Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Everything Wendy Vecchi...MAC #22

This week's challenge from Lori at Everything Wendy Vecchi is from Wendy's first book, page 15.  We needed to make a card using two similar border strips and a scalloped edge.  Use of at least one Wendy Studio 490 stamp goes without saying, of course!  I learned three valuable "whoops!" type lessons with this project...

Keeping with my plan to learn some new techniques and try working with new materials this week, I made my base from a piece of grunge paper, something I'm still trying to figure out. I used Peeled Paint distress stain to ink it up...I really wanted a nice brightish color.    (Sidenote...cannot seem to get a decent picture of the colors here...in real life, the greens are nice and bright, offset by nice light, medium & dark blues. *sigh*) Once it was dry, I spritzed it with a little Faded Jeans. Rounded the corners on the left edge; used a Martha Stewart scallop punch to create the required scallop edge.  Okay, not so creative, but well...

I used two coordinating pieces of Making Memories paper--a light blue gingham print and a bright green stripe--for my borders.  Stamped 'em with Wendy's polka dot and splatter background stamps in CTMH Outdoor Denim. On the blue gingham, I topped it off with some Pumice Stone just for fun.  'tude Lady was stamped on grunge, inked in Outdoor Denim and embossed with clear.  Lesson Learned #1...If you are going to cut out your image, do it BEFORE you emboss!!

Lesson Learned #2...heating grunge makes it curl, which makes it even weirder when you've already attached regular paper that doesn't curl.  Harder to flatten, too.  How did I learn this?  I stamped & embossed Wendy's sentiment (and my little twist--there's a question mark under the flower petals) AFTER I had the border strips attached.  Also added part of another Wendy sentiment in Peeled Paint along the right edge..."Attitude.:

The crown to go with the royal sentiment is a bit of grunge board from Tim Holtz's random die cut package.  First attempt, I inked it in Outdoor Denim, then embossed with both clear and diamond sparkle powders.  Lesson Learned #3...apparently, you CAN over emboss.  You'll note that the crown now bears a coating of Stickles in Tiara. ;-) 

Rayon seam binding dipped in Peeled Paint and Faded Denim stains makes my card a tag.  Flowers & buttons are from my stash.  Needed a wee bit "more" so my Peeled Paint distress stickles came in handy for some dotty fun.

Join the fun yourself and check out the talented contributions of fellow Wendy Vecchians by clicking here.

PS:  Lesson Learned that I Should Have Already Known...when used to cover up embossing mistakes, stickles take a REALLY long time to dry!!  But I have a nice sparkley thumb now...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Simon Says...Stamp & Show us some Tim Holtz

The talented folk over at Simon Says Stamp & Show asked us to show them a Tim Holtz technique.  I pulled out my personal copy of A Compendium of Curiosities and perused the volume on a quest to find something new and fun to try.  Settled on a couple of new—to me—techniques:  Rusted Grunge (page 45) and Double Distress (page 40).  Here goes:
Simon Says Stamp & Show Us some TIM HOLTZ

My base is a piece of grunge paper inked in Vintage Velvet and Peeled Paint.  After it dried, I ran it through my Texture Boutique with a Postcard texture fade (also from THE Tim)  Next,  the Double Distress technique calls for you to take a coordinating color and rub the pad direct over the raised areas.  I used Forest Moss for that step.  Next, you take a darker color—I used Black Soot—and wipe the pad directly on your nonstick mat.  Face down, swipe the embossed item across the darker ink.    I like the results…the second step only hits the highest points and really highlights the texture of the design.  That Tim Holtz is a smart guy!

The Rusted Grunge bit is the bookplate in the upper right corner.  Originally, it was a grunge board bit from Tim’s assortment of pre-cut designs.  Embossing ink, Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and a few swipes of Vintage Photo Distress Ink later…and there we go! Years of rust in a few short minutes.

The photo, clock face, ticket & 27 are from Tim’s Lost & Found Idea-ology sticker book.  Sentiment is also Tim’s, as are the foliage leaves and paper clip.  Crackle Accents helped age those up a bit.  Flowers, brads, rhinestones & charm are from my stash.

Ended up mounting the whole thing on a piece of cardstock that I inked up in the same colors—Vintage Velvet and Peeled Paint.  I like how the white cardstock took the ink differently from the grunge, but sets it all off well.
This was a great learning experience…thanks Simon Says Stamp& Show!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Making Art Challenge #21...Distress Resist

Howdy, howdy, hi HI!!  Welcome...please do NOT fall out of your chair.  Two posts in one week?  YIKES!  This might just become a habit!

