Digi Choosday Challenge – Winter Birthday

Digi Choosday Challenge

Morning, it’s Choosday so that means it’s time to share my make for the Digi Choosday Challenge blog, this weeks challenge – W47 Winter Birthday.

Make sure to pop on over to the Digi Choosday Challenge to check out more inspiration from the DT and to get the DISCOUNT CODE for use against individual downloads over on Polkadoodles, valid for today only until midnight GMT.

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I decided to make a page for an art journal, I’m having lots fun with art journals and experimenting with different techniques 🙂

I plumped for an art journal page rather than a card because I’d come across a quote from Lucy Larcom which I think fitted perfectly for this weeks theme of Winter Birthdays. I’m certainly not in the Winter of my years but I’m definitely no longer a Spring chicken and I don’t have the same enthusiasm for my own birthdays anymore as I did in my youth lol. The quote from Lucy Larcom is a reminder to myself not to focus on the number and the years gone but to look forward to the coming years with more appreciation and enthusiasm!!

So now I’ve waffled on about why, now for the products and techniques used!

I choose Octavia Winter Time from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection, available on CD-Rom or digital download. I coloured Octavia with alcohol markers and fussy cut the image.

I choose a gorgeous vintage shabby chic style paper in a gentle green colour from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection, the digital paper has a textured effect and to play on this more I used a script rubber stamp using Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also used the Versamark ink pad to edge the paper and heat embossed again with gold embossing powder.

I typed up the Lucy Larcom quote in a word package on my PC and printed it out, snipped out the words and edged with a Memento ink pad in green. I used the Memento ink pad knowing that I was going to seal the whole page with DecoArt Matte Medium, which would smear the Memento ink when applied because I didn’t want the bare white of the paper and the smeared ink would tone the paper down. I used an inkjet printer for printing the text, some inkjet prints will smear or bleed when wet glues/mediums/paints etc are applied but touch wood my printer ink doesn’t (at least done lightly!), but it is something you should be aware of if using inkjet prints and applying wet mediums over the printed image or text.

I printed out some the flowers also from the Octavia Frosted Winter collection and cut them out, I also used a couple of the papers from the collection to use with Spellbinder foliage dies. I embossed the flowers and foliage with a Tattered Lace embossing folder and highlighted the embossing with Pinflair Buff It.

I glued down Octavia and the text with DecoArt Medium and went over the whole page with the Matte Medium too. The Matte Medium helps when I use the Pitt Artist Pens to add shadow and definition to the page, the Matte Medium allows the ink in the Pitt Artist pens to smudge easily for a soft effect. I added the flowers & foliage using Pinflair glue gel and used Viva Decor Pearl pen to create the centre of the flower. Once everything was added to the page, I thought the top right hand corner looked a little bare so using Versamark I used a little accent stamp, from a Tatty Twinkle stamp set, to create the corner detail and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

Using Pitt Artist Big Brush pens I added some definition around the text, I also used a Graph’it Shake pen in gold directly on the words and smudged with my finger so there’s a very subtle gold sheen on the words. To make Octavia pop I used the Pitt Artist Pens again, using grey and a soft yellow, to give her a little glow and I also used grey and black pens to add shadow around her feet to ground her. Finally I mounted onto an 8×8″ piece of aqua cardstock. I’m going to use my Cinch to bind my art journal pages together when I’ve made more!

Thanks for popping by and I very much hope to see you projects over on the Digi Choosday challenge blog, you’ll also find more inspiration from the DT over on the blog too.

I’d like to enter the following challenges

 Artistic Inspirations challenge #145 

Creative Fingers challenge #98

613 Avenue Create challenge #151

Inspiration Destination challenge #60

Craft Your Passion challenge #289

Brown Sugar challenge #173

Crafting From the Heart challenge #87

Crafting with Friends challenge #11


18 thoughts on “Digi Choosday Challenge – Winter Birthday

  1. Jane Savage says:

    Stunning mixed media project, Gail! I love the colours and die-cuts and they suit the image perfectly. I agree totally with the sentiment you used (hopefully it’s true!!) and I no longer enthuse over my birthday’s either. Maybe it’s time for a rethink!! 🙂 xxx


  2. ~ginny says:

    What a beautiful page for your art journal! The blues and golds are lovely and that pop of purple hair really jumps out! I also like how you have displayed the quote – nicely done! Thank you for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C : [ ATG / or CYOC twist]
    Owner: RubberMAD (GettyCollection.com)

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