Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Tim Time!

After sitting out of last week's Grungy Monday challenge, I am excited to be able to submit something this week. This week the challenge is to use this way cool technique with Tim's Texture Fades. I remember watching this video when Tim first posted it and I'm pretty sure my brain went into awesome overload and exploded. =P But without further ado, here is what I made for the challenge:


The background was made by using the Patchwork Texture Fade on some green Core'dinations cardstock. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink for the inking technique. It's kind of hard to see because the cardstock is so dark, but hopefully it's a little bit more obvious in this close-up:


I also sanded the cardstock after embossing to distress it a little bit more.

The color scheme on this project is a little bit of a departure for me, but I was inspired by the colors in Tim's Lost and Found papers, which I used to make the rosette, and I also cut the bingo cards from one of the smaller sized papers in that stack. The game theme was inspired by the playing card and game piece images in the Texture Fade. When a realized I could make a "game wheel" out of my rosette, the theme for the piece was set. This was made with Tim's rosette die and an Idea-ology game spinner.



I may be tooting my own horn, but I think that's pretty clever. =) 

The domino border strips are from this awesome new stack from DCWV called "Tattered Time". At least I think it's new....it was at JoAnn's this week and I'd never seen it before. The background cardstock and the strips were glued to a 5x5 canvas, then the edges were sanded and inked with Vintage Photo. I glued an Idea-ology game piece (which I'd also sanded and inked) to the game piece image in the background. The letters are Grungeboard which I painted with some fantastic dark red paint which just happened to be in my stash. It's Apple Barrel brand acrylic paint, and the color is "Victorian Red." It's been sitting in a drawer for years....and it was exactly the color I was looking for. =) After the paint dried I covered the letters with Rock Candy Stickles for a little sparkle. Hopefully it shows up in this close-up:


Conveniently, the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge is all about Tim Techniques this week, so I get a 2-in-1 challenge entry. =)

Thanks for looking!

*~M~*

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Distress Tag

The Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week is to show some Distressing. Now, they may have done this on purpose, but they said "Distressing" with a capital D, so I take that to mean "Distress" as in Distress products. =) So I did a fun and quick tag with as many Distress products as I could put together, namely Inks and Stickles.
P.S. For some reason my photos of this project look really dark. I swear they didn't look like that in Photoshop. Hmmmmm.... Anywho..... =/

The swirls in the background were done with a resist technique that was last week's Grungy Monday challenge, but I didn't get a chance to try the technique before that challenge closed. Oops. =P I like the way it looks here though. I used Bundled Sage, Wild Honey, Victorian Velvet, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks for the background. Vintage Photo was used to color the letters, which were from Tim's Grungeboard Alphabet Soup set. For once, I did not cover them with Glossy Accents. I figured there was enough sparkle on this tag. Speaking of....


Hopefully you can see some of the Stickles I used on the butterfly, which was cut with the Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight die. The body and veins of the wings were cut out of cardstock, sanded, and covered with Mustard Seed Stickles. The backgrounds for the wings were cut from some plastic packaging and covered with Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Clear Rock Candy, and Shabby Shutters Stickles. I was hoping to create a sort of stained glass effect, and it sort of worked...I think. =P  (Btw, I LOVE all the ideas Tim Holtz has for recycling plastic packaging! I love using it for die cuts now. I think this was the first blog post where I saw him use it to great effect.)

Thanks for looking!

*~M~*

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Altered Clipboard

Well, it's been a while since I posted anything....I kinda went through a period of no motivation for a while. =P Anyway, my project today was inspired by the wonderful Tammy Tutterow, who is always covering ordinary things with paper and a few embellishments and making beautiful creations. Also, it was inspired by the fact that I really wanted to play with some Tim Holtz Fragments, and a clipboard provides the perfect flat surface for them. =)

Here are the supplies I used: K&Company Life's Journey paper stack, DCWV Mariposa mat stack, Tim Holtz Fragments and Charms, Grungeboard Minis, Wild Honey Distress Ink, Glossy Accents, Adirondack Paint Dabber (white), Idea-ology Swivel Clasp, Matte Multi-Medium, clipboard, ribbons.

This is the front...pretty plain, so as to remain functional. The background paper here and on the back was attached with the matte Multi-Medium. (Love that stuff!) Then I painted all the remaining exposed wood with the paint dabber. I love the way it ended up looking kind of whitewashed.

Here's a close-up of the clip. My initials were colored with the Distress Ink and then covered with Glossy Accents. (This is my new favorite way to make custom letters.) I purposely attached the charm with my middle initial so that it would hang down between the 2 M's. (Ha ha, I know, very clever. =P )
This is where the real fun happens: the back. =) I used almost an entire package of Fragments on this (all but 2). Oh, I forgot to mention in the supplies, I also used some of Tim's Vintage Shabby paper pack. I actually intended to use that paper for most of the tiles, but then I found this fantastic sheet of paper while looking through the K&Company stack for backgrounds:

It has all these great little images on it, that are already coordinated, so I decided to use that instead, with a few tiles from Tim's stack thrown in. Here's what it looked like when I was done:
That is some serious mileage out of one sheet. =)

The large central image and a few small tiles are from the DCWV stack. If you want to see how to make these amazing mosaic/collage tiles, check out Tim's book, Compendium of Curiosities, or if you click on Fragments in the supplies list, there is one of his awesome videos towards the bottom of the page. And here's some close-ups:







Thanks for looking! =)

*~M~*