Saturday, August 2, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III #8 - Faded Layers

Challenge #8 for the Compendium of Curiosities III book is another amazingly simply technique with really cool results. It's called "Faded Layers" and you can find it on page 58 of your CC3 book. I LOVE this one, because of the WOW factor when you lift the stencil. (and that's all I'll say about the technique.)

Please read through to the end of my post for all the details on this fun challenge, how you can enter, how you can get a signed copy of the book from Tim Holtz himself, and how you can WIN prizes by participating.

My project for this challenge is a Halloween card. I know it's early for Halloween for some of you, but it's NEVER too early for me. And once I saw the new Stampers Anonymous releases for the season, I placed my order as fast as lightning!


My 5" x 7" card has a black base, purple background, then all kinds of layers of goodies on top. Let me take you through it.



Here's my take on the Faded Layers technique, featuring the new Gothic stencil from Stampers Anonymous. It gets covered up so much on the card, I just had to show it to you by itself. So cool!



For my paper layers, I selected Tim's Laboratorie Paper Stash and added some Distress Stain to pull the colors together.



A poison label is a must on a Halloween project, don't you agree? This is also cut from the same paper stash.



Using the Gothic Boo Sizzix Alterations die, I cut the 31 twice and layered them together. 
(You'll see later.)



I stamped two different sized pumpkins (the small one is from the new Mini Halloween 4 set, and the larger one is from the Carved Halloween set) When I saw those awesome samples from this entry on Tim's blog, I knew I had to get BOTH of these great sets!



Okay, I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to marker coloring, but I kinda know what I'm doing, I think. So I thought I'd share how I went about coloring my pumpkins. I started with Spiced Marmalade here.



Then most of the remainder of the pumpkins were colored with Ripe Persimmon.



When I went for my Rusty Hinge marker to do my next step, I found that it was starting to dry out.



So I grabbed my Ink Refresher spray and gave the felt tip of my marker a few spritzes and it came right back to life!



Now I was able to fill in the rest of the pumpkins with refreshed Rusty Hinge.



For the eyes, nose, mouth and stem I used Wild Honey.



And to finish them off, I added Vintage Photo on the stem and added a few touches under the eyes, nose and mouth.



When I assembled the card, I stacked the small guy on top of the larger one.



From Kraft Core cardstock, I cut some leaves and sprigs from the Sizzix Alterations die "Festive Greenery." Yes, it's intended more for Christmas (holly and such), but I think these make great, creepy Halloween leaves.



There's the layered 31 popped up with foam tape with a few more leaves coming out from behind the numbers. A seasonal Chit-Chat sticker warns you as Halloween approaches.


I hope you liked the tutorial, and I hope you're having fun with these challenges. Try this one out and get that WOW factor. You'll love it!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funky Junky Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

Now get your Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book out, turn to page 58 and get creating with this fun challenge!


80 comments:

  1. Oh wow, such a fabulous Halloween piece, the background looks amazing and I love the layering of all those elements, it looks great!!

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  2. LOVE it... the holly creepy leaves are genius... how fab! x

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  4. Wowsers, Annette! Love your "Creepy" Halloween project!

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  5. Annette, I love your project. The background is fantastic - love the colour. Jean.x

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  6. Oooo! Gives you a wonderful creepy feeling with amazingness thrown in!

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  7. Love this card. Halloween is my favorite holiday and this is so spooky. Great layout.

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  8. Your pumpkins are amazingly 3-D! This is so cool!

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  9. Annette, I love the Halloween card. I love pumpkin so I have to say that's my favorite part. I'm getting excited already for the holidays coming up. Great card TFS!

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  10. This is CREEPY Annette... and I love it... Love the smiling pumpkins and the background is GREAT!!! You always create with such FLAIR... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  11. Your faded background is amazing! I am so glad you shared it! Also really like the "black" greenery. I love everything about Halloween cards! Thanks for the tip on dry markers.

