9 August 2013

Postcards and Journeys

Hi everyone. Long time no see! Ever get those times where you seem to work hard and get nowhere? It's been a bit like that this week but then, on reflection, lessons have been learned from the mistakes made (which is always good). On a positive note I was thrilled to have been put in the Top 3 for the new Crafts Too Challenge You. Thank you to Chris and the team, you made it all worthwhile.


Combining three challenges here;


I was watching one of those Tim Holtz videos on YouTube where he stencils with paint and grabs at stuff (always randomly and unplanned he says) and at the end it all looks amazing. "Don't over think it", he says. It made me feel all empowered and enthusiastic, so I went for it.


Started with my Dyan Reaveley diamond stencil and then a Wendy Vecchi dots stencil dabbing merrily with Distress Paints. Then for some complimentary Distress Inks over the top, and finally some superb postage stamps from The Artistic Stamper Postage No. 1 set. And... panic! It seemed so overpowering as a background that I reached for the gesso and calmed it all down. For this card that action worked well as it gave the whole thing a bit of a 'weathered' look.


I got inspired by a card created by Sarah Engels-Greer for the July Tim Holtz tag (see it HERE). Reaching for some white corrugated card I gave it coats of Distress Stain, Paint and Crackle Glaze (oh yes, and promptly covered it up with the background strips!!) How come so much of what we create gets covered up even though we love the look of it?


Now to pile on some stamped elements over embossed vellum. Well no, I didn't just pile them on, I took ages to decide what to put on and how to position it all before finally being happy with the overall look. 


And the result of all of this (well, apart from the card)? Some personal design rules are required and let's see if that makes a difference. I'll let you know! Back tomorrow with something completely different.
Thank you again for dropping by. Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

23 comments:

  1. Personal design rules or not this is stunning Jenny, just love the colours and layers, but I know what you mean about the length of thinking time that goes with it.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  2. another gorgeous card Jenny and there may have been some troubles with over busy ness...but this has your usual style and delicate touch, sorry for any comments missed having a few days off as Steve is home and a few days out hugs trace x

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  3. An amazing card with so many things to admire I didn't know what to look at next.The three panels are the star for me I think.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. Brilliant as always - love the little postcards and all the interesting textures and detail.

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  5. Huge congrats on your win Jenny, your card was absolutely stunning, so not really surprised......

    This card is wonderful on so many levels - the layering, the painting, the postcards - everything really. You do know how to layer so well and even though you have covered up some lovely elements, the result is brilliant. A really gorgeous card. Hugs, Anne x

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  6. Fab result Jenny, love the softy backgroung texture you achieved and the great elements. xx Flora

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  7. Wonderful travelcard you have made! Just came home from a week in Croatia! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  8. No surprise here, Congratulations! This is absolutely stunning and I love all that texture! I really need to get more motivated to play more! Love this! Happy Weekend!

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  9. What a fun combination of elements. The striped background is so rich. And I Love those layers! Thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog "Air Mail" challenge. We loved having you and hope to see you again next week too! Have a great weekend. ~Michelle

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  10. Well, Tim's advice certainly worked for you Jenny, this looks fantastic! Love how you have layered all the different elements and made them work so well together! Wonderful card with all your creative hallmarks!

    Oh and I should say of course, - thanks for joining us over at the Artistic Stamper and congrats on your top three!!

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  11. Lots of yummy layers here Jenny all working together to make a gorgeous card! Keep learning x

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  12. Lots of lovely layers, fab
    Rosie x

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  13. Stunning card, loving all those elements, layers and details... fabulous... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  14. This looks fabulous Jenny. love the colours and how you have put all the pieces together
    x catherine

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  15. What a gorgeous birthday card! I love how you layered those beautuiful stamped images. The colors and textures are just fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week. :)

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  16. Wow! Oh! Wow! Jenny,
    Another wonderful "work of art" I love all the little postcards, your fantastic background. Everything is just so beautiful, love it
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxxx

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  17. Wonderful card! I love the layers. soft colours and embossing!!!! Great work! BArbarayaya

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  18. Love the muted rose and grey - so pretty. And the delicious trio of panels over your (just visible!) corrugated card work beautifully to as the background to the layered elements. Love the phone - on acetate, yes? Altogether - yum! Have a lovely Sunday.
    Alison xx

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  19. And I managed, in my long comment, to forget to say thank you for playing along at Artistic Stamper, didn't I?!
    Alison xx

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  20. Beautiful card! Love all the layers and texture! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

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  21. Fab layers! Love the color and blueprint image! Great job!

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  22. It's a fabulous birthday collage.

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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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