13 June 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 4 - So Retro!

Hi everyone. It's Friday 13th, lucky for some (crossing fingers here for my two eldest and anyone else out there taking exams) and definitely da bomb for my good pal Hels Sheridan who celebrates her birthday today - doesn't look a day over 21 and doesn't act it either!!! Love ya Hels :)

I wanted to add my personal shout out to you for the current Compendium of Curiosities III challenge 4; this time they are exploring the first of several Layering Stencil techniques - Texture Paste, page 49 of A Compendium of Curiosities III. Check out the technique in your own copy then link up your own unique spin to the challenge blog to be in with a chance to win. As well as a host of goodies from the ever generous Tim and Mario, it's an even challenge so The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring with a $25 gift certificate up for grabs. Of course a shout out is all well and good, but an entry would be even better...


In line with the challenge rules I'm not sharing 'how to's' for this; suffice it to say the base colour is created using the Marbled Distress Stains technique (Compendium of Curiosities II) with retro diner colours - Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass and Brushed Pewter.


Having done a bit of research on Pinterest it soon became clear that a checkerboard pattern is a common design theme for retro diners, so I used Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi's 'Checkmate' stencil with her white texture paste'. To emphasise the composition some of the squares were coloured with a little Black Soot ink mixed with water using a fine detail waterbrush.


The reason for going all retro? Simples, getting my paws on Tim Holtz' Treats Blueprints stamps. THESE are the ones I have been waiting for since their launch back in January. Why so excited? For someone who primarily makes cards these are a dream as they will suit every age group, male or female and for so many occasions. Versatile or what?!!


The pop bottle and popcorn box were stamped and watercoloured with the same Distress Stains (with the addition of Fired Brick and Scattered Straw - the perfect colour for popcorn - who knew!) The bottle looked even better with a couple of coats of clear embossing powder.


Don't the picture wheel, film strip, ticket strip and Artful Arrows fit in beautifully with this theme. It's great when new stash and old work together. That's why I also added a stamped ticket from the Mini Blueprints 4 set.


The picture wheel needed to look sharp yet slightly aged so I coloured it with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint before adding a coat of Frayed Burlap Distress Stain. If you overheat it with your heat gun the surface bubbles ever so slightly.


By now you should be in the mood for a burger and fries before setting off for the local flicks. Whatever the weekend holds hope it's a great one.
Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

P.S. Just seen the latest Simon Says Wednesday challenge is 'Stencil It' - well it would be rude not to enter eh?!



35 comments:

  1. An awesome design with retro at its best. Love how all the elements creates a wonderful flowing whole.
    Hugs
    Desíre
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

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  2. Wow, you've really knocked this one out of the park! You've executed the retro theme beautifully.

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  3. Awesome design, so retro. Just want to let you know that I have had to close down Memories to Keep blog due to hacker and now have my new one up and running. I am inviting you to rejoin if you wish and enter into my fab candy which is sponsored by three wonderful artists...thanks and hope to see you there...aNNie.
    The Journey is the Start

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  4. This is awesome! Love how you used the new stamps!! :)

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  5. Your research really did the trick on this one, You Nailed It!
    Just perfect and takes me back to the "good ole days".

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  6. Love this Jenny! what a great collage of images - you nailed the retro look - now there are MORE stamps I need!

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  7. Good evening Jenny,
    A fantastic "retro" card you have got everything just perfect as always.
    You amaze me with your wonderful talent.
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia x
    PS Happy Birthday to your friend Hels!!!

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  8. What a wonderful retro design, so inventive and fab composition. Brilliant!

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  9. Fantastic card, great layers and images! You made it very retro! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  10. Oh Jenny - this is so brilliant. I loved every bit of it! Now I want some popcorn too!

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  11. Fabulous Jenny, I may just need the arrows die now lol. Love the embossed background and your fabulous design . Enjoy the weekend. Tracy x

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  12. You've definitely captured the retro diner feel here!

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  13. This made me smile... as one who is old enough to remember retro diners, you are spot on with the checkerboard pattern! I love the whole design and I love your brilliant new stamp set, I can see you having great fun with that one! Hugs, Anne xx

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  14. Stunning card, very beautiful Jenny. Hugs, Veerle xx

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  15. How fun is this retro card?!!! Love the checkered background...it's so perfect looking! Great images too...and so fun! Thanks so much for joining in on our texture challenge this time at CC3Challenge!!!

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  16. You have aced the retro theme...your card is terrific!

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  17. Wonderful card with a real retro feel to it. Love the background texture

    Chrissie x

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  18. This is droolworthy Jenny! Starting with that fab texture background (hats off to you for its neatness!) sitting upon a subtle bed of colour right through to the beautifully stamped and layered embellishments. What a work of art! Chris xxx

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  19. wow, its awesome, love every bit of it! Groetjes Karin

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  20. Love it ! I had thought those dies were not for me, but seeing what you have done with them is amazing! And of course the background is just stunning too x

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  21. Love the retro look - the colour scheme is perfection to catch that drugstore vibe, and the textured background is beyond cool!
    Alison xx

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  22. Oooh love this - now need the checkerboard stencil and those stamps! Hope you are well :)

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  23. Oh, how cute is this card!! Love this! This would look so cute framed and put on a wall!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  24. Retro, indeed, Jenny!! LOVE this--completely took me back to a fun 50's themed diner I remember frequenting as a teenager--in the 80's!!! The 50's were very popular in the 80's :) This card is Cooool!!! XOXO-Shari

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  25. Your texture background is the perfect foundation for the retro feel of this piece. Excellent!!

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  26. Jenny I adore this card! I've been eyeing that stamp set for a while. I agree on it's versatility. You did a fabulous job with this challenge technique.

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  27. A great composition with fab details.

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  28. Jenny, what a great textured card and not to mention such fun! I love that popcorn bag and the clock, so ready for the movies! Hugs!

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  29. Gorgeous card Jenny, I LOVE those layers and elements you always artfully arrange... and THANK YOU for my card, I LOVE IT.. and will treasure it! Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge x

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  30. Jenny...your card is awesome! It's a beautiful marriage of the raised checkerboard pattern and Tim's Treats Blueprints! I love your design! It's very "retro" and beautifully done. The shading of the checkerboard background is perfect! Just enough color to really make the blocks pop but not enough color to overpower the beautifully colored and arranged stamped pieces. You've done a fabulous job on this!!! Thanks for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  31. Stunning retro card! love your design! And the color palette is perfect for this !!!! barbarayaya

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  32. Jenny, I absolutely love your card. It's my favorite. Perfect in every way.

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  33. Oh jenny...LOVE your retro creation, Those Timmy stamps are wonderful and so versatile...just adore what you have done with them!!...and your textured checkerboard is just perfect! Jan x

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  34. OMG !!!!! Totally awesome card in such a fab retro theme :-) wonderful background and the stamps.......no wonder you are thrilled my friend......TFS and good luck with this stunning project

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  35. Don't know how I missed this Jenny, it is a wonderful creation with an amazing retro feel to it. You have layered everything perfectly to create such a fantastic card and the colour palette is perfect. xx

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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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