Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Newbie Swap - LONG post lol

When I saw Kylie's Newbie Encouragement Swap posted on All Things Tim, I just knew I HAD to participate!!! She would assign an experienced crafter to send a goodie to a newbie crafter. I wasn't sure what I would make. Once I saw Linda's Grungeboard Faux Leather Journal, the ideas started flowing!! Now my cover is a tad different, ok a lot different lol, than Linda's. I have no smooth solid grungeboard. All mine are textures. So I chose the harlequin design. My Vintage Photo ink pad isn't very juicy. Its my fav so it gets well used. In fact, I have 2. I know, I know, buy a reinker already! lol Anyway, I decided to spray the grungeboard with Adirondack Espresso Color Wash. That came out MUCH darker than I planned. What to do....what to do.... I decided to try and rinse some of the color out. After all, the Color Wash IS water based. If it didn't work, then I'm just out 1 small sheet of grungeboard. Guess what? It worked! At least enough to make me happy. it was still a tad dark. Next, I grabbed my Adirondack Gold Acrylic Paint Dabber. I smeared it all over the grungeboard. While that dried, I started work on my inside pages. I wanted to try different techniques from Tim's new book, "A Compendium of Curiosities".
Page 1 is using Tim's "Wrinkle Free Distress". I used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Tumbled Glass Distress inks. I used Staz On black for my stamping. I added Glossy Accents for "rain".
Page 2 is "Scribble Stain Distress". Since I don't have a Distress reinker, I used my Adirondack Cranberry reinker. It didn't work quite the way Tim's did but I love the end result. Other supplies used are: Vintage Photo, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress inks, Staz on black ink, Adirondack Gold Paint Dabber, grungeboard heart, Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber.
Page 3 is "Water Stamping". I used Dusty Concord, Black Soot and Vintage photo Distress inks. I stamped "Artist" with black Staz On.
Page 4 is "Blended Batik". I used Shabby Shutters and Faded Jeans Distress ink. The bird is stamped with black Staz On. The crown was added with Copper Metallic Staz On. The chandelier is stamped in Faded Jeans.
Page 5 is "Dabber Resist". I used Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord Distress inks, Snow Cap and Gold Paint Dabbers and Black Staz On.
Page 6 is "Perfect Distress". Supplies used: Vintage Photo and Fired Brick Distress inks, Copper Perfect Pearls. Believe it or not, this was my first time using Perfect Pearls!!!! I finally bought some when I was back stateside in April. They have been waiting on my shelf until now. Thanks Tim for inspiring me to use more stash!!!
Page 7 is "Distress Powder". This one is my least fav. I just do not get good results using Distress Embossing Powder. Maybe I'm not heating it enough. I don't know. Guess I will continue to try it and eventually get it right. lol I used Spun Sugar and Dusty Concord Distress inks and Black Distress Embossing Powder.
Page 8 is "Shabby Chic". I used Pitch Black and Copper Dabber Paint and Clear Embossing Powder.
I wanted to show you 2 different shots of Page 9. You can't really see the distress cracks in the one shot and the stamped images don't show up well in the other. lol I used Rock Candy Distress Paint all over the image. Tim called for Stickles but I didn't have enough. lol I also used Staz On black ink, Aged Mahogany Distress ink and scrap paper.
And Finally page 10...Thanks for reading this far! lol Page 10 is "Extreme Masking". This one was tons of fun!!! I used Tim Masks, Faded Jeans & Fired Brick Distress inks as well as Staz On black ink.
I bound all these pages together using my Bind It All. I used the Copper Staz On to age the metal rings. The latch is one of Tim's grungeboard shapes. I inked it with Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot Distress ink. I did the same thing for the corners. Oh and about those corners, they are cut out of extra grungeboard. I always keep scraps for just this reason! I stamped the "title" for the journal on a scrap of paper, inked all over it with Aged Mahogany and Black Soot Distress ink. I attached everything to the cover with Glossy Accents. I really wish y'all could see this in person!! The details just dont show up very well in the photos. I hope you are all having a wonderful and crafty week!!


Princess of glitter said...

Well done, Michelle!! I will have to try it soon!

Dorothy said...

I love this!!

Anonymous said...

wow Michelle this is awesome! I signed up as a newbie and all I sent was a tag! I am embarrassed!

Victoria said...

Fantastic work!

Julie said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!! You rocked Tim's techniques in this one Michelle!

Anonymous said...

I love your journal. Like you, I only have the textured grungeboard and tried this evening to emboss over some swirls and it worked, somewhat. Has anyone ever used an iron, for instance to straighten it back out? Also, in case I'm not satisfied with my results, using all grungeboard for the pages, what, may I ask, were you using for your pages? Cardstock?
Thank you and some lucky newbie will have a smile on her face for a while. Thanks,

n8tvtexan said...

Thanks for the comments!! To the poster who only sent a worries! I wanted to go more elaborate on this swap. Once I got started, it was hard to stop. lol
Cairno, the inside pages are Club Scrap cardstock. I cant remember from which kit though. It was a cream color with a slight texture. I just might have to try and iron out a piece of grungeboard and see what happens.

Chanda Stehlik said...

These are really gorgeous!!! TYFS! I'm a new follower from SC! Stop on by sometime!

chanda stehlik