19 March 2014

Neglected Dies at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone. Over at Frilly and Funkie it's the Funkie team's turn to show you their DT samples for the current 'Neglected Dies' challenge. As host, Rebecca wants us to choose a neglected die from our stash and see what we can create with it. "Think outside of the box... or in it!"
With the winner getting the chance to be a guest designer for a future challenge and a randomly chosen $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique up for grabs it's well worth entering.


I've been hooked on the flora and fauna dies recently so it feels like much of the rest of my collection has been ignored. In the end I decided to think inside and outside the box with this Movers and Shapers arrow die.


I'm on something of a mission to urge you all to use your much loved/stroked Tim Holtz Idea-ology papers. Having been designed to take inks, paints and stains they provide the perfect base for all sorts of projects, cards included.


I started this card by 'mapping out' the basic design with gesso and Distress Paints smudged directly onto the paper. Then a little base stamping in Archival Ink using the numbers line from Wendy Vecchi's License Plate Art set. Further strips of coordinating altered paper were added over the stamping and stencilling.


One of those 'outside the box' uses for my die was to cut a line of arrows into a strip of acetate (cut from the packaging around a set of embossing folders). It was great for applying embossing paste through, inking with Archival Ink and stamping through with another background stamp. The 'spare' acetate arrows were covered in a blend of Gold and Stonewashed Alcohol inks and inserted behind the lettering.


The most obvious use for the die was for cutting into the rectangular panels. As well as some Distress Crackle Paint and inking you will see small watch parts inset into these panels, fixed in place with Glossy Accents (which I subsequently 'cracked'). I loved this idea when first seeing it on one of DT team mate Trace's projects.


I do love this License Plate lettering, stamping mine with black embossing powder onto Specialty paper before 'painting' it with a mix of Archival Reinkers and surgical spirits (rubbing alcohol).  Final details included adding 'hardware' and some cog die cuts covered in Metallic Distress Paints. See how filigree metal corners become arrows when you cut them in half?! You may also notice from the close ups that the surface of the paste arrows and painted cogs is bubbly. I deliberately overheated both with my heat gun to add this extra textural element.


I hope you've got some of your own ideas from this 'walk through' and are inspired to start using your dies in a multitude of ways. Don't forget, you can also see how my DT team mates have tackled this challenge over at Frilly and Funkie for more inspiration, and then we all hope to see what you can do. With two great prizes up for grabs there's every reason to join in.

For now, take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx



30 comments:

  1. Wow! Had to have a good look at this fabulous piece! Love how you've done those arrows with the cogs and the way you've used the acetate. So many lovely textures, and the license plate letters, ooooo! Added to my list of wants xx

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  2. This is awesome Jenny - fabulous composition! Chris xxx

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  3. A wonderful piece with some brilliant ideas.

    Love Chrissie x

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  4. I love this Jenny and it's made me think about dies I havent touched in ages. will do my best to join in. Elizabeth x

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  5. This is such a fabulous card Jenny - so soft despite all the metal embellishments. Lots of lovely techniques too - I shall be back to have a look at them in more detail. Jennie x

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  6. Beautifully done - love the subtle colour scheme and thaose watch part arrows are a great idea for adding interest!

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  7. Jaw-droppingly amazing, Jenny... the watch part arrow panels are stunning, fab textures and crackle, and the lettering is brilliant. Creative, inventive and so beautiful - glorious subtle colour palette too... One of my favourite makes of yours ever.
    Alison xx

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  8. Fabulous work thinking out of the box for your die cut project. Love the arrows and such a great idea to cut your own stencils with the M&S dies. What a unique card you have created with all those elements. The texture and design are amazing!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  9. This is amazing Jenny! So many creative ideas and new uses for favorite products. The acetate arrows are a stroke of genius and have this gorgeous piece going in all the right directions!

    Amy*

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  10. What a fabulous project. Love the colour palette and all the metal. This would make a terrific card for a guy.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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  11. Great card Jenny, love your design and fab colour and texture.Super use of the precious papers. xx Flora

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  12. Totally wonderful card, so inventive and full of lovely textures. Annette x

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  13. Wow love it, so much going on

    Sam xx

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  14. WoW!! Such a lot of elements & techniques. Another incredible peice :o) Mo x

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  15. Good evening Jenny,
    I am making a wish ...... I wish I had just a "teeny, tiny" bit of your wonderful talent.
    Once again another stunning "work of art" I just LOVE all the textures and embellishments.
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  16. Simple my friend - you are a creative genius! Anne xx

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  17. Fab in - and outside of the box project Jenny, love the geometric kind of design of this and great colours too!

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  18. Wonderful use of dies, I really do like your use of the arrows.
    No neglected dies here as I don't own a die-cutting machine - are you going to shun me now that I have revealed that LOL.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. What a great idea Jenny. I have tons of dies that I dont use because I get attached to the ones that are closest to me. I quite love Movers and Shapers dies - I think they are so versatile. I like what you have created here - the license plate lettering is my favourite part!

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  20. Awesome design, so creative, love it and love the colours. TFS

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  21. On my Jenny I just want to sit here forever and drool over this wonderful collage card. You have created the most amazing design and I am bookmarking it to come back to again (and again ....) xx

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  22. PINNED!!! The texture and design are fabulous!!! It's so architectural looking as well as modern and exciting! I could totally look at this for hours! Awesome piece!

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  23. Oh how I wish I could say I do not have one neglected die!!! I think my wish should be to use them all at least once!! Jenny this is one fabulous way to use those neglected dies! I just love this! Thinking of you, hugs!

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  24. Ohh wow Jenny! This is so pretty! Love the arrows and the sentiment! The gears are such a great touch! Hugs, Sandra

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  25. Superb design Jenny. You are brilliant making the very best art with subtle shades. Nicola x

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  26. A fabulous composition - great details.

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  27. REALLY love this! The licence plate font wording is SENSATIONAL. I wish there was a virtual gif I could leave of a little happy face jumping up and down. It would describe me to a T. This is fabulous what you've created here :D
    hugs to you,
    Lisa x

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  28. Stunning project Jenny! Love all the texture and beautiful crackle detail!

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  29. This is so fabulous, Jenny. Love the funky arrows and I've just gone straight to the shop to order the WV stamps... tried to get them after your Painter piece earlier i the month but they were sold out - they seem to fly off the shelves with all your inspiring pieces!

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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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