Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wintry Mixed Media Cards for Frilly and Funkie

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 1

Welcome friends! Today the Funky side of the Frilly and Funkie  Design Team share their inspiration for the first challenge of 2019, 'Inspired By'. This is what Cec, our lovely hostess, has to say about her challenge theme:

I don't have access to quality craft classes locally so I spend time online to learn new things. For this challenge I want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project inspired by or using a technique or tutorial that you have found online. You must provide a link to the site that is inspiring your creation and please do not make a direct copy of anything you found.

I needed a few quick cards-- a thank you card and a birthday card for my brother in law. When I spotted this Christmas card by Tami Bastiaans (Plays Well With Paper), I knew I had to try her mixed media background. Not wanting to make a direct copy, I chose a slightly different embossing folder and a different color palette. You can visit her website for the how-to.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #snowflakes #crackle

I completely forgot to take any process shots, but the process is fairly straightforward. Both backgrounds were created the same using the old Tim Holtz Snow Flurries embossing folder to add texture to Distress Watercolor Cardstock and spreading (more sparingly than Tami did) with Opaque Crackle paste. When the paste dried, I dipped the panel in watery puddles of Distress Oxides--Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap and Ice Spruce, heating after each color and finally blending with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. I edged the larger of the two panels (shown above) with Ground Espresso ink.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 2

The smaller panel was layered on Classic Kraft Stock, die cut with Stitched Rectangles Thinlits and sanded.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 3

 I topped it with a Flurry #1 die cut, a Christmas Paper Doll, a Tiny Text Remnant Rub on a black scrap and bundled string for the little girl to stand on.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 4

The snowflake was colored with Tumbled Glass Oxide ink and then heat embossed with Versamark ink pad and Emerald Creek Fractured Ice embossing powder. I love this translucent powder mixed with some grungy bits that adds a vintage touch while allowing the color beneath to shine through.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 5

For the larger, masculine card, I backed the panel with black sandable card stock layered over Christmas Paper Stash.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 6

I used another Paper Doll in the adult male version, and an Ice Flake cut from Distress WoodGrain card stock and black card.

Sara Emily Barker Wintry Mixed Media Cards #timholtz #sizzixalterations #iceflake #flurry1 7

The wood grain Ice Flake was dipped in Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass oxide puddles and blended with Frayed Burlap ink. Another string and a Small Talk Occasions sticker ground the man in this wintry scene.

That's all for me! I hope you're inspired to play along in this “Inspired By” challenge. To earn the chance to be our Guest Designer on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, simply create and link a vintage or shabby chic project following the theme and guidelines.

The Design Team will pick four favorites: our top favorite earns a Guest Designer spot and three other favorites will receive badges to display proudly on their personal blog.  Everyone who enters and follows the guidelines will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You have until 11:55PM on Tuesday, January 16th to link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. I can't wait to see what YOU are Inspired By!

Thank you for your visit!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Crafts Dreamy December Challenge 2018 I was inspired by the snowy landscapes and little girl with her skates in this gorgeous mood board and the blues and neutral tones of the park bench photo.

Cropstop - Link Party #47
Scrapy Land Challenge #105 Anything Goes  I used three Sizzix dies.
Craft Rocket Challenge #55 - January 2019 - Winter
Love 2 Create Challenge #1 - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Bleeding Art December Challenge - Shiny and Sparkly
Card Mania CMC#112 Baby It's Cold Outside
Dies R Us Challenge #112 - Anything Goes using dies by companies carried at the DRU Store  I used Sizzix Alterations Ice Flake, Flurry #1 and Stitched Rectangles.
Mixed Media Place December Challenge I was inspired by the blues, the subject of snow and texture in bottom left photo in the mood board:

A list of the products I've used is listed below, all available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


  1. These are yummy, Sara Emily! Enjoying them with my morning cuppa. What a nice way to start my day! I love the addition of the bundled string for the little girl to stand on. It makes me think of the tracings that ice skates leave behind. So wonderfully wintry and truly inspired! Hugs!

  2. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Oh my Sara Emily those backgrounds are beautiful and you've adorned each of them perfectly. These are such perfect cards for this time of year xx

  3. Wonderful cards. The backgrounds are fabulous and make a perfect mat for the gorgeous die cut snowflakes and the paper dolls. Best of all, these cards are detailed and yet flat enough that you won't have to rob a bank to pay for the postage.

  4. You create the most amazing backgrounds - I always enjoy stopping by your blog to see what you've come up with! Two awesome cards -- Thanks so much for linking up to Cropstop!

  5. Fabulous creations! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Anything Goes using Dies from Companies carried at the DRU Store’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

    Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  6. They're absolutely stunning, Sara Emily!! The background looks amazing!! I love the fabulous texture and those beautiful snowflakes!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  7. Beautiful cards, Sara Emily! Being a winter person, I love the textured snowflake background and the delicate snowflakes themselves. Love the frosty effect on the snowflake with the little girl.

  8. Fantastic cards! Love the retro look and you nailed it. Thanks for joining our "Anything Goes using Dies from Companies carried at DRU" challenge at Dies R Us!

  9. Wow! Sara Emily, you’ve done it again with those amazing textures and colors! I love your take on Tami’s technique and the way your vintage elements take it in a different direction. Fabulous creation and a great take on the challenge! Hugs, de

  10. Your wintry cards are so beautiful, Sara Emily! I love the textured backgrounds and the snowflakes.

  11. A fabulous background and beautiful designs my friend, the snowflakes really make the paper dolls pop. Wishing you the very best for this new year <3 xxx

  12. Those are gorgeous with sparkle and shine! Thanks for joining us at Bleeding Art!

  13. This is fabulous, loving the sparkle which is ideal for our challenge over at Bleeding Art.
    Linda xxx
    Bleeding Art DT

  14. Sara, the backgrounds you created are just gorgeous (I need to check out Tami sometime!) The snowflakes are so, so beautiful and the dolls are perfect additions. Beautiful cards my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  15. Fabulously wintry and icy cards with great backgrounds!!! Happy New Year, Sara!!! xx

  16. That is a gorgeous background and lovely cards! Great inspiration and I am off to see what inspired you!

  17. Awesome cards for this time of the year! I love the vintage vibe that you have going on!

  18. Oh wow these are absolutely gorgeous Sara. Thank you so much for joining us at Crafts Dreamy. Hugs Zowie xx

  19. Those backgrounds make the most delicious backdrop for those snowflakes. As if the detail from them alone was not enough you multiplied it magnificently. Beautiful mixed media cards, Thank you as always for your inspired creations.
    Hugs Tracey xx

  20. A fabulous set Sara! The backgrounds look amazing and the way you have finished them is so clever! Love the wintry colour combo you chose too, such clever mixed media techniques, brilliantly pulled together!
    Happy Sunday! xx

  21. Great background and beautiful snowflake ! Just love all the winter theme !
    Thank you for playing with us at Card Mania Challenge !
    Hugs, Veana R.-DT

  22. Love the crackled embossing technique in the background - amazing! And lovely cards here too.
    Alison x

    Love your beautifull cards, great job Sara, thank you for joining into the fun over at the We Love To Create Challenge Blog, love to you see you again, Hugs Terry (DT) xxx

  24. Beautiful project! Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, Claire DT x

  25. Wow! Another set of amazing cards. Thank you for sharing with us at Mixed Media Place.

  26. very beautiful card. Good luck and thanks for playing along with us at Card Mania Challenge. Hope to see you again

    Shylaa DT@CMC


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