Sunday, April 1, 2018

Mixed Media Monthly April Challenge #47

Hello everyone, happy Easter and I guess happy April Fools' Day (that just seems so weird)! We're kicking off our April Challenge and no joke, it's a colorful one. Dust off your knowledge of color theory because we are having a color wheel challenge!

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(Create a mixed media project using predominantly one Complimentary or Split Complimentary Color Scheme. Be sure to tell us what you used.)

Here is a color wheel for you to reference. A Complimentary Pair is two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. A Split Complement is one color plus the two colors adjacent to its complement across the wheel. (For example, Red + Yellow-Green & Blue-Green.)

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I chose Red-Violet and Yellow-Green as my base color scheme to create this Gratitude Card Journal based on the project in Seth Apter's Card Play Mixed-Media Techniques for Small Works of Art. (I highly recommend this workshop from Seth. Buy the DVD or Video download like I did – you won't regret it! It is SO much fun and Seth is a great teacher.) So I'm not going to give a tutorial about this 'cause that is Seth's job lol. But… here are the results of my foray:

The journal consists of loose front and back covers with a ribbon wrap closure. The 'pages' are loose cards that are decorated on one side and the other side is used for journalling. I decided to make mine a gratitude journal so I can record the things I am thankful for.

covers with the stack of 'pages'

The journalling backs are more plain so you can write. The fronts are a glorious mix of layers and layers and layers with collage! 

I had fun searching through magazines and my stash of extra die cuts,
stamped images etc. to find things to use for my collages.

All the media layers of the card fronts are decorated at once. Seth suggests then doing the collages on the fronts at intervals, ie once a week when you pick a card to journal on. I've done some and the rest I'll add to as I choose.

That's it! Head on over to the Challenge post and check out the other inspiration from Design Team. We want to see what color wheel magic you can whip up too! Join in the challenge and you'll be in the running for a prize pack of art goodies. ;-)

I am also entering this little journal into the Mini Album Makers April Challenge. Check them out too, there are always fun things to see!

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz Psychedelic Grunge
Tim Holtz Spills & Splatters
Paper Artsy - Lynne Perrella Collection LPC034

Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paint - Very Berry, Granny Smith, Bora Bora, Pixie Dust, Teresa Green, Sour Grapes, Dusty Teal

Tim Holtz stencils - Numbered, Chevron
mat board
playing cards
black gesso
StazOn ink - Rusty Brown, Teal Blue
Ranger Archival Ink - Plum, Garden Patina
glue stick
white gel pen
black gel pen

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)


  1. Lisa, this is stunning! I love the idea of having little cards like this to write messages on! I have done a couple of workshops with Seth and agree, he is a wonderful teacher. I hope you are enjoying the long Easter weekend. xx

  2. Such a cute project and I love your colors xoxo

  3. I love your work, how creative :) love the colors you chose ;)

  4. Wow!!!
    Lisa, I love your work so much. These colors are just awesome and your creation is so fantastic my friend.
    Thank you so much for sharing this awesome inspiration.

    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla

  5. Fabulous work Lisa - I have seen these popping up all over FB and Pinterest - always means its a success!!! xx

  6. Absolutely love it! I love the idea of adding to it each week. Thanks for the awesome inspiration. :)

  7. Wow, this is such a cute idea - will have to look into that Seth course. Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel

  8. This sounds fun! Great MM pages !

  9. What an amazing idea ! I just love your cards transformed in a book ! Hugs

  10. These cards are all amazing and look so great bound together! I'd love to take Seth's class, thanks for the details. We're so happy you played along with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Big hugs, Autumn

  11. Such a great idea just what you need to kikstart each creative session and who doesent love Lynne Perrella stamps. Thanks for sharing x

  12. Wow, your mini album is amazing! I love the cover and pages that you created 😀. Have a wonderful week! J 😊

  13. Really lovely - nice and quirky -just like mex

  14. Oh my goodness! So many lovely layers of paint and details, just mind blowingly gorgeous! I'm very envious, they are amazing. Thank you for the awesome inspirations at The Mixed Media Monthly challenge x

  15. I love the bright and breezy feel of this charming little book. Thanks so much for playing along at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  16. This is really a fun project! I love all the tiny details! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge.


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