13 August 2013

Four Wrongs Can Make a Right!

Hi everyone. Thanks for being there. Here's a great reason for keeping going when it seems all is lost with a project - it can all turn out right in the end.

Where do we start? Playing with alcohol inks on a piece of glossy cs it all started to go wrong and I was close to throwing in the towel. Then, flip over the card and, OMG! that patchy red-brown look is gorgeous! Let's stamp a few faux cracks on it. Oops, one blurred a little but it's on the edge so some brown distressing on the edges should cover that. OK, not bad although it doesn't blend very well being glossy cs. Reach for that Picket Fence Distress Crackle Paint. Goes on over the 'errors', looking good. Dries, and in some areas it's turned to gory pink! Argggh! Don't panic. Add some Walnut Stain Distress Paint over the pink bits and now get the cracked look with CLEAR Crackle Paint. Finally! A background I can play with. Phew! I am going to revisit that initial point (alcohol ink splodges leaking through) but not now.

Linda Coughlin (an unbelievably generous person) was kind enough to gift me a couple of  die cut chipboard large pocket watches. I added gesso over one, and then layered on Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Loved the contrast of colour with the background. A touch of gold pen around the indent made it look slightly more upmarket and inspired the application of Tarnished Brass to the chipboard wings (another of Linda's gifts - told you she is generous!)

Every watch needs some inner workings and I love to see those on show, so an acetate face (appropriately stamped up) allowed the die cut cogs to show through. It isn't totally apparent from the photos, but by embossing them and adding Tarnished Brass Distress Paint to some and Tarnished Brass Distress Stain to others, it ensured they didn't get lost when layered.

And to finish some more stamping, some watch parts, the left overs from a black die cut edging strip, and a piece of curb chain (sold by the metre at B&Q would you believe!) Et voila! Turns out my original disaster became the perfect background to a die cut treasure.

I'm entering this into the following challenges;

So that's it for now, but please join me tomorrow for another DT piece for Frilly And Funkie, where we are By the Seaside. Until then, take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx


  1. Just gorgeous Jenny and it looks like serendipity came to the rescue here. Fabulous colour and texture.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  2. Woah, geez Louise...that was like being on pins and needles reading that post! I could sense the distress in your tone but was elated to find that the road to near oblivion was diverted completely and a truly eclectic combination of techniques saved the day! I think what you've created here is no doubt the epitome of a u-turn!
    LOVE it!
    Lisa x

  3. Great background and love your inside workings!!

    Sam xxx

  4. Wow Jenny, I sure can relate to your post but I love the end result, great job!

  5. Well Done Jenny. I felt the agony when things started wrongly, but the stalwart that you are came bouncing back and sorted it out. Your creation is truly amazing and certainly not one for the faint hearted among us. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. Fab project thank you for joining us this week at MMM, Laura DT xx

  7. Oh wow!! I'm just peaking your blog to figure out, which of my ICAD's i'm sending to you. I'm very excited now!! Your projects are amazing (:o)

  8. And she played and discovered then played a little more,
    Her heart beat a little faster as she started to explore.
    The paints, the inks, the stains were whizzing here and there
    And when she got to the crackle
    She gave a delighted cackle
    Nothing, she thought. should go in the bin
    As fabulous takes a little time to percolate
    To make something GREAT!

  9. Hi Jenny, great project, and a brilliant write up too! So glad it came right for you in the end. It looks fantastic, your background "disaster" looks amazing, like weathered old box wood. Good old B&Q hey! I raided their chain department a while back - funny how you look at stores differently when you've got your creative head on isn't it? Hugs MMx

  10. Hi Jenny! Thanks for this encouraging post! Your finished project proves perseverance pays off. Gorgeous!

  11. Jenny....really a neat die cut and dimensional pocket watch! Love the background....you're right; sometimes the biggest boo boos turn out to be really cool! Your pocket watch with the cogs and gears underneath the stamped acetate really turned out great! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

  12. Love your unexpected result for the background and fabulous inner workings on the pocket watch.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  13. OMG - I loved this to infinity - the inner clock gears did my heart in! Isn't that pocket watch die just the best? I have been having loads of fun with the clock key too! Super cool project Jenny - still dizzy from the inner gears - way too cool!

  14. I'll try again Jenny - my first comment has gone to??????
    Alas and alack poor Jenny cried
    Nothing I do is turning out right
    Into the bin it all should go
    I've definitely lost my creative Mojo!
    Just then by chance the phone did ring
    So those arty bits escaped the bin.
    When Jenny returned inspiration arrived
    And without too much angst
    Paint and ink flew
    Lovely bits appeared
    And before Jenny knew it
    From her talented hands
    A masterpiece appeared
    To please her and her fans!

    Th moral to this little tail
    Don't bin a so so
    Until it's had a
    2nd, 3rd or sometimes 4th Chance!

  15. Oh so luscious! What a fabulous pocket watch! Love that background with the subtle crackle! Love it all actually, wrong and right! You reminded me that I have a pocket watch frame with an acrylic center piece and I don't know where it is hiding!

  16. It all turned out amazing and a very unsual make to be proud of

    Love Chrissie x

  17. I love it Jenny, so glad you persevered, the effect on the background is gorgeous! Chris x

  18. Oh wow, it turned out really, really well, fabulous in fact! So glad you continued with it!!

  19. Hi Jenny, I am still smiling at Julie's poems - how true they are. So glad you did not bin that piece as it looks amazing now! A totally inspired piece. Hugs, Anne x

  20. This has turned out beautifully, Jenny.
    Rosie x

  21. How did I miss this post? Amazing just what can come out of a potential disaster especially when treated with your attention to detail and perseverance. Love it!!

  22. Keep telling you are a genius and this just proves it. I would have thrown it in the bin after retrieving from wherever it landed when I thew it across the room.
    A stunning piece of art that I would love to hang
    Happy Crafting

    Patricia xxx

  23. Goodness gracious Jenny - I haven't been here for a while have I. It's such a long journey across the pond but for you it is well worth it. How in the world do you ever learn all these tricks of the trade. Your make is spectacular and that background is gorgeous. And yes, time does fly!

  24. That pocket watch is wonderful! I love the gears. Such a cool project! Thank you for participating in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog's "Make the Cut" challenge. I hope to see you for next week's challenge too! ~Michelle

  25. Wow... This is such a gorgeous creation! Those gear embellishments and pocket watch are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week. :)

  26. Love how the gears have spilled out to the base of your stunning project. Beautiful!

  27. However you got there, that crackly panel is amazing! And I love all the watch parts, especially behind the acetate face. Brilliant... (My junior school motto was "Persevere": they'd be proud of you!)
    Alison x

  28. Wow, what a fabulous project! Love the way your background turned out and that watch is fantastic. LOVE the layered gear and acetate cover. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  29. Everything looks awesome to me Jenny and the wings just peeking through compliments the fob watch perfectly.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x


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