4 April 2013

Rising to the April Challenge


Hi everyone. Thank you for joining me today as I share my take on Tim Holtz' April tag. This one has got me so excited - I love the way Tim has used Distress Paints and Inks to create a faux metal finish on plain card.  Of course you'll notice that panels were created for cards rather than for tags. For the first version Tim's recipe was followed for the verdigris finish. Then for the second version different colours were used and I came up with a rust finish that has worked well too I think.











The recipes are simple enough but there is a suggestion I would make here. The new Metallic Distress Paints are only just being released this week so most of us won't have them yet, and there is always that question to tackle - "Do we really need them?"











For the metallic element in each of these I used Metallic Distress Stains, but they aren't nearly as opaque as Distress Paints so it took several layers to get a similar (but not the same) effect. And then of course other types of paint don't wick/marble when spritzed with water either. In short? I'm not paid by Ranger to say this but the new Metallic Distress Paints are a must in my view.











Now, for those recipes. Verdigris; Distress Paints Weathered Wood/Salty Ocean/Broken China/Forest Moss/Peeled Paint, Distress Stain Antiqued Bronze, Distress Inks Pine Needles/Faded Jeans/Vintage Photo/Walnut Stain. Rust; Distress Paints Frayed Burlap/Vintage Photo/Walnut Stain/Spiced Marmalade/Rusty Hinge, Distress Stain Tarnished Brass, Distress Inks Rusty Hinge/Tea Dye/Walnut Stain/Vintage Photo. Just follow Tim's instructions for the way to apply them HERE.











Having created each panel I used Archival ink to stamp the Papillon background and three of the butterflies. Two of these were enhanced by stamping the same images into black UTEE. Then, just like Tim did with his alpha parts, the same Distress Paints/Stains were dabbed and rubbed onto them. Then they were re-stamped with Archival ink. The largest butterfly was stamped onto acetate and coloured on the reverse with co-ordinating alcohol inks. Then they were heated to distort the wings and stapled in place. The seam binding was treated as recommended (again, I think this has such a wonderful ageing effect).

Some cardstock tape measures were created using one of the new embossing folders. The metal elements came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique - Linda has a large range of beautiful and affordable filigree items which have the added benefit of being pliable enough to be cut in half (the buckle became two hinges for each panel). They also had Distress Paint applied.

These came out even better than I expected and will be entered into the following challenge;
There's a list of the goodies used below, and just a quick reminder that if you haven't seen The Funkie Junkie Boutique Facebook page there's a 10% 'Like Us On Facebook' discount available HERE valid until 12th April 2013 (including those new Metallic Distress Paints!)
Take care of yourselves and thanks again for joining me, hugs Jenny xxx


34 comments:

  1. Gorgeous cards, the colours are fantastic, so much depth . Love the added lace and ruler pieces. The butterflies are gorgeous. Really eye catching pieces. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  2. these are beautiful Jenny, gorgeous take on the challenge love the colours and textures. well done for getting an early post x

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  3. Fabulous Jenny

    Looking forward to trying these techniques.
    Rosie x

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  4. Tracy is right - there is so much depth in the colours of these that they really grab your attention. Love the metal parts too. Have a nice evening!

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  5. Really lovely Jenny, a beautiful application of Tim's technique- just what we've come to expect from you! xxx Keren

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  6. I totally agree with you about the metallic paints. I used the stains as a replacement as I've not got the paints (yet!!), but they are a must as the stains reactive with the water!!

    Love how you've made yours into card, they look fab and great to see the two sets of colours.

    Sam xx

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  7. Such gorgeous panels, Jenny - that shot of white lace is so pretty against the metallic look of the backgrounds. The acetate butterflies are wonderful, and that tape measure folder is looking like a must! Great work!

