Wednesday, 17 October 2012

CC2C- challenge 25

This week's challenge on Linda's Studio L3 blog is to use Tim's Ink Palette - Perfect Pearls technique from page 53 of his book Compendium of Curiosities vol ii, this week sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.
I created my palette - with Heirloom Gold, Pewter & Forever Violet (the 3 colours of perfect pearls I've currently got).  To get a little more variety in colours, I also added Distress Dried Marigold re-inker & Crushed Olive stain, and Dylusions spray Bubblegum Pink & Fresh Lime to Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls - also Distress Tumbled Glass re-inker & Dylusions spray London Blue and Crushed Grape to Pewter Perfect Pearls.  The stamp I used is one of Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions background stamps (background love - DYR34612) from Ranger.

As you can see below, the Perfect Pearls on the black (which I used for the finished tag) have a much more subtle effect than on the cream - I think to get these colours on black I will have to get myself some more Perfect Pearls!  But I can see me using both colours of cardstock, depending on the finished result I'm looking for!  
unfinished tag (black)

Experiment on cream card
I heat embossed the quote onto black card which I then coloured with Perfect Pearls...
And finally I added a die cut flower & butterfly which I'd made using the riveted patchwork technique on p 57 of the same book...
detail of finished tag
 ... just a couple of bits I had lying around!

Back soon!   Kay

Thursday, 11 October 2012

CC2C - Challenge 24

Just a quick last minute entry for Linda's Studio L3 challenge, using the Alcohol Resist technique from page 59 of Tim's 'Compendium of Curiosities vol ii'!
Is it too early to be thinking 'Christmas'??!
I used Tim's trees stamp from one of his Christmas sets for the alcohol ink panel, & heat embossed the snowflakes from the same set, then coloured the card with salty ocean and iced spruce distress inks.
(apologies for the poor photo quality - looks better in real life!)
Back soon!   Kay

Distress - seasonal

Great news - Tim Holtz's Ranger Distress Seasonal ink pads, which were released 2011/2012 in limited packs of 3 are now part of the standard distress range, so 48 gorgeous colours instead of 36 (plus of course picket fence)!  They're currently in ink pads & re-inkers  - hopefully maybe even markers at some stage?
What's even better is that Ranger have a contest on their blog for a giveaway of some of these 'new' colours, so here's my entry...

I was lucky enough to get the Winter & Spring packs (& I found the Summer pack just a couple of weeks ago).  But the Fall pack I couldn't find anywhere, so I'm so pleased at last to be able to get them!
For my tag, I used mowed lawn (from Summer), mustard seed and barn door distress ink pads. I stamped the three leaf images from Tim's mini blueprints set CMS 136 in jet black archival.  Then I pressed the ink pads onto my craft sheet & used a water brush to pick up and blend the colours on the leaves.  For the birch I used mowed lawn & mustard seed, for the oak mustard seed & a little barn door, and for the maple barn door & a little mustard seed.  Such a range of autumnal colours from just 3 distress ink pads! Then I used my blending foam to distress the tag (using the same 3 colours).
Finally I diecut letters from gold card, added a little frayed burlap (marker) & attached them to the tag and edged around them with black ink, to make them stand out.
Fingers crossed!
Back soon!   Kay

Thursday, 4 October 2012

CC2C - Challenge 23

It's Challenge 23 this week on Linda's Studio L3 blog. Tim's technique is using Distress Markers, on page 50 of Tim's book 'Compendium of Curiosities vol ii'.  And this week's prize is an awesome one of gorgeous goodies from a box that Mario sent to Linda!
Autumn seems definitely with us now, so I decided on a simple 'art' work...
I stamped the Birch blueprint from Tim's new Mini Blueprints CMS136 stamp set in the middle of a piece of watercolour paper.  Then I drew the border & filled it in freehand with 'silver brich' tree trunks.  I stamped the birch leaf several times more & 'fussy-cut' them out.  Finally I was ready to colour in with distress markers (and a little water) - tumbled glass for the sky, and a selection of fired brick, frayed burlap, bundled sage, scattered straw and crushed olive for the leaves, and finally frayed burlap & picket fence for the tree trunks.
I love this stamp set - it's so versatile, with 4 each of Autumn, Halloween & Christmas blueprints, which are just large enough to use on a card with other elements - I'm so glad I got them!
And of course, I love the distress markers!  I love the range of colours you can get, even with just a few, and a little water!  I'll have to get a few more of them soon though (I've got 10 at the moment)...

Back soon!   Kay