Monday, November 8, 2010

Perfect Distress and Favorite Stamps

Simon Says Stamp and Show asked a difficult question for this week's challenge.....what is your favorite Tim stamp?  No way to answer that with any accuracy, but I do have a current favorite set, one I know I'll be using a lot this month.
And as it just so happens to also work well with the new Compendium of Curiosities challenge, it's a no-brainer for me.
Add to that, it results in a completed holiday card, and I'm totally happy.
So,  CCC#21 is (as the title of this post cleverly reveals),  perfect distress, which is one of those great techniques I learned early on, but seldom remember to use. 

Here is the card I made for both challenges:


The background is very simple.  I stamped the christmas carol stamp from the holiday wishes set in olive archival ink on white cardstock.  Then I inked over the whole thing with peeled paint, then toned it all down with a whitewash of snowcap paint dabber.

The stamp set is grunge flakes, and I used the various snowflake stamps while doing the perfect distress technique.  Here's a little tip for you:  don't go overboard when you get to step 5 of the technique.  I'm just sayin'......

Distress inks used:  broken china, stormy sky, faded jeans, tumbled glass, and weathered wood.
Perfect pearls used:  turquoise, true blue sparkle, blue smoke, blue patina, and perfect pearl.

The snowman, tall trees and sentiment are all from the mini holiday set.
The trees were stamped right over the background with both pine needles and black soot.
The snowman was stamped with broken china and then embossed with  Zing embossing powder (in wave), cut out, edged with chipped sapphire, and attached to the card with pop dots.
At the last minute I decided that the fairly monochromatic card needed a pop of a different color, so I added the red ribbon scarf and put the sentiment on a red mat.   I'm not 100% on that, but think it turned out OK.
Oh, and while I was working on this card, I heard something that sounded harder than rain on my windows.  Hope I didn't bring it on, but there's a whole sleet and wet snow thing going on outside.  In November!  And wasn't it just last week that the temps hit 70??? 

18 comments:

Alicia said...

Eileen this is just gorgeous!!!! I LOVE snowmen and what you have done with this one is nothing short of artistry my dear!!! *Hugs*

Kathy Eddy said...

Great card Eileen! Have to go check out the challenge now.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS Card, Eileen!! Love it!

Evelyn S. said...

So beautiful! (I know what you mean about Step 5!)

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

I love that snowman and the elements you chose for this!! Great work!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!

-Sarah

MarleneMAZ said...

Another great card Eileen! love that snowman :)

Dorothy said...

Soooo cute!!!

Wanda H said...

It is hard to not do too much on that step you are talking about... been there, done that, lol. I do like the splashes of red and the card is very, very nice. Yuck on the weather!!!!

Lori said...

Looks wonderful to me! But note to self on #5, will pay attention when I get to that point...The red adds a nice pop of color, and we had that sleet crap a couple of days ago, I told it to come visit you... lol...

Terry said...

Lovely card! Beautiful job with the images and been there, done that with #5!

Maggie said...

FABULOUS - I love it all great techniques. Step 5 caught me out too thats how I came to make more than 1 first one was just a blur!

Maggie

minnie_mac said...

Gorgeous card. Love it.

Marilyn

Linda Ledbetter said...

Fantastic card, Eileen! I love how your designed this-- the images are so perfectly arranged, and the Perfect Distress looks so pretty and magical! The little blue, embossed snowman is the perfect touch, and I do think the red accents were a great choice.

We're supposed to get our first snow overnight tonight. They're predicting about an inch, but the weatherman continues to refer to it as a "snow event," which completely cracks me up! :-)

Sue West said...

A lovely card. I love the gorgeous, soft effect that the perfect distress has given.
Sue

craftytrog said...

Stunning christmas card Eileen!

Sandi M said...

Gorgeous Christmas card!

LynneForsythe said...

Eileen....thinkin' you did an AWESOME job with the technique and the stamps...FAB CARD!!

thanks bunches for playin' along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog!!!

Heidi Bound said...

Eileen,
That card is gorgeous. I love the whitewash technique. I would love to see that one in person sometime soon. HUGS!