Saturday, October 11, 2014

then this must be a bathroom roll (Dazzling Divas, AAA, ATCAS)

It all started with this.

To me it's just a toilet paper roll, the one that sits next to my workspace for cleanup. But to Dyan Reaveley, queen of the "kitchen roll" it would probably be a "bathroom roll". So there. But actually, it's more about that pattern that I noticed on it. See the leaves?

Wanted to make another mixed media card. Wanted to use fall colors since there are so many challenges out there these days. Decided to play with my Dylusions spray inks and see if  I could get that TP design to show up on my background when I "rolled" the "bathroom roll" over the "roonin puttles" of ink. (You must watch the video I linked above. Dyan's accent is brilliant!) It didn't. Show the design that is. But that's OK, cuz the process was oh-so-fun and looks oh-so-purty anyhow!

Did my spritzing in my cardboard box with the piece of contact paper backing (TIP: I sop up the leftovers that "puttle" up on it on tags or scraps to save for other projects.)  The phone rang after yellow and orange so those blotches happened then cuz it dried before I could go over it with the bathroom roll! What you see in the photo above is the reaction when I sprayed it with water and then a bit of green. Then I "rolled" it. Alas, no leaves.

So then I attempted some ghosting (spritzed water through an alpha stencil then flipped the wet stencil over to get negative ghosting on the lower left) and stencilling, or "spritz/flip" as Dyan calls it, (sprayed orange ink through a circle stencil then flipped it over to get the negative image on the right). You really must watch her video! Added a few opaque red splatters and called it quits. My masterboard was born.

What to do with it?

The October theme at the Mixed Media Card Challenge is "Vintage" with the optional element of a key. I love this vintage-y lady who usually sports seashells and a ship on her head, but I gave her a key in the hand and a nest full of leaves on her head. Cuz it's fall, ya'll! Oh, and a strip of kleenex box up top cuz I love that B/W houndstooth!

Where am I going with this card?
Dazzling Divas - #46 (I've got the orange and white going on)

AAA Cards - #23 Watercolors (although technically I used inks and water)

Addicted to CAS - #49 (I used stencils and think it's possible to get messy and still be CAS!)

Hope you enjoyed the long post. Happy weekend. We're in the middle of a busy one.

Paper:  Bringmann, metal sheets Add a Little Dazzle, recycled kleenex box
Stamps:  lady Paper Artsy, nest Crafty Secrets, key 7Gypsies
Ink : Dylusions, Kesi, Versafine
Tools: leaf die Impression Obsession, stencils Walmart


  1. Omg !! this is just stunning !! I loved the way you have created that panel and the beautiful way you have created this whole look !!..Amazing work !

  2. wow, this is gorgeous.,..great job and thanks fro sharing the details!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  3. Brilliant card i love how it all came to be ...ive never been that adventurous with my spray inks lol...maybe will give it ago :)
    Thanks for linking up at add a little dazzle.
    Kate xx

  4. What cool techniques, I love that you showed they so clearly. Glad you could play along at AAA Cards

  5. Always enjoy reading about and seeing how your cards and backgrounds come together! The result is fantastic!

  6. A remarkable card, Maria! All those techniques and still wonderfully CAS. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

  7. Blew me out of the ball park with this one, how wonderful... and pinned!

  8. Wow, so much went into this, Maria, and it looks amazing!

  9. Wow, what a fantastic technique, Maria ... the effect is stunning! Thanks for the link to Diane's video ... apart from finding out about the technique, had to go and see what the accent was all about! Anita :)

  10. Love that spritz/flip paper panel, and the nest of leaves headgear! Before Dyan got famous, she used to demo at the local shows wearing her furry slippers! (And she'd call it 'loo roll'!)

  11. Wow you are simply incredible! your ideas and ur designs simply amazing !! I am in love with this beauty

  12. Wow, that is such a cool technique! I love how you used that awesome background just on part of your card. Really makes your lady image pop! Thanks for sharing with us at ATCAS. :)

  13. Oh my. Love these personal twists you give to cards and your experiments, always with the most FAB results! How can we call a card like this? Vintage CAS? Luxurious halves? Or just Amazing? LOVE this!!!

  14. Terrific masterboard Maria! And your vintage-y lady is freakin awesome! Love the new do for the season! Thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Fabulous - and a very entertaining write -up of your process! LOVE!

  16. So cool. Love the techniques you've used to get that gorgeous background Maria. Fabulous and creative design with the image partial image on both the plain and designed paper. And those metal leaves --- awesome!! Loll xx

  17. AMAZING ! Maria I love this your background is amazing and I love how you used the stamp very funky indeed. I love the little touches on the hat and wowzer colours, fantabulous ! I love these techniques but I have to clear down my whole desk which is amen feat and I still get ink everywhere even though I use a box. Love this ! Thanks so much for joining us at ATCAS always a pleasure to see you here.


  18. what a great background you created - bravo for trying all these new techniques! the inking of the image over the colored piece and over the white is striking Maria - as are the wonderful leaf headress you gave her!

  19. What a beautifully composed card. All those layers and techniques add so much interest and yet, it is still CAS. Gorgeous. So glad you joined us at ATCAS this week


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