Friday, June 22, 2012

A Bit of Brown

Hello all! I'm here to share a tag today. This week the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to use brown on a project, so of course I got out my Distress Inks and made an attempt at a tag. I thought a nice blue background with brown accents would be nice, so here's what I came up with:

I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Stormy Sky Distress inks for the background. I just smooshed some ink onto my craft sheet, sprayed with water and then placed the tag in the inks. I dried it and then added more ink a couple of times to create some layers. Then I edged the tag with Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs inks. The sentiment (from Tim's Stuff to Say set) was also stamped with Gathered Twigs.

I created the shatter effect in the corners by stamping the pattern from Tim's Ultimate Grunge set in Frayed Burlap and then embossing with Antique Linen Distress embossing powder. The ticket was also inked with Frayed Burlap and Gathered Twigs, and then added to the tag with a memo pin. 

The trimmings at both the top and bottom of the tag were dyed with Tea Dye Distress ink. I've never used this color before - it was one of the last colors of Distress I purchased - and I have to say I was a little skeptical at first when I got it on my craft sheet. I had no idea it was going to be so orange, and it almost looks pink on here, since it's been considerably lightened by all the water I added and then the drying process. However, once I got it on the tag I loved the effect. What was looking like a very grungy tag with all that brown suddenly had almost a feminine look, which I love. I had an extra little rose after I was done dying so I cut it off and made a little cluster to put my memo pin in. A little additional Idea-oloy at the top and the tag was finished! =)

I think I will also enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge. The theme this week is anything but a card, so a tag is perfect! Two Simon Says challenges in one week! =)

Thanks so much for looking!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CC2 Challenge #8

Hello all! Today I'm here to post my entry for this week's Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge (I think I got it done on time this time! =P) . This challenge is run by the always fabulous Linda Ledbetter at the Studio L3 blog, and is based on the techniques of Tim Holtz. You can buy his book here. (And get it autographed too!) This week we're doing the technique on page 62 of the book. And here's my entry:

For the background I used a Sticky-Back Canvas ATC and stuck it to an ATC Art Part to make it sturdy. It was painted, inked and stamped before adding my embellishments. I painted the heart and the lace border with gold paint dabber. The heart is attached paint side down which gives it an interesting look. Then I just cut a banner with the Tattered Banners die, did some stamping and stuck it down. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that I also sprayed the background with Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist, so it's really quite sparkly in real life. =) 

I'm writing this quite late so I'm going to keep it short. I think I will also enter this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge for this week, which is all about texture. I think I have quite a bit between my canvas and my painting.

I hope you have some time to create this week! Thanks so much for looking! =)