Saturday, August 11, 2012

Shabby Denim

Welcome back friends, followers, visitors!  What a fun challenge we have going for you this week over at Our Creative Corner.  Paula McClane is our hostess again this week and her fun challenge is Dressed in Denim - a recipe challenge.  Besides denim, your creation must include 3 buttons or brads and 3 ribbons or twine accents.  Your denim can be real or faux.
I've been making faux denim using canvas and a spritz of denim Color Wash or a little Faded Jeans distress stain, both of which work sensational for creating faux denim.  But for this challenge, I went for the real thing.  I have an old pair of my DD's jeans she was giving to Goodwill a while back and I snagged them to use for crafting.  So I cut off a chunk and glued it to cardboard using Beacon Frabi-Tac glue. When it was good and dry, using the TH Baroque and Mini Baroque M&S dies, I cut the frame and ran it through the Regal Flourishes texture fade, then sponged the high points with white craft ink.

Two doilies were sponged with Faded Jeans distress ink and then sprayed with Perfect Pearls Perfect Pearl mist to give them a nice sparkle.  The smaller doily was glued under the frame to make a base for my cameo element and the other doily was used for both the heart and the denim flower base.  Let me tell you how they were both created - I should have taken pictures, but I'm horrible at that.  When I'm creating, I'm creating.  I hate stopping to take pictures.

The heart on the right side was die cut from white chipboard and colored with faded jeans distress stain.    When dry, I glued a piece of the doily over it and then trimmed around the edges.  But I wanted it to have more of a porcelain feel to it so I coated it with UTEE.  It came out really cool - too bad I covered most of it up.  For the piece under the denim rose, I took another piece of the larger doily and using Claudine Helmuth Multi Medium Matte, I glued it to a piece of acrylic packaging.  When dry I cut it with the Mini Tattered Florals M&S die. Why did I go through the step of gluing the doily to the acrylic piece, you wonder?  Because many times when you die cut a doily, it all falls apart.  The acrylic sheet became an invisible backing to hold the doily flower in place.

All the silver pieces were made by sticking foil tape to card stock, die cutting them and smearing black paint dabber on them, then wiping most of it off.

This is not a card, but rather a little piece of desk art.  I put an easel on the back so it will stand up.

Everything else is pretty self explanatory, but if you have questions, let me know by sending me an email or leaving the question in the comments section. Thanks so much for dropping by today.  Hope you will take the time to stop by Our Creative Corner to see the rest of the cool denim pieces designed by the rest of the team.

Have a great weekend!


Jenny Marples said...

OK Linda, this is probably one of my fav of your staggeringly beautiful projects. The level of detail is amazing. Knew there was a reason for hanging on to that old pair of jeans! Hugs, Buttons x

Unknown said...

You have done it again, Linda, I am completely gobsmacked! Speechless! I love all of it (again!) :) and that faux demin looks very real. I like that tiny butterfly, but it is just one of many things I could comment on..... Thanks again for the inspiration,

Sophie said...

Was für eine schöne edle Karte.
Die Blautöne sind super schön.
Ein tolles Werk!

Ein schönes sonniges Wochenende

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW!!!! I absolutely LOVE this tag......and it blends with your blog so perfectly!!!!!

Shelly Hickox said...

Linda, you are seriously rockin' the Sizzix on this!! I need to send a link for our I Spy feature.

Love the creativity on display here - so many fantastic ideas I can't even pick a favorite. Beautiful work!

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous, love all the denim details and layering, wonderful texture!

Unknown said...

I am absolutely in Love with this "work of art". you did an amazing job!!!

Your creativity is boundless. I envy you the ability to make something this amazing.

Until Next Time,

Jacki Daniels said...

This is stunning love it and loving that denim rose too I also like the idea of the silver tape I have some of that too but mine seems very flimsy so might try your suggestion of putting it on card
am now a follower loving your creations
Jacki xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning Linda, your attention to detail is amazing. Beautiful composition and I live the denim elements and the cameo is gorgeous. Tracy x

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Linda
Mmmmm... where to start, of course it is stunning, no question, why do I find this creation so attractive?
First your colour Palette; cool dependable Blue, it is restful and calm you have imparted immense warmth and movement to this project, the texture is to die for, all your techniques on the elements create interest to the viewer, it pulls you in, and all you want to do is keep looking just in case there is something you have missed!
The Denim flower looks fantastic, and I so wish I knew about your Faux Denim technique!

Sandy said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!! Linda, no wonder you have your own store - all the ideas you have all the time - you are so creative. I hope I ordered what I wanted - if not, I will be back!!!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow...another stunning creation, Linda. Just love the beautiful colors and all the details... :)

Tone M. said...

cool, and beautiful

Unknown said...

Hi Linda. This is just so sweet. I love this card - it has the shabby vintage thing going on perfectly. And that cameo is GORJUS!

Kate Yetter said...

This is my favorite card ever!!! I just love that cameo and rosette in middle! And that heart bunting!! Gorgeous!!

Desert Rose Stamper said...

Linda -- I just love your work -- I am going to model my cards after your stunning style (hope you don't mind?) Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.


Lisa Minckler said...

It is actually quite possible for the synapsis in the brain to frazzle from over exposure of awesomeness. My every intention to comment on your glorious work here seems to only render, "garble, garble, hmmmm, ahhh, gibberish, gibberish, something, something, WOW!"
If you wouldn't mind deciphering this cryptic message as a compliment, I'd be grateful!

Hugs to you,
Lisa xx

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

SWOON!!!! Love the denim flowers!!! Wow! That cameo is gorgeous as well! This card goes to the favorites pile!

Anne Marie Hile said...

I can't get over how much that technique looks like real denim, Linda! You mean I really didn't need to sacrifice my jeans for this project? Haha! As always, you rocked this challenge. You have a style compard to none, my friend. Absolutely fantastic! :) Hugs!

Anne Marie Hile said...

I had to go back and read the details again and yes, in fact that IS real denim! Haha! Stop confusing me with your awesome details, Linda....I'm obviously easily distracted. Hee hee! This truly is an amazing project! Have a great rest of your week! :)

Sue A said...

Wow Linda you've blown me away AGAIN! I never would've thought to use denim like this but I LOVE it!!! Just rec'd my order from you and can't wait to play with the new rivets folder, but might have to wait now whilst I mess about with denim!!! No time to be bored - oh dear tomorrow is my housework day - or maybe not LOL LOL. Thanks again for more fantastic inspiration you clever thing xx

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