Gooooodly Morning to all you Compendium-ers! Today sees the start of a
brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge. To see all the details
on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE. Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... well worth taking a cuppa and a Hobnob with you :O) The challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium this time... so you will have a chance of winning a generous Gift
Certificate to spend there. As before, Tim & Mario have very kindly
donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the
"Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby
prizes! If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order
a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE. And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there. This week we are turning to Page 39 of the book and playing with Distress Watercolouring. Now, as ever with the Compendium Challenge neither I nor the Curiosity Crew will be posting the technique
instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to
encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions
wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any
entries that don’t follow this rule.
My entry is a tag to go into my collection, it is coming along nicely. I used Distress Watercolor Cardstock to do the technique - I have tried this on other watercolour cardstocks and I have to say that the Distress just seems to give me so much better results. Now, the cardstock is a little smaller than a Size 8 tag so I cut it down to fit onto a tag and blended Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain DI's over the tag underneath... that way the watercolour part has something to sit on. I also got my Distress Puffery-jobby *can't remember name lol* and used Walnut Stain Distress Marker to puff little freckles of ink over the background.
I used the Papillon stamp set from Tim... Stamping the large background first onto the cardstock using Frayed Burlap that I lightly misted with water and pressed down with less pressure on the right hand side... because I then stamped the butterflies using Jet Black Archival ink and didn't want the FB to show under them. I used an offcut of the cardstock to stamp the butterflies again, cutting them out and then colouring them, along with the first impression ones using Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door and Tea Dye Distress Markers. Now, I am never one for having a white background... I just don't seem to gel with it, so I used Antique Linen DI to blend over the card and making it tone into the tag helped how I liked it. I added my trademark diamonds using Jet Black Archival... did I tell you I plan to use that diamond stamp on every thing I make for the Compenium Challenge? I did? Oh well, in case you missed it... I am using that diamond stamp on everything I make ;O))
Best laid plans and all that... disahhhhster struck half way through making my tag! I was sitting in the Room of Stash, minding me own business, when I heard a kerfuffle outside in the Spinney (the wood at the bottom of the garden) and being as it was gone midnight, I went to investigate. I think it was a deer because the noise was too big for a foxy or a kittycat. Anyways, when I got back to my desk, to my horror (and annoyance) I saw that my waterbrush had only gone and leaked its contents all over the freshly coloured cardstock! Grrrr! I dried it off and it looked a right mess. Well, I had spent half an hour faffing getting the look I wanted and I wasn't about to be thwarted so I tore out the offending bit and layered the two bits onto the tag and added the sentiment underneath the torn bits... like it was supposed to be like that... I won't tell if you don't :O)) Final touches are the metal flowers - a combo of Vintaj and Idea-ology and some linen ribbon (oh I loves this stuff, i need more already!)
As ever, you will have two weeks to enter the challenge... and don't forget, the Crew's Choice prize is a mahooosive haul of stash donated by Tim & Mario... so remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too! Thanks for looking, have an inky day! TTFN