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Mar 30, 2013

Key To My Heart

Good morning!  As promised, I'm back with a card I made for the Mix Ability Challenge yesterday at SCS. This week's challenge, Construction Zone, is to use metal with some other mixed medium.  I never got a chance to play with last week's challenge, Rip It, Paste It, Ink It so I thought I'd combine the two.

The idea came pretty quickly - The Cat's Pajamas latest release, which was just on Tuesday, included a CutUps die set called Key To Your Heart and 2 great coordinating stamp sets, Key Phrases and Lock & Heart Background.  Keys are metal so it seemed a no-brainer!

First, I used several different types of vintage book paper, tore them and glued them down using Decoupage to a piece cardstock.  Then I used white paint mixed with Acrylic Glazing (which makes the white semi-transparent) and painted over the piece to tone it down a bit. Next I used a new background stamps from The Cat's Pajamas, Lock & Heart Background and stamped directly over the whole sheet. The stamp was perfect!

The key is a new CutUps die from TCP - Key To Your HeartI cut it from a thin sheet brass which I then embossed with a wood-grain pattern. I used Linen Distress Paint on it, rubbed on some Fired Brick Distress Stain and a bit of Brown paint. Next, crackle medium and then a bit of white paint. Basically, lots of layers - but then I sanded it a bit and removed some to expose the brass beneath! :)  It came out looking like a great vintage key!

The sentiment is from TCP, Key Phrases and was stamped with Fresh Snow ink.  The little heart lock is another die cut from the Key To Your Heart CutUps set which I cut from a layer of book paper and cardboard.  I rubbed it with Distress Stain and gave it a layer of Gel Medium.

I hope you've been inspired to give the new challenges a try!  Mixed Media is really more about looking at your supplies differently, maybe trying out a few new ones and experimenting - you don't have to get all grungy or totally change your style.  Make it what YOU want! :)
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Cardstock: (Natural White) Neenah, (some red???), (Dark Chocolate) Papertrey Ink, Vintage book pages, 
Stamps: (Key Phrases, Lock & Heart Background) The Cat's Pajamas, Ink: (Frayed Burlap) Ranger, (Fresh Snow) Papertrey Ink, Accessories: (Hemp), (Seam Binding) The Cat's Pajamas, Tools: (Key To Your Heart CutUps) The Cat's Pajamas, (Fired Brick Distress Stain, Linen Distress Paint) Ranger, (Acrylic Glazing) Golden, craft paint, brass sheet


  1. This is fantastic Jules! Hey, you changed your blog look too, I love it! I have been thinking of updating mine but where to start!

  2. This turned out beautifully, Julie! Love the stamping on the die cuts! :D


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