Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Easter Card with Tim Holtz Oxide Sprays and Chapter 1 Dies for Frilly and Funkie

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Easter Card #oxidesprays #organic #geospringtime #wildflowerstems (1)

Hello and welcome to sarascloset! Today the Funkie girls at Frilly and Funkie get to show how they interpret the current challenge theme, March Madness, chosen by the extremely talented and creative Suzz. No, she's not asking you to do a pick and roll or go for a fast break, but please read on to see what she really means about March Madness:

Don't be afraid; the challenge isn't going to require you to use basketball inspired images. Instead I want you to be inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I started from this quote of a conversation between the Mad Hatter and Alice: The Mad Hatter asks Alice: "Have I gone Mad?" and Alice replies "I am afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret.  All the best people are."

The challenge is to take any idea or concept from this wonderful tale to inspire your project. There are so many wonderful bits or pieces to be inspired by like the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the looking glass, tea party or Alice herself. The possibilities are endless. Anything can be your inspiration but make sure you reference what inspired your art from the story!

As always, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, and the winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three 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.

Needless to say, my 'Alice in Wonderland' references are the White Rabbit and the out-of-this-world, oversized flower garden. For some reason, psychedelic colors always come to mind when I think of Alice in Wonderland, too, so I was going for some 'far out' colors.  Not sure what I would do with a pure 'Alice in Wonderland' themed make, I decided to use my nods to 'Alice' on an Easter card.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Easter Card #oxidesprays #organic #geospringtime #wildflowerstems (2)

I started by adhering an Organic die cut to a card stock panel using Collage Medium Matte, and followed that up with a complete coat of Crazing medium, and allowed it to dry just to touch.  Make sure you have full coverage. I sprayed the panel with Distress Oxide sprays in Picked Raspberry and Cracked Pistachio and wiped with a damp cloth, allowing more of the color to settle into the recesses.

 The collage medium allows the sprays to be partially removed, but leaving some color behind. Without the coating,  the spray will just soak into your paper. Tim Holtz says there is a window of opportunity to remove the sprays before the medium cures (reaches maximum hardness). I have not yet tested this theory, but I'm guessing after the medium cures, the spray would just wipe completely off. I think if the medium is dry just to touch, some of the spray soaks into it. When the panel had fully dried on it's own, I smoothed on Seedless Preserves Distress crayon.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Easter Card #oxidesprays #organic #geospringtime #wildflowerstems (3)

The day lily from the Wildflower Stems set #2 and Geo Springtime bunny are cut from watercolor paper straight up. The mat for the panel and the Small Talk Occasions sentiment is cut from a masterboard  colored with the oxide sprays I was playing with at the time--I believe there is also Mermaid Lagoon in there this time.

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Easter Card #oxidesprays #organic #geospringtime #wildflowerstems (4)

The greens were from my bits box  and the spike-y flowers  were cut from watercolor paper. (both are Funky Florals #3)  I used a mop up scrap to fussy cut a background bunny and inspired by the greens gave it a smudging of Prima Opal Magic Vintage Silk wax.

Quick tip: don't panic (as I did) after you first spray your Oxides--just sit back, wait for them to dry and for the magic to begin!

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Easter Card #oxidesprays #organic #geospringtime #wildflowerstems (5)

That's all for me today! I hope you will stop by the blog to see all the amazing creations my teammates created just for your inspiration. And then, I hope you'll link up your own vintage or shabby chic interpretation of March Madness--I can't wait to see what you will create! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

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  1. This is so gorgeous, Sara Emily!! The background looks amazing!! I don't have any of the Distress Oxide sprays yet but I need to get them after seeing this!! The stems and rabbit are all fabulous!! Creative and stunning, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. A wonderful card, Sara Emily!!! I absolutely love that background!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow! Wow! Wow! Sara Emily this card is so precious and beautiful! When I first saw the release of the TH Geo Springtime dies I didn't like them, but now seeing that sweet bunny on your awesome card I think I NEED them too!! The wildflower stem in white really is stunning against your distress oxide background!! Gorgeousness at its best!!

  4. Such an amazing background - definitely Alice-like in its psychedelic feel. Love the flower stem and your shimmering March Hare.
    Alison x

  5. What a beautiful card, Sara Emily! I love the colors. The bunny and flowers look perfect against the background.

  6. WOW just beautiful! 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.

  7. How interesting and lovely!! Gorgeous background in beautiful color and wonderful bunny die! Thanks so much for joining us at Dies R Us for the challenge!

  8. This is such a wonderful way to interpret the challenge theme Sara, the background is just fabulously Alice, the rabbit is a an absolute delight, I just love everything about this! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Wow, wow , wow! That background is gorgeous! I love the way the lily pops against it. Such a neat perspective on the challenge!

  10. Such a fabulous card with a glorious background and delightful diecut elements. This is absolutely beautiful Sara Emily xxx

  11. This is brilliant Sara, love the background and the composition.

  12. Love your brilliant colors and geometric rabbit with big garden flowers! All things I associate with Alice and her wild adventures! Beautiful Easter card!

  13. This is gorgeous ... Love how you interpreted the Alice in wonderland theme and the techniques are just WOW!!!
    All the Best for Scrapy Land Challenge!

    Nupur Creatives

  14. This is such a clever way to team the Alice theme with Easter! The blended background over the die cutting is inspired and has a look of Monet about it. It really makes the layered White Rabbit and flowers pop perfectly xx

  15. Love how you linked the theme to Easter and I just love that die-cut rabbit. The blended background is perfect!

  16. Great idea and design. Thank you for joining us at Love 2 Create challenges.

  17. Sara - its been an age since I've been over here - apologies for life getting in the way! Your card is totally awesome - I love this! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges. Hugs rachel xx


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