Saturday, 18 July 2015

Curiously Altered...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of another 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... they never cease to amaze me with their inspirational ideas and art!   The challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  Tim & Mario have, as ever, 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 45 of the book and trying out the Altered Surfaces technique.  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.  


I had much fun playing with this technique.  I made *another* tag for my collection.  This one started off with a piece of Tim's Correspondance papers laid over the tag and stuck down with Glue & Seal.  I wanted the paper to be more in the background so I knocked it back with a wash of Antique Linen Distress Paint, watered down and applied with Cut & Dry foam... this lets the pattern still show but not as brightly.  I edged the tag with Walnut Stain DI just to age it up a bit.  Of course, there has to be some stamping so I used my little harlequin stamp and Jet Black Archival ink.



I used Tim's Flourish Stencil and Wendy's Black Embossing Paste... then sprinkling Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder over the embossing paste.  Once the paste had dried, I heated up the embossing powders so they melted onto the textured surface.  I love this technique!  The heart is sticky back canvas stuck to Grungeboard, die cut using a Movers & Shapers heart, sprayed with Fired Brick Distress Spray Stain and then wrapped with a bit of rusty wire.  I added on my "altered surfaces" and a bit of flower trim and voila, finished!



Don't forget, you have two whole weeks to enter the challenge... and a bat at the chance of grabbing the Crew's Choice prize which is a mahooosive haul of stash donated personally by Tim & Mario... so if you are joining in, remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too *believe me, this is one gigantic pile of goodies* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x


39 comments:

Lisette Baker said...

Wow - absolutely love, love love this. So happy to see you blogging too :) xx

Candy C said...

So pretty, Hels. Love it all!

Anita Houston said...

When I read Antique Linen I was surprised...LOVE how you did that wash! LOVE the gold embossing powder over the paste too...awesome look! Gorgeous tag Hels!!!

Mary Elizabeth said...

This is beautiful Hels. Love the flourish stencil with embossing powder on embossing paste. Then that heart with the wire -- amazing. Gorgeous tag as usual!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

Yvonne said...

Hels...I love how beautiful and feminine your creations are! They are always a mix of vintage fun and elegance...This is no exception...gorgeous work. Big hugs to you!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag Hels! Love all the texture and layers! So much eye candy to admire! Happy all is well and that you are back sharing your art :)

Carol w said...

Lovely tag with lots of dimension and the beautiful wired heart.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels this is gorgeous I love all the texture and dimension. Hugs Jackie

Redanne said...

I love how the 'wash' looks in the background, I love the gorgeous embossing, the heart, the additions - well, everything about this beautiful tag - the wire around the heart just looks amazing!! Hugs, Anne xx

Studio Rose said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I have a load of that flower trim and never think to use it; you've inspired me! (You know I had to look for that harlequin stamp first thing! Good job!)

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous! Great textures,love it! Hugs Carole Z X

Ruby Craft said...

YAY! You are back! Missed you while you were away but glad you had a chance to go on Holiday and have fun. Love your beautiful tag and I am going to go back a take another look because there is so much beauty to see here. Love it!

Veronica Tovar said...

Hels, very cute tag. I love the whole romantic feeling you created and the saying. Like your spembossed background as well. This is a very lovely project thanks for sharing it.

Rea' said...

I always love your tags ... noticed your "signature" harlequin stencil right away... LOVE it !!! My goodness all the small details...wrapped heart. touch of gold on flourishes... varied textures. Aaah ... and the technique for background... so much inspiration!

Annette Green said...

Such a gorgeous tag, Hels! I am loving this one so much. Great background treatment, and love your whitewashed altered surface.

Peg Robinson said...

Another beauty. Real vintage look.

Marianne H said...

im in love, this is so cuuuuute. The heart with the string is lovely.
Have a Nice day :)

Shari Trumbull said...

Oh MY--Look at all of the altered surfaces you've treated us with, Hels! Even with all of those surfaces, I LOVE that sticky back canvas heart!! :) :) Go figure!! ;) :) Another Fabulous CC3 inspiration, Hels!! XOXO-Shari

Cheryl Grigsby said...

Embossing powder on texture paste? Brilliant!! Love the rusty wire wrapping the heart, your altered surface words, and your sweet little harlequin stamp. But what I really love is how you combine and bring everything together for this sweet work of art. Lovely. <3

Carol said...

So nice to see those harlequin diamnds again! Love how you treated that background... It really sets off the embellishments!

Heather Maxwell said...

This is really excellent! I love your rusty wire holding the heart captive, and all the dimensional details. Beautiful!

Jenn DuBell said...

Very pretty as always Hels!

JansArtyJunk said...

Love your altered surfaces Hels...Beautiful tag...love the Heart wrapped in wire too! :)

Susan said...

Love this beautiful tag, Hels! Your altered surfaces came out so well and really complement this piece! You really have a talent for making beautiful arrangements on your tags!

Diana said...

holy what a beauty of a tag!! i love your colours!

Kim said...

Very Pretty; I love the way your wrapped the heart!

Larimore2 said...

I am cheering for the theme on your piece!! I have this 'thing' for hearts...no matter what they are used on...BUT, the shape of Tim's M&S heart die is my ULTIMATE FAVE shape of heart!!! That long one is probably my most love-worn die I have!!! In moho; Ur piece just ROCKS this technique w those simplistic colors!!! The gentleness shines through !! ❤️

Stefania Salmi said...

Wonderful tags and wonderful texture!

craftylyn said...

Love this tag, I think the antique linen wash was a stroke of genius. I love the heart, rusty wire don't you just love it? Another fantastic piece of art.

Melissa Merritt said...

A very pretty tag. I really like the background with the gold.

Joi at RR said...

Ohhhh - so romantic and intriguing Hels... wow - it's precious. The heart, the texture, dimension - this has it all. Just wonderful. j.

Maura Hibbitts said...

What a beautiful heartfelt tag!

Sharon Y said...

Lovely tag. Such a romantic feel with the gold, swirls, and oh so pretty heart.

Nikki Acton said...

Great use of the technique and wow I am just in awe of your colour combinations here x

Sara Barker said...

Beautiful! I love your background, and that technique with the texture paste and embossing powders is one of my favorites! You have done it perfectly here! All of your altered surfaces just really pull this fabulous tag together! LOVE it!

Lisa H said...

How beautiful and romantic! great shabby chic look. =)

Lisa S. said...

Gorgeous tag Hels! Have fun with Wendy this weekend. :)

Kimberly Cobb said...

Hels, your tag is lovely. I love the way you softened your background and your altered "Together" is just the right touch. Thanks for sharing.

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

Your tag is gorgeous! I love the metallic paint for the altered surfaces technique. It just gives it that touch of sparkle and style.

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