Hot Mess Success ~ Pop Art!

Hello friends!

Thank you for your sweet words on my last post!
I've been in bed for a week and hope that I'm on the road to wellness.
I haven't had the energy to make cards at all
but today I just needed to pull up my bootstraps and just get. it. done!
I'm behind in creating at least 5 cards so today was crunch time.

I did take a quite a little time pull together this messy card
 for the Hot Mess Success card group.  

This month, I did a technique I call Pop Art!

Although I don't like messes AT ALL, I confess ~
I am LOVING this crazy card group!
Each month on the 12th, we find a technique 
- or in my case, create one -
and make a mess card.

So what's PoP aRt?!

One day, quite by mistake,
 I was playing around with my highly pigmented powders by Vicki Boutin.
Normally, it's meant to add to your mixing mediums
 like molding paste or glaze.

Since I've tried the CreativeFX iridescent glaze and stencils before, 
I thought it would be interesting to see how it would perform
 as a base color(s) when wet.

Low and behold - it stuck to the paper
and as I looked at it to see what to do next, it popped!
Pockets of air are underneath the dry powder
 and created a POP effect on the panel. Hence, Pop Art :)

 I wanted the paper to hold up to water, 
so I used #110 heavy weight cardstock.
It was certainly a cool effect and it gave me this card's idea :)

I normally prefer to dry my panels overnight but time was an issue
so I simply used my heat tool and dried the watery-powdery panel quickly.
The heat also activates the powder faster and more PoPing occured
giving the background panel amazing character :)

I made several A2 size card backgrounds 

and just chose one at random to use for this card ~ stamped in Stazon.
The cute birthday bear is from Penny Black and
 I've added sentiments from a Simon Hurley Creates stamp set.

My friends that also made cards today are:

By using this 'Pop Art' technique, I was able to make quite a few panels.
I varied the colors and started with fresh water each time.
One it was heat dried, it sealed in the powder to the paper
but I did noticed if it's still wet, the dry part of the PoP Powder rubs off.  
Just a tip :)

This card took quite a bit of time and it's definitely not a quick card ~ 
 I kept getting tired through out the process,
but stuck it out and I'm so glad I did!
This card is just adorable and super-mess aside, I'm glad I made it :)
In fact, I am already planning uses for the other colored panels.

Here is another final look of the very messy birthday bear!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ...


  1. wow that turned out fantastic, don't have the same powders but wonder if they work with Lindy's, love the result and your 'pop' art is so effective.xx

  2. Lovely card, feel well soon! Hugs, Valerie

  3. What a fantastic result, Kelly! Glad you're doing better, nice to see you back!

  4. ahhhh so cute Kelly

    gr karin

  5. Wow, what a beautiful "pop" effect, it's a lovely card ! So glad you're better, all the best ! Enny

  6. This is adorable and a wonderful new technique to try. Thanks for sharing. Please get well soon Kelly. Sending healing hugs.

  7. FABulous background Kelly and I LOVE the pink and lemon and your Bear has such a lovely face..hope you are feeling better now..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  8. Kelly, you developed a great technique - and what fun, too. I can just imagine seeing those pop! Love the birthday bear, too. Fabulous card!

  9. So glad to hear you are on the mend Kelly, albeit slowly. So glad you kept going with your Pop Art mess, sorry technique, as the background on this fun and fabulous card is stunning - well done.
    Stay safe

  10. Such a fun card, Kelly!! I love the awesome colors you were able to get here!!

    Keeping my fingers crossed that you get stronger and feel better and better with each passing day!!

  11. What a great and colorful technique you have invented. Love the colors and your card is so fun!

  12. Looks like you had fun! Beautifully created cards. TFS!

  13. I didn't know that you aren't well. So sorry for you! Hopea you are going better quickly!
    Your technique is very interesting and Surely you ave had fun! Adorable bear card, so creative with your background!

  14. Sorry to hear you have been unwell and hope you are fully recovered love the bear and great background
    Carol x