Welcome to another Grungy Monday, brainchild of the wonderful Linda Ledbetter, who knew she risked sending untold numbers of Timaholics into withdrawal when her Compendium of Curiosities challenges came to an end.
I'm very excited this week, not only because the new challenge is a great one, but because I am one of the guest designers! So, you'll see my work here and on Linda's blog. How cool is that! Sharing that honor with me is the very talented Maggie Harris, so be sure to visit her blog as well.
For the details of this week's challenge you'll have to click here and watch a video. Yep, you'll be seeing Tim demo a very cool technique, using matte multi medium as a resist. If you don't have this Ranger/Claudine Hellmuth product (and it is, in my opinion a must have) I believe that any matte medium will work. Also, you'll notice that Tim is using a stamp that he made by cutting craft foam with one of his dies. He featured this technique on one of his 12 Tags of Christmas in December. If you don't have any dies or foam, I'm thinking you can try this one with a manufactured stamp.....just make sure you remove the medium from the stamp before it gets a chance to dry. Anyway, enough talk. Here is what I did, a wall hanging that is roughly 6 x 7 1/2".
I did have a foam stamp I made from Tim's birdcage die (back in December I think a lot of us went foam stamp making crazy), and I followed the technique in the video, stamping it with the medium on sheet music. After thoroughly drying the medium, the page was inked with wild honey, rusty hinge, crushed olive and chipped sapphire distress inks, which makes the cage really pop.
I added some swirly stamping, using black soot distress ink. The edges of the piece are wrapped with tissue tape (one of the new ones....the one with the butterflies), and the grungeboard flourishes are from the elements set, already embossed with swirls. They were colored with broken china and peeled paint distress stains, and then sprayed with a perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold + water).
The bird was inked with both forest moss and black soot distress inks, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set to give him a little shine. The wing is fastened on with the tiny attacher. I used one of the foliage idea-ology pieces to do double duty.....give him some head feathers and an eye. Pretty neat, huh?
The rest of the embellishments are some foliage flowers, corners, some chain to hang the cage, and on the cage front, a plaquette (one of Tim's newest idea-ology pieces), because even a bird might find it useful to have an address. So, my bird resides at 31 Grunge Street, between Holtz Drive and Ledbetter Road in the town of Distress. In case you wanted to come for a visit.