We are on Week 23 of the Compendium of Curiosity Vol. 2 Challenge over at Studio L3. As per my usual weekly ramblings….the challenge is based on the book of the same name by THE Tim Holtz. This week we are working on Distress Markers from page 50. This week's challenge is being sponsored by Mario with a big ol' box of goodies that I cannot wait to win (ok, so it is a randomly drawn sorta thing). As is true every week, I cannot exactly explain the exact details in the technique because this is Tim's intellectual property- so go buy the book already. Or check his website…this technique isn't at all complicated but it does rely on unique properties of Distress..hint….hint.
So Distress Markers. I bought 2 sets of 6 colors each at Hobby Lobby all excited after I took Tim's Creative Chemistry 101 class and I gotta admit to you all…I'm not a marker person. I see women going bananas for Copic Markers…obsessing over obtaining the complete set…which is all 1,853, 346 markers at $400 per marker…. and I don't get it. Don't get me wrong, when they really get shading and graduating the colors, the results are stunning. But it isn't me. So my 12 Distress Markers sat in the canister getting paranoid at just how much I didn't like them. When I saw last week that Distress Markers are this week's topic, I groaned. You probably heard me..I was in the swanky Palmer House Hilton in Chicago lamenting the fact that I was in the hotel bed- ill- while my family was out shopping and hanging at Legoland.
(For those of you who have no idea what a Copic Marker is and don't get my reference to the ridiculous number of pens and the price….here is some information that I will admit humbled me greatly when I saw some of the works that recently won a contest…Ugh some people can really draw. They have a blog, Copic.com has a gallery with lots of cool projects, and to learn more about the Markers here. Or search YouTube for videos of people creating with Copic, it is fascinating.
So, I dragged me feet and didn't even work on the project until yesterday but I will humbly admit that once again I realized that by forcing myself to do something- in this case to continue with a challenge I set out to complete many many weeks ago- I learned a valuable lesson. I don't hate markers…I just have to use them in the right projects. Which in this case are two tags that I, well to put it mildly…LOVE. I can't stop staring at them. I love them….a lot….like I would marry them if I could. Ok so that is adolescent and stupid….but I am very happy with the tags and the lesson learned.
|Cup Collection available here|
blog where she discusses the reissue. You can see (and order) her other stamps and her stencils directly from her here. There are a links at the bottom of that page for her Stampington Collections or you can see them here.
Back to my projectSo, armed with my Michelle Ward stamp, a new-old set from Tim called simply Classic #6, Distress Markers and the plan to get out of my color comfort zone and go a little Paula Cheney, I set to work.
The Markers: While I cannot share the actual Distress Markers technique, I can tell you the rest of how I made the tag. Tag #1: I used Archival Black ink to stamp the cups individually down the middle of a #8 Manilla tag. I simply masked off the 2 cups that I didn't want to stamp each time. The jagged-edged element was stamped using black Archival as well. The stamped images were all colored with Distress Markers from Set #2 (Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olives, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet) and Set #6 (Aged Mahogany, Honey, and Broken China). After I colored the stamped images, I went back over the tag with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a foam pad from a blending tool avoiding the colored images. I added rhinestones to the end of the jagged edge image and a seam binding bow.
Weekly Wednesday Linky Party. Be sure to stop over and add your latest projects to the party and come back Tuesday to see what projects we loved the most.
This project was Linked to the following Linky Parties:
Weekly Wednesday Linky Party at Things Crafty
Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosity Vol 2. Challenge 23
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