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Monday, April 13, 2015

Japanese Amemone meets Art Metal

Hey everyone,
I haven't had a lot of time to make cards lately but here's one that I was happy with. I've been really enjoying learning how to layer in my card making. I call them my little experiments and find that that attitude takes some pressure off of having to make everything "perfect". I don't worry so much about where the piece is going when I begin. So different from the purposeful designing that goes into the stamps and stencils. This is my free-flow art therapy ;)
Here is my first play with metal leaf. Hope you like it!
The background was made with Dylusions Ink Sprays on mixed media paper. When dry, I coated it with Golden - Regular Gel (Gloss). I love how it increases the vibrance of the Dylusions sprays. Not that they need it - I just love colour.
Over top of that layer I painted on the Adhesive in random shapes. I wasn't sure if it would work on a glossy surface but I thought, why not try? After waiting for the adhesive to dry I applied the metal leaf. You have to wait for it to dry first otherwise you'll have a mess on your hands trying to adhere the metal leaf to the wet glue. Instructions are on the bottle. The metal leaf stuck to the adhesive and brushed off of the glossy surface. Hurray! It worked! I used a dry paintbrush to smooth it down.
Next, I added some Deco Art Media - Crackle Glaze. It dries transparent which is great for adding a bit of texture without covering up your background. I rubbed some silver paint into the cracks when it was dry and cleaned the left over off of the surface.
The piece needed a focal point so I used modeling paste through my Japanese Amemone stencil. After it was dry, I put the stencil back over top and sponged on some pearlescent paint and then turquoise.
When using a sponge to apply paint I've found that it works best when the sponge is just the slightest bit damp. Not wet by any means. I wet mine and then use a paper towel to soak up as much water as I can from it. Right now I'm using dollar store make up applicator sponge wedges.
Finally, I added some coloured rhinestones on the top right gold patch. The gold needed to be broken up a bit and I liked the little bit of twinkle that they added. Reminded me of stars. You can kind of see them in this shot below.
Hope you liked my card! I would love to hear your thoughts on it so please feel free to leave me a comment. Wishing you a great day!
Bye for now,


  1. Ryn, I love this card so much I wish it'd be my Bday card! It's amazingly beautiful! TFS the process of making it, it's very inspiring.
    Dorly Weitzen, Israel

  2. gorgeous background and flower fab colour Ryn.

    gr karin

  3. Love it! All those interesting colours and textures - this is my kind of project. x

  4. Your card looks so plaful, Ryn...much to see and admire. Like this "just go with the flow" creation!
    Hugsss, Alie :-)

  5. Wauw! Gorgeous card, love the process and the techniques, explanation, layering and ofcourse the end result. Thank you for sharing!

  6. You see to it that you have more playtime, so we can enjoy more of this beautiful ART of yours!

  7. This is gorgeous Ryn and love the colours, especially that Anemone which is such a beautiful blue. I love the idea of the metal in the background too. x

  8. Love this.. gonna buy some metal stuff and try it .. So pretty E xxxxx

  9. Wow Ryn, this free flow art therapy is great and the results are so beautiful! Love all those layers and structures. It is the same as in life....the more you let go......the more it will come to you. Lovely, my friend...xxMiranda

  10. Wonderful art work. Your card is an amazing combination of colours, texture, stencil and more, love it very much, specially the brillant blue Anemone.
    xox Anja

  11. WOWZERS! Absolutely Beautiful!

  12. Your Japanese Anemone is beautiful and pops right off your page, the colour you have chosen is awesome Ryn, love it. Love playing with metal and don't play enough, thanks for the inspiration :-) xxx

  13. An intriguing mix of techniques, Ryn, and I love the result! Most unusual, and a great colour scheme with lots of texture.

    Thank you for your sweet comment - I am doing pretty well but it's going to be a long slow recovery. I had the histology results on Monday and unfortunately not quite the news I'd hoped for - the cancer had spread to one lymph node and was very aggressive so I've got to have some chemotherapy - oncology appt. at the beginning of May. Still, small price for survival, eh?



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