Friday, April 27, 2012

CC2C No. 3: Marbled Stains with a wee bit of Faux Patina

Challenge: The StudioL3 Compendium of Curiosities volume II Challenge, technique 3 and 2 (I couldn't make it last week)

Technique: Marbled Stains, page 46 (Faux Patina, page 58)

Sponsor: Eclectic Paperie (Angie, who has since started a blog!)

Main products used for this project: Manilla tag, aluminum can flats (to create Tattered Florals), texture fades, alcohol inks, distress stains, perfect medium, and Martha Stewart embossing powder.

Project observations: StudioL3 owner Linda, who I swear must be able to read minds, has managed to surprise me with a happy coincidence this week: You see after a long few days of sadness and sickness, Thursday evening found me finally feeling well enough to wish for a little crafty distraction.

Too late to participate in the second of the CC2Cs, I decided to relax, no pressure, flip through Tim's newest Compendium, choose any technique that seemed intriguing.

Guess where I landed! Can you believe it? PAGE 46! MARBLED STAINS!

I giggled a bit to myself this morning when I saw that Linda's choice for this weeks' challenge was the technique I'd played with only last night. The giggling didn't get far though since I'm still not able to quit coughing and my sinuses have reached maximum capacity.

Oh well, clearly you can see that I managed to play for a couple of hours last night and again this afternoon (even sliding in a bit of homage to last weeks' challenge after all).

This tag turned out sort of, ahm, finished. That's about all. I like the flower element and the shiny copper embossing and the background, but I'm not thrilled with the result as a whole.

And, FYI, I suck at Marbled Stains. I can stain, everything within a few feet actually, but the marble effect is a struggle. I photographed a grouping of my attempts, because I know how everyone likes to see mud, including one where I obviously gave up marbling to concentrate on a technique I'm planning to patent as "Splattering Wildly".

One last thing to point out is the lovely pearly-colored centerpiece on my faux patina flower at the bottom of the tag: It's a lovely UTTE embellishment made by none other than Lori at I Been Thinkin' 'Bout Inkin'! I hope you'll take a moment to visit her blog: She's funny as hell and creates beautiful art!

Go forth then my friends, visit Linda at StudioL3 and get your fingers inky!

16 comments:

  1. Fabulous tag, love the flower its amazing. I like the idea of your new technique about splattering.
    Yvonne x

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  2. Terrific tag and loving the fab flower. Splattering is a fab technique, know it well...........lol

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  3. yummy! gorgeous result and don't be hard on yourself all your tags look delicious XOXO Zoe

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  4. I think your tags are fabulous! We are our won worst critics. Hope you will soon be feeling better.

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  5. I totally hear ya about the mud - had a couple of those too. I do love how your tag turned out! I also combined mine with the patina technique - funny coincidence!

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  6. Your tag looks fabulous, I wasn't able to get the marble effect either. But I do love the look of the stains!!!

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  7. Hey girly, love your tag! The background looks fabulous with very cool flowers! I don't know about mudding up this technique, as I have not done it, but I can do that with Dylusions sprays!! I personally don't think your backgrounds look muddy! Sorry to hear you were not 100%, but I am glad you are feeling better! Always a treat to see you out and about!

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  8. I think your tag turned out great. I empathize with your statement about the results do not always equal our initial vision. I just finished 15 marbleized tag backgrounds. I am still deciding about the direction of my completed project. Have a great night. I love your style as I spent some time looking around your blog.
    Michelle

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  9. I hope your health is getting beter. I had to try more than once too to do this weeks technique. I love your embossed flower.

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  10. Hmmm.... actually, it sounds like YOU'RE the one who can read minds! I'm sorry you haven't been feeling tell, Tracy, and hope you're tons better today. I missed you last week, and I'm glad you were able to get a relaxing head start on this week's challenge. I'm not seeing anything that sucks here- they all look like perfect marbled distress to me, and your finished piece is freaking gorgeous! Copper and blue is a great combo.

    You take it easy, girl, and you'll be back in fighting form in no time. Big healing hugs coming at ya!

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  11. Stunning tag - I adore the colour & the copper edging is beautiful!
    All your other tags are amazing & don't look at all 'muddy'. Take care & feel better soon!
    Ann-R x

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  12. Great tag - I've still to work on mine.

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  13. Whatever process you used to achieve your tag it worked cos this
    is just plain gorgeous. I would throw the book out and continue to do your own thing. Hugs Mrs A. p.s glad to hear you are on the mend.

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  14. Yes, the marbeling does have a trick to it! really load up on the first step (no technique give-aways to non-bookies, I know). I was too stingy during the Creative Chemistry class. I think your came out great though..and the flower is fabulous. Hope you feel better soon!

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  15. awesome tag!! love the flower!! i had quite a struggle with the marble effect too..i have once by accident got a result i liked... ;)
    hugs, SannaS

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