Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Don't Worry

Today I was blessed to get to play around in my craft room. I combined two challenges, The Mojo Monday (329 sketch challenge) and the Our Daily Bread Designs (inspiration challenge).
I was thinking the the circle on the sketch could be looking down on the ball jar, so I made it blue. I cut a circle out of gray textured cardstock. I embossed it in my cuttlebug using a spiral embossing folder. I then painted it with blue and turquoise paint. I then covered the circle with white school glue. When the glue was still tacky, I painted with white paint in some areas. When that was dry I used versamark ink and gold embossing powder to finish the circle. 

Looking at the inspiration photo, I like that the jar was sitting on what made me think of white washed wood. I tried to get that same look with my background. I took the same gray textured cardstock that I used for the circle. I painted it with cream acrylic paint. Then I covered the cream paint with white school glue. I used my heat gun to get the glue to a tacky state quickly. Then I with white paint over the glue. What was fun was I didn't use a paint brush for any of this painting. I did it finger painting. I started out using a brush but it put too much paint on at a time I wanted it more rustic and I found that I got that rustic look better when I used my finger.

The part about this card that I like and is definitely the most "MIXED MEDIA" about my card is the flowers. I punched them out of typing paper. I used ink spray smash technique to dye them. I then wet them and crumpled them up into a ball. Then I used a heat gun to dry them. The stem for my flowers was made with twine, masking tape, shoe polish, and a woodgrain embossing folder. I started with a length of twine. I wrapped the twine with the masking tape. I then put that into my cuttlebug using a woodgrain embossing folder. When it came out it had a really neat wood texture. It was flat after going through the cuttlebug and a little thick, so I took my scissors and cut it into 3 strips. I glued the flowers to the stems and for the centers of the flowers, I glued little styrofoam balls. The styrofoam balls were part of a floral filler that I bought at Hobby Lobby over a year ago.

The only stamping that I did on my card was the scripture Matthew 6:34. It is from an Our Daily Bread Designs set called  DON'T WORRY. I stamped it onto white cardstock. I did a water color wash with the turquoise paint that i used for the circle. Again trying to mimic the color of the mason jar.

The last part of how I was inspired by the photo is the paper lace behind the circle. I took the textured cardstock and painted it with just the cream acrylic paint, leaving it still mostly gray. I was inspired for the lace with the lace on the shelves of the china hutch in the photo on the left.

What a great reminder to not worry about tomorrow. This affirms what the Holy Spirit was saying to me on Sunday while I was studying with the small bible study group from our church.

I am also entering this in the Word Art Wednesday 115 challenge.


  1. Oh, MariLynn, I love your card! It's wonderful for both challenges, and I'm so glad you've joined us for this week's ODBD Shining the Light challenge! I was delighted to read how you designed and your card using wonderful creativity and mixed media! How delightful, and I love the verse you chose! Warm hugs!!

  2. MariLynn, all of your textures and the fabulous flowers looks so great with the MOJO sketch! Thank you for visiting my blog!

  3. What a marvellous card MariLynn, and from the sounds of it you had fun making it!

  4. Oh wow, Marilynn. These flowers are STUNNING! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents in our challenge. You are such a blessing and encouragement to me and I thank you for stopping by to share.
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. Oh Marilynn, I am so excited to see you join the ODBD challenge this week!! Your creation is gorgeous with the flowers and the scripture. What a gorgeous take on the inspiration. Awesome use of technique and mixed media. Thanks for joining us at the Shining the Light challenge this week!!

  6. Awesome card! Sounds like you had loads of fun creating this one. Love all the mixed media you've added. Those flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us this week at ODBD chalkenge. Elizabeth