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Colored Crackle

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Challenge #14 at Studio L3 is a very cool way to add a crackle finish to many surfaces. You can find the technique on page 53 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 14, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

I created two projects using the colored crackle technique.  The first one was an up-cycled box:

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Over at the Inspiration Journal blog the challenge for October is “In Disguise” and my box is a disguise of this box:

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The colored crackle worked like a charm on the lightweight cardboard.  I, also, used the technique on a wooden frame.  The crackle isn’t very noticeable, I should have sealed or painted the wood first but I do like how it turned out.

14-1 frame colored crackle 10-27-2014 3-20-19 PMThanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the colored crackle technique has been used.

Vic

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No trick, there will be treats!

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I enjoy creating treat bags for my grandchildren for Halloween.  There are small toys, drawing supplies, healthy snacks and a bit of candy stuffed into the bags.  I made them each a card, too.

I used the (now discontinued) Accordion Album die from Sizzix to create the cards.

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I used scraps, stickers and embellishments from my stash, plus some die cuts.  The Art with Art Challenge at Eileen Hull’s blog is Tricks and Treats, perfect for my album cards!  I encourage you to go have a look at all the great art that’s been submitted.

I’ll end my post with Happy Halloween wishes and a couple of photos of a witch doll I created four years ago.  She’s made with a wire armature and muslin body, head and limbs.  If you have any questions about her, ask away.

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Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

Vic

13th on a Friday!

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I right up to the deadline for getting my CCC #3 challenge posted.  We’re up to number 13, you can read the details at Studio L3.  As usual we use a product from Tim Holtz’s A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The challenge is found on page 35, Worn Covers.  I altered my cover to make an album to put the many pumpkin patch visit photos I have of my grandchildren.  I know they will enjoy looking through it often.

I used a technique I came across while browsing the web.  I glued Grungeboard shapes on the cover and used Glue n seal to adhere one ply of a damp paper towel. After it was dry, I painted the whole cover with Black Soot Distress Paint.  Once the black paint was dry, I used metallic paints to highlight the shapes and texture.  It turned out great but taking a good photo turned out to be nearly impossible!

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I think I’ll try a Christmas-themed album using the same technique.  The sponsor for challenge 13 is Inspiration Emporium and the Curiosity Crew will pick a winner for a fun gift from Tim.

Thanks for coming by and, as always, I love reading your comments.

Vic

Distress Photo Tinting – CC3C #12

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Challenge #12 at Studio L3 is an awesome way to add a vintage look to your pictures, old or new.  You can find the technique on page 41 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

Recently, we were looking through some old family photos of Dick’s.  I remembered him showing me this one of him on a horse taken 60 years ago!

dick on horse 9-27-2014 1-11-10 PMI scanned it into the computer and following Tim’s technique, I created this 5″ x 7″ canvas:

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I used kraft core Core’dinations and some fun embossing folders to create the background.  A few buttons from my stash were added for the finishing touch.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 12, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

Thanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the photo tinting technique has been used.

Vic

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