Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Cheerful and Optimistic


Hi There!!!!  Life is always better when we are cheerful and optimistic.  For me, as long as my focus is where it should be - on God - then cheerful and optimistic happens!!

I recently got some Viva Signature Cloth paper towels.  These were mentioned during the Tim Holtz demos this summer whenever he shared a technique that he wanted a smooth paper towel for.  One technique he shared is Eroded Metallics.  This is a technique done with Distress Paints.  I did the technique after the demo but only had regular paper towels and it does pick up the texture of the paper towel.  That wouldn't always be a bad thing but not something I would want all the time.  After the demo I tried to get some of the Cloth paper towels and couldn't find any in stock.  Last week I checked again and was able to order some from Amazon.  Now that I have them I wanted to do the technique again to really see the difference.  

I painted a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock.  I just had to use the newest color, Crackling Campfire, and combined it with Peacock Feathers.

After drying I added stamping with Crackling Campfire using one of the new release Background Images from the set Tapesty (Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz).

That was dried and next comes the metallic.  I used Tarnished Brass, painted it on, splattered on water getting more in some areas and just drops in others, let it sit a few seconds, laid the Paper Towel on letting it sit just a few seconds and took it off.  Worked great.  In the areas where the water was the paper towel picked up the metallic paint without leaving a pattern behind, just an open area.  So Cool!!!

Instead of just putting the paper in a pile I used it right away to make a card for the current challenge on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog which is Birds.  

Leaves were stamped along the top and part way down the sides with Archival Ink using an image from the Nature's Wonder set (Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz).  The edges were distressed and messy stitching added.

The bird is a die cut from watercolor paper and colored with Distress Oxide Ink.  A fibery ribbon and torn papers were glued across the paper and twine wrapped around it.  The speckles (from the Tiny Toadstools set) were stamped with Oxide Ink.


sarascloset said...

Wanda, I was just thinking of you this morning, but wanted to check the challenge link up to see if there were any last minute entries since last night. How excited am I to see you linked this beautiful and inspiring card up to our Birds challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog! I adore the color combination, and that technique is a favorite of mine! How cool to add the stamping! All of your details take this over the top; I could gush all day over this one! What a beauty!

Tea said...

I totally agere with Sara, such an elaborate pierce of art. I especially made a mental note seeing that you resolved to USE the paper right away, clever! I often end up with a pile of papers and forget to use them. So Thanks for that - and for sharing in such detalil this process of it all.

Cec said...

FAB-U-LOUS! I love the background you created and all the layers in such a wonderful colour palette. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

Jenny Marples said...

Well Wanda it has to be said, this is absolutely outstanding - I'm so glad you included the process photos so we could see just how much work went in to creating your stunning eroded background. It could have been saved at any stage and looked amazing but to press on and add each extra layer made such a difference to the finished card. I love it to bits! Thank you for joining in with our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog x

Jane said...

Wow! That is simply stunning. I cannot wait to try that technique this afternoon. I too picked up those paper towels after seeing his demos. My crackling campfire just arrived last week and is begging to be used. Thank you for the inspiration!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

LOVE the eroded metallic...a fav. The bird makes this so fun. And of course you are right about the quote when God is in control. LOVE.

sarascloset said...

I'm just tickled pink that this gorgeous card was chosen as our overall winner at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, Wanda! Happy Sunday to you!