Finally got time to have a play and create something for my favourate challenges. I struggle with those that start on Monday because I don't really get much time to craft during the week so it's usually a last minute entry on a sunday afternoon but I love joining in. Here is my card for Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge over at Studio L3.
This week we were working from P42 of Tim Holtz's fabulous book - I have used the crackle paint on the background rather than a focal element, I thought it gave the impression of bark and tied in nicely with the tree theme.
The base of the card is made using a great technique demonstrated by Katy at Gingersnaps Creations using Tim Holtz embossing folder and brown acrilic paint. The pattern reminded me of the rings that you see in the cross section of a tree trunk. Katy warns about the paint staining the folders -but I found if I wiped the folder well, gave it a good spritz with water and ran through my machine again with some folded kitchen paper in, it cleaned no problem - and I got some great 'moulded' kitchen paper to use on something else!! So - this card is also going into the Gingersnaps Creations Spicy Supply Challenge which is 'Paint'
The Inspiration for the colours came from this weeks Play Date Cafe challenge and this great photo. I used Bundled Sage, Antique Linen and Walnut Ink Distress inks. The trees were stamped with Timber Brown Stazon. The Tree scene stamp is from Crafty Individuals and the larger tree behind, which I stamped on acetate, is by Personal Impressions.
I also made my first ATC today - as soon as I saw the photo this stamp came to mind and seeing as I've been intending to start Christmas Crafting, I thought no time like the present! I kept it CAS, just layered distress inks by masking, stamped the Three Kings over the top and added some more colour - you can't see on the photo but I've added some gold touches to the kings.
Finally while in the christmas spirit and loving this colour combination I kept with the basic supplies on my desk and swapped stamps to make a tag to enter (again at the last minute!) to the New Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge which has a 'things with wings' theme. The Background is stamped with Hero Arts Diamonds, Do-Crafts snowflake (forever Friends set) and Hero Arts script. The main image of Angels is from Dovecraft. Well if you've made it this far thanks for sticking with such a long post.....hope you've had a good weekend ! Esther xx