' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: A prickly post

Saturday 7 October 2017

A prickly post

Welcome to my second inspiration post for the Country View challenge! The theme is Mixed Media with Autumn colours, chosen by the lovely Rachel.

I hadn't intended this to turn out quite as Mixed Media as it did in the end... a lesson in what NOT to do!!!

The Mixed Media element is the wooden background which started with 2 colours of acrylic paint, scraped on kraft card.

I then applied Grungepaste through a Tim Holtz layered mini stencil (no 10) and sprinkled some powders, scraping over the paste with a palette knife.

Unfortunately there was a lot of white showing from the grungepaste so I decided to add more powders and sprayed water to give an overall wash. Hmm, I overdid it and the piece got really dark...

From then on I threw lots of things at it in the hope of recovery: sanding block, Treasure gold, acrylic paints till I got a reasonable result! In my panic I didn't think to take pictures of my efforts.

The focal image, an irresistible Zentangle hedgehog from Rubber Dance, didn't give me as many problems, although I did choose time consuming techniques to create this image where, unusually for Zentangle, there is no black to be seen...
I made extensive use of my stamping platform to stamp each colour individually, applying in turn waterbased markers to flowers, leaves, bark etc...

I did the colouring with pencils, without the addition of solvents or burnishing pencils.

Some die-cut leaves and a sentiment (Beautiful words by Rubber Dance ) finish off the make.

Thanks for dropping by and having a look, now it's over to you... if you enter our Country View challenge you could win a £20 voucher to spend on some new stash...  I'm looking forward to see what you will make!
I am entering the Creative Artist Mixed Media, Lost Coast Designs, We Love To Create, Rubbernecker, That's Crafty, Rubber Dance Forever, Stamping SensationsPenny Black and more, SSS Monday and Vintage Journey challenges.


  1. Wow! That wood effect is Amazing! It looks so realistic. Wonderful project Christine. Loving the hedgehog.
    Have a great weekend.
    Flo xx

  2. Ton fond est superbe comme quoi il faut toujours persévérer et essayer.

  3. Si la panique te conduit à ce genre de merveilles, je t'en souhaite d'autres! Le fond est superbe!Et cette petite scène craquante. Merci de ta participation à notre challenge à Creative Artiste Mixed Media.

  4. Love the grunge paste wood - very effective and realistic xx

  5. Well, I think your wood grain looks absolutely amazing - very realistic - and the hedgehog is adorable!
    Alison x

  6. I love your background too Christine. The zentangle hedgehog is lovely. Xx

  7. This is brilliant Christine, the wooden background is wonderful, and it goes so well with the sweet image and sentiment. Thanks so much for joining in with our challenges at Rubber Dance and Lost Coast Designs, and have a fun week. Sue xx

  8. The background you made is absolutely amazing, I was sure it was a woodgrain paper that you used. What a great effect! Thank you for Walking On The Dark Side with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

  9. What a cute little critter! This is perfect for the time of year! Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity monthly challenge!

  10. such a fabulous fall card! i LOVE the colour of the woodgrain - it's perfect! and the hedgehog is so cute. thank you so much for playing along with us at the penny black and more challenge!

  11. Love the wood effect background and the cute hedgehog

    Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


  12. Thanks for joining over at Lost Coast Portal challenge. Love the wood background.

  13. Wonderful card Christine! Loved the background! :)

  14. Love your wood grain background, the perfect match with the super Hedgehog. Thank you for joining the That's Crafty Forever Autumn Challenge and sharing your creativity with us all.
    Best Wishes Tracey.

  15. Slowly catching up after holidays Christine so rather belatedly popping in to thank you for sharing your pretty creation with us at Penny Black and More and Stamping Sensations challenges. Many thanks for your kind visits when I was away, much appreciated.

    B x

  16. I think your wood background is AMAZING! What a great setting for that sweet hedgehog image! Thank you for playing along with our Crazy For Autumn Color challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs! Sara Emily

  17. Petite interruption... Je peux enfin admirer cette carte, à sa juste valeur j'ai bien fait de prendre mon temps car le résultat de ton fond en bois, et surtout l'ensemble avec cet adorable hérisson encré de différentes couleurs de cette manière est magnifique !!!
    Je la pinne encore celle-ci ! ;-) Bises

  18. Fabulouse card! Thank you for using our stamp in such a beautiful way. I love the result! Thank you for joining the Rubber Dance Forever Stamping challenge. xx Susanne

  19. Nobody would ever think you had trouble with your woodgrain, it looks amazing and absolutely realistic! Your autumnal scene with the hedgehog is beautiful!
    xx Evelyn

  20. That wood background turned our really well. Looks so real!! Love how you have stamped and coloured our Handsome Hedgehog with no black lines. Thank you so much for entering it to our Forever Challenge! ♥

  21. Brilliant make! Love the way you stamped the hedgehog 😍 Thanks for sharing it with us at Rubber Dance