Sunday, 31 May 2015

CC3C - Challenge 29

Hi All

So this is the challenge I've been dreading, when I did the Creative Chemistry 102 I just couldn't get this technique to work.  Having experimented with it I can get it to work maybe one time in four so there are lots of interesting background sheets waiting to be used.  Still you can never have too many backgrounds prepared!

So after getting to grips with the technique, page 44 of the Compendium of Curiosities, I set about altering the door hanger that is my chosen project for this challenge.

I used mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio distress paint for the base colour and tarnished brass on the top and added a little walnut stain distress ink around the edges.  After painting the wooden door hanger with black gesso I stuck the altered card to the hanger and, when dry, trimmed round the edges.

I have a box of die cuts that I've cut to try new dies that I buy and found the musical score and as this is for Caitlin it was perfect.  The only problem is that it was cut from silver mirri card sooooo....  I dabbed black gesso and tarnished brass distress paint randomly onto the surface but it was still too shinny.  To try to get over the brightness I decided to try a 'dirty' wash and mixed a brown wash that I had in a little jar with a little black gesso and covered the music with it.  This not only dulled it down it also gave it a strange matt finish which I likes.  I glued it to the door hanger and trimmed the edges.

The cogs beneath the music were also dabbed with black gesso and tarnished brass distress paint and also a little graphite texture paste for that pitted look.

I used my new Tim Holtz die, Block Talk lowercase, to cut the name from black card stock and added it to the hanger.

To finish the edges, which were a little uneven where I had cut out the shape from the card stock I used Graphite texture paste.  This gives a lovely glittery edge and some fantastic texture too.  I then decided to add some rusty wire, love this stuff!, so I wound some round the door handle hole and added a little more texture paste.

There are some fantastic examples from the Curiosity Crew over on Linda Ledbetter's blog , click here to go visit.  Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenge.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

CC3C - Challenge 28

Hi all

Well what a difference a fortnight makes, my hubby is out of hospital, eating anything that you put in front of him, pottering about and generally getting in my way.....and I love it!  Thanks for all the lovely messages and the thoughts and prayers, much appreciated.

So onto challenge 28.

I have had some of the Stampbord shapes in my stash for quite some time and they fell out of a cupboard when I was looking for something else and I decided to see if I could do the technique on one of these.  Well who'd have worked really well.

The colours I used were indigo, sail boat blue and aqua adirondack alcohol ink and I coloured my stamp board using the technique on page 57 of the Compendium of Curiosities.  

I stamped the funky grasses from the JOFY11 stamp set from PaperArtsy and the taller flower from set JOFY12, I love these quirky grasses and flowers.  The ink I used was black archival ink.  I then masked off the wings of the butterfly stamp from set 11 and inked up the body and stamped it on the edge of the stampbord. 

I needed the butterfly to be the other way round so I inked the stamp and used my brayer to take the image and the rolled it onto some scrap card.  I painted the butterfly wings using some of the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints and then double heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give a nice shine.

Before I added the wings to the stampbord I used a scratch tool to add some white highlights to the grasses and made the bigger leaves white.

I then stamped the word Nature onto some kraft card stock with some black archival ink and added some white highlights with a gelly pen.  I then added this and the butterfly wings to the stampbord.

To finish the piece I die cut a fancy oval from embossed silver card and mounted the stampbord to give a small silver rim to the piece.  I will add a hanger to the back so it can be hung up.

The examples from the Curiosity Crew are simply fabulous and can be seen on Linda Ledbetter's blog here.  Also there are the usual thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

CC3C - challenge 27

Hi all,

The next few weeks are going to be a little stressful as my beloved husband is in hospital undergoing a major operation as I type.  I miss him!  He's grumpy, has a terrible sense of humour, and watches far too much football but its too quiet when he's not here.

Anywhoo thats enough of that!!  I decided that this challenge would be a get well card for him so that when I go to visit tomorrow he can scold me for having blue hands, and I have, and to remind him that I miss him.

I used a piece of craft card and the Tim Holtz embossing folder Patchwork and following the instructions on page 61 of The Compendium of Curiosities I started the background.  I used mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio  and dusty concord distress to ink the background and splashed some of the distress stain in the same colours over the top.  Once I'd dried the background I added some silver gilding wax to highlight the embossing and finished off with walnut stain distress ink round the edges.

I cut an oval from white card and inked with the same colours as before.  I die cut the letters for the sentiment using the Tim Holtz strip die Untieled in black card and mounted them onto the oval.  You may have noticed the 'jaunty' angle of the letters, this is because I cannot do straight lines.  I think its against some law or another! (LOL) I added some of the Idea-ology mini cogs and mounted it onto the card.

To finish I sprayed some seam binding with distress stains in the same colours, thats why my hands are blue!,  and dried it with a heat gun.  This was wound round the bottom of the card and tried in a knot.  I found some dried twiggy bits to put behind the knot and added another cog.

As usual you can see some fantastic examples on Linda Ledbetters blog from the ever wonderful Curiosity Crew.  Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.