Dylusions Cards, Outlawz Paper Ala Mode Challenge

Good Morning, and I'm back with an experiment that I've been trying. Folks, this card was really out of my comfort zone. I don't "do" grunge. I like it when I see it on others' cards, just not something I've wanted to do. I have been seeing some Dylusions videos lately, have bought a few sprays along. Don't usually have great success with sprays either. (I was the kid who always tried to color within the lines, so I guess it's a carryover from childhood?). Anyway, after seeing some videos, I gave this a try. So here's my very first effort....not sure if it would be called 'grunge' or not..<g>

Spritzed water over water color paper to dampen it, then just picked various colors of the Dylusions sprays. Spritzed a bit here, there, changed colors, did it all again. I have to watch myself that I don't hold the bottle too closely to the paper, also to not  have a heavy hand.

- Once the paper was dry, I took a Judikins stencil and sprayed some white Dylusions over the stencil (the white flower in the center).

- after drying, returned the stencil, spritzed some plain water...doesn't show well in photo, but IRL you can see where it faded just a bit.

- Inked an Impression Obsession solid Leaf stamp with Archival Black ink, stamped & restamped without reinking in several places. Used a tiny IO flower, inked in Colorbox pigment white, stamped around. I don't have any of the Dylusions stamps yet. Some of those I like, some I don't care for.

- Used a Heartfelt script stamp (which I used on the Memorial Day Flag from yesterday, and had not yet put away). Inked this script in Colorbox warm green, stamped it on the left edge. I was trying for the layered look as shown in the videos. Figured with this last stamping, I had best stop right there.

Then how to use this as a card? Started hunting some papers, decided that a black mat would emphasize the black leaves, so that was pretty easy. Found the yellow green dsp, liked that with the first 2 papers. Thought a couple of torn corners might be good. Sponged some DI ink over the torn edges to eliminate the white. Hunted up some teal paper for a cardbase, and embossed with a basketweave EF. It looks a little warped in the picture, but truly, it does lie flat.

Closeup of Sprayed Butterfly
After getting all this assembled, I used a snippet butterfly cut from another project (experimental sprays paper) thinking this might add some movement. Mr. B just looked too blue, so I used Gold Smooch Spritz, a couple of coats, added some yellow pearls. This is probably the first time I've ever liked anything I've done with any spray.

Sentiment was from an old Stampscape set of words, then diecut with a S/binder ribbon trio, also stamped on a snippet. This was WAY too white, so DI sponging once again, with blues & some green. Matted with black faux mat from the same die.

You know, I think I sort of like this. It's not my usual look, but it was fun playing. I've ordered some water droplets stamps from Ryn (and there's a lovely prize over at the snippet Playground Week 74)
but I couldn't wait. I also can't wait to get these stamps and try them with these sprays.

Hope you like this one. I'm off to join the ladies at the snippet Playground and if you enjoy seeing some beautiful talent, some friendly company, just come right along. As always, thanks for joining me today. See ya soon, and many hugs.

Edit: Just found out that I can submit this for the Saturday Outlawz Paper Ala Mode Challenge...which is another first for me! So come right along, and let's see what happens! LOL.


  1. Hi Mary, you certainly achieve a layered look, I would never have guessed this was a first attempt - I think it is brilliant - well done you! You will love the droplet stamp from Ryn too, look forward to seeing how you use it. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Mary, this is awesome - so unique and a work of art!Thanks for explaining how you did the paper too. Looks wonderful. Love the added touch of the butterfly!

  3. Wow Mary! This card is amazing!! It's like looking at stain glass!! The colors are so vibrant, the layering so perfect! I love how you go out of your comfort zone and make these fabulous cards! The sentiment is just perfect as is that butterfly! I'm in awe my friend!! Hugs!

  4. Your card looks like a Dylusions pro made it...not a first timer!
    Good thing you gave it a go as you may have discovered a whole new craft avenue to further explore.

    I am sitting here playing with srpays and stains (for the first time. It's a bit scary as I made a few boo-boo's. Live and learn I sprays are not as professional as yours!

  5. Well if this is grunge, it sure is a pretty grunge. I love it myself.


  6. This turned out GREAT. You did a wonderful job. Love it!

  7. Sounds like you had great fun creating your piece of art. I like the torn edge idea and looks pretty grungy to me. Hugs Mrs a.

  8. breathtaking! Brilliant art Mary! Gorgeous colours

  9. Beautiful, I love the background and your work with Dylusions turned out great! I love the white over the colour. I'm waiting the white that I ordered. I used my cousins' when I was overseas, it's quite different from the rest, love it. Great artwork, Shirleyx

  10. Mary this is stunning!!! It cannot be your first try at the 'au naturale' or grunge look! I am just amazed at the colors and details and your butterfly! And thanks so very much for your kind wishes on our ocean ship anniversary card. Happy 50th to you both this July!!! Aloha, rosy

  11. FAB!! yes, I am yelling :D as that looks really great, Mary!! well done you have mastered it!! one other thing with spray you may know it but take with your finger tip or nail - it may encroach into the spray line and cause faulty spray too.. no tjust being too close.
    what a card!!! put a mark on the wall - you have scored! well done, Shaz in Oz.x

  12. GREAT result Mary - I love it!

    You might kick yourself for not waiting for the Water Droplets draws to be done :) But you're very much like me I know!

    Hugs, Di xx