Saturday, May 9, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 28 - Alcohol Ink Ombre

Hey, Howdy All! It's another Compendium Saturday. And that means it's time for a new challenge!

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.



Today's challenge can be found on page 57 in the book, and it's called "Alcohol Ink Ombre." I decided on a big tag for this one, and to step outside my comfort zone and use purple. Something about the color purple in my paper crafting usually makes me want to cringe, but I think with the right balance of opposing colors it works.


Let me take you through my process..
Here's the end result of the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique. Can't tell you how it's done, that's for you to find out for yourself, but I can tell you that I used Eggplant, Purple Twilight, and Wild Plum alcohol inks.



I went one step further and performed the Faded Layers technique using the Stars stencil. Remember that one from page 58? We did that back in August last year.



While I had the Stars stencil out, I used it to trace onto black cardstock for the size of tag I wanted. Not too big, not too small. Just right.



After spritzing my non-stick craft sheet with the new Fossilized Amber Distress Stain (totally LOVE this color!) and some Tarnished Brass, I dipped a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock into it and let the colors meld and dry. Then I ran it through my Vagabond using the Crescent Moon & Stars die (which you'll see in a bit). 



I grabbed some Graphic 45 striped paper which is black and ivory (Artisan Style, 6 x 6 pad) and gave it a spritz of Fossilized Amber Stain, and now my paper is yellowy-golden with black stripes! I do this all the time when I need a particular color in my project. I attached a bit of this to the top of my big black tag.



On my Alcohol Ink Ombre piece, I put some tissue tape across the top and stamped the phrase with Jet Black Archival.



I assembled more papers and fiber to the tag base as shown. 



After painting two metal photo corners with Fossilized Amber Distress Paint and letting them dry, I attached them to the bottom corners of my tag.



I ran a piece of black cardstock through the Crescent Moon & Stars die and layered each under the coordinating golden ones for a drop shadow effect, then hung a heart charm from my moon with some waxed twine. I attached everything to my tag using foam tape behind the moon and some of the stars for dimension and interest. 



I added some mirrored stars here and there to give a bit of sparkle, too.



For a finishing touch, I grabbed some black 2" wide tulle and inserted it through my tag top and tied it into a very unkempt bow.


Here's another look at my finished tag, which I gave to my daughter Jamie who I truly LOVE to the moon and back!


Now it's YOUR turn to try this fun technique. 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!






30 comments:

  1. LOVE your tag, Annette! I am not a purple person but I love your background! Love the layered stencil stars. Your fossilized stars and moon die cut look amazing against the purple and the sentiment just pulls everything together so perfectly. Love the treatments you have done on the top and bottom of the tag as well.

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  2. Annette, great tag. It is also a great idea for a halloween card. It reminded me of a class I took using graphic45 papers long time ago. Love it

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  3. How lovely, purple is my favourite colour and you have used it to perfection. Really love your tag.

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  4. You have my heart with this tag, as I say that quote to my kids all the time and love that stamp! The moon is killer on the gorgeous purple background! SUPREME tag!!!

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  5. Such a fun and easy techñique! And your tag, gorgeous!! I've always loved moon and sun designs.

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  6. The first word that springs to mind is WOW! Your tag is stunning in those beautiful vibrant purples along with the Fossilized Amber. Quite simply - this is stunning! Anne x

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  7. Gorgeous LOOK AT ME colors! WOW

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  8. Fabulous tag! Love how you shared your techniques too. Really love the bright colors!

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  9. I agree, purple has it's place, but it definitely worked for this tag! And using the Tulle for the bow was a great idea...hmmmm...

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  10. LOVE this tag, Annette!! Love the color combo of your Gorgeous ombre purple background with the new Fossilized Amber!! That big moon and the starts....I just want to curl up with this tag and go nite-nite :0...big yaaawn! :)
    It's a darling love note to your daughter! She's a lucky young woman to have a Mom like you :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  11. Beautiful color combo. Your ombre colors and texture are wonderful but when you added the faded layers technique and all the details it is just an amazing tag. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  12. Beautiful color combo. Your ombre colors and texture are wonderful but when you added the faded layers technique and all the details it is just an amazing tag. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  13. You are a master of detail, my friend! The featured technique is flawless, of course, and all your added touches are just perfect. Those mirrored stars just set the whole thing off for me, I love that. Your art is always a treat and a treasure. <3

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  14. Love this to the moon and back, Annette! What a fabulous color combination and the added stars make it so dreamy!

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  15. This tag is Awesome!! love the faded stars in the ombre piece. Beautifully done!!

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  16. Love this tag, Annette! Purple happens to be my favorite color and I love this color combo! You always amaze me with all the details you put into your work - love the drop shadow, coloring the metal corners, and, of course that wonderful quote. I'm sure Jamie loved it!

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  17. OMG .. where to start LOVE the color combo... that purple ombre
    <3 ... your layer work the star stencils... swoon... love the sentiment ... it was one of my uncles favorite sayings... and the netting bow ... LOVE IT !!!

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  18. I'm with you, Annette; I normally don't like to use purple, but the combo with yellow is just stunning. You did a wonderful job with the ombre!

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  19. Even with this tag colors extravagant you did center! It is absolutely fantastic!

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  20. Using the die to cut a black shadow is a cool idea...it really pops the moon and stars! And the purples are a combo i HAVE to try...

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  21. I'm lovin this color combination. So creative and happy. It fits the sentiment perfectly.

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  22. HOW in the world do you think to put all these different things together to make PERFECTION????? This is just OVER THE MOON.... literally!!! It just couldn't be more inspiring Annette. Thanks bunches. j.

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  23. I just LOVE this tag, Annette, and all its Alcohol Ink Ombre goodness. Fantabulous. Off to pin!

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  24. I love purple but had not thought to put it with a yellow - genius. It gives it a very carnival feel for some reason. Love the stars and moon details and the drop shadow. Great.

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  25. WOW What an original magic dreamy tag!

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  26. Stunning , the tag is absolutely fantastic

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  27. Gorgeous tag Annette, I'm not a purple person either.... But loving it combined with the yellow .. Fab details as always! X

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  28. I just LOVE your tag! Love how you got the size and all the steps, it's just amazing.

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  29. I just LOVE those LAYERS...to the moon & back!!!
    Excellent choice of die & 'dye'! 👍

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  30. Such a beautiful tag Annette! The colors are so rich and the faded layers technique works so well with your tag. Love how you created the star and the moon.

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