Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  This Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card is loaded with texture, dimension and some really fun features.  I’ll share it with you in just a second, but first, let’s find out Sara, our hostess for the challenge, has to say about the theme:

Neutral Point of View
We’re seeing a lot of pastel and brighter colors this time of year. For this challenge we’re inviting you to step away from all that color and play with your neutral art supplies. You can add a few pops or hints of color, but be sure we see mainly neutrals on your vintage or shabby chic design. (Think black, white, gray, brown, beige, cream, ivory; even gold and silver.)
Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card: Naturally Neutral

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 01

Ooooh!  Look at all this delicious texture!  To help me embrace the challenge to use neutral tones, I turned to a lovely pad of paper created by a company I discovered (and fell in love with) while at CHA in January.  My friends, meet “Alchemy” by Stamperia, a company based in Italy.  These lovely papers have a definite “Old World” feel, and I sure do love to play with them

Honeybee Mixed Media All Occasion Shaker Card: Bringing the Mixed Media to the Mix

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 02

Instead of matting all my paper layers, as I usually do, this time I distressed all the edges, then dry brushed them with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  While I was dry brushing, I went ahead and dabbed paint onto the flowers and other paper layers, too.  I love the way this aged the papers and gave the whole piece a very worn, antique feel.

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 03Machine stitching, canvas ribbon and burlap string add wonderful texture.  And for just a tiny pop of color, I turned the honeybee card focal into a shaker element.  Those gold sequins add wonderful shimmer and shine to the neutral color palette.  I also scattered Czech seed beads around the card.  To me, they look like pollen.

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These Little Birdie Flowers take on a whole new look once they are brushed with paint.  I added a little bee charm to the petals, along with burlap string and a random leaf I found on my desk.

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The Tim Holtz Weathered Clock Die frames the focal.  I treated it randomly with Seth Apter’s Ancient Amber Baked Texture Embossing Powder to add hints of gold to the finish.  The weathered clock is topped with some steampunk charms and a little resin crown, just above the flower cluster.

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Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card: Sweet as Honey inside!

Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card Alchemy by Kathy Clement Product by Stamperia Photo 07

I simply cannot get over the Old World charm and beauty of this paper collection.  Decorating the inside of this card was every bit as much fun as creating the outside.  I created a spot on the top half of the card where a personal greeting can be written in.  By leaving this blank, I can customize the greeting for any occasion I need.

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To fill the pocket on the bottom half of the card, I matted one of the pre-made bookmarks from the Alchemy Collection on cream and kraft cardstock.  Then I created a little tea bag wallet from scraps on my table.  And you cannot present a tea bag wallet without a honey stick.  It just wouldn’t be kosher.

This card came together so quickly…in just a couple of hours.  I had such fun cutting into these gorgeous papers and watching the design take shape.  It’s always an adventure, my friends!

A Neutral Point of View: Now it’s YOUR Turn!

You’re invited to participate in this “Neutral Point of View” Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that relies primarily on using neutral art supplies.  .  Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, May 8th.  You can find all the information on that  HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures?  If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



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14 thoughts on “Mixed Media Honeybee All Occasion Shaker Card

  1. Cec

    Exquisite! Love all the layers and the addition of the dry brushing takes it over the top. Like Sara Emily, I couldn’t get any of the Stamperia papers that I was hoping to pick up because they were sold out – a good thing. I will try again and maybe if I channel you, I can put something half decent together. 🙂

  2. Katie B

    Wow!!! You raised the bar a few notches with this stunning card! I don’t have one favorite part or element, but the way it all comes together… I truly have a visceral response when I look at this masterpiece. Thank you!

  3. Jenny Marples

    This is one of those cards that I would just love to see in person to truly drool over every detailed inch of it. You’ve layered in so many elements from die cuts and charms to flowers, czech beads and sequins, that simply take my breath away and work perfectly with these papers! Another magnificent creation Kathy! xx

  4. sewpaperpaint

    Kathy, I don’t have words to describe how much I love this fabulous mixed media make! I know you say MM isn’t your “thing” but no one could ever tell by looking at this gem of a card! I love how you used the seed beads and the fabulous distressing – you’re speaking my language girl! ;0 i’m so thankful for this inspiration today, it was much needed! Big hugs, Autumn

  5. stampersuzz

    Bee-utiful! I love the the way you took all these beautiful papers and created a cohesive soft muted effect with the painted touches. Lovely card and that shaker with the touch of sequins is so sweet!

  6. Sara Emily Barker

    Oh, Kathy! this is a real stunner in neutral colors! That paper is as yummy as I thought it would be. I have been drooling over this at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and was sad it sold out before I could get my grubby little hands on it. But happy to say, I just ordered two other pads by that company. You have done such an amazing job with the shaker element! I just love honey bees, so this really tickles me pink! I love the tiny honeybee charm, bees on the ribbon, the STITCHING and how you’ve finished the metal charms! Just everything about this makes me so happy! Wonderful project! Thank you for your hard work and lovely inspiration for my challenge theme! Sending sunny (finally) hugs!

  7. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is absolutely spellbinding! I discovered Stamperia a few months ago and fell totally in love with their papers as well. I’ve always been a “color” girl, but lately I’ve really been attracted to the neutrals. Your detail, as usual, on this card is out of this world! Thank you for sharing!

  8. carol edwards

    Beautiful card stock Kathy, I’ve seen several of the pads and they are simply gorgeous. You’ve have brought out all the beauty of the card with your sewing, inked parts and the bee looks devine. Inside and out the card is a work of art. Hugs x

  9. Suzy Q

    Wow Kathy! Talk about old world charm …you nailed it girl …in spades if you ask me! Luv it! Neutrals are one of my favorites! I guess I’m gonna have to get brave and try that distress ink …do you just eye dropper it on or use a toothbrush and fling it? Or what? Probably doesn’t take much …and my luck it would be overkill! I’d just hate to ruin those beautiful papers! Can’t seem to get that link to come up …. so I could drool over the Alchemy papers! P.S. I think those beads really do look like pollen! Beautiful card Kathy! Hugs Suzy Q

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