Friday, April 24, 2015

Life Is...

Happy Friday!  I'm here with a last minute entry for  Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge at Studio L3   where Linda and the Crew are challenging us to make something using Tim Holtz' Smudged Stamping technique.  This technique can be found on page 42 in  Tim's  Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3.  Tim and Mario have provided a massive pile of goodies for whomever the Curiosity Crew chooses as the Curiosity Crew's Choice, but there's also a random winner, and this  time it's sponsored by the lovely Linda Coughlin owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You could win a generous $25 shopping spree to The Funkie Junkie Boutique if you are the lucky winner!


I can't reveal the technique (them's the rules!), but you can read all about it in your own copy of Tim's book which you can get here on Tim's website. I can tell you what products I've used (listed at end of post), colors I've selected, and I'll even tell you how I was able to achieve that great rust using some products I have on hand, and also how I made my bottom layer.

Let's get started!  The bottom layer is made from Tim's Kraft Core card stock. I spritzed the kraft side of it with Ranger Perfect Ink Refresher, rubbed it in real well to make the card feel like soft leather.  I crumpled and wrinkled it, smoothed it out, and left it to dry.  Next,  I sanded the colored side of the card to highlight the wrinkles.  Lastly, I used an ink blending tool with Distress inks to finish it off.  I hand cut the panel into a tag shape, and die cut two of Tim's Pediments and glued them to the tag shape panel top and bottom.

For the tag, I followed Tim's instructions for Smudged Stamping exactly as it is outlined on page 42 using several of his clocks and umbrella man images.  I then spritz and flicked, put a little Stormy Sky Distress stain on my craft mat, misted it ever so slightly until it beaded up, allowed it to dry a tiny bit, and then laid my tag face down into it to get the effect of raindrops. To get some more droplets, I blended Distress ink in the same color randomly through a Prima raindrop stencil.  Every umbrella man needs some rain, doesn't he?


I stamped Tim's quote and Tutu image using Archival jet black ink, and colored in the tutu using Distress markers and a water pen.  The "L" in "life" was just screaming to be colored in, so I used Picket Fence Distress marker to color it.  While the marker was in my hand, I made a few random dots for more rain effect.

I added some Remnant Rubs stars,  and a Thrift Shop ephemera tag inked and spritzed with my Distress marker spritzer and Walnut Stain Distress marker. I also added metal Idea-ology tiny gears and monocle.  I painted the monocle with Black Soot and Gathered  Twigs Distress paints, threaded a ball and chain from my stash through it and used it to highlight the dancer.

Here's how I rusted my tiny gears:  I tapped on some Black Soot and Rusty Hinge Distress paints, dried, and dabbed with Ranger embossing dabber, sprinkled randomly with Distress powder, and shot it with my heat gun. I then threw in a load of laundry so I wouldn't be tempted to pick them up while they were still hot. Pure magic and love the "rust"! Sorry for the blurry close up photos--I only have my camera on my phone.





Well, I think that covers it!  This is a really fun technique that can be used in so many ways as is evidenced by the variety of wonderful creations made by the uber-talented Curiosity Crew!  Be sure to get yourself over to Studio L3 CC3C to soak in all that inspiration, and then visit each of the Crew's blogs.  You will not be disappointed!



On an ironic side note: while I was busily crafting my Life tag wrinkling up Kraft Core, and figuring out what Idea-ology pieces to use--"aha! a monocle!", Pamellia was one step ahead,already posting her magical vanity on which she used some of these very same materials! I took a little break at 2 am, after I was done my tag, and checked my e-mail on the way to bed.  I resisted, but clicked on that message from My Little Craft Things. At 3 am, I was finally able to pick my chin up off the floor and scurry up to bed for 2 hours of sleep.  I would like to coin a phrase "Two great minds think alike".  Perhaps we think alike, but there is NO ONE that can carry out those thoughts like the one and only PAMELLIA! I love the way you think, Pamellia, but I am in awe at how you create! It is a blessing to be able to view your work!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and for all your wonderful comments!  I read and appreciate every single one! Please have a great weekend! Hugs!

Sara Emily

I would like to enter this in the following inspiring challenges:

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #11 "April Showers" I incorporated rain in the form of stenciled droplets, stain droplets and marker dots. A little more watery effect from spritz and flick.
Our Creative Corner "Color Your World" Our spring started out very dreary with lots of rain, and when not raining, just stormy skies.  Much of the tropical foliage had browned due to an unusually cold late winter for these parts. These colors are my inspiration for my project. Thank Goodness, the true colors of spring here are stating to emerge.  Maybe a more colorful project in the near future?
That Craft Place Challenge "Alter Something" I "rusted" metal embellishments and made card stock into "leather"

Products: Stamps: Tim Holtz Little Things, In Dreams, Good Thoughts, Enjoy the Journey, and Imagined
                Metal:  Idea-ology except ball and chain
                Stencil: Prima
                Tim Holtz Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack, Elements Remnant Rubs, Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
                Ranger: Tag, Perfect Ink Refresher, Jet Black Archival Ink, Embossing Dabber
                Distress:  Marker spritzer;  markers-Picket Fence, Walnut Stain, Tumbled Glass;  Stain-Stormy Sky;  Paint-Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs;  Ink-Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky
           
        

46 comments:

  1. Great and creative stuff, thanks for sharing! Nice weekend!

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  2. I LOVE every single thing about this!!! The vintage feel is wonderful, as is that chain wrapped and hanging down! Umbrella Man always makes me smile!!! Thanks for Smudge Stamping with us this time at CC3Challenge!!!

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    1. Thank you, Anita! This is a heart warming compliment coming from you! Love the Umbrella Man, too!

