Sunday, May 31, 2015

Newspaper Poinsettia

I've wanted to make a poinsettia with writing on the petals for a couple years & I've been saving newspaper for crafting, so was determined to make a card for Merry Monday.  I began by gluing torn pieces of newspaper to cardstock. Then I brushed on watered down Gesso since using it full strength hid the writing. Next I dabbed & brushed on Distress Stains Victorian Velvet for the petals & Sage Green for the leaves.  It took a couple coats to get it dark enough.  Then I die cut the MFT poinsettia, sponged the same colors of ink on the edges & added a bit of Distress Stain Brushed Pewter. I molded the leaves & petals with my fingers.  The center die cut was covered with Stickles & embellished with an irridescent gem.
Shimmer cardstock was cut with Lil' Inkers Stitched rectangles & the small one was mounted with foam tape.  Before adding the poinsettia I glued on some metallic floss & clear sequins.  The Penny Black "joy" die was cut 3 times & clear embossed. Last night I was afraid the colors were too light, but seeing it this morning I actually love how it turned out. Now I have to ask my neighbor for some more newspaper!  I'm also entering SSS Wednesday Anything Goes, Pixies Snippets Playground (only the black was a scrap), Addicted to Stamps Anything Goes & The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, flowers. Also finally getting an entry done in time for Rudolph Days! I'm way behind in reading blogs, but I haven't forgotten you & will be there soon. 
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36 comments:

scrappymo! said...

This is really beautiful, Greta. I love the look of the torn newspaper on the poinsettia. The shimmer cardstock is a lovely contrast.
Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph Challenge.

chrissy xx said...

A Stunning design..I LOve your Poinsettias
LOving your metallic floss and these ever so pretty dies too.
Chrissyxx

Bonnie said...

Love your poinsettia with the newsprint petals, Greta! The stitched mats, die cut joy, metallic twine, and sparkling center show it off to perfection! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

Dotty Jo x said...

Looks lovely and who wouldn't be delighted to receive such a beautiful card at Christmas time! Jo x

Andrea La Vigne said...

Such a neat idea to make the poinsettias out of newsprint paper! Love the coloring/staining you did on them, too. Amazing how waiting a while can "improve" the look of things, isn't it? :) ~ Andrea

Stamping Smiles Designs said...

What an excellent idea to use torn newspaper for your poinsettia, Greta! Genuis! I totally love the newsprint look and I think I may have to do something like this for a future card. Thanks for the inspiration! Enjoy your weekend!

Karen Crossen said...

Beautiful poinsettia!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Challenge Blog!!

Kathleen said...

A very novel idea to use newspaper print for the poinsettia, looks really great and love the stitched dies and the way you have done the sentiment.

Thanks for joining in with the May Rudoph Day challenge.

Kath x

Martha said...

OH MY goodness, Greta, this is simply GORGEOUS!
I love how you were inspired to create the poinsettia.
Everything about this beauty caught my eye.

Mrs A. said...

Absolutely beautiful. You have nailed it right on the head. Well worth the wait to see. Hugs Mrs A.

KimCreate said...

Lots of beautiful techniques! Lovely pointsettia.

Rosemary said...

what a fabulous idea to use actual newspaper, greta! who knew it would make such a lovely poinsettia?? lovely card!

AJ Bodine said...

What a neat idea, so many things you could do using this technique. Love your poinsettia!

Maria said...

What a fab idea to tear and adhere the newspaper to cardstock with gesso added...love the look! The poinsettia is so pretty!

Sue Butler said...

Hello Greta,
Goodness I am loving this, it has a touch of mixed media about it so it appealed to me instantly,
The gesso has muted your palette beautifully, please do more I want to see where it will take you.
Smiles:)
Sue

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Beautiful

Lisa said...

Beautifully done Greta!! The font on the die cut sentiment is perfect with your artsy poinsettia!! Another amazing work of art my friend!

alexandra s.m. said...

Gorgeous card dear Greta!

Natalie said...

Very pretty!

Joyce said...

This is gorgeous. Love how those flowers look with the writing on the paper.

Karren said...

I'm so glad my challenge gave you the excuse to make your newsprint poinsettia - because it was so worth the wait. Fabulous card, Greta!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh Greta, this is beyond fabulous! The shimmer & the simple greeting and that absolute star of a poinsettia....WOW :)

Susan Joyce said...

Fantastic design Greta, pretty poinsettia and I love your sentiment and the base card that you used. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

Ros Crawford said...

That is one beautiful poinsettia!! Gorgeous card!

Gerrina said...

These poinsetta's look absolutely great! Great colours and a beautiful design! Thanks for your comment on my CAS-saterday cards!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Unlike other time, this year I have not been making any holiday card so far and I have a feeling that I will be behind when christmas time is near, thanks for the beautiful inspiration, I will kick myself and get started!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Very, very nice! I like how you "watered down" the newsprint so it was just subtle instead of too much. I like that metallic floss as well. I recently was thinking how that was a fad that came and went and how I miss it.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Cat Craig said...

Gorgeous, Greta. Thanks for sharing the technique with us. I have some gesso...may have to try something similar.

Kim Heggins said...

Well...I have to say your card was well worth the wait. It is simply gorgeous. What a talent you have to make such an incredible card.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Your creativity and technique is commendable! This card is fantastic!

Di said...

Gosh this is just fabulous Greta! So pretty and beautiful countered by the crisp sentiment.

Hugs

Di xx

Donna B. said...

Beautiful Christmas Card! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Wei Wei said...

Very beautiful card! Love your smart technique. Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

jenn shurkus said...

gorgeous card! i love the pearl and shimmer!! Thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

cm said...

GRETA!! June has been zipping by too quickly and with too much busy-ness, but I'm taking time this morning to catch up on all your amazing cards. This one: stunning! Your newspaper poinsettias are gorgeous...such a clever technique!
Hugs~c