Saturday, August 1, 2015

Final Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - #34 Layering Stencil: Monoprint


Hi everyone, and boo-hoo! We've come to the last challenge in the Compendium of Curiosities III. I can't believe it still. It went so fast.

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is 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 and 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.

Okay, back to the final challenge. It's called Layering Stencil: Monoprint and can be found on page 48 in the book. I created a masculine birthday card because, well, I have SO many handmade cards in a nice display rack and would you believe I didn't have a single masculine card in there?!

My card measures 5" x 7" and features the Correspondence paper stash. This and Wallflower are my two all-time favorites from Tim. I go to them all the time.



I cut a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock to do the Monoprint technique and used the Stars stencil. On the left is the actual technique and on the right – rather than waste all that paint – I grabbed another piece of cardstock and pressed the stencil down on it. Great effect, just a bit lighter. I'll be saving this one for another project for sure. I love how it turned out. And by the way, I used the two newest Distress Paint colors: Blueprint Sketch and Hickory Smoke. Both were distressed with Vintage Photo ink.



I cut my card base from dark blue Kraft Core cardstock and sanded the outer edges. Then cut the star paper from the Correspondence stash and distressed the edges. One of my favorite things to do to pattern paper is spray it with Antique Linen Distress Stain to instantly antique it. Check out the next photo to compare that same star paper in the back of the pile. See the bright white background?



Then I gathered several papers in the stash. I cut one of the papers with the Courtyard On The Edge die and blended some Fired Brick Distress Ink over the top.



I stamped this Bingo image with black archival ink. It's from an older Stampers Anonymous clear cling stamp set called Playful Journey from my local Michaels store years ago, .



I gave my technique piece a rough tear across the top right corner and inked the edges with Walnut Stain, then starting building my card.


Here's another look at the finished card. I got so caught up in putting it together, I just stopped taking photos. Doh! Here are some close-ups below of the finished card.




I stamped Remember The Now from the Mercantile stamp set with Red Geranium Archival ink onto a tiny tag and popped three Artisan Studs in the corner. I love these adhesive-back embellishments. I hoard them! They are from Close To My Heart, and they come in brass and pewter in two different sizes.



I used the Hashtags stamp for the Happy Birthday wish. Stamped in Blueprint Sketch ink. 



I punched various 7/8" circles from a variety of papers in the stash to place behind random openings in the Courtyard die-cut. Finally, I added a Shield Charm to reinforce the message. 


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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!

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Even though the Compendium Challenges will soon be over, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints will be planning, plotting and creating, of course! We hope you'll stay tuned September 1st for some special news about what we'll be up to next, leading up to next year's fantastic creative get-away in Costa Rica. In the meantime, please join us in the final Compendium Challenge. Let's go out with a BIG bang!




35 comments:

  1. stunning!! i love the way you added the stencilled paper onto the card and not used it for the whole background! i have never done it that way before....one of the things i have loved about this journey...the learning of new ways.

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  2. Annette....you are such a delight and lovely person! It has been such a great pleasure getting to know you and sharing this time with you! Your art is beautiful. This card is amazing! Love your mono printing! Your collaged card front is such a beautiful design. I love all of your layers and how everything is placed to perfection.

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  3. Annette, what a most fabulous masculine birthday card! The layers of stenciling is incredible and love the layers and design and so will the recipient. Happy Weekend!

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  4. I love the patriotic feel to your piece! So many layers but they don't overwhelm the eyes.

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  5. LOVE this Annette! LOVE all the layers and your gorgeous starry background. I can't believe you didn't have a masculine card in your stash!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I love this!! Very cool layering, love all that tucked in ephemera. The patriotic theme is perfect for a masculine card, brilliant!!

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  7. Gorgeous, a perfect theme and a perfect result!!!

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  8. Awesome masculine card Annette! The background looks wonderful paired with the fun patterned paper! Love the collaged ephemera! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. Never thought to use the print on printed paper. What a great idea. As usual, I learn so much from you...

    This card would also make a great welcome home card for a serviceman (or woman) and the vintage look you created is just perfect.

    I too will miss this challenge. I have learned so much from your tips which you so graciously share.

    I hope Costa Rica is a possibility for me --- money issues but I'm working on it.

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  10. Love this patriotic American piece of goodness you created! It is fabulous! I have so enjoyed spending this creative challenge with you and the rest of the crew! It has been an honor to be a part of it as well as getting to know you! You are an absolute doll and I truly adore you. Excited to keep adventuring with you all! hehehe. Have a great week and big hugs!

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  11. love this card and Your technique is just great. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Masculine original card! Love both the blue starry skies: the darker and the lighter one!

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  13. AWESOME card, Annette! And Boo-Hoo indeed, I can't believe the CC3 challenge series is coming to a close too--But it sure has been FUN!! :) :) Now, back to this Fab card--LOVE that Stars LS with the monoprint technique--and Oh No--you can't waste any of that color :) :) Love the red, white & blue color scheme, perfect for a guy's b-day! Thanks for all of your CC3 inspiration, Annette! I can't wait to see what's in store for all of you Curiosity Crew members next :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  14. Loving the composition of this collage and that fabulous array of stars in the background. What a pleasure it's been to be on this creative journey with you, Annette! I look forward to all that's coming and to working with you many times over in the future.

