Friday, June 3, 2011

Don't go breakin' my heart ....

Wanna know how to break my little artsy heart???  Issue a "cardboard" challenge for the summer issue, and then don't publish my little Under The Sea art piece.  :  (     I don't usually whine or complain on my blog, I save that for DH, ha!  But Stampers Sampler has broken my heart.  It's a day like this that makes you want to throw in the towel and stop submitting.  What I am more upset about is that I sent them $10 to mail this and 3 other cards back and they haven't!  I worked hard on this, and I hope it didn't end up in a trash can somewhere.

But I want give up!  I love their challenges and template challenges and they really spark my creativity so I will push on!  And I have to say that the June / July issue is OUTSTANDING!  Even if you don't want to buy it.  Stop by a nearby Michaels or Barnes and Noble and check it out.  The hot air balloon template projects are AMAZING!  What creativity!   And of course I love all the cardboard art.  I saw 1 name I recognized.  This chick is an outstanding mixed media artist.  I wanna be just like her when I grow up!

If this issue inspires you to create something using cardboard then I would love to have you add it to my Flickr group HERE.
Need more inspiration ??? 
You can check out more of my cardboard art HERE.

Project Details

Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black, Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate both by Tsukineko.
Corrugated Cardboard.
Pumus - Golden.
Crackle Paint - Ranger
Acrylic Paint - Making Memories.
Tuelle - Bazzill.
Raffia, hemp and shell fiber - local craft store
Clear pebble embellishment - Making Memories

Cut corrugated cardboard to size and tear away some area’s to expose the ripples.
I started out applying some vintage music paper but it was eventually layered over
and now you can only see hints of it (The Etude at the top).  Apply acrylic paint (mine
is watered down so that it is a little transparent). Apply pumus (it’s this wonderful sand
like product you can find I the artist section of local craft store) with a palette knife.
Pumus is grey in color, but you can mix it with paint. I used a beige color. After dry,
apply crackle paint. Add brown ink. Stamp images and trim. Stamp sentiment and
trim with Spellbinders die, then ink edges. Cover back of project with white paper.
Wrap with fibers and adhere clear pebble to center of knot. Adhere sentiment
and images. Add a cardboard frame stand to the back so you can display it
on a table top.

Have a blessed weekend!!


Mickie said...

This is sooo gorgeous! I absolutely love it!! Such ashamed that they haven't returned your work.

Amy Johnson said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Just love all the details and the colors!

Laura Kirste Campbell said...

What a fantastic work of art, Melisa!! Can't believe they didn't publish it. I'm glad to hear that you are not giving up! Your wonderful work does get published and when that happens it's all worth it!
They can take a very long time to return the work, perhaps they are saving it for another issue? Thank you for sharing it here, we're impressed and inspired!

kiwimeskreations said...

Awwwww Melisa - hope your heart is mended soon - this is fabulous!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Fabulous card Melisa, Don't give up! I'm sending you a pm.
Thanks for the mention, your so sweet.
hugs Lynn

Sudha said...

Wow lovely creations dear n Yes I Luv ur cardboard creations too darling.


Karenliz Henderson said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the colors.

Shirley said...

Melisa, this is absolutely gorgeous! The shells and everything you did is outstanding!!!

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