    Sad to say, I've come to a similar conclusion as you about the Metallic Distress paints (sigh!)...
    Alison xx

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  8. Hi Jenny, I have to agree with the others, the new metallic paints are a must, I am waiting - and hoping.... but that does not take anything away from your beautiful panels, each is a real beauty. Well done on your win at eP too, so very pleased for you! Hugs, Anne x

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  9. WOW Jenny! Your cards are nothing short of gorgeous! My metallic paints are on order and I can't wait to get them!! You have created such beautiful cards. I love both of them...the rich, warm colors and the beautiful dimensional butterflies. Wow...those are LOVELY! I love your Papillion script background. I also love the layered cardstock that you've made to look metallic and the embossed measuring tape on top. That pop of white lace is a perfect finishing touch! Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  10. Wow Jenny! These cards are gorgeous! Love your take on Tim's tag! The backgrounds made with the paints are really stunning! Very pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Very interesting cards Jenny...the backgrounds look so nice!!
    The end result is top!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  12. Oh Jenny these are more than gorgeous!!!! Love them and I so like the idea to make them into panels for cards. Both versions are stunning, I simply can't decide which one I like best and I totally love how you adapted Tim's original and made it your own, perfect! Thanks also for the thumbs up on the metallics,have to say I was wondering about them....

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  13. Oops, I forgot to say thank you for joining us over at the Artistic Stamper!

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  14. I am so loving all the depth and texture!! Thanks so much for linking up with us over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

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  15. Absolutely stunning effects and colours Jenny, I just love how you have made these into panels and produced beautifully designed cards. Love them both.
    Thanks for choosing to share these at Country View Challenges this month.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  16. jenny these are absolutely gorgeous, lovethe layout , colours , and techniques..truly stunning makes! here is so much to look at and allis so beautiful! Hugs trace x

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  17. Fantastic panels for the cards. I love the metal embleshments.

    Best wishes Chrissie xx

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  18. Having seen these amazing cards, I'd still say you don't necessarily *need* the new metallic paints. Admit it, you just want them :-)

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  19. Morning Jenny, Wow, I love these cards, all the beautiful textures and love the texture fades rulers, the butterflies are absolutely stunning, loving the colours, and how you have a recipe for your own version of the metallic paints, albeit time consuming ha ha. I love both cards equally.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  20. Gorgeous work Buttons, The texture is amazing, fabulous colours the butterflies are Beautiful.. your work is outstanding! Love it.. Hugs May x x x

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  21. Thanks for playing at The Artistic Stamper this month with your gorgeous card.....love the fabby effect too ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  22. Hi Jenny, these are gorgeous, such magnificent colours, so rich, but subtle. It's hard sometimes not to be carried away with so many new crafting products, but we still keep wanting more. LOL!XX

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  23. You are a total creative genius Jenny! Wow, I love the rust and verdigris effects you have achieved and especially the way you treated the metals. Great work figuring out how to do it without the metallic distress paints! And the backgrounds you created are so beautiful! Awesome work!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  24. You really got my steampunk metal mojo flowing on this one chica!! These are outstanding and I will put the metallic paints on my wish list.

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  25. Jenny these are gorgeous, I love the tape measure. I guess these paints are something else for my wish list lol xx

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  26. Gorgeous panels, Jenny! Love all the layers and those butterflies are amazing! I need to get to work on April's tag!!! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

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  27. I agree with about the paints, but love your improv with the Stains! Both are stunning!!!! Very informative post Teach!!!! Great take as well! Thanks for sharing your work with us this week for our anything goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show...no joke!!!

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  28. Love your cards!! I am so inspired by this, I will give it a try today. Really love the patterns of color and the elements you put in just flow perfectly.
    Great work
    Kelly

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  29. FANTASTIC!!! Beautiful Panels, I love them. Another piece of stunning art work.
    Colours, textures, embellishments all work so well together.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  30. Looking at the items you used I would so love a play date with you as you have such an amazing stash of goodies but what is wonderful, you actually use them and they are not lanquishing in your craft room and what amazing results.
    I keep going back to have another look. Wonderful colours, wonderful composition and just the most perfect touches (yes, I know, I cannot resist lace!)
    Gorgeous creations Jenny.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  31. Wow, both of your cards are fantastic.

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  32. ooooh..... how GORGEOUS is this!!?!?!? I love how you painted the filigree pieces to complement your card... all the details add up to a masterpiece!

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  33. totally and utterly FABULOUS! You do my head in with your creativity. Hope you are well Cxxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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