Sunday, 12 September 2010

Grungepaper Flowers - CCC#13

I have started making a sampler of distress ink techniques that I will photograph more of  later. For now, here is the cover which I am entering for this week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #13 - Grungepaper Flowers as per Tim Holtz's technique. I shaped the grungepaper with Spellbinders 'Floral Creation 3' in the Cuttlebug: They didn't cut through but gave me an outline to work with and then I coloured the parts with Distress Inks (wild honey, frayed burlap and spiced marmalade). Just occurred to me that they look like dried orange peel !
I used Zutter chipboard covers which are very smooth and easy to colour with Distress Inks (shabby shutters, wild honey, spiced marmalade) but not so easy to stamp on to. I wanted to give it some texture too so I stamped with Stazon on to scrunched tissue paper then used a glue-varnish to stick that over the coloured surface. I had already stamped the marmalade butterflies underneath as I wanted to give a 3D kind of effect: They show through but the plants that I stamped along the bottom disappeared once I brushed the glue over. Once it was all dry on that side, I glued the tissue over the edges and on to the back, left to dry and coloured these parts with alcohol ink. I then added the flowers and accent pieces and used nibs with the Distress to add a bit more colour to the bird and butterflies.
 (dreadful lighting on this photo - sorry)
Supplies: Zutter covers and wire; Distress Inks; Stazon black ink; white tissue paper; grungepaper; Idea-ology Ornate Corners, Foliage and Bookplates; Glossy Accents; Stamps: Tim Holtz 'Flights of Fancy', Ranger Alcohol ink (Bottle green); Colle-vernis (glue-varnish).
I fancy adding some rock candy too but still waiting to get some...


  1. Very nicely done. Love the flowers and think I'll have to try that tissue technique.

  2. Karen, this is wonderful, and what a spectacular book cover it makes! Your grunge flowers are perfect, and the lovely, layered background showcases them beautifully. I love the tissue paper technique you used-- it really does give great texture and adds a sort of dream-like quality to the artwork. Your stamping is spot-on, too!

    It's truly gorgeous!

  3. I love seeing everyone's interpretation of the grunge flowers - yours look soft and feminine! Beautiful work!

  4. Hi Karen, This cover and the two inside pages are lovely. Hurry and show us more of the book you're making :)