Only weeks ago we announced our Up and away Ephemera Challenge as a chance for tree huggers to create digital projects, and other talented artists to try their hand at mixed-media masterpieces using balloon ephemera pieces. We promised to announce the top 2 winners…but there’s been a surprise change in plans! Because of the bounty of beautiful submissions, it proved to be much more difficult than originally imagined to narrow down the winners.
We enlisted in the help of Stampington & Company’s Founder Kellene Giloff to hand-pick the top projects, and we hope you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as we were when you see which stunning entries (in no particular order) took the cake:
Lisa Mallette’s Hot Air Balloon Album:
In Lisa’s words:I was particularly intrigued by the ‘Up and Away’ challenge because my dad has been a hot-air balloon pilot for over 40 years, and I immediately thought of making something special for him. The vintage images are especially appropriate, as he is also a ballooning history buff.
I decided to make a little album in which my dad can keep photos of his ballooning adventures. After it turned out much nicer than I had originally envisioned, I was inspired to create a matching frame. Both projects were made with the Up & Away Tags and Up & Away Squares digital ephemera.
Materials & How-to:
Blank coil-bound mixed-media book
Wooden craft frame
Self-adhesive cork sheet
Acrylic paints: French Vanilla, Cape Cod Blue, Mocha Brown, Black
The album project started with a blank coil-bound book, which contains corrugated cardboard and chipboard pages, a canvas page, an acrylic page and a long envelope. Lisa painted the cover and inside pages, covered several pages with patterned paper, and embellished them with the balloon images, tissue tape, and torn sheets of self-adhesive cork colored with alcohol inks. The frame consists of corrugated cardboard adhered to a painted wooden craft frame and embellished in a similar fashion.
Tina Walker’s Quote Canvas & Ephemera Canvas
- Apply sewing pattern paper to chipboard with matte medium.
- Spray with spray gesso.
- Stamp with lined stamp.
- Type favorite quotes and cut out into sentences.
- Ink the edges of quotes.
- Cut leaf shape from spare ephemera pieces and adhere to ATC.
- Add small piece of deli paper on top of leaf pieces.
- Color clear gems with alcohol ink and apply to leaf piece.
- Apply distress ink to edges of ATC.
- Print ephemera in size to fit ATC.
- Apply ephemera to ATC canvas with matte medium.
- Spray ATC with spray mist.
- Apply crackle paste with stencil.
- Apply distress ink with stencil. (on top of and on the edges of ATC)
- Splatter with water color paint.
- Print same ephemera in smaller size and apply to ATC canvas with foam tape.
Cathy Ward’s Up and Away Dominos Digital Picture
In Cathy’s words:
This collage was created in Photoshop Elements, originally an image the hubby took of me in front of a castle in France. I am actually in the photo – (under the pretty lady) my alter ego is my shadow, you see. The castle was so beautiful it looked like a painted backdrop behind me. I had always wanted to turn it into a collage and when I saw the ephemera balloon pieces, this image came to mind.
Cathy digitally cut out the vintage lady from a scanned postcard from her personal collection. She placed the piece directly on top of the background image and added several layers from the Up and Away Dominos sheet. Cathy included the script “Le Ballon” along with the back of a scanned cabinet card to add an element of elegance. Varying patterned layers with different opacity levels ties the entire image together with a whimsical feel.
What gorgeous creations! Again, congratulations to our winners. We will send an e-mail shortly to coordinate how you will receive your prize. Please contact email@example.com with any further questions.
Did you miss out on the opportunity to participate in this challenge? Not to fret! – You’re welcome to submit your digital projects or mixed media ideas at any time for an opportunity to be published with us! Click here to browse all of our “calls and challenges.”
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