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  12. It is never too early for Halloween for me either - I love it! Your faded layer technique looks amazing with the Gothic stencil and I love how you coloured the wonderful pumpkins. What a great Halloween make! Anne x

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  13. I'm with you on the year round Halloween Annette! love how you colored those jack o'lanterns to loon SO 3D! great colors and layers of spooky things!

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  14. Perfect background for your spooky card.

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  15. Never too early to start the Halloween fun, which are my favorites. Love all these fabulous layers and that background really adds to the ghostly feel. Happy Weekend.

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  16. Annette...I am with you..it's NEVER too early for Halloween! Your card is amazing! I really love your faded layers background. Truly a WOW factor! Your pumpkins are adorable and all of the other elements you've used on this card are perfection! I love the "31" and the kraft core leaves and sprigs. The die cut purple bat is darling, too. Awesome card, girl! <3 Candy

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  17. Wow Annette!! This technique created the perfect background for these fabulous new stamps. Love this card!!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  18. What a fabulously spooktacular creation! It's never to early for a good holiday idea and you rocked this one! Wow....I am going to find that stencil and buy it. Thanks for enabling! Off to shop online!! hehehe

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  19. Besides reminding me of how close we are to summers end, I LOVE this! The background is super fabulous, as are all the details and colors. Absolutely fun and fabulous.

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  20. Love the goblins in the background! Great layers,
    and very spooky!

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  21. I totally love Halloween, so I get it - NEVER too early! I love this card; the purple background is absolutely divine and I love the way the orange pumpkins just pop right off of it. Nice work!

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  22. I absolutely love all of your layers on this project. I can't wait for the holidays this year to get crafting.

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  23. Thanks for the refresher in tip. I would not have thought of that! Love the card you made and all that went into it.

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  24. What a fabulous Halloween card, Annette! So beautifully decorated and colored. I especially love the colors you used on the Gothic background and how it came
    out with the technique...love it!

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  25. Halloween, what a great idea for faded layers!

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  26. Nice job Annette. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  27. Annette, I love your fabulous Halloween card using this technique!

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  28. Love your techniques and your tip to refresh my pens, which had dried up too.

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  29. Oh I love this! Thanks for all your techniques and tips! This is just spooky and yummy all at the same time!

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  30. Annette, this is fabulous. LOVE all your details especially your layered numbers, using Festive Greenery not-for-Chrismas and that Gothic stencil is now on my Required Supplies list. Must have. Excellent Faded Layers!!

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  31. WOW Annette! Such a fabulously inspiring tag!!! I love love love the background and purple and orange-mmm one of my fav combos!!
    xo

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  32. Just the project to get us in the Halloween spirit.

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  33. OMG love that stencil combo ( never would have thought of that) fabulous for Halloween !! The card is awesome love all the Tim goodness going on...ok so I wanna play Hallowwen today :) Oh thanks for the tip about the marker !!

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  34. TOTALLY LOVE your background Annette! This Halloween card ROCKS!!!

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  35. Spookatcular card, Annette!! I've got Halloween on my mind of late, too and this card is AWESOME inspiration!! LOVE that Gothic stenciled background! The Faded Layer technique goes very well with that stencil! It's Gorgeous!
    Thanks for the pumpkin-kickin' CC3#8 challenge masterpiece! XOXO-Shari T.

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  36. Never too early for Halloween .. my last project for CC3 was Halloween :) Your background are so cool, this technique is so cool .. why don't I use it more !!! Lol

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  37. Annette, scarily cute card... I love the techniques. Thanks for sharing

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  38. Annette, scarily cute card... I love the techniques. Thanks for sharing

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  39. Annette, scarily cute card... I love the techniques. Thanks for sharing

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  40. So spooktacular! how fab is this!!!

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  41. Very cool! You are like my Halloween loving friends, they could celebrate 365 days a year!

