Sunday, 5 February 2012

Grungy Monday 34 - Mayhem Magic - ATC

Hello Peeps

The Lovely Linda of Grungy Monday fame gave us two weeks to complete this week's Grungy Monday Challenge.  You may see the post HERE.  But before I start, can I ask a question?  Why is it that when I have a week to produce and post a Challenge I do so on the last day.  When I have two weeks I STILL post it on the last day!  Hey ho!  It would have been yesterday, but more below.

We were sent by Linda to watch Tim's video HERE to watch his little clip talking about Distress Crackle Paints.  I am already disadvantaged because I only have the one - Rock Candy.  Never mind, do the Challenge I will.   And, as I have recently fallen in love with the concept of ATCs thanks to Sarah, I will complete the Challenge as an ATC! 

So, here it is.....

The background was made by layering papers which I inked using Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire Distress Stains (DS).  I have to make a note to myself to buy the Distress Ink (DI) of Chipped Sapphire!  Then I took a piece of masking tape, adhered it to the top layer at random and then tore it off, which subsequently tore some of the paper off.  I did this again in another spot, then I went over the background again with Chipped Sapphire and Picket Fence.

Here you can see some of the layers torn and also the bottom left curling up.  I like that!  

Then I added the Distress Crackle paint, having added water to it, as the Man himself told us we can do.  How cool was that?  Mine had gone a little gloopy and lumpy and I was considering throwing it away and opening the new bottle, but at least I have now got one more project out of the bottle, maybe another.  I left it to dry as we were told and then applied a little heat from the heat gun at the correct time.  

I then inked over the whole ATC with Faded Jeans DI in order for it to be worked into the cracks made by the Crackles.  I stamped the background with this lovely lady and the lickle stars - both Graphic 45 and unused until yesterday!  The lady did not stand out as much as I would like so I stamped her on a separate piece of card, inked her with Faded Denim DI and then added the white Perfect Pearls in order that she would shimmer in the spotlights.
Then came the magic part.  I used Perfect Medium to stamp the stars on the background as I intended to use gold Perfect Pearls  to add even more shimmer.  When I brushed over the stars, the Perfect Pearls went into the cracks and made the whole area look golden and shimmery.  I really liked the effect so I did not rub the crackle to remove the ink and pearls hard, just enough to remove what was on the surface.

I added the lady using foam dots so she would pop a little, made the sign and then proceeded to make the frame, on my own and with no supervision, other than Monkey who sits on my desk!  I deliberately did not colour the inside of the frame as I wanted to ATC to stand out.  Colour may have dulled the ATC I think.  I used Chipped Sapphire and Picket Fence DS on the outside of the frame and then stamped the frame using Archival ink.  A little Indigo wax smudged with my finger and attaching of the sign and off to photograph it.  Unfortunately, I had to photograph it twice, as I was not totally happy with the flash so wanted to photograph it again this morning in natural light, hence why I did not post this last night.  

Hope you like and please do not forget to leave me a comment and also pop over to the Lovely Linda to see some of the other entrants to the Challenge.  Don't forget you can always pop over to Tim's blog HERE to get even more wonderful ideas.




Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW - SOOOOO much work there. I am in awe. It's gorgeous Sam xxx

Di said...

Yikes - what a load of word, and what a great result too. Brilliant Sam! 'Ere, was our Sarn really commenting at 05:44 am this morning?! Hugs, di xx

Di said...

Ha, ha - I meant load of work not word :) Di xx

Kate said...

Love it!! Great job!

Anita Houston said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! WOW!!! Fabulous depth, love the frame! The colors and the gold are wonderful as well as that image! Nice!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

She's so mystical! I love the way the PPs blended in.... and the sentiment stamp is fabulous!!!

Thanks for your post on my blog.... humming along with you and your co-workers!

butlersabroad said...

I'm loving this, really technique heavy too, bet you had fun. I love the Controlled Mayhem part, sounds like our gang on a good week! Have fun in the snow, we're 8C and beautifully sunny!!


Kim said...

Your ATC is stunning! I love the masking tape idea---I'll have to try it. Oh, and try the PP's on the crackle!! That too!LOL!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic creation.

Karen said...

Your ATC is really gorgeous! I love the colours and the image, plus the gold shimmer looks fantastic - its all beautiful :)

Jules said...

Wow Sam .. .. this is amazing and very beautiful.

Such a lot of detail on such a small area!!

Gorgeous work.

Love Jules xx