Hi everyone! We have a technique challenge going on over at Just Us Girls. Nancy chose a great one, too! It's the grid technique and it's a very easy yet really packs a punch! You can find the tutorial for the technique here.
So I just want to say that I want to die and go to Tim Holtz heaven! I joined the Chemistry 101 class over at Online Card Classes where Tim is the "professor". He is just so talented and so knowledgeable about all these cool products that he has developed with Ranger. Just in that one class, he introduced 25 techniques! And now he's hosting another class called Chemistry 102 which starts in October! Can't wait for that!
Let's talk about the grid technique first. I took a piece of 3" x 3" piece of white cardstock and scored lines every 1/2" in both directions. Then I stamped the background with Papertrey Ink's Background Basics: Morocco in Memento Tuxedo Black. Then I used some distress inks (I should have put more color down cause it looks light) to add color and then covered it with Versamark and clear embossing powder. It looks like tile! Love that!
Here's a close-up so you can see the shine. And now for that butterfly (I added the pearls to the butterfly body and didn't retake this picture). I used the Beautiful Butterflies die from PTI to cut out a butterfly from grunge board. Then I covered it with Rock Candy Crackle paint. I set it aside to dry while I was doing the grid and of course hit it a couple of times with various things (the lid from an ink pad, scissors, etc.), so I made a few more. But once this dried it actually was ok. When it was dry, I applied distress stains to it and heat set it. So cool! I have leaves made with the crackle paint drying and waiting to be inked up, so you'll see something with them on the blog soon!
I used the Monday Mojo sketch from this week for my layout. I left out the panel under the flag cause I didn't want to cover up my grid pattern too much!
Stop by the JUGs blog to see some exciting news we have posted (hint...DT call!) and the design team's cards.
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Stamps: Background Basics: Morocco, Butterfly Dreams (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Vintage cream, Neenah white, Boxer (Basic Grey)
Ink: Distress Stains: broken china, worn lipstick, fired brick, faded jeans; Distress Inks: broken china, worn lipstick; Versamark, Versafine onyx black
Accessories: Rock Candy Crackle paint, grunge board, Butterfly Dreams die, WPlus9 flag die, dimensionals, clear embossing powder, pearls