Tuesday, August 28, 2012

From Darkness into Light

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Hello and welcome back to my make for Part II of the How Can You Resist challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  This week the Funkie team has posted some gorgeous inspiration with lots of fun resist techniques.

Here is my take on the grungy side of resist.  I had in mind sort of an urban grunge theme creating resist with stamps from Tim Holtz's Ultimate Grunge set.  And I am still totally hooked on mixing Black soot distress stain with Pewter Perfect Pearls powder on my craft sheet and dredging paper through it.  I started with one of the #12 tags I sell in the boutique and clear embossed stamps from Ultimate Grunge.    I had a page from an old book that I had also stamped on in Multi Medium Matte and ripped a strip of that, gluing it all the way down the center of the tag.  Then I applied the Black Soot DS/Pewter PP.  Rather than resisting, the MMM on the book page totally absorbed the distress stain.  You can see some it - very black and shiny - near the bottom.  Looking at the bare tag with just the resist going on, I had a flash of inspiration to do a theme "From Darkness into Light" and added clear rhinestones to connect the black flowers thus drawing them into the light and finally connecting them to a Wendy Vecchi stamped butterfly that was coated with the new Stickles dry glitter (unfortunately SOLD OUT in the store and now backordered).

The flowers were cut from brown packing paper with the Tattered Flowers die and dredged through the left over black and silver puddles on my craft sheet.  I topped it off with an inspirational sentiment and bright white mesh ribbon with a sparkly white tie to draw the eye into the light.

I know it's probably a little hoaky as art goes, but I had fun with it.   And it's really nicer looking IRL than the photos show - isn't that always the case?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have you been over to Frilly and Funkie?  Terry, Anita and Marjie have some great resist inspiration pieces to share.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Autumn Resist

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Hello friends!  I'm here to share a tag I made this weekend for my weekly Artistic Outpost guest post.  I decided to use Tim Holtz's Kraft Resist technique found on page 41 of the Compendium of Curiosities 2 book.  That's the challenge this week over at Linda Ledbetter's CC2C challenge.   I decided to go with that fall feeling and kept the kraft/monotone theme with a couple of pops of color.  Instead of using colored ink or stain for the resist, I went with Picket Fence Distress Stain, a good coat of it and then blended it in with a paper towel.  After that, images were stamped from the Artistic Outpost Bluebird plate on the kraft resist paper in Archival Sepia.  Cutting a harlequin strip of Core'Dinations Kraft Core, I sanded the edges with my sanding grip.  With the Mini Leaves Movers and Shapers, leaves were cut from crinkled up parchment paper and then randomly dabbed them with various alcohol inks and gold mixative using an alcohol ink applicator.  The crinoline sunflower is left from my last fall's stash of a few extras I had.  You can see my tutorial here to learn how I made it using the Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves dies.  Crinoline is available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I dove into the Vintaj stash using the Ambrosial Leaves, the Nouveau Roses Vintaj metal embossing folder and Retro Highway patna set, first embossing, then painting and then burnishing to take the patina off the raised areas.  I affixed it with a Mini Fastener, added a piece of jute ribbon with my Tiny Attacher and tied the button on with a bit of burlap string.

And that's that!  Thanks for stopping by and please know that I do appreciate all your lovely comments!  Have a great week.

These products used to create this tag can be found at 20% off MSRP at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Creepy Crawlies

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Hi all, today I have a bit of creepy crawly upcycling for you.  This is my piece for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge, brought to us again this week by Kim Price.  Kim is challenging us to be green this week, that's right, recycle/upcycle and be sure to include the color green too.  Well, I must admit that upcycling isn't a challenge for me.  I save every bit of acrylic packaging and usable chipboard that I can get my hands on and use the stuff frequently in my art.  That's what I have repurposed for this piece.  The spooky tree and the crawly frame are chipboard sheets from the lace packaging that I sell in my shop and the embossed window is packaging from one of the Tim Holtz BIGZ dies.

I spent quite a bit of time on this piece, but it was fun and relaxing time for me.  I first cut the acrylic packaging  with the Vintage Cabinet Card die and ran it through a Stampin' Up! spider web embossing folder.  I applied pitch black alcohol ink with an ink applicator tool but it came out too black.  I wanted to have a window effect with the floral pattern showing through so I added some Alcohol Blending Solution to the applicator and went over it a couple of times to lighten it up and make it more transparent.  But the spider web didn't show up as much as I hoped so I took a black Sharpie and filled in the lines on the back side.  The frame was cut from chip board using both the Vintage Cabinet Card die and the Mini M&S Cabinet Card Die.  After that I applied two layers of silver embossing and while the embossing was still hot and melted, pressed the little spider stamp from Mini Halloween 3 into it.  If you ink your stamp with embossing ink first, it makes a nice impression in the hot EP and doesn't stick.

The tree was painted with Black Soot Distress Crackle Paint and the background was done with Black Soot distress stain and Perfect Pearls powder technique that Anita Houston demonstrated in this video.  The cardstock I used was Ranger's Manila CS which is coated and works fabulous for this technique.  I really love the way it looks with Black Soot Distress Stain and Pewter Perfect Pearls.  It's hard to see but for this piece, it gives the impression of swirling dark clouds with moonlight shinning through.  I made a fence with the black jute mesh from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and dry brushed a little Silver Acrylic paint dabber over it for more moonlight sheen.

My pop of green is my mini rosette sponged with Peeled Paint DI  and stamped in Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink with the web stamp from Mini Halloween 3 and of course the edges were sponged with Vintage Photo DI.

I love Halloween art and was really pleased with how this came out!

Hope you will stop over to Our Creative Corner to see the great inspiration pieces the teamies over there have to share!

These items used to create this card are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

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