Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Curiously Distressed

It's week 10 of the Compendium Of Curiosities challenge with Linda over at Studio L3, which this week is being sponsered by Simon Says Stamp.  I love this challenge as it encourages me to use all my products that would otherwise be left in the cupboard and it also encourages you to revisit techniques and enjoy the products once again.
This week we are challenged to use Distress Stickles in our artwork (page 46 of the book), I had to think about this for a while as I wanted the Distress Stickles to stand out within my artwork, so I decided to use an arch from the Collections Elements range and use a nativity scene for the stamping (this is an old Stampendous stamp).  The image was inked with DI ink broken china with highlights of StazOn ultramarine.  Once the ink was dry I applied broken china Distress Stickles all over the image. 
I used a wooden letter 'P' for Peace so that the theme flowed through the card and coloured the letter with DI ink broken china and once dry I added Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy.   My folded card is created from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper stack which co-ordinated so well with the colours I had used on the arch.
I stamped the snowflake (Personal Impressions stamp) onto blue Bazzil card and cut out, which took me an absolute age, why do we do these things?  However, I do like the delicate feel of this snowflake once it is cut out.  I then applied a thin layer of Stickles to the top of the snowflake and added to my card.  I punched 3 squares from Bazzil card using a medium square punch, placed my stamp uppermost onto a flat surface and pressed each square onto a different section of the stamp.  To complete, I added the sentiment "A Season of Miracles" and silver pearls using a Viva pen.  Have a great Tuesday, I'm off to have a nose at everyone's artwork over at Studio L3, Tracy x

18 comments:

studiorose said...

Beautiful! I love the monotone look and the color is fabulous. Nice job!

Sue said...

Cut out the snowflake?? THe things we do for just the right thing to fit!! Looks fab!!!

Susan Allan said...

I LOVE your cool 'blue'. You have been busy!!
There is so much to see on this card. The cutting out was worth the time spent. The two blue inks go well together, it almost has a greenish 'note' to it.
The stamp is really cute. I like the whole thing.

Sue xx

Shawn Caro said...

I love this entry it makes me feel cool and Christmasy! The monochromatic really works well here.

Mary-Beth said...

Love this piece Tracy!! I adore blue mono!
Thank you for your warm welcome to the CCC. I'm having fun already!

She said...

Hi Tracy, what a beautiful card. Love the Snowflake - well done you on cutting it out, I know I couldn't have done anything so fiddly! S xx

Linda Ledbetter said...

Tracy, this ROCKS! I love the sweet, winter scene, with those icy blues and the sparkly, Sticklized snowflake! I love the Harlequin background, too, and the little square panels on the side are a great balance to the arch. Beautifully done!

Cath Wilson said...

LOVE this, Tracy - my favourite colours, too - great image and a great feel to it. If only it weren't a 'c' card, lol. Can't bear to even think about it just yet...

Terry said...

Such a peaceful scene!! Love the Nativity arch with the snowflake! Just stunning!

Meggymay said...

Love this,the true spirit of Christmas.

Netty said...

Wow what a stunner Tracy, love the nativity scene and all the different elements. This is a terrific Christmas card.....great stickles as well. Annette x

minnie_mac said...

Lovely piece. All the work on the snowflake was worth it. It looks so delicate.

Marilyn

mustavcoffee said...

Hi Tracy, this is great I'm a bit of a fan of monotone and you've done it well. Can't believe you cut the snowflake out, beyond the call of duty but............... it looks stunning, so worth it:D xx

Lori said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the blues, always my favorite! Awesome work!

donna said...

Oh Tracy this is wonderful! I love the blues and your stamps! and the composition. I spend hours cutting silly things out.( under a magnifying light).

Shelann said...

I really like the monotone blues. The differnt backgrounds add alot of texture nicely done.

Lynn Stevens said...

What a jaw dropper! WoW!!!!!

CuddlyBunny said...

Holy cow! What an outstanding piece! Your monochromatic colors are perfection!