Thursday, February 23, 2012

Use it OR Lose It! Challenge #2

You likely came from the use it or lose it blog . It's challenge #2

I loved the image that we were asked to take our inspiration from this week (above). The colours, the textures, the lovely old clock, ahhhh. The shiny mirror and the texture of the lamp got to me as well. So off I went to play......
then I realized that I didn't use enough CTMH stuff and I wasn't done playing. Now..I did use the Legendary stamp set, which has been discontinued forever. I loved it, had to have it and never inked it. I wanted the shiny-ness of the metal/mirror and found this metal tape at the hardware store. It's amazing, sticky backed and so much fun! First I attached it to a tag base and ran it through my cuttlebug with the Clockworks embossing folder. I used alcohol inks in the turquoise and lime, burnished it and went over it all in the black archival ink from CTMH to antique it. I then used the seam binding with citrus lime reinker, coloured some brads inturquoise copic and some tissue paper (more on that in another post!) flowers. I cut my tag from the Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped 100% (Legendary stampset) and inked it in brown bag. Whew, finished out with ribbons that I had sitting around my desk.

Now that I finished that, I thought I could do better for the Use it or Lose it challenge, so.....

For this card we had a ton of fun. I am going to share some photos of my son creating my backgrounds for me with the shaving cream technique. I ended up using an older technique from Technique Junkies that created a denim like effect on the paper. I then stamped the Daisy with bleach onto the background and TAH DAH! it magically appeared a few seconds later. This idea came from Fabulously Artsy and I have been waiting to try it. I rinsed my stamps quickly afterwards and so far so good. The trick is that CTMH cardstock will not bleach, but if you use ink over the surface (rubber brayer, dragging or sponging the ink on) and stamp on the inked area, the colour of the original cardstock pops through. I used my kraft borders that I horded ;) Ocean cardstock and the Splendid stamp set. Ahhhhhh, it feels good to use up that older supply hoarde!. Now for some shots of my baby at work :)


  1. Your tag is gorgeous...I love it! Thanks for so much for explaining how you did the flower for your card. Great card!!

  2. So cool! Lo e the tag and I am not brave enough to play with bleach, but the flower is awesome!


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