Friday 5 February 2016

Anything But Cute Mixed Media Challenge Blog - challenge #10

Hello, my friends!
It's time for another challenge at Anything But Cute mixed media challenge blog! 
The hostess for this challenge is our lovely and super talented Sara Emily who has chosen the theme 'Grungy Love'!

To celebrate St. Valentine's Day, we would like to see you make a Grungy Valentine's project for your sweetheart!  It can be a card, tag, or anything else you might give a loved one to show them how much you care. Just be sure it's grungy!

I came up with this grungy cardboard Valentine card I created for my husband. Since I used a lot of stuff from my hubby's workshop bench I hope he is going to like it haha!

I started with a piece of cardboard and my acrylic paints in blue tones. 

I used my Liquitex gloss medium to glue down the Tim Holtz tissue paper on top of the painted cardboard.  I tried to wrinkle the paper as much as I could to add some texture to it.

I sprayed it using a lot of different Dylusions sprays, Lindy's stamp gang sprays and some Distress stain sprays in blue and brown tones. 

To create a kind of some metallic texture, I mixed my glossy accent with two of my PearlEx powders, in gold and in blue and randomly applied those mixtures with my palette knife.

My grunge heart was created out of some jigsaw puzzle pieces and I attached some chicken wire onto my background. For the word LOVE I used some plastic alphabet letters, those are actually magnets for kids and a bottle cap with some metal flower inside. I put a coat of black gesso over my embellishments and used my Inka gold paints for some highlighting.  I also find some spiral wire pieces and added them to my letters.

Here is a close up look of my puzzle heart with some metal little roses and a Tim Holtz arrow attached with a piece of a wire. 

Those metal corners are from my husband's workshop and I added some copper beads.

I used my dry brush with white gesso here and there.

That's it for today! I hope you like my grungy card!

At Anything But Cute we just love to see all the seasoned and expert mixed media artists, but we also want to encourage those who are just getting their feet wet. Our design team will always be on the lookout for these exceptional projects and artists. You just never know when we might be giving out something special to a lucky mixed media newcomer. We all have to start somewhere, right?

Challenge runs until March 4th - we can't wait to see what you come up with! Happy Crafting!

Hugs! Branka xxx

Country View Challenges - February - Make your own Background
Eclectic Ellapu - Pink team - Love Actually - Anything to do with Love challenge
Love to Create challenge blog - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Try It On Tuesday - A Fine Romance challenge
Simon Says Wednesday challenge blog - Have A Heart


  1. Holy cow Branka, I am just loving your grungy piece!! That puzzle piece heart is one of the most clever and fabulous things I have ever seen (SO STEALING THAT ONE)!! lol. I just love all the little details you included like the wire strung between the arrow and the screw head, and the little roses on the corner of the heart! Your colours are so unique for Valentine's and your textures are just wonderful!! Loved seeing how you put this together!! hugs :)

    1. Awww, what a wonderful comment, Pamellia! I am so thrilled! Yes, please steal, my friend haha :) Thank you so much for your great support! Huge hugs and lots of love! Branka xxx

  2. Such a fabulous design, Branka! The crinkled background is amazing and I love the colors you're working with! Fabulous and inspiring!

  3. Wow, Branka, you have collected so many ingenious ideas and put them all in one place on this fabulous piece of art! there are so many details to look at, but it all looks so well placed and is perfectly colored for a cohesive design. My favorite details are the used of a puzzle, the chicken wire and those tiny flowers on the edge of the (gorgeous) heart. but your background is the piece de resistance! (Sorry, I don't know how to use my keyboard in French.)I'm so happy you shared your steps with us--it's a work of art! Love this, and I'm sure your husband will, too, once he gets over the dismay of having his supplies pilfered! Big hugs, my friend!

  4. Like it?? I love it!! I just love the Glossy Accent technique (one to try for sure), the puzzle heart with the little roses is gorgeous and the chicken wire and the other embellies just adds so much wonderful dimension - the little copper beads are a delight. A truly fabulous make, how could he possibly not love it!! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Oh my gracious - you DID go to the workshop Branka - or in my case... the barn!!! Hehehehehhe!!! This is INDUSTRIALLY DELICIOUS GRUNGE. Wow. The chicken wire is my fav part over the LUSCIOUS BACKGROUND. But that bottle cap flower is nearly as wonderful. LOVE THIS. This is so inspiring. I have a tackle box with all these things in it - the metal corners, the springs, the nuts etc etc... you have inspired me to pull it all out - haven't done that in a long time. It will be fun!!!! Hugs.j.

  6. Love it! The grungy, industrial feel to it is awesome & the puzzle piece heart is amazing!

  7. Amazing techniques and a great masculine design

    Thank you for sharing it ar Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  8. super work - fabulous grunginess - excellent piece and a great tutorial too!!! Big hugs Rachel - oh and thanks for joining us at Countryview challenges too! Hugs Rachel x

  9. Great Branka, what a wonderful grungy project! Love the wonderful Patina colours you have managed to achieve!

  10. Oh my gosh! This is an absolutely stunning project Branka - AWESOME!
    Glad you linked up to TioT's!
    Happy weekend!

  11. A fabulous piece Branka, love the puzzle piece heart.
    Thanks for sharing at TioT
    Avril x

  12. Oh B! You sure have designed a stunning piece for your hubby! What a treasure to see and read about. That puzzle heart is genius and an idea I am going to borrow. Absolutely magnificent details, great minds think alike as I was just using some metal springs I found at a thrift shop! All of your metal details and bits are used perfectly and the chicken wire-loves it! Your colors-loves it! I loves this pieces! Wowzers and beautiful and grungaliscious! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  13. Love your gorgeous project,thanks for sharing with us at Country View

  14. Wow fab project, love all the texture! Thanks so much for joining us at Eclectic Ellapu this month
    Claire xx

  15. Fantastic grungy Valentine - a really special gift!
    Alison xx

  16. This is awesome! Great layers! Thank you so much for playing along with the Have a Heart Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  17. Gorgeous make Branka and so cleverly designed and embellished! Great photography too!!!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  18. Love your card, and I'm sure your husband won't miss the odd spring or two. A lovely industrial effect on the whole card.

  19. Beautiful work. Thanks for joining the "Love Actually" Challenge at Eclectic Ellapu last month. Carol DT x


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