Winner of December’s Challenge!

Hi everyone! We’ve got our winner for December’s challenge and it’s Jane from Scrap Pieces of Me! Jane made this card inspired by our wintry challenge:

embossed card from Scraps Pieces of Me

Congrats Jane! Please send your mailing address to: create@ gauchealchemy.com so we can get your prize sent out. And thanks to everyone who played along!!! Join us on 2/1 when we’ll issue a brand new challenge! ūüėÄ

Birthday Owl

Hello all you alchemists in the gaucheland!
Lara here with another one of my handmade birthday cards…

birthday card by Lara Wineman

I was so very inspired by this month’s challenge! As soon as I saw the mood board, with the prompts of “metallic hints” and “bold colors” I knew I had to do something further exploring my current obsession using Golden’s Glass Bead gel and Dylusions Ink Sprays!

handmade card by Lara Wineman

Through a stencil the glass bead gel holds shape very very well, and using Dylusions sprays really accentuates the peaks and valleys of the texture. I’m just so so turned on by all the cool effects this combination makes! And combine it with my other current obsession, Gelli printing, well, it’s a recipe for some pretty awesome combinations.

owl card by Lara Wineman

I love making my friends birthday cards – It’s truly a great joy in my life – and I have a friend whose birthday is coming up and she loves owls. And building the owl from the glass bead gel textured pieces and putting him on the gelli print turned out pretty spectacularly, I must say.

owl card by Lara Wineman

I started out by stenciling the glass bead gel onto a metallic cardstock and once it was dry, sprayed it with a couple of different color inks. I like how in some places the inks overlapped. I also put some of the stenciled paper aside with no spray (hint of metallic, right?).

birthday card by Lara Wineman

I then cut out the “feathers” and other parts of the owl and soft gel’d it together. The finishing touches were the glass beads for the eyes and some old fiber ribbon for the eyelashes (omg how cute are they?!)

Hope you’re having a hoot of an autumn and see you next month!

Cards for a Crazy-Busy Life

Hello¬†Gauche Alchemy fans…¬†Pam here! It’s May, and life is spinning out of control right now! For the next two months, it’s birthdays, graduations, weddings, end-of-the-school-year activities, art shows, contests, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Summer classes and workshops, work trips, vacation trips, etc… As in your life too I am certain, it goes on and on and on… Personally, I have lots of spring/summer birthdays in our family, and I never seem to get a card out on time. Mainly, because I hate buying them, when I can make better ones. Yet, I never seem to stop and make them.

So, I decided to get a little jump on a few cards, since I have lots of¬†Gauche Alchemy¬†goodies to use, left-over¬†envelopes¬†to put to¬†good use, and hand-made paper collages that are just sitting in my image folder waiting for good homes. The cards I created are below…

mixed media cards by Pam Palmarini

In simplest terms… For the card bases, I cut cardstock to match my square envelopes, and folded them in half. Then, I cut my¬†previously¬†made hand-made paper collage images to fit. Next, I sewed the images to my bases with my sewing machine. To jazz them up a bit, I added white Ouchless Cardboad¬†corners, some neon acrylic painted¬†20 mm¬†and¬†10mm¬†punchinella stenciling, and some embellishments from the¬†Green with Envy Mixed Media Color Kit¬†and the¬†Wedding Night Mixed Media Color Kit.¬†(That was pretty much it! Short and sweet!)¬†The card images and details are below…

mixed media card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

card by Pam Palmarini

Well, that’s all from this crazy-busy gal this month… Please remember to share with us, on¬†FLICKR, all of your creative¬†endeavors… Until next month, take¬†care and see you in June!

A Mother’s Day Upcycle

Happy MAY, Alchemists!! It’s¬†Rachel Whetzel, with more card fun to share! I really love using images from books that I bought, just because they are full of great images. Vintage images are even better! The book I used for these cards is a tiny coffee table book with pictures and quotes about mothers in it.

Mother's Day cards by Rachel Whetzel

The picture I decided to use was one picture, with a row of little girls pushing their baby dolls. I took the picture, and cut each girl out into her own strip to use on the front of my cards. On the ends, I cut them in a decorative V to add interest to the design, without adding dimension that would make these cards more expensive to mail.

Of course, I also used my good old standby. Reusing some old, not so cute anymore, blank inside cards that a friend gave me. Covering the cards with fresh NEW fronts means, no spending a ton of money on cards and envelopes at the store! Plus, these are cards I will use!

For the background patterned paper on these cards, I used the “Can-Can” page from the Moulin Rouge Collection by Prima. The paper is part of the Gauche Alchemy SHOWSTOPPERS Mixed Media Kit (sold out but you can find more kits HERE). The addition of a few strips of¬†Washi Tape, and these cards were DONE!! (One of them is¬†Number Meter.)

Mother's Day card by Rachel Whetzel

Mother's Day card by Rachel Whetzel

Mother's Day card by Rachel Whetzel

‚ÄčEvery time I create something using Gauche supplies, I am reminded how easily their bits and pieces and eclectic mix fits so perfectly with supplies I already have! I love that!

Mother's Day cards by Rachel Whetzel

Want to see more of what I’m up to? Visit¬†MY BLOG, or like¬†MY PAGE¬†on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by!

~rachel

Deb’s ATC TechniKit Set

Hey everyone! Deb Here!!

ATC

This month I have been playing with the super awesome Artist Trading Card Technkit from Gauche Alchemy. This time around I have made a set of 6 ATC’s with the feature being the gorgeous digital images by Pam Palmarini that were designed especially for this kit! I don’t have a fantastic printer- but I simply printed the images out on paper and cut them to size. I also used the ATC Word Sheets as well. (These are available as a digital download on the site- and they are a bargain!!)

mixed media ATC

There is a lot that can be said for how relaxing it is to sit down and make little art works. For all 6 of these, I started with recycled thick card from the back of a desk calendar. I glued some of the groovy little sequins from the kit onto the card, then covered them in a fairly relaxed coat of impasto medium. I then removed some of the sequins, and let them dry.. then went on to paint the backgrounds.

mixed media ATC

For some, I used the punchinella from the kit as a stencil.

mixed media ATC

I used some of the left over punch outs from the Retro Cafe Art shrine kit as embellishments.

mixed media ATC

I also loved the UmWowStudio ATC frames that came in the kit.

mixed media ATC

The kits is super fun.. and the best bit?? Even after the shrine kit and 6 ATC cards.. I have enough stuff left in there for a heap more projects!!!!

mixed media ATC

So go on.. get your Artist Trading Card Technkit on if you haven’t already‚Ķ

You will love it!!!!
Until next time… peace out!!!
Debxxoo