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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Churchyard Garden

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I feel I am becoming increasingly interested in 
mixed media creations, and have just begun to experiment in this field. This is 
my 3rd mixed media creation. I know it is fairly 'straight', but hopefully with 
time, and experience, my work will become 'looser' and 'freer'.

When I was a little girl (soooo long ago!) people used to say I was a 'very strange
child'. This was for many reasons, one of which was that I loved churchyards, and 
that love still remains today. Churchyards to some people are disturbing places, 
but I find them peaceful and beautiful, and some of the older ones have wild 
flowers, ferns, and other pretty vegetation growing in them, not to mention 
the occasional bunnies, birds, and insects.

My card has been greatly influenced by the countless times I have sat quietly
in old churchyards, not only in Australia, but in other countries too.

I distressed the edges of the kraft base, but it doesn't really show up, then
I die-cut the church window and painted the die-cut with Distress Stain
'Brushed Pewter'. To give the impression of light behind the window, I
sponged 2 yellow distress inks onto a scrap of card, covered that with
Tim Holtz' Frosty Film, then attached the window to that. 

For the brickwork, I applied homemade texture paste through a stencil.
The paste was made using the recipe by the wonderful Pamellia, who has
become a major inspiration to me...she has just started her own mixed 
media challenge blog, in addition to her personal blog. When the paste
was dry, I sprayed and sponged it with several distress sprays and inks.

After fitting the window into the aperture, I arranged my handmade
flowers and die-cut foliage, all of which were sponged, painted or 
sprayed with various inks.

All the foliage was finished with a light spritzing of liquid acrylic
pearlescent ink, but unfortunately it barely shows up in the photos...
nor does the lovely shimmer of the Frosty Film in the window.

I have had the dove die for years, and can't believe I have never used it.
It was among the many items I found when I transferred my outside  
studio to our spare bedroom. After cutting it, I roughly painted it 
with silver paint, then applied 2 light coats of 'Abalone' Opals.  
While the Opals was still molten, I carefully placed 1 tiny piece 
of  'Champagne' Glass Glitter (using a toothpick) to represent 
the dove's eye.

Challenges I would like to enter
Allsorts #310 - 'Use At Least 3 Die-cuts'
Anything But Cute #1 - 'Vintage Garden' DT Favourite
City Crafter #261 - 'Focus On Flowers'
Country View Crafts - 'Simply Scenic'
Crafty Cardmakers and More #138 - 'Make Your Own Background'
Fab 'n' Funky #258 - 'May Flowers' TOP 3
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - 'Add Some Flowers'
Inspiration Journal - 'Embossing Paste'
Little Red Wagon #288 - 'Distress It'
Our Creative Corner - 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' #79 - 'Anything Goes With A Twist...Add Flowers'

Dies - Sweet Stamps Elegant Leaves; Marianne LR 0106, LR 0150, Bosskut Dove
Punch - EK Success Retro Flower Medium
Stencil - Crafter's Workshop Mini Bricks
Embossing Powder - Opals Abalone
White Ink - Colour Box Frost White
Distress Stains - Tim Holtz Brushed Pewter, Festive Berries, Tea Dye
Distress Inks - Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar.
Liquid Watercolour - Winsor and Newton Chartreuse
Silver Spray - Daler Rowney Liquid Acrylic Pearlescent
Glass Glitter - Stampendous Frantage Champagne
Frosty Film and Distress Edging Tool - Tim Holtz
Stamens are from my junk stash

It's so good to be back in blogland...thank you for visiting me, and until next time,
Jennifer. x


  1. Beautiful card, Jennifer, lovely window.

  2. Hi Jennifer, so glad you survived the wild weather. I've kept you in my thoughts and am glad you're ok. This is just sensational. I am in awe of the whole mixed media thing and think you've done an amazing job on this. Homemade texture paste? Wow! I am super impressed and love how you've done the brickwork. Love how the flowers snake up the wall and just adore that window. This is really gorgeous. Sending hugs, Jayne xx

  3. Boy oh boy Jennifer, you sure do know how to make an entrance!! For your first project back you show us this spectacular mixed media piece...BLAM!!!!! I love that! You are just so sweet and I thank you for the kind words, I am so honoured that I could be an inspiration to such a wonderfully talented lady! Now about your beautiful garden...I think I would like to live there! Your brick wall turned out incredible, they look like real stones, awesome!! I love your inlaid window, the Brushed Pewter was a good choice and the frosted film must look so much better in real life...shimmer is impossible to capture on camera! Beautiful dove and I love his glass glitter eye, that was an amazing idea! Gorgeous flowers, love the's the full package Jennifer!

