Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love You Rusty Mixed Media Card with Tim Holtz and Spellbinders

Hello friends! Have you gotten all your Valentine's cards made yet? If you haven't, this is a great time to create a few and join in the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  Today the Funkie side of the Frilly and Funkie team unveil their inspiration for the two week challenge entitled 'All You Need is Love', chosen by the LOVE-ly and talented Zoe.

Zoe says, "It's time to let cupid draw his paintbrush and create a vintage or shabby chic project with the word "LOVE" somewhere on the project. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail."

 While I don't have trouble making masculine projects, I think it's a challenge to make a Valentine card for my husband. I want it to be romantic but not fluffy, so perhaps some hearts with some deterioration are in order.

The large heart was made with the two piece layered Spellbinder Vines of Passion die. I made the largest heart by tracing around the largest of the dies and cut it free hand. I dipped both the vine-y heart and the solid one behind it in Distress Oxides/water puddles, dipping and drying until I was happy with it. The stenciled heart background panel was also colored in this fashion. I spread crackle paint on the vine-y heart thinly, and thickly through the hearts stencil on the background, allowing it to dry on it's own. When it was dry, I highlighted the cracks with Prima's Color Clay Artisan Powder. Linda sells these powders in her shop in many different colors, and I'm looking forward to trying out more colorful versions.

After brushing off the excess powder, I swiped just the tiniest bit of White Gold Metallic Wax over the crackling. This looks so rich and shimmery in real life, adding just a touch of elegance to an otherwise grungy design. Sadly, some of the crackle from the large vine-y heart chipped off when I added the Color Clay powder, so before adding the wax, I sealed the large heart with a coat of DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish to prevent further damage. I kind of like the chipped look. I probably could have used Distress Collage medium, but I'm trying to finish off an old bottle of the Ultra Matte.

The three rusted hearts were cut from thin chipboard and painted with gesso, Distress paint and crayons and alcohol ink. Each heart and background panel (given sturdiness with a backing of thin chipboard) was layered using black adhesive foam.

The rusty lace is cut from card stock and painted similarly. 

I altered the index clips with paint, crayons and alcohol ink and filled them with Remnant Rubs to express my love.

I backed the panel with another card stock layer painted to look rusty. I'm really tickled pink to be using my new Prima Distress Tool gifted to me by my lovely and uber talented BFF and Frilly teamie, Autumn, to get some of that rusty crusty look to my silver elements! Thank you so much, Autumn!

And thank YOU for stopping by! Be sure to stop by Frilly and Funkie for even more LOVE-ly inspiration from both the Frilly and the Funkie girls. Then it's over to you!  We invite to you to play along in the “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project and link it up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from the gallery. Our favorite artist will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.Wow! There's plenty of reason to play along!

I'm also sharing this card with the following challenges:
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Thank you for your visit and lovely comments!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

The following products were used and can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Sara!! I am so in love with how you combine the grungy and the soft, and make it look so natural! I mean who can make soft look eroded, and make grungy look romantic!!! YOU!! There is just so much texture here, layer upon layer of crackle and rusted... I really wish I could reach in and touch it! Another amazing piece that I can't get enough of!!

    So as I am writing this comment, I look outside and see that it is snowing like crazy! How excited am I!! I haven't been outside for almost 3 weeks, but I'm thinking I'm heading out there this afternoon and grabbing some more snowy photos, before this wintery season comes to an end! Hope you're having a great week my friend, sending hugs :)

  2. Awesome card, Sara! You always use such wonderful techniques to add a grungy look to your cards. Looks like the real thing!

  3. Beautiful rustic and grungy card perfect for your hubby! Beautiful texture and card!

  4. Well, you certainly achieved a fabulous male Valentine card, the colours give a wonderful romantic feel to the card and all the gungy loveliness is just so perfect for a man. I love the way you used the Artisan Powder, I would never have thought of that - will do it now though! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Love this card with all the wonderful crackle and the great colour palette. The pink and grunge work so well together.

  6. Texture perfect with a beautiful vintage feel!
    sandy xx

  7. Oh my gosh, this is amazing!! Wow!! I could never combine grunge and pink and hearts and make something this spectacular!! The texture is so fabulous!! I love the crackle!! I keep scrolling back up to look at the pictures!! It is a work of art, my friend!! Every detail is perfection!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. I have no idea why I don't own this stencil... Anyway, I'm so digging the hearts over the dotty bg paper. And just saw the Spellbinders hearts in Linda's shop and never ever ever would have imagined using them in such a cool way! You are a distressing genius and this is layered to perfection. I love how you used the crackle paste and can imagine how the white pearl give it a beautiful luster. I just know he will love this! Rust & pink at its finest! :)

  9. An amazing card Sara. Fantastic textures, a wonderful crackled heart background and just the right amount of gorgeous grunge to keep it from being too girly.
    Thank you for joining in with our February challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Good luck x

  10. This is simply gorgeous! The colors and textures in your background. The crackle is wonderful as well.

  11. I heart these hearts! The crackled/stencilled ones are great..and the faux rusted ones are awesome. I bit this would have looked amazing with a RED background too! Your technical ability is truly amazing!

  12. I am sure your hubby will appreciate the grunginess! You made this look very vintage SE! Even where the crackle fell off, it looks as though it was supposed to happen that way(btw, I hate when that happens!)
    Beautiful card- really special!
    hugs & love,Jackie

  13. Perfect balance of romance and distress, Sara Emily! And the lost 'chips' oh well, awesome accident ;) Your hubby will love it and is a very lucky man!

  14. AWESOME, I love all the crackle and layers!

  15. W-O-W! This really is the whole bundle of LOVE! Absolutely loVe it! Hugs, Chrisx
    ps Love is In the Air is the TIOT challenge this time!

  16. A gorgeous card with that amazing crackle effects. I like also the combination oft soft pink and blue color with a bit of rust.
    Dear Greetings

  17. Isn’t this amazing? Sara, do you ever stand back after all the messy fun of creating and say to yourself, “WOW! That was fun, and it turned out so incredibly well!” So many great stenciled textures and colors here! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs, de

  18. A wonderful rusty, crusty and crackled Valentine Sara Emily!! Julia xx

  19. Seriously stunning!!! The cracked hearts and aged index clips and background! The entire card is weathered to perfection and I poured over every detail! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! <3

  20. Catching up - WOW! That lace look crackled background is incredible!!! And then to offset it with the rusted look textured hearts is pure genius. Absolutely GORGEOUS! xx

  21. love this!
    thanks for playing along with our love them at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  22. Oh yummyliciousness - that crackle is just to die for - awesome project Sara! Thanks so much for joining us at Countryview Crafts and good luck in the draw. Hugs rachel xx


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