Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mixed Media Layered Card

Sara Emily Barker #timholtz #mixedmedia #wreath&snowflake #lumberjack 1

Hello and welcome back after a nice long break! I hope you all are doing well, and having a crafty start to 2020! Today starts a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog hosted by Cec. She calls her theme 'Let's Play Tic Tac Toe!', and here is how she describes it:

Let's play a game of Tic Tac Toe for this first challenge of the year. Choose any vertical, horizontal or diagonal line from the graphic below and create a vintage or shabby chic project using all three items on your chosen line. In addition to using all three items you must include a copy of the graphic in your post and tell us which line you chose.

As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details.

I'm sharing one of my thank you cards I've made and sent as a special message of gratitude for wonderful Christmas gifts I've received. I used the top horizontal line: Layers, Winter, Heat Embossing. Here are a few close up's of my card and a brief tutorial follows.

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Here's how it came together. Please forgive me for leaving off a few photos, but I think you get the idea.

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1. I found this winter themed designer paper in my stash, and blended the edges with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink to make it work with my other layers

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2.  I heat embossed a water color paper panel with my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder by Gwen Lafleur using Tim Holtz Lumberjack plaid stamp. I ended up dipping this into watery puddles of blue inks/oxides left over from the next step and allowing it to dry on it's own. After this panel was completely dry, I splattered it and the previous snowflake patterned paper with Picket Fence Distress paint using my Splatter Brush.

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3. I die cut some snowflakes using Tim Holtz Wreath and Snowflake Thinlits set. I colored a couple with Distress oxides (Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire), and one I heat embossed with the Wrought Iron powder. I layered up a few to give them dimension and rigidity. I ended up blending the embossed one with Chipped Sapphire ink, because it had some remaining white areas.

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4. I cut one of the colored ones in half and layered it as above. Distress Collage Medium Matte is the best adhesive for making these finely cut layers, because you have a little bit of open time to get everything lined up, and it STICKS! I heat embossed the top layer with Versamark and Fractured Ice by Emerald Creek. I love how adds an icy look and allows the colors to show through.

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5. (Not pictured.) I matted some of the layers with white card and dipped another panel in the blue inks to serve as a background to my central snowflake. I saved one of the snowflake centers and blended it lightly with Chipped Sapphire ink and then blended more of the ink through the snowflake stencil from Tim Holtz Mini Stencil set 45. I heat embossed a 'thank you' die cut as my sentiment.

Lastly I layered everything up using fun foam sheets to add dimension to my layers without adding too much bulk or weight. I'm really trying to focus on cards that can be sent inexpensively through the mail, since that is where most of my cards go.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog to see how my teammates found their way around the Tic Tac Toe board -- there's plenty of inspiration. And then I hope you'll play along with this fun challenge for a chance to be our special Guest Designer or to win a generous shopping spree to The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I can't wait to see what you will create! Happy crafting! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New I used my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder. 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New I used my new Wrought Iron Boho Blends powder.
Scrapy Land Challenge #129 Anything Goes I used a Sizzix and a Poppystamps die.
Bleeding Art December Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #136 - Anything Goes using any brand of metal die that DRU sells I used Sizzix and Poppystamps.
Die Cut Divas New Things I used new Wrought Iron Embossing powder.

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

Tim Holtz Cling Stamps - Lumberjack
Sizzix Chapter 3 Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Wreath & Snowflake
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 45
Emerald Creek Gwen Lafleur Boho Blends Embossing Powder - Wrought Iron
Emerald Creek Allure Powders - Fractured Ice
Tim Holtz Distress Splatter Brush
VersaMark Watermark Ink Stamp Pad
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Distress Ink Pads -- Black Soot, Chipped Sapphire
Distress Oxide Pads -- Faded Jeans Chipped Sapphire
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint - Picket Fence


  1. Hi, Sara! You ALWAYS spark my imagination with the unexpectedness of color choices in your amazing creations. While my first take is a night-time snowflake wonder, it reminds me of a party where all the snowflakes come dressed in colors AFTER they have fallen from the sky! Such loveliness - the metallics, blacks, and rich browns - beautiful! ! Happy New Year, busy friend! hugs, de

  2. Awesome!! Thanks for the photo tutorial and linking up to our January challenge gallery at Die Cut Divas.

  3. WOW... What an incredibly creative use of the snowflake die. And then to combine it with your beautifully subtle color pallet and embossing powders And to top it off, it is a functional mailable greeting.

  4. An absolutely stunning card Sara, from the beautiful base design paper to the wonderful plaid layer and then the coloured/embossed snowflakes - they are so beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Beautiful card~thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

  6. Sara Emily, such a beautiful layered card!

  7. Wow! This is stunning! So much wonderful texture. Thanks for linking up to the DRU "Anything Goes" challenge. Best of luck to you!

  8. The embossing makes this so magical Sara Emily. As always its fantastic to see how you created all those gorgeous layers as you have such a wonderfully creative mind.

  9. I never think of a dark hued winter card and you have totally inspired me with how striking the color are on this beautiful card! Wonderful mix of snowflake papers and dies to create a bold and lovely card!

  10. Ooh, look... same line played as me! Love those layered snowflakes - they're just fabulous. And the monochrome b&w with frosty shimmer works so well.
    Alison x

  11. Wow, what an amazing card! I love the wintry look and feel and you created so many stunning layers and so much bling - perfect 😁. Wishing you a happy and creative week! Hugs, Jo x

  12. Happy New year to you and apologies for not visiting for ages!!!
    Beautiful card and love all the super layers...stunning!

  13. Great tutorial on this fantastic beautiful card. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for our something new challenge.

  14. Hello there, Sara Emily! What a beautiful thank you card you created. I am always amazed by your crafting ideas!


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