Friday, July 1, 2016

Memories of Summer Mixed Media Plaque with Deb Riddell

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month's monthly challenge. The response was great and we loved seeing all of your creations. Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge last month and stay tuned for the winner in Katelyn's post on Tuesday.

This month's will be an easy one because we are focusing on Anything Summer!

Each month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the
 SRTC online store $20 (before tax) retail value

And ... it's a completely RANDOM DRAW!


- Must follow the theme
 - Your item can be a card, mixed media piece or project, whatever you can call "ART".  
- You can use any image, embellishments and any chipboard pieces you like.
- As of now, there is no limit for entries
- Must be a new project
- Can be combined with 10 other challenges
- Please link back to our blog
- Ends July.31st, 2016 at 6pm PST

**If you use product from SRTC, that will count as TWO entries but please make sure we know via your blog post attached via Mr. Linky below or a message below this post!! 

Deb is sharing with you today, a fantastic Summer Mixed Media Plaque!


Hello, thank you for stopping by today!  It’s Deb here and I am thrilled to be starting off our July challenge, Summer.  Oh the possibilities right?  To get us started, I decided to make a home decor piece that I could leave out for the next few months and took our challenge quite literally at face value!

I used several Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard embellishments on my plaque; Leafy Branches, Andorandak Chairs, Bushy Trees and Small Bird Mix as well as using one of Karen’s new stencils, Intersecting Circles.  I have a few step by step photos to share with you to show you how I made it, enjoy!

I started out with a piece of light coloured scrapbook paper cut 8” wide by 7” tall.  I masked off the bottom ⅓ of the paper and using the Intersecting Circles stencil and Distress inks in a couple of shades of blue added the sky.  The swirls of the intersecting circles stencil remind me of mare’s tail clouds!  Next I masked of the upper ⅔ of the paper and applied more Distress inks in green through a couple of Tim Holtz Layering stencils, Burlap and Tracks, to simulate grass and foliage.

I then mixed Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain spray into some Ranger Matte Texture paste and applied it through Tim Holtz’s Rays stencil over top the stenciled sky.

After the texture paste had dried, I laid the Ray stencil back over top of the texture paste and intensified the colour with more yellow Distress inks and then removed the stencil and extended the sun rays to the edges of the paper.

I also added just a touch of sparkle to the rays with a Wink Of Stella brush although it isn’t showing up in the photo (it is very subtle).  The edges of the scrapbook paper were distressed with a Tonic distress tool and coloured with Stormy Sky Distress ink.

The Leafy Branches and Bushy Trees were coloured with Distress ink in a few shades of green and I coloured the trunk and branches with a Recollections Signature marker in Chestnut.

The Andorandak Chairs and Small Birds were painted with blue acrylic paint and then sealed with a satin finish varnish so they had a bit of shine.

The banner was made by stamping and clear embossing the letters to spell ‘summer’ onto white cardstock (I used an alphabet set that I got at Michael’s years ago) and the fishtail banners were then cut out.

I made some puddles of green Distress inks and water on my craft sheet and pulled the embossed banners through the puddles and dried them.  Love the variegated colours you get!  The banners were then glued onto a length of embroidery floss.

Time to assemble!  I cut a piece of blue patterned scrapbook paper (from Tim Holtz’s Correspondence paper stash) about ¼” larger on all sides than the stenciled and embossed paper and adhered them together.  The edges of the blue patterned scrapbook paper were distressed and inked in the same manner as done previously before the two pieces were glued together.

Both layers of paper were then glued onto a piece of kraft cardstock and, when the glue had dried, the kraft paper was trimmed so that just about 1/16” of an inch was showing on all sides.  I die cut an easel stand (using a Sizzix Small Easel die) and adhered it to the back of the kraft card for displaying the plaque.

All of the chipboard embellishments were then adhered to the layered plaque, here are a few close ups.

You could easily adapt this layout for scrapbooking and instead of stamping the word ‘summer’ onto the banners you could use them to display your summer vacation photos!

Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:


Other products used:

- Tim Holtz/Ranger/Stampers Anonymous/Sizzix - Correspondence Paper Stash; Distress ink; Distress Spray Stain; Distress Archival Ink; Burlap, Tracks and Rays Layering Stencils; Matte Texture Paste; Tonic Distress Tool; Small Easel die; Big Shot
- Zig - Wink Of Stella brush
- Ceramcoat - Wedgewood Blue acrylic paint
- Decoart - Satin Varnish
- Michaels - Recollections Signature marker; Alphabet stamps; Fine Detail Clear embossing powder
- Miscellaneous - scissors, paper trimmer, paint brush, kraft and white cardstock, embroidery floss, adhesive, ruler, pencil, palette knife

Hope that you have been inspired to join in the fun and will help us celebrate Summer here at Southern Ridge Trading Company by linking up your summer creations.  Each month you have a chance to win 4 designs from the online store - - a $20.00 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING!

Can’t wait to see what you make, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Love the summer scene and the way you did the sunny background... x

  2. Finally getting around to leave Deb some love! The colors you've used on this just scream summer, and the scene you've created reminds me to relax! Love that intersecting circle stencil and the Adirondack chairs. Makes me want to sit a spell and take in all that warm sunshine! Well done, Deb! Hugs!

  3. Love the wonderful summertime scene with the chairs and the sunrays!! Fabulous use of the chipboard and the stencil. Thank you for this terrific challenge theme!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks for another awesome challenge and for sharing your gorgeous art with us Karen x