Saturday, January 17, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 20 - Watercoloring 2

Hello and happy Saturday, all! It's another fun technique to try in the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz.

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim & Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

The current challenge can be found on page 40 and is called "Distress Watercoloring Part 2." You may remember Part 1 back in June. I created this card. When reading through the current challenge, I discovered that I had done both part 1 and part 2 back then. Oops! Guess it pays to pay attention, eh?



I decided on a non-traditional Valentine-themed project this time with these fun little gift bags, which can be filled with something sweet, a small gift, or love coupons... if you are so inclined.



As the technique describes, I started with a sheet of Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I knew I was going to make a few of these Valentine bags, so I tried to be economical with my cardstock and cut it like so.



Then stamped my images like this.



Then I had some fun with the watercoloring technique. As you can see, lots of bright, non-traditional colors for Valentines Day, but since these will be for my teenage daughter and her friends I went off the beaten path.




I used the We R Memory Keepers Gift Bag Punch Board to make a large bag from a 6" x 12" piece  of red Kraft Core. Then I cut a piece of corrugated cardstock 3" x 4 1/4" and nipped away the bottom to create a banner piece.



Next I assembled the gift bag and sand-distressed it. I brushed a light coat of Distress Paint over the raised corrugated, then inked the outer edges with Black Soot. Each gift bag has a different color paint.



Then I assembled the embellishments onto the bags. I created a simple handle and added a black vintage lace cardstock border around the bottom. This red gift bag has a seam binding ribbon colored with Evergreen Bough Distress Stain. 



This ribbon was colored with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain.



And this ribbon was colored with Festive Berries Distress Stain.




Did you happen to notice the different arrows for my heart charms? I had only two of the shorter arrows, so I subbed a clock spinner for this one. Worked great!



The more I do this technique, the more I love it! Coloring has always made me a happy girl.



So, will you join us in this fun challenge? I hope so! Let's see what you've got.


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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 Funkie Junkie 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!

And don't forget, you can find many of these great products I've used today at The Funkie Junkie online store. 


43 comments:

  1. Lucky Jamie and friends! These bags are just too cute, Annette!

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  2. WOW Annette... these are gorgeous, you are a paper engineer, I love how you get dimension and nothng ever looks crumpled and broken like when I try to make 3d stuff lol x

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  3. What sweet little valentine bags, Annette! Your coloring is beautiful. I love the touch of non-traditional, updated color. Very funky and fun.

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  4. Annette...these little Valentine gift bags are adorable!! Thanks for the steps and great photos! You did a fabulous job on your watercoloring techniques. Great job!

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  5. I totally love these!! They are just adorable. Your watercoloring is beautiful

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  6. Great minds Darling!!! Totally love these,and the treat bags will be a hit!!! You are fabulous!!!

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  7. The gift bag idea is such a lovely one, your watercolouring technique looks beautiful, I love the banner idea and the arrow and heart charms are wonderful finishing touches...

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  8. Oh WOW, Annette!! Look at these darling Valentine's goodie bags!! Completely AWESOME!! Your wc'd rock star hearts are jumping off of the paper!! There's so much dimension, I wondered if you had actually fussy cut them all out!! Just amazing!! OK--now you've made my decision...gonna be ordering this set of TH stamps!!
    XOXO-Shari T.

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  9. What a fun project Annette, I love the watercolour effects x

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  10. I liked seeing what you did with the tag after you finished it. Using it on a bag is a great idea. thanks as always for sharing.

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  11. Great little gift bags. Love the tags.

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  12. Ohhhh, my gosh how I love these! They look absolutely so polished and professional and just darling! Love love love all the details and the coloring is spot-on. I would SWOON if I got one of these as a gift! I can't stop looking at them!

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  13. Can we say ADORABLE .. !?!
    My goodness... love the stamp and to use it on these bags like you did with the added embellishments, arrows and heart <3 <3 ! Love how you colorized the card; embossed paper on handle too !!

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  14. Annette,
    Love these gift bags! I really love watercolors, so soft and subtle and your take with the non-traditional colors really works!
    Love it, thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

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  15. What a super cool project. I love the colors and the watercolor technique is so good. I love the look of water color !!

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  16. These bags are beautiful and so fabulous. Every detail is so perfect.

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  17. Boy, Annette, for a project that you did at the last minute, these bags are awesome! Anyone would love to receive one of those, Love all the little details, especially the heart going through the arrow!

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  18. Oh Annette! Just flipping through to get to the linkey, I had to stop immediately..I LOVE these! The colors, textures, embellishments! Everything is dead-on perfect!

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  19. What super Valentine treat bags! Gorgeous packaging!

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  20. You rocked this challenge, Annette! Now I've got to go get one of those punch boards! I can see amazing possibilities, but you have created the best gift bags I've ever seen! Great watercoloring technique!

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  21. These are gorgeous, Annette! Love how you and Anita used the same stamps in your own unique ways. Wow!

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  22. Adorable little bags for gifts. Love the bright colors, and see you and Anita were on the same wavelength with the stamp!

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  23. Ooooh, beautiful watercoloring!! And sweet little gift bags :)

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  24. These are really lovely gift bags, you clever girl, just think how much you would have paid in a shop for something much less gorgeous! I love crafting

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  25. Love your treat bags and your use of non-traditional colors with your water color technique ( I have a teenager too). Lucky girls.

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  26. Oh wow Annette - simply stunning - love them- what a treat. Nikki xx

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  27. These bags are fun! Love your color. All the texture adds so much dimension.

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  28. The receivers of your sacks will be DELIGHTED !! My faves about it: the Val Day ticket (one of my fave TH stamps & I've used it to make Alterations Ticket Strip die cuts for gifts to my ChickFriends - aka Besties- as small tokens for them to scrap with) ; how you hung a Heart Charm onto the arrow (super neat idea!); and the use of the #love Hashtag Stamp (still waiting to get my hands on that set - Wish List item...double-checked!). You did the same stamp as another Designer on the COC3, which does NOT surprise me simply because GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE!!! ;)

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  29. Now I know what to do with that punch board I was gifted a while back!

    I love how the stamp set you used is so versatile...

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  30. What an original sweet gift bag for Valentine's day! Thank you for the tutorial

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  31. Love these bright water colors! The little heart dangling from the arrow is adorable. The girls are going to be so excited when they see these bags!

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  32. Gorgeous gift bags! Love the striking color combo you used on the images and all of the little accents and details on the gift bags. Fun!

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  33. Love the stamp and your watercolor work is gorgeous. The bags are such a good idea.

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  34. Annette - great idea - a Mothers dream for valentine candy!

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  35. Fabulous treat bags, such a good idea Annette. Toni x

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  36. Love your bags and the idea of LOVE coupons!

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  37. I love your distress watercolored images and the way you dressed up each bag is awesome Annette.

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  38. Your bags are wonderful, from the colors to the great details like the arrow heart charms.

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