Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Of Rusted Grunge and New Stamps

The holidays are over, and we're back to weekly challenges.  The latest Compendium of Curiosities challenge (week 26 already), can be found by clicking HERE, and it's called rusted grunge.

Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show, we're to do a project that includes our newest stamp, or even an older one, but one that we've never used before.



The rusted grunge technique was done on the bird (from the Nature grungeboard pack....which I heard was no longer available, but which I found....yippee!).  Tim specifies the color to use for this one, which I did, but then I did the same technique on the weeds, or are they flowers?  What I don't know about plants could fill a book. (They are also from the Nature pack....isn't it wonderful?!) but with different colors.  Guess it can't be called rusted grunge since it doesn't look like rust, but hey, I like it anyway.

As for the newest stamp.  I was fortunate enough to win three sets of Tim's clear stamps on the cruise, and they have never been used.  The little flowers (or are they also weeds???) in the background are from the Flights of Fancy set.  First I sprayed the tag with lettuce color wash and heirloom gold perfect pearls mist, and blotted it with a paper towel.  After it dried totally, I stamped that flower/weed randomly on the tag with embossing ink, covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I then inked over the whole thing with dried marigold distress ink, which really made the embossed flowers/weeds pop.  I thought it needed a little brown, so I then used the same stamp, but this time inked with coffee archival ink.

24 comments:

Tammy D said...

I love it.

Alicia said...

It looks awesome Eileen!! *Hugs*

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh I do love the rustic look of the tag!!!

Patzee said...

Your background is awesome!! Love the rusty birdy, too!

usmc_honey said...

I love the tag. The bird is great, and the colors really work well together/

Karen said...

Lovely tag Eileen. Gorgeous colours.

Kathy Eddy said...

Great tag Eileen! Gotta get crack-a-lackin' on mine.

Vic said...

Great tag!

Nancy Wethington said...

Love what you did with the background! Great way to use this stamp. Thanks for entering our challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Kerry said...

Eileen - Awesome -- I really love your work.

MarleneMAZ said...

Gorgeous tag as usual Eileen!

WendyP said...

tag looks fantastic Eileen - inspiring as always !!!

Minxy said...

Fab tag Eileen, great background and lucky you for winning all those stamps :D

wearestampers said...

The flowers look cool with the rust technique! Love the bird too!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS, Eileen!!

Lori said...

Love it! I really love that nature grungeboard, wish it was still available. The background is awesome, too! And... thank you for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

Terry said...

Love your rusty grungy bird! The background colors are fabulous!

papillon said...

wow! awesome how you put everything together on this tag. love the contrast between the natural shapes and the grungy colours.

donna said...

Beautiful background. Great tag!

Elaine Akers said...

Great tag, great colors. I love the grungeboard bird.

Netty said...

Terrific tag and adore your background, fab rustic as well. Annette x

Terry said...

Hiya thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge with your fab tag. I love what you did with your background and your birdie is great. Thanks for sharing Hugs Terry xxxx

Linda Ledbetter said...

Wow, Eileen, this is art-museum-quality GORGEOUS! The bird looks awesome, I love that you used the same technique with new colors on the flowers-- it brings a whole new feel to the rusted grunge theme. And, can we talk about that stunning background? How incredibly pretty and subtle and perfect!

As always, you've OWNED this challenge! Bravo!

milkcan said...

Looooooove it! So glad you're participating in Art Journal Every Day!