Saturday, May 14, 2016

May Leading Lady Cris G | Take Two


Our May Leading Lady, Cris G, is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.  Cris takes on some great techniques to craft her incredible cards today!

Make sure to visit her blog for a chance to win a giveaway.

Ladies and gentlemen, Cris....

Hello again! So happy to be back for my second take at Winnie & Walter!

This time I have something a little bit different... not only because I’ve been admiring this style for some time, but also because I wanted to try it with products that weren’t designed having Mixed Media projects in mind in first place. I hope you don’t hate it... you may dislike though :).

I started this card by creating a woodgrain background with the outline stamp from Scenery: Into the Woods. I’m very happy with the realistic result, but the process was a bit time consuming. First I used Distress paint, then a cracking medium and more acrylic paint after it dried. Heat embossed using Clear Matt Dull EP, and then some Distress inks on top. I didn’t need the cracking medium, but I had just bought it, so... you know how it goes... :).

For the top piece I heat embossed the beautiful flower from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden using a gorgeous EP (Turkish Nights) and then colored with Inktense pencils and Distress inks. Then I made the blue flowers and embellished with more flowers, chipboard, splatters and micro beads. The paper and greeting are from designer papers.


For the second card I started by spraying Dylusions inks onto the Scenery: Pattern of the Rings Creative Screenings and literally “stamping” it. Then, before leave to dry for a few moments with the stencil on the paper, spritz some water in the back of the stencil allowing colors to move a little.
I stamped flowers from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya and stems from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden in light grey, and then watercolored with water soluble graphite to make it look like it was hand drawn. Stamped some leaves from In Bloom: Addie’s Garden and a sentiment from Winter Woodland. To finish off the card, I embellished with a few flowers, berries, chipboard, splatters and micro beads.


The third and last card of take two is a little bit different. I used untreated canvas for the background, inspired by Tammy Tutterow: Fabric Page Tutorial. I’ll leave the direct link on my blog.

I started by blending Distress inks through Scenery: the Leaf Effect Creative Screenings and then used with a script stamp and a script stencil, covering the whole piece with clear gesso after dried (this step was taken before applying embossing paste with the script stencil).

Cut out a frame with the smaller scalloped rectangle from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways and adhered to the “vellum forest” from Scenery: Into the Woods that I had previously stamped and white heat embossed. I adhered the two pieces of vellum in two different levels of foam tape. Stamped, colored with Distress inks and adhered the cute little bird from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs to the vellum.

For the finishing touches, I stamped and cut a few leaves from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet with Joni Andaya, die cut the word “to” from Essentials: Noelle Cutaways, stamped the sentiment from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, and added a few embellishments.


Thank you so much for your “tweet” comments and hope to see you again for take three. Have a fantastic week!



  1. sigh, Cris' style is soooo gorgeous.

  2. Each and every single card...just superb!!!

  3. Such a lovely trio. Love the mixed media style and my fave of the 3 is the second one- just gorgeous! x

  4. Beautiful cards! Love Cris' color combos!

  5. Such incredible depth and texture to all of these beautiful cards, Cris!

  6. These are just stunning and oh so beautiful!

  7. Wow--your cards are lovely and unique.

  8. These are all so beautiful and I love the texture and dimension you've achieved!

  9. Wow! These are so fun! Love your backgrounds!

  10. WOW that canvas card has so much dimension!

  11. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Cris!!!
    WOW - your colours and textures are AMAZING!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION ... it is WONDERFUL to get new ways to use goodies in our stash and to try new techniques too :)

    1. PS - Please don't include me in your prize draw, I've already been a lucky winner from an earlier Leading Lady

    2. You can give me TracyM#6773's prize if you want to. Right, Tracy?

  12. That canvas piece - fabulous. And the double layers behind the vellum - fabulous-er!!

  13. Cris, you have been one busy lady. Fantastic job on all 3 cards. I am partial to the leaf card because of the colors you selected and the darling little bird :)

  14. Cris, you have been one busy lady. Fantastic job on all 3 cards. I am partial to the leaf card because of the colors you selected and the darling little bird :)

  15. Oh not possible to hate it or dislike it! So nice that you're trying something are naturally good at it!!

  16. Your cards so elegent, amazing diffrent And creative.. Love all yours idea.

  17. Wow, you come up with such unique, creative and beautiful ideas. I pinned them all. I was going to mention my favorite but I am stuck between card two and three.


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