This week's Making Art Challenge over at Everything Wendy Vecchi was to create a card based on Wendy's book 1, page 15.  Wendy's fabulous example uses a pigment ink resist technique.  But since I'm not overly successful at doing it myself, I'll let you see it from the wise woman herself...click here to check it out!

Here's my take:


I struggled with this one a bit, since when I tried it the first couple of times, I ended up with more white pigment ink on my inky blender than was left on the cardstock. *sigh* So....I used the couple that turned out well--smaller bits!--and used them for accents on a larger card.  Pretty simple, but I think hubby will like it when he finds it on his car seat tomorrow morning!

Base is a simple kraft cardstock.  I covered it with some 7 Gypsies paper from their Lille 8 x 8" pad.  Top edge continues into the inside of the card and is anchored with another freehand pink heart.  I inked the base patterned paper with Worn Lipstick & Antique Linen.  The patterning on the paper was so pretty I didn't want to mess with it too much.

The brown distressed items are actually two torn pieces of the same stamped & inked image.  Base stamp is the ledger from Studio 490 Artfully Noted, stamped on kraft paper in white pigment, dried, then distressed in Vintage Photo.  I tore the whole image into a few pieces and roughed up the edges.  Added more Vintage Photo to the torn edges and called it 'mah-velous, dahlink'!  Stamped the "happily ever after" sentiment from Homemade Art on the larger bit.

Hearts are freehanded from a piece of cardstock that was also resist stamped.  For those, I used the number background from the Studio 490 Dimensional Rose Art stamp set.  Inked in Worn Lipstick over the resist, cut out and then edges inked in a bit of Vintage Photo & Fired Brick.  Here's a close-up so you can see the resist background a bit better--but you still have to look closely to see the numbers in the background:

Close-up of Hearts
Inside, I stamped the "Let your heart lead the way" stamp from Gentleman's Art--from Wendy Vecchi, of course!!  Hubby will find this wee bit of lovey-dovey-ness in his car tomorrow morning...hope he likes!

Hope you like it, too!  Somehow, my stuff never quite makes it to the level of the other players in this game, but that's OK.  hee hee hee  Just bought a Stampotique stamp that says "Bad art is better than no art!"  I quite agree...  Now...get out there and join in the fun.  Get a little--or a lot!--of ink on those fingers!  (or glue, or marker, or whatever floats YOUR boat!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Simon Says...Stamp & Show Us a TAG

Greetings & Salutations, Fellow Travelers of the Crafty Road!  This week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show was to create a tag.  Now, I'm throwing my creation in the ring, but I gotta tell ya'...these gals are AMAZING with the stuff they can figure out how to put on a single tag. 

SSSS a Tag
 I picked up Tim Holtz' Umbrella Man in a set just last week, so I felt the need to get him inky. ;-)  Brolly Boy needed a storm to back him up...mine was created with Ranger's Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concornd, Faded Jeans and some Black Soot.  A spritz or two of water with my mini-mister and one stormy background was in play.  I stamped my guy in CTMH black archival directly on the tag.  Stamped him again on another bit of cardstock in Black Soot DI and embossed it in clear.  Fussy cut him out and then popped him up on a few foam dots to give him some dimension. Rain drops are both "Rain Dots" by Cloud 9 Designs and some Glossy Accents. 

I filled in one of Tim's memo pins with Glossy Accents to highlight the word "be"--a tidbit from another Tim stamp.  (Can you tell I just read that part of Tim's Compendium of Curiousities book?!)  Tacked on the "Courageous" token for a bit of an accent in the corner.  The sentiment, of course, is but a well-worn cliche...the extra is my own take on making lemonade out of lemons. ;-)  I printed it on plain paper, snipped the words apart, then inked it up with a bit of Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans.  The brackets are brads from my stash.  I thought I was done but for the ribbons, but when I looked again, it didn't have that "pop" factor, so I added a backing of textured black cardstock spritzed with some Tsuneninko Frost.  Now, the ribbons could finish things off!

It's not too late to join the fun...I'd imagine you're much faster at this than I am!  Check out the weekly challenges over at Simon Says Stamp and Show

Now off to work on my Challenge #21 for Everything Wendy Vecchi!