Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Blended Stains

Blended stains:  not a weird laundry problem, but this week's technique featured in Linda's Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge.  Turn to page 45 in Tim's C of C 2 book and try it yourself.  It's easy, and it results in a very pretty background.  And this week all entries are eligible for a $25 gift certificate from the lovely peeps at Simon Says Stamp.

Although I did follow Tim's directions, I added one of the new metallic stains to the mix (antiqued bronze), and love the bit of shimmer it gives.  I'm not sure just how much of the background you can see once I finished embellishing it with stamps, rub-ons and flowers, but here is my piece, a 4x4 card for the birthday club I'm in:

 
 
The main image is one of my new purchases, a Dina Wakley stamp called Grungy Silhouette, stamped in black archival ink.  On the left, in sepia archival ink, the blueprint stamp from Tim's steampunk set.  On the right, stamped vertically, also in sepia,  bits of an old French script Stampin' Up stamp.
 
Both the stitching and the birthday greeting are rub-ons from K&Company.
 
The flowers, leaves and stem are Prima, and I added the tiny pearls around the head and the somewhat larger ones in the center of the bouquet for a little bling.  It felt like something was missing, and that's how the brown lace made an appearance.


18 comments:

Elena said...

This is your best one yet!

Dorothy said...

Beautiful card!!

Barbara said...

I love the stains you chose, including the metallic one! Very nice work!

Elaine A said...

Very different card Eileen. I love it!

Elaine Allen

Tammy D said...

very Nice Eileen!

Seth said...

Wonderful card Eileen. And the background is really beautiful.

teri said...

I love the contrast between the grunge and the flower. Looks great!

Lori said...

Love it! The blended colors are fabulous!

Patzee said...

Blended, indeed! Great job. I love the stitching rub-on and the lace on the right is absolutely perfect!

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous! The colors are wonderful, the lace and image as well!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

This entry is late for you! You're usually the first one!

Shirley said...

oh this is very pretty...love the textures and colors. Nice as usualy!

Diann said...

I've missed visiting your blog but trying to get back to doing so and as always, your ART is just nice! There is lots of contrast on your card...like the new stamp and your use of it! You go girl! Diann

Dina said...
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toni said...

Lovely card loads of subtle layers combined really beautifullly x

Dina said...

Stunning, penny! I accidentally wrote sue before bc my friend sue directed me here...sorry bout that! Your project is gorgeous.

Dina said...

Holy heck, I mean Eileen! Geez, I need some diet coke. Great to art with you in NYC!

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love that DIna stamp and your gorgeous colors.