Wednesday, 31 December 2014

CC3C - Challenge 18

Hi all,

This challenge is pocket pages, page 36 of the Compendium of Curiosities.  I decided to try to represent the old year and the new year in my tags as this will be the start of a tag book to include the twelve tags of 2015.

I also took a photo without the page pockets as I couldn't seem to get rid of the glare.

The 2014 tag was covered with some of the Tim Holtz paper from the French Industrial pack and then a piece of the Graphic 45 core impressions card was torn and sanded and mounted at the bottom of the tag.  I added a bit of walnut stain distress ink round the tag and across the torn edge and to finish the background I also added a little tissue tape for some interest.

I die cut the Weathered Clock from silver mirri card and distressed it with Tims sander, then added a little black soot distress ink to give a battered look to the clock.  I mounted it off centre so that I could use the other part on the 2015 tag later.  A couple of clock embellishments and one of the clock hands from the weathered clock die finished the tag.

The 2015 tag was covered in one of the papers from the wallflower paper stash and I used the Tim Holtz stencil Rays with versa mark ink and gold embossing powder to give the impression of sun rise.  

I then cut a bottle shape from card and coloured it with evergreen bough distress ink and embossed with two layers of clear embossing powder to give it a good sheen, to give the impression of the champagne in the bottle I used some gathered twigs distress ink on the reverse and it gives a lovely shadow.  The label was cut from the apothecary bottles die and coloured with tarnished brass distress ink.  The two glasses were cut from acetate and a layer of gold stickles was used for the champagne, this also stuck the glasses to the tag, job done!

To add a little frivolity to the tag I cut a tiny cork from card and used a little piece of wire to make it look as if it was shooting out of the bottle.  A few very small silver nail heads were stuck around the cork to look like the fizz, also over the glasses, after all what is New Year without Fizz!

Thank to Linda and the crew for their inspiration, which you can view here.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.

Finally Happy New Year to all and lets hope the next year is filled with more great crafty challenges.


Thursday, 18 December 2014

CC3C - Challenge 17

Hi all,

Woodlands and Tinsel twine is this challenge so onto page 60 of the compendium of curiosities.   I didn't have any tinsel twine and couldn't get any as my local craft shop had sold out so its just the woodlands for me!

I decided to use a canvas but turned to the backside so it was like a shadow box.  I covered the sides and edges with some of the Postale tissue wrap and then painted over with Turquoise Paperartsy Fresco Finish chalk paint and some white gesso.  Once this was dry I added some snow to the bottom edge and again set this to dry.

The background was a piece of card  that I stuck strips of tissue wrap to and then painted with broken china and spun sugar distress paint and overstamped snowflakes with white gesso once the paint was dry.  I then used a stencil to add Santa and his Sleigh with versa mark ink and then embossed with black embossing powder as I wanted a really dark image.

The houses were from Tando and are made from thick cardboard. I painted them using more Paperartsy fresco paint in Cherry red, Pea coat and Turquoise and Green gold Decoart acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dry I assembled the houses and added them to the piece.

I coloured the trees using Tims technique and added some snow to them.  These were added to the piece once everything was dry.  I then added some more snow around the base of the houses and trees and onto the roofs of the houses.

I painted some flourishes with Decoart liquid gold acrylic paint to get a lovely soft gold finish and attached them to the frame.  Using the Signmaker Alpha Parts I put the text at the top of the frame.  This piece will now be added to our decorations in the living room, I think!

The Curiosity Crew has provided some stunning examples of this technique and you can see them at Linda Ledbetter's blog so click here to see this fabulous work.  Also thanks to the Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.

A very Happy Christmas to all and all the very best for 2015.


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

CC3C - Challenge 16

Hi all,

This challenge is the Layering Stencil, Embossing technique from page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities.  I'm trying to get into the Christmas spirit so here we go:

I used the technique with the Christmas stencil to add the word believe, then using some pine needles distress ink to add the holly. To enhance the holly I used a micron pen to outline through the stencil.

I added festive berries and pine needles distress ink to my craft sheet and spritzed with water then smooched the tag through the ink puddle.  I then went round the edges of the tag with a little more festive berries distress ink and walnut stain on the very edge just to give a little more definition to the tag.

Using the Christmas stencil I added the words merry and season with walnut stain distress ink.  I then stamped the happy holidays sentiment from the Tim Holtz Tree Blueprint set and stamped the tree above the sentiment.  I also stamped the tree three times onto some spare card stock with pine needles distress ink and blended out the ink with a damp paint brush.  The tree was then decoupaged onto the tag, and the baubles added.  Instead of the stamped loop to hang the baubles I added a wire loop to each bauble.  A silver star decoupaged on the top of the tree completed this part of the tag.

Taking one of the woodland wreaths I spritzed it with shabby shutters and evergreen bough distress spray stains and set aside to dry.  Once it was dry I added some red gems, a decorative bow and dabbed on some DecoArt snow-tex and , when dry I stuck the wreath onto the tag.

A messy bow of seam binding coloured with evergreen bough distress spray stain and some charms finished the tag.

As usual the curiosity crew has provided some fabulous inspiration for this challenge, click here to browse this wealth of wonderfulness. Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge.