fit frame
Trace flowers onto your cardstock using the stencils and pen provided in Duos set. You can also add doodles as desired.

Make a paint palette using colorburst or ink refills and water. 
Now using a paint brush paint your image as desired. I wanted a bright strong finished project to look tropical. So I used strong mixtures and layed the "paint" on thick.  If you want a more pastel looking finished project, you can use more water and less colorburst or ink.   To add the textured background, I first painted using Turquoise Colorburst, then I dropped water onto the background and dabbed it up with a dry papertowel.  It diluted areas to make a textured watery background. Here are the finished projects.
Be sure to check out the Mixed Media challenge and see all of the projects by team members and entries.  I was super impressed with a few DT members entries... Here are my favs.
Have a great day!
Jennie Black


  1. Love that you used inspiration from Ken to make your beautiful frames!! Thank you for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  2. Good job breaking out of your comfort zone! I love your inspired bright and colorful photo frames. Thanks for sharing with us at MMM. =)

  3. What a stunning creation! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  4. i love it!!! thanks for being a part of our challenge and sharing your gorgeous frame on our site! stunning!