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  42. I love how your faded layers background turned out. This is a fab Halloween card. =)

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  43. An amazing piece of artwork for this card Annette - simply brilliant and such an inspiration

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  44. What a great card! That damask stencil is right at the top of my shopping list.

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  45. love the pumpkins, the added vintage around face make them really pop and stand out, almost like you have cut them out and adhere with pop dots. Halloween is always so fun!

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  46. very cool card, it made me wanna make a halloween card as well

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  47. Your background is too fabulous for words. NEED that stencil

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  48. Fabulous techniques! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  49. Love your Halloween piece, the purple and orange is perfectt for the spooky season. I adore the background, that stencil is gorgeous. Love the pumpkins too. Great design. Tracy x

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  50. what a wonderful make - I just adore that stencil - had to order it yesterday - I'm so naughty! Big hugs to you and thanks for the inspiration xx

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  51. I love your project! Makes me so excited for Halloween projects! You make it look so easy! I probably have most of the supplies but just can't think of what to do with them. Love the purple and love how you colored the pumpkins! Love the way you cut out the poison label! Love the bat!

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  52. Great piece Annette!! Wonderful background and all those amazing elements added. Thanks so much for visiting my blog too. Karen.x

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  53. Wow, what a great Halloween idea! And thanx for the tip of the Ink Refresher on the markers.

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  54. Stunning! Fab faded layers - and wow to the composition! Nikki x

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  55. This is wonderful!! your faded layers came out so clearly, and thanks for reminding me about using the ink refresher.

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  56. Well now I have to have these stamps too Annette, lol. :) What a fab Halloween card and the Gothic stencil totally rocks!!! Love the step by step and the tip to refresh the Distress Markers is genius. xx

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  57. I'm in love with your "faded layers"! Your Halloween card is stunning, I love every little details! BArbarayaya

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  58. What a great Halloween card! It has such wonderful, creepy details. What an imagination you have!

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  59. Hi I am not a fan of Halloween but I love your card. Thanks for the detailed photos, really interesting to see how you build up the layers.

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  60. Annette your Halloween card is Fabulous! You have done an awesome job with the faded layers! Thank you for the stunning spooky inspiration ...Jan x

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  61. I love seeing your pic of just the background - damasks are so striking and beautiful - always one of my favorite designs. You sure put it to use well in your project!

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  62. I love your gothic layers , that's a fab project & thanks for the tip about ink refresher , mine are drying out too x

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  63. Love this. I like hoe you used the gothic stencil for the faded layers, and I love the label you used. I really like the old labels in general.

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  64. This is gorgeous! Love the Halloween theme! The backgrounds are perfect! Really stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  65. Great colours and layers, fab tip re ink refresher, hadn't thought about using it on markers! Fab card!

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  66. Absolutely love your card...the background, pumpkins, and labels! It is never too early for Halloween. We are decorating this week before m daughter returns to college because we "didn't do it right" last year. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  67. Love how your background turned out. This really is a fun technique

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  68. Squealllllllll! What a super spooky and fun card! Love what you have done with the new stencil and stamps. Your selection of colors is spot on for Halloween. Nice work!

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  69. Gorgeous Annette! I love everything about it!! Gotta get the Gothic stencil:) Thanks!~kim

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  70. Great challenge, great technique. Thanks so much!

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  71. This is perfect for Halloween Annette! Love the background and those pumpkins!

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  72. AWESOME card!!! fabulous background!! =)

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  73. Spooky! Love the gothic background!

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  74. Wonderful Annette! Really love your faded layers with that 'must have' Gothic stencil x

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  75. Spooky Cool! The background is awesome.

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  76. Annette' I am not normally into Halloween cards but this is different I love everything about it but my favourite is the new gothic stencil it is amazing and I haven't bought the ink refresher yet but I certainly will now. Thanks for your fabulous tutorial

    Denise xx

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  77. Love your Halloween take on this challenge! Awesome! It is NEVER too early for Halloween!!

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