Sunday 24 May 2015

Time Out 2

Last week, I did an entry for Time Out's challenge of "grunge with an optional twist of embossing". I wasn't entirely happy with it. It utilised grunge elements, namely the splatter effect, provided by  Stampin Up's  Gorgeous Grunge set but it was essentially a CAS card.

I started to wonder what would happen if I actually tried to create a real grunge-style card. Could I? Would my tendency for clean, open space get in the way? So I studied up a few examples from the design team and Stamplorations blogs, read around a bit and plunged right on in. Here is the result, which utilises both grunge and the optional twist of embossing.

The panel started out Whisper White but was swiped through an ink mix of distress inks: Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw and Brushed Corduroy. The edge was distressed with Vintage Photo, and TCW chevron stencil was used with Vintage Photo to add the chevrons.  Some stencils out of the kid's art box provided the HB2U, which is Spiced Marmalade overlaid with Vintage Photo. Splatters from Gorgeous Grunge using Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed added splatter down the vertical formed by the chevrons and the horizontal provided by the words. The Happy Birthday was stamped using black with Altenew's Label Love set.  I used black with SU Dictionary to add in some spots of text  and to pick up the colour of the main sentiment.

Finally, I used a Tim Holtz Alteration embossing folder, that I got cheap at The Warehouse, to emboss the top 3/4 of the panel and then I brushed very lightly over the top with a blending tool and Vintage Photo ink to highlight the embossing.

Then, I mounted the whole thing on foam onto an Early Espresso card base. Actually, it's a card I wouldn't mind receiving and I'm pretty happy with it! I've got some other panels inked in different colours and based on this, will carry on to make them into cards.


  1. Wow, how amazing, Jan ... such fabulous layered elements that positively glow! Thanks so much for coming back for seconds with us at Time Out! Anita :)

  2. You should be happy know, 'cause it is a stunning card! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join in!

  3. Isn't it amazing what you can come across at The Warehouse??!! Found all sorts of bargains there of late. I'm extremely proud of you having a go at 100% grunge. I wouldn't even know where to start. I think its looks incredible and as if you've been doing it for years. Well done!!