28 June 2013

A Happy Stripy Accident

Hi everyone and a very happy Friday. It's been a frenetic week culminating in DH's birthday today - he also FINALLY got his promotion confirmed too, so that's a pressie he will really be celebrating (when time allows). A nice restful weekend would be SO welcome right now, but the eldest needs taking on a round trip to Leeds tomorrow to find out more about uni courses (many happy hours to be spent in the car on the motorway -whoop, whoop!) Then there's some ferrying around to do on Sunday too. No rest for the wicked...


Anyway, having worked hard on perfecting hubby's birthday card earlier in the week I decided to just play with this one and got some unexpected results.


So my Wendy Vecchi paste arrived with some of her superb stencils, including this striped border, and I decided to rework an idea used a long time ago
(with debatable results the first time round).


First time round I dripped acrylic paints down card, but it was rather thick and difficult to control. This time a runnier medium was required, but first a base.


I started with chipboard and covered it in layers of gesso, Picket Fence Distress Paint, and Picket Fence Crackle Paint. Then came the texture paste - it has the consistency of whipped double cream and goes on like a dream.


That provided the perfect base for running alcohol inks and blending solution through. They bled beautifully and seeped into all the cracks. But wait, there's more!


Purely by accident I discovered that if you then use a craft tool (ok, ok, my finger:) to rub a touch of water over the surface it becomes chalky and shabby chic looking courtesy of the various Picket Fence layers underneath.


With so much going on in the background little was needed to embellish this card. A time traveller gentleman coloured with Distress Stains, some of those new rub ons, a simple sentiment and a 'watch chain' worked a treat. Oh, and I added a layer of matte Glue n Seal over the background to ensure the rub ons remained fixed in place.


And so to challenges;
(sponsored by Simon Says Stamp)
(sponsored by Flonzcraft)
(sponsored by The Artistic Stamper)

Now, it's time to shuffle off to my bed to prepare for a ton of driving tomorrow before we can all celebrate in more style in the evening. I hope you are all going to get a far more relaxing weekend and get time out for yourselves if you need it.
Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

37 comments:

  1. Fabulous effects Jenny, love the stripey background and the time traveller image stands out so proud.
    Hope your son finds the course he is looking for.
    Have a great weekend if you can.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  2. Jenny....very cool piece! I loved reading about your happy accident with the water, your finger and the reaction with the Picket Fence underneath! That is so cool! It's a great striped background and the savvy Time Traveler gentlemen and rubons are great embellishments. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  3. Absolutely stunning. Loving the background and all the masculine touches.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  4. Fantastic card Jenny, bet your Hubby loved it. I'm really taken with your gorgeous background, such detail and interest and fantastic colours too. Hope the driving goes well, me too today and tomorrow! Chris xx

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  5. Amazing ideas on this card Jenny--love the watch-chain it makes it very special

    Have a good-if busy- weekend.

    Love Chrissie x

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  6. You make the most amazing backgrounds Jenny, such brilliant and fun experiments that always seem to turn out superbly! (I'm still convinced your were an alchemist in a past life lol)Another one on my list of things to try!! And the final result with that wonderful stamp looks fantastic too!

    Hope you get at least a little me time at the weekend....

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  7. Totally love that background. Those colours look amazing together.

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  8. Thanks for sharing the results of your experiment, Jenny. That' background has turned out a treat.

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  9. Cute card! Have an awesome day!!!Hugs Eva

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  10. Morning Jenny, Happy Birthday to your hubby.
    Your card today is stunning, as always, the technique on the background is stunning, and the moustache gentleman is one of my faves. I love it !!
    I hope your day goes well !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  11. A fabulous card Jenny. Chris xxx

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  12. WOW this is fantastic Jenny, loving all those layers and the colours combine perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing your happy accident!!

    Sam xxx

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  13. Great background Jenny and my favourite colours too x

    The time traveller is wonderful and the chain really adds to the depth of it all.

    Have a fab weekend

    Annie x

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  14. Fabulous background Jenny. The finished creation is beautiful. Hugs Rita xx

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  15. A great background Jenny and I like that this dapper gent has the chain on his pocket watch, love that touch.
    Great news for all of you regarding your DH's promotion.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  16. Oh Jenny, how I remember the long drives up and down the motorways when my boys were at uni! I always thought students were supposed to be poor and have few belongings until we had to bring them all home for the holidays!! Your masculine card is amazing - love that background and the wonderful effects you've created. Margie x

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  17. Fabulous background and a great card - so pleased for your hubby (pat on the back!) take care driving to Leeds will wave to you when you pass our Junction! Cxx

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  18. Happy birthday to your DH (don't know what it stands for haha)...have a nice day. And the cards is GORGEOUS Jenny!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  19. Fabulous effects here and a brilliant background for this gent - love the watch chain too. Have a good weekend and hope you find some time for yourself along the way.

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  20. A fantastic card with a fabulous background, great effect. Love the use of the chain - great idea.
    Thanks for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

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  21. Oh Jenny! This is so so gorgeous! Love it so! Just exceptional background...love the striations of crackly color! The gent and chain are perfect! I just can't say enough! PINNING! Thanks for showing us your stripes this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  22. Wowzer Jenny that background is stunning! A really wonderful creation. Hope you've had a good time in Leeds and the roads weren't too bad. Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this week and at FSC too
    Claire xx

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  23. Wow - what a splendid creation!!!! I need to experiment more. Congratulations are in order for your husband - YEAH!!!!
    My kids are much older but I do remember those days. Have fun kid - it does not last long!!
    sandy

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  24. Great card! Love the striped layers in the background as well as your lovely work on the gentleman! Congratulations to your DH, and hope you get some r&r this weekend x

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  25. This is a really superb card Jenny! Love the layered background - what a fab make! And congrats to your DH! :) xxx

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  26. Wow I love that background - great colours..thanks so much for sharing with us at FSC..Esther xx

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  27. This is fabulous Jenny - don't you love happy accidents?
    Well done to your DH and I hope the travel turned out to be not too stressful!

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  28. That's wonderful, Jenny - an amazing accidental discovery to add to your already fab technique. I love the colour running into the cracks - gorgeous effect. And the chain is an inspired addition!
    Alison x

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  29. Wow Jenny! What a neat background! Love that it's made by accident. So colorful too! What a fitting sentiment! Congrats with your DH and his promotion!
    Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

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  30. Just love this Jenny! Fabulous effect. Need to learn more about these wonderful new products!

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  31. Wow Jenny, what an absolutely fabulous background, loving the stripes and the gorgeous colours. I love it when you experiment! A really brilliant card. Sorry you had to do so much driving, hope it was not as bad as expected. Hugs, Anne x

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  32. Love Love Love this!! The background is so awesome. I love that you used brighter colors and the chain-so clever! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment! :)

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  33. Love the stripes both stenciled and colored... fab masculine project!

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  34. Just seeing this now Jenny (I'm waayyy behind on visits!). Saw your name on SSS&S - congratulations and very very well deserved - this is a total winner. Nicola x

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  35. Yay - huge congrats on your feature at SSSaS - so well deserved with this fab make!
    Alison x

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  36. Great card! beautiful accident!!!!!! BArbarayaya

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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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