Tuesday, May 15, 2012

CC2C No. 5: Shattered stains

Challenge: The StudioL3 Compendium of Curiosities volume II Challenge, technique 5

Technique: Shattered stains, page 48 

Sponsor: Simon Says Stamp

Main products used for this project: Distress stain, rock candy crackle paint, grunge board and chip board.

Project observations: Our technique of the week calls for a product "like grunge board" and should maybe just go ahead with a firmer statement. For instance, "if you don't use grunge board this technique will work, but will surely drive you nuts trying to get it right fifty times before you just do what you were told in the first place."

That's awfully wordy though and not terribly friendly sounding. Definitely not in the style of our Grungy Guru Tim Holtz, or our Compendium Coach Linda at StudioL3.

Technique followers this week might want to go straight to the grunge board is all I'm saying.

Chip board came out for my initial attempt, and then a couple more, before I figured out that there's another word that our Tim uses which is imperative: Porous. Chip board, much of it anyway, has a sort of non-pourous finish. It'll let through a small amount of ... well, you need to get the book and check out the technique to understand fully. Trust me though that it's not what you want to use, at least at first.

On the other hand, if you're caught up with the trick to this technique, try out this uber cool porous surface: Wood!

At the local Habitat for Humanity Restore we found a strip of poplar wood, 1/4 inch thick, four feet long and four inches wide. In reality it's measured, or described I guess, the same way as a two by four.

You know about those, I'm sure: A two by four isn't at all, it's actually more like an inch and a half by three and a half. Perfect to chop down for an ATC, luckily my poplar strip isn't any different.

Best of all, even if you slather it in crackle and ink and paint and goo, a thin business card magnet will hold it tight on a metal surface! Yay magnets!

And, yes, in case you're keeping a tally: This is another of the newest Compendium techniques that you can be sure I'll use again and again.


  1. Love your projects for this weeks challenge Tracy, the wood piece is awesome.
    Yvonne x

  2. Love both projects - the magnet is stunning - what a brilliant idea!

  3. So the suggestion would be to use grunge something, be it board or paper, just grunge? Both shattered pieces are fantastic, but how clever to make a magnet from a wood scrap! I have some cut pieces (1/4 inch thick) from when I did decorative painting and I bet those would make some pretty ornaments! Enjoy the rest of this weekend!

  4. Awesome work, Tracy! I'm so glad you tried this on wood-- I'd wondered how it would work, and you just proved that it works BEAUTIFULLY! Your projects are both great, and you've no doubt saved me and quite a few other people a lot of frustration with your wise advice about chipboard!