1 May 2013

Moving forward postively

Hi everyone and welcome. Thinking of a fitting project for this post was a bit of a challenge. It's time to start a new chapter in the life of Our Creative Corner, and I wanted to make something which would meet with the high standards set both by the amazing former Design Team members and those of my new team mates (whose work I have long admired).
And so I came up with...


a chance to tackle my nemesis, alcohol inks! This little jar had no idea that once its contents were gone it would be altered to within an inch of its life:) The glass and lid were pounced carefully with a mix of Red Pepper and Stonewashed Alcohol Inks to produce this yummy purple berry colour. It took a few layers until the colour was intense enough for my liking and blotchy enough for a textured effect.


Next came some embossing - leaves with Violet Pearlescent powder (it's a WOW powder as I find these a) fine enough to pick out the detail, and b) tough enough to cope with being heated more than once). Finally more leaves were stencilled over the top in Graphite Ferro. Both processes were made harder by the curvature of the jar so it took a bit of fiddling to get right. The same techniques were also applied to the lid.


To finish the lid I attached pewter metallic lace. Now for the final flourishes. Using metallic thread I created a beaded 'necklace' for the neck of the jar. This was added to with two UTEE charms which I covered with Indigo Treasure Gold wax - a touch of this was also added to the Ferro and the heat embossed leaves to strengthen their colour even further and balance the whole project.


So there you have it. My challenge is completed - now it's your turn. Hop on over to Our Creative Corner to see the inspiration provided by my new team mates and find out more about the challenge details/rules. Then get creating! Maybe you can take the opportunity to tackle a nemesis of your own! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

Oh, and as a post script, I've just seen that WOW Embossing Powder challenge this month is 3D Projects - result!!

31 comments:

  1. I love that - along with all the other challenges - you constantly challenge yourself... and with what stunning results! This jar is so fabulous - amazing glowing jewel colours and such tactile textures - I love it! Yay - we're off!!
    Alison x

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  2. This is so beautiful! I want one! Haven't tried alcohol inks yet so you certainly have inspired me to give it a go! I love the marbled effect and the gorgeous embellishments. Lots of love from Laura xxxxx

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  3. Thisis gorgeous, such a rich and luscious colour! Love those hearts and think you have well and truly conquered the alcohol inks!!! A beautiful make trace x hugs x

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  4. Hi Jenny, this is a stunning piece and a fabulous first design piece for OCC! You certainly conquered your nemesis and then some.... love the gorgeous colours on the jar and your embellishments are superb, love the hearts........ Big hugs, Anne x

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  5. I find alcohol inks rather scary too Jenny! So brave of you to tackle a large space with them and a curved one at that!
    Love the colours that you achieved. The texture is beautiful and how clever to make your own little charms! The metallic lace is the perfect finishing touch. So good to be playing along with you at OCC.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  6. Jenny...your altered jar is awesome! I love all of the details and embossing you've done on this! The colors are luscious. I can imagine that time and steady hands it took to get those leaves stenciled onto the curvature of the jar! Nice job! I am loving the DT over at Our Creative Corner! What a group of artists!!! WOW! Congrats on being a member of such an exclusive group! I'm jealous! :) <3 Candy

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  7. Cor! This is rather wow Jenny. The alcohol ink effects are fabulous and the texture from the embossing looks amazing.
    Fliss xx

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  8. Morning Jenny, WOW, this project is absolutely stunning, the colours are my favourites, and it is sooooooooooooooo gorgeous.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  9. Absolutely stunning.It is sooo beautiful.I love it a lot.
    Greetings
    Felicie

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  10. A gorgeous transformation of a humble glass jar - it is humble no longer. Brilliant start to the challenge .

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  11. What a super transformation Jenny :)
    Von ♥

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  12. This is soooo very beautiful, Jenny, love it.

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  13. Wow Jennie, you certainly have tackled your nemesis in the most incredible way! What a transformation! Love that berry colour you achieved and the other elements and textures add up to a fantastic altered jar! STUNNING!!

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  14. Absolutely stunning, Imlove the alcohol inks combined with the embossing and your charms are the perfect finishing touch. Really love this. Tracy x

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  15. Jenny, this is one gorgeous altered jar! I love it all, but the necklace is an exquisite adornment! Love it!

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  16. A beautiful jar Jenny - love the effect of the alcohol inks, another product I've never used myself. I would never have thought of using embossing powder on a glass jar either so I'm learning a lot here. Love, Margie x

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  17. Great inspiration Jenny, really lovely colours! Looking forward to joining in with the challenges. xxx Keren

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  18. Jenny, Oh! Jenny this is so blooming astonishing I just LOVE what you have done to this humble jar.
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xx

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  19. Love this absolutely stunning creation, Jenny... it's gorgeous in every way, and what a beautiful pallette.

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  20. Hi Jenny
    Great that you have challenged yourself and it has turned out beautifully,
    Rosie x

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  21. Wow wow Jenny, what a great alteration...the colours are so special. Love the details...PIN..

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  22. Simply stunning! I could very easily imagine this in a very high end gift department. LOVE it! :0) Mo

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  23. And now Jenny is giving Alcohol Ink Classes Lol! What a super transformation Jenny. Your beautiful jar looks so rich and precious. Challenging ourselves is what makes us grow! Keep having fun.

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  24. Stunning altered jar and great use of the alcohol inks.

    Locve Chrissie x

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  25. OMG that transformation is stunning Jenny! You have certainly risen to the challenge.

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  26. A stunning altered jar, I just love it.
    Hugs Brenda xox

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  27. Your altered jar looks wonderful, fantastic texture.

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  28. I think this jar is simply more luscious and scrummy than any condiment that could be placed in it! Terrific start Jenny! Nicola x

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  29. WOW, what aspectacular jar! So much to see here! Love all the texture, and the lace on the lid. Very pretty! Hugs, Sandra

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  30. Beautiful project Jenny, luscious jewel tone colours, biggest congratulations on your DT post too. xx

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  31. Ooooooo, Jenny, this is luscious! What a fab make! The colours are beautiful, a great project. Chris xxx

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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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