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  3. Loving the second generation stamping of the rain man, it looks so effective!! And that monocle highlighting the ballerina is awesome too. Great little piece Sara, hugs, Georgie xx

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    1. Thank you, Georgie! This was a fun little tag to make! Definitely my style! Big hugs!

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  4. Sara, your vintage looking tag is stunning! I love your amazing smudge stamping and how you treated the kraft card! Those Idealogy elements are perfectly fit to your stamped images! Brilliant idea with the monocle! Great choice of stamps and a quote! Awesome, my dear!
    Have a great weekend!
    Big hugs :)
    Branka xxx

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    1. Branka, you really made me smile when I read your comment, and I'm so sorry to be late to respond. Not getting much blog time as of late. I'm so happy you like it! Big hugs to you!

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  5. Hi Sara....oh my goodness! This tag is a real stunner! I totally love all of the vintage loveliness that this tag exudes! I love the repeat smudge stamping of Tim's umbrella man. He's has sort of a haunting ghostly appearance to me. Love it! Love the stamped smaller ballerina and your sentiment about dancing in the rain. How clever to tie those two clandestine lovers together by the sentiment! Your embossed mounting piece with the shaped top and bottom frames your tag beautifully. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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    1. Candy, it is always such a pleasure to read one of your sweet and thoughtful comments! You really made my day! So happy you appreciate the tie in with the dancer, the umbrella man (rain) and the quote. That what it's all about! Hugs!

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  6. A fantastic tag with so many wonderful details. Thank you for sharing it with us at Stamps and Stencils.
    Yvonne

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! So happy to see you on this new challenge blog!

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  7. HI Sara Emily!! :) I'm here wearing my Our Creative Corner DT member hat to Thank Your for joining us for our Color Your World challenge this month!! How Fun is this!! :) You tag reflects the colors that I'm experiencing this Spring, too!! Dreary, bland, brown! I hear you!! :) I also feel the promise of Spring in this tag :) Just Lovely!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. Thank you for your visit and compliment, Shari--love your hat, daaaling! I'm happy you get the color thing...but what a difference a week on sunshine has made in my garden! The perennials are coming out of hibernation, the grass is getting greener! The azaleas are brown now, though:(. I hope you are starting to get some growth in your neck of the woods! Hugs!

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  8. Hi Sara, I love the saying and the look of your tag. Thank you for entering your wonderful Tag in our challenge at our Creative Corner. Happy Crafting, xxx Laurie Moore

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    1. Thank you, Laurie, and so great to have you as hostess this month!

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  9. Ohhh yummy! I love this tag and the different effects you have achieved using all those wonderful techniques! One day I hope to have a copy of the 3rd CC book. The raindrops are downright amazeballs! And getting the paper to look like leather is genius! Awesome sauce and amazing tag dear Sara! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

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    1. I received a mysterious package in the mail! Opening it tomorrow but only because that is my own rules for B-day gifts. Hehe! Thanks bunches and I am sure I will love it!

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    2. Thank you for letting me know it arrived...I have a certain distrust for the postal service, as they have lost 2 packages to my Mom--both held irreplaceable antiques! I hope you like! :):) and that you had a wonderful birthday, Punkin!

      Thank you for this fabulous compliment, too! Yes, good to have a copy of the book. My 3 volumes are quite the reference library for me. I think the leather trick is an old Tim technique, too--certainly NOT my brainchild! I just manipulated it a little. Big belated birthday hugs!

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  10. What lovely elements on this tag Sara - love the colors and stamps and your wonderful rusted gears! thanks for joining us in the AVJ challenge! - hugs, Julia xx

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    1. Thank you, Julia! I'm happy you like my tag, with it's grunginess! Big hugs!

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  11. Hi Sara such a beautiful tag you have shared...love all the lil details
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

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    1. Thank you, Dr. Sonia! I'm so happy you like it! Hugs!

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  12. Brilliant Sara!! I am loving that wrinkled kraft core background, pure genius! Wonderful choice of stamps and the little red Special Delivery sentiment is such a great addition! You did an excellent job using Tim's technique, such a fabulous tag from top to bottom! hugs :)

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    1. Thank you for your amazing compliment, Pamellia! Looks like we had similar thought in mind (again!) with wrinkling up some kraft! Big hugs!

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  13. Great vintage tag Sara and yes wonderful colour combo - rust and stormy sky! Umbrella man is one of my favourites (must get him out) and your smudge stamping is fabulous! Nikki xx

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    1. So happy you like it, Nikki! I love Umbrella Man--he is so expressive in a quiet way! Big hugs!

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  14. Awesome tag with umbrella man in the background! Love all the watery effects too. Thanks for joining us again this month at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Donna, I really appreciate you wonderful compliment!

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  15. Lovely vintage tag Sara. The smudged stamping, rain man and the sentiment all go so well!

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  16. Fabulous Sara, love the wrinkled kraft core and your rain effect techniques are perfect!

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    1. Wow! Perfect rain! Thank you for that HUGE compliment!

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  17. Fabulous tag Sara! Love the vintage rusty piece behind too. Karen.x

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    1. Another fabulous compliment from you, Karen! Thank you so much!

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  18. Wonderful tag with so many great techniques! Love the rain feature! Thank you for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey!

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    1. Thank you, Terry! So happy you like the rain! One of my favorites about this tag, as well!

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  19. Great vintage tag! Love all the details and Umbrella Man in the background! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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  20. Fantastic grunge tag!!! I could never pull off anything like it!!! Great job Sara!

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    1. Thank you, Samra! YOU could pull ANYTHING off, my dear!

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  21. Love the Smudged stamping on your grungy tag Sara, and the frame really sets it off.
    Thank you for joining us at Stamps And Stencils..
    Sharon x

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  22. What a very pretty tag. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at ASOI this time.

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    1. Thank you, Jaine! I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but could not.

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