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  15. Oh, I am looking forward to more news from your ladies! I am so sorry this journey is coming to an end, it has been such a great experience, I hope Tim is already writing book No. 4! Thanks so much for the inspiration along the way.

    Your card is wonderful, I love the Correspondence papers too and you have used them beautifully to create this great male card Annette! Anne x

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  16. OMG ... I love this card... I always need masculine ... need one this month too ! Great inspiration here. I too love Correspondence and Wall flower paper stashes I have 3 Wall flower and two Correspondence LOL !
    Love your technique and the second "print" too ( great idea)! The layers are so cool!
    Thank you again for all your inspiration and kind words over this Journey... I learned a lot from you "Big Girls " ... I so loved my Journey !

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  17. Would you believe the same thing has been happening to me too, Annette - I look through my stash for a masculine birthday card and they are nowhere to be found! Love this design and the mono print background! Turned out fabulous! I have so enjoyed getting to know you better and work with you on these challenges! You are a delight! I hope to collaborate with you more in the future!

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  18. Would you believe the same thing has been happening to me too, Annette - I look through my stash for a masculine birthday card and they are nowhere to be found! Love this design and the mono print background! Turned out fabulous! I have so enjoyed getting to know you better and work with you on these challenges! You are a delight! I hope to collaborate with you more in the future!

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  19. Wonderful card Annette, love that colour palette (must get some of those new Tim Holtz colours!) and your layering stencil monoprint is so striking with the stars. Thanks for sharing and for all of the inspiration.

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  20. This is wonderful, Annette! I often have to "force" myself to make masculine stuff, too. I LOVE Blueprint Sketch, don't you? I just picked it up last week and haven't yet had a chance to use it; this card is so inspiring and beautiful. I like those little studs in the corner, too; definitely need to check those out!

    Thank you SO MUCH for all the inspiration over these past few months; you always create such detailed and elegant projects and it's been wonderful getting to know you.

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  21. Oh Annette, I am going to miss this challenge and your inspiration! Love your take on this technique. Hugs Jan x

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  22. Dear Annette, this latest creation for CC3 is fantastic, thank you for all that you shared giving me so much inspiration!

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  23. Such a fun card,so full of details. I love this more muted palette the blues and reds seem to work so well together. Just love all the little embellishments.

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  24. This is a great card Annette!! Thanks for the mini tutorial, I never would have thought to change the paper with the antique linen. The layering is stunning.

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  25. Great piece. Love the star background. I'm glad I joined in on the fun these last few challenges. I want to do it again. Can't wait until next time.

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  26. The monoprint of the starts started this off so nicely! This is a great masculine card. I love how you got two prints from it, as will as using the Antique Linen spray to age the papers...both great ideas!

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  27. this is an awesome masculine bday card!! I love it. =)

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  28. This theme is prob my fave; the good old R,W,&Blue, of course!!! It's always sure to lift up my spirits when I see these colors together, and I FINALLY got my hands on that Correspondence Paper!!! WEEEE!!! I can't wait to use it, and get into Remembering The now!!! Thanks for taking the time to share your awesome crafting w everyone throughout the Challenges!!! ❤️ ~Lyla~

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  29. I love that you share your steps Annette because your projects are always so well put together. It's been fun following you on the CC3C path and I'll keep up through FB and here too. Thanks for all of the inspiration and your grand finale project is fabulous!!!

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  30. Annette, your work is always so neat and perfectly composed. I really love your monoprint for this one--the blueprint Sketch with the Hickory Smoke is a perfect color combination to use with the star stencil. Even your second print came out great! You have really sold me on this Correspondence paper stash, and I love how you've distressed it. What a wonderful masculine card!

    Thank you for all your hard work and your amazing inspiration you have provided us with throughout these challenges! I love your work! Big hugs!

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  31. Annette, such a master piece. I love the way you collage this amazing technique with the other complements to get a wonderful and so meaningful card. Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing your creativity with us.

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  32. Annette I'm always a sucker for patriotic colors. Wonderful card. Having the elements cut out of patterned paper adds another level of texture. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who gets so caught up in my projects that I forget to take pictures. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  33. Oh wow - this is just wonderful Annette. Your monoprint is super fun and turned out so nice. Love how you tore off the top corner - that's so appealing to me... need to try it sometime!! Brave gal!! The colors are wonderful - just love every inch of this beautiful creations. Thanks bunches for the inspiration. j.

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  34. Great card Annette and a perfect way to showcase the technique. I have really enjoyed this challenge series and am so sad to see it coming to a close. Thank you for all your inspiration.

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  35. Annette! Your projects never cease to amaze me! Thanks for the kind words along the way during the Compendium of Curiosity challenges. Check out my Compendium of Curiosity iii tribute project. I was unable to finish in time due to a car accident!
    http://vic-n-stuff.blogspot.com/2015/08/belated-final-compendium-of-curiosity.html
    XoXoXo!

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