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New mixed media card

Hello dear friends,

Today I would like to share with you a new mixed media card I just finished. It is a lovely shabby chic card with vintage notes and an overall organic feeling as it was created on a piece of cotton fabric. I hope you’ll like it. 🙂

With this card I’m entering in the ColourArte’s Monthly Challenge #8 – Color is the Heart of Art

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I would also like to enter this card in the Mixed Media Place’s challenge  Creative Gym # 17 – Coffee.


So here is my mixed media card “Dream On”, a few close-ups and a short tutorial. Enjoy! 🙂


I started working on a piece of cotton fabric primed with a generous coat of plaster (a leftover from my brand new online workshop). For the first layer of colour I used ColourArte primary elements in African Jade, Honey Amber, Beachouse Blue and Mystic Blue along with pure mica minerals in Solar Gold and Heavenly White (using the same colour scheme for painting the Prima Marketing lovely resin frame). I heat set everything with the heat gun. To make the primary elements permanent and to be sure they will not activate with the second layer, I mixed them with airbrush medium and few drops of water.



When everything was dry I went ahead and sprinkled Brusho pigments (Turquoise and Black) in some areas and then spritzed them with water. Left it to dry and in the meantime I started creating my composition. For this I took few scraps of paper from an old diary and a paper doily and painted/stained them with real coffee (I really think coffee is the best “paint” when you are after a natural, vintage look! 🙂 ) Arranged all the papers, stamped the focal image and added the frame, the flower, some chipboard elements along with few metal gears and dewdrops.


The sentiment is a Finnabair stamp from the Dream On stamp set. I also added a tiny chipboard heart that I painted and glazed.


For the finishing touches I splattered some ColourArte Radiant Rain mist in Teal Zircon, white diluted acrylic paint and black india ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my new Online Workshop, you can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful evening,

Much love,

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  1. love all the details, thanks for playing along with Colourarte Challenge

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  2. Beautiful Sanda! Your pieces never cease to amaze me!!
    May I ask you about painting with coffee? Do you use regular or instant? Hot or cold? And does the strength matter for the color?
    I truly love the vintage look you have achieved with this!
    Thank you &hugs,
    Jackie xo

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    • Thank you so very much Jackie, your comment made my day 🙂
      I am using coffee and tea all the time in my art, I think they are truly the best “paint” when it comes to achieving a real and natural aged look and I love the idea of introducing an organic component too. 🙂 To answer your question, I am using what I have at hand, both regular and instant give very good results, but there is a slight difference, you need to experiment and see what you like best. But the strength indeed matters depending on how rich you want your color to be. There is also a difference between coffee and tea, the tea stains being less strong but lovely as well.
      Have a fab week, hugs,
      Sanda xoxo

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  3. Sanda I love the colours you used in your card and the fact that you started with fabric is intriguing. Thanks for the close up shots. Lovely work. Going to check out your workshop now.

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  4. Wow wow wow Your Project is beautiful Thanks for Playing as both beautiful challenge lol. xxx

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  5. This is absolutely FANTASTIC! What a treasure!

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  6. Beautiful Card!!!

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  7. Wow!!! It is really fantastic project! Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Place!

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  8. Marta Piekarczyk

    Fantastic ! Thanks For playing at Mixed Media Place Creative Gym, Regards – Marta

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