Sunday, 22 June 2014

A GD post for ARTASTIC

Come the first of every month, I religiously visit the ARTASTIC Challenge blog to check the featured artist. Its always interesting to read about artists, their work and along the way, it almost always tickles my imagination, inspiring me to create.

So, when Jane asked me if I was interested in being a guest designer for her blog, I jumped...with joy :) Head over to their blog, to read about the creator of - The Jam Session  and browse through the creations the talented team at Artastic have prepared inspired by this painitng and inclusing the criteria : distressing. 

From the painting, I picked the colours of blue and red for my layout and the theme of music. Ive created a mixed media 12X12 layout using gesso, paints, mists, tissue paper and whats becoming my favourite off late - gold texture paste. I tried a lot of new techniques to make my background and quite happy with the way it turned out. 

On a plain piece of plae pink cardstock, I first free hand painted the lyrics of our favourite song. Then went over with several layers of gesso and paints, mists and tissue till I was happy with the background.

In Feb this year, I won a challenge at Artastic and was given a voucher to Alacraft - this store has some really gorgeous lace and Im loving the soft look it adds to layouts. So next on my layout came the lace followed by stamping, misting and finally gold texture.

June sketch

My layout is based on the June Purple pumkpin sketch. Ive replaced and added a couple of elements so that my page looks balanced. Instead of the circles in the top right, Ive added them in the bottom. Also, didnt have two photographs so included tags and a jar of hearts from behind the main photo similar to the sketch. Again instead of the fish cut banners on the right, is a vellum pocket with a tag which has my journalling. The banners pointing downward along the length of the sketch have been replaced with lace and horizontal lines made with gold texture paste.

Also playing alongwith Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge - Anything goes

Beyond Grey Challenges - Stamping (on lace) & Misting (to create background and also on the final layer dark magenta mist made from paints)

Kraftzone - Anything goes with die cuts and pattern paper (The poloroid photo frame and chalk board sentiment are die cut and PP used - Crate paper)

Imaginations Online - Distress Inks (The jar of hearts has been stamped and fussy cut. While the outline is stamped with two permanent inks. The inside of the jar was painted with watered down distress ink and then again, the hearts have been stamped with distress ink  for a soft look. Also stamp several times before re-inking for a more dimensional look)


  1. What stunning work!!! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  2. Fabulous! Congrat's on 'starring' over at's a fun challenge blog! And this works sooo well for our Purple Pumpkin challenge....your bg looks really much depth, but lightness at the same time:):) Thanks for sharing over at PP this month:):)

  3. This layout is absolutely stunning! It took my breath away and was even more amazing the longer I looked at it! I love the color palette you used and how you blended the colors. And those layers are incredible! I like how you started with song lyrics, then built more and more layers on top of it with all sorts of different mediums. This layout really focuses your mastery over several different types of materials and techniques. It is bursting with energy and creativity and it really inspired me. I'm so glad that you shared your talents with us for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  4. Superb LO Kripa!! So much detailing n craft work you have done. It comes out very beautiful n eye catchy. Thanks for playing along with Kraftzone challenge#6. Best of luck. :)

  5. Congrats on ur Guest Spot :) the results of mixed media are gorgeous, ur work is awesome :) I am ur new follower !

  6. I have just been going thru your work here and love what I´m seeing!!! xoxo, Sanna :)

  7. Great layout It has such fun texture and color. A wonderful creation! Thank you for sharing your work with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  8. Amazing creation. You've chosen colours perfectly. And these details!

  9. I love your layout! Stunning colors and details!
    I'm so excited to be working with you at MMCC - you're such a talent!

  10. WOW!! What a stunning page! LOVE love love the background and the colors!!!!

  11. That is absolutly delightful !
    Love that stamping on fabric ! Thanks for playing with us in the BGC june challenge

  12. Wow! You really liked our challenge!
    Another beautifil layout with fantastic colours and design.
    thank you for sharing it with us at BGC!



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