    I am just so thrilled and honoured you have gotten messy and joined us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    1. Hi Jennifer. I was so excited last time I was here that I forgot to say Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More for our 'Make Your Own Background' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  4. what a lovely card thanks for sharing with FTT Rachel dt

  5. beautiful flowers you used on your card
    thank you for sharing it with us

    hugs Debby
    DT member Fab n Funcky

  6. A lot of work and time and it shows off. This is beautiful. I love that window die you used; filled with beautiful details. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB this week!

  7. Such a wonderful make Jennifer - ijust love the texture and array of die cuts you have used - so lovely. you've obviously made good use of your down time! - thankyou for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges this week hugs Judith x

  8. Only your third mixed media creation you say? What! This is awesome sauce and so well mix media-d up! The stenciling is brilliant and well done. Your flowers are gorgeous! As is your die cut work! Fantabulous!

    Thank you so much for joining our first challenge, "Vintage Garden", at Anything But Cute! Hugz! ~Niki DT

  9. Hi Jennifer! I would not have thought of you as a 'strange child' at all :) I would have thought you embodied an older, wiser soul for finding tranquility and beauty :) This is such a beautiful and peaceful card. I'm pretty new to mixed-media, too--You Go Girl!! :) :) The possibilities are endless :) :) Thank you so much for bringing this lovely churchyard creation to my April Showers Bring May Flowers challenge at Our Creative Corner this month! XOXO-Shari

  10. Oh, Jennifer, you put so much love in creating this fantastic make! I can't believe that this is your third mixed media work since it's just stunning! Your bricks are fabulous and I adore your amazingly arranged flowers and greenery! Love your vitrage window and your perfect dove!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our Vintage Garden challenge!
    Branka x

  11. A super creation Jennifer and great use of your dies and punches.

    Many thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  12. This is so beautiful!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

  13. A gorgeous card Jennifer, your brickwork background is fabulous along with your beautiful window and flowers - a wonderful project.

  14. The detail in this is just amazing and I think it captures the peace and beauty of a graveyard perfectly. I can't say I have ever really stopped to sit in one but whenever I walk through or past one I think they are beautiful and make me think much more of life from the plants and animals there than of death - hope that makes sense!

    So, I really love your amazing artwork and reading how you create it all :-)

    Big hugs, Kat xx

  15. How wonderful that you created your own embossing paste - and it looks fantastic on your wall. The window is lovely and your flowers look wonderful! Thanks so much for joining in this month at Inspiration Journal with this beautiful piece of work. Anne x

  16. Gorgeous creation Jennifer!! Such a fantastic take on both challenges that I am a DT member of: Anything But Cute and City Crafter :) Thank you for joining!

  17. The way you arranged your composition with all the dies gives a really peaceful card indeed.. Thanks for playing with us at OCC.

  18. Lovely card. The brick wall is a perfect backdrop for the church window and the pretty flowers you created. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  19. Wow, such a stunning project! Love it! Such a great colour choice too! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

  20. I love churchyards and stained glass windows!! I love how your window is white and just stands out against the pretty brick!! just love it! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  21. Gorgeous card! I love your background and all your details. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  22. Beautiful! Love the flower clusters and window! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  23. I can't believe this is your third mixed media creation! It's amazing! I hope to see more of your makes! Thank you for entering our challenge at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x

  24. Dropping by from Pamelia's Challenge blog where I saw your beautiful is beyond all the gorgeous gorgeous details you have added and Especially the dove
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects


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