Birds & Words

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Dream Everyday - CC3C #20

Hey, CC3Cer's!!  Just home from CHA catching up on chores at home and work, brimming with inspiration and glowing from being with good friends.  It is such an inspirational environment, I can't wait to get home and get in the studio and create.  I had gotten a bit of start before I left for California and finishing up this tag was a blast.
Tim's Distress Watercolor - part 2 tech is the feature for this challenge, found on page 40 of Compendium of Curiosities III.  Awesome technique for those of us who are not watercolor artists, but love the organic look that watercolor brings.  Want to learn the details of how to achieve it?  Here are the details:

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And that's all there is to it.*
I covered some of my butterflies with embellishments so I included a close up here so you can see more detail.  I've learned when working with technique challenges to prepare several panels to work with for my learning curve.  I learned on this one to be sure and heat set the ink before I add the last step.
I started my tag background with Wendy Vecchi Crackle Embossing Paste.  I knew where my embellishments and focal point would be so I made sure to add the crackle in the areas where they would show.  I spritzed the whole tag with Iced Spruce Distress Spray Stain.  I need this groovy stuff by the gallon.
I wanted to add some Antique Linen Distress Paint over the cracked areas to tone down the white color.  I picked up my spray bottle of water to thin it and Lo!! it was not water, but Iced Spruce Spray.   Oh, accidental yummy distress joy!!  Mixed it with my finger and rubbed over the tag.
I sprayed my trims with Iced Spruce as well.  I've shown above the color of the teal seam binding I started with and how it changed.
"Everyday"  from Alpha Parts - Framed, backed with a scrap from Wallflowers Paper Stash.  I liked it without any paper backing but it didn't photograph well at all and was difficult to adhere without foam dots showing through.  I tried a couple of other dimensional adhesives but couldn't get that lovin' feeling.  Backing with paper and then building up grungeboard scraps did it for me.  Its a beautiful thing.
LOVE Tim's Gothic stencil and Wendy's Silver Embossing Paste.  LOVE coloring these beautiful metal Ideology roses with alcohol markers.
Loved this sweet little "dream" heart charm so I repeated the word for emphasis with die cut letters and also to balance the visual weight at the bottom of the tag.
Is that Electic Elements fabric I see peaking from behind the butterfly panel?  Why, yes it is.  I officially love fabric now.  I'm converted.  I sprayed this bit with Iced Spruce to unify color in the piece overall.

You have everything you need for this challenge!!  Go for it, super fun technique.  Our sponsor for this challenge is Funkie Junkie Boutique and the lovely Linda Coughlin.  I got to meet her at CHA.  You know that feeling when you finally meet someone and they are as nice as you hoped they'd be?  That's Linda.  Perfectly lovely.  As always. Tim and Mario have a super bundle of crafting candy for the Curiosity Crew Choice.  You know you want to win that one!

Follow simple CC3C guidelines and be eligible for you beautiful art to win.  Ready?  Go!!

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*Some instructional information may be encrypted to protect the copyright and work product of Professor Timothy Q. Holtz.  Please click here for a key to unlock encryption.

44 comments:

  1. You make the technique sound so easy!! ;)
    I love the butterflies, and your finished tag is gorgeous.

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  2. Encrypted instructions... made me hoot hun ;O) LOVE your tag, those metallics are just gorgeous and the shadowing on the butterflies looks so real x

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  3. Cheryl...loved reading your post. Brilliant writing! Your tag is gorgeous. The metallic cracking reminds me of an old tin ceiling. Your butterflies are lovely and your watercolor technique is spot on perfect. I also love your matting and the alpha parts piece. That really pops.