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...

8 comments:

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

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  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!

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

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

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