Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mixed Media with Cheery Lynn Designs dies

For my Cheery Lynn Designs project today, I stepped way out of my comfort zone and tried a mixed media piece.  Now anyone that knows me well, knows how anal I am and how hard it is for me to do artsy stuff.  I began with an 8x10 canvas sealing it with a coat of Gesso.  Using lightweight chipboard I cut out a huge amount of dies and then mixed and matched until I found something I liked.

I began with the word "create" die cut with my Lace Scrip Lower Case dies.  Below that I added a Burlap border and further down a Gears Mesh Border.  Along the left edge I added a Tiny Bubbles Mesh Border.  I added another coat of Gesso.

Next I added some chain pieces cut from a Chain Mesh Border, a Clock and a Shuttered Window.  And, yes another coat of Gesso.

I continued to add dies, Quills above the window, a Gear above that.  I cut a Dreamcatcher in half and put it along the top and on the right side.  I used a Sentiment frame behind the bottle cap and another on the upper right behind the metal snap.  Below "create" I added Anastasia border (this I cut from card stock as it is such an intricate die)  The last piece was half of the center of a Rum Punch Doily.  I added some beads to the bottle cap and then coated everything with Gesso.

Using Dylusions spray inks, I added color.  I also added some Glimmer Mist so it has a lovely shine.  This was hard for me as the anal side really wants to control where the color goes, lol.  But I tried to be brave and let the color do it's thing.  The last step was my flowers and leaves.

I decided to try cutting the flowers out of metal.  I have some soft aluminum, .005 thick 36 gauge.  They cut beautifully.  And I am loving these flowers.  They were so easy to mold and stack.  I decided not to color them, I liked the look of the silver.  I just added a bit of color to the tips of the petals with my Copic markers. You can see the flower dies I used below.  I am happy with the way my canvas turned out and I had fun making it.  It took me about 7 hours to complete this project.

Cheery Lynn Designs dies used:

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Bonnie Brown said...

Exquisite!!! You did an excellent job!! Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone!!

Sandy Fredrick said...

Awesome, love all the layers and the metal flowers.

Donna said...

Now that wasn't so hard was it!!!
Looks fab, and has given me some ideas.
Donna xx

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ednamburgess said...

This is something really different for you and you did a great job of it. Love the colors and placement of all the things. And the flowers are beautiful. Edna

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Bj said...

Such a cool project, Sandy! The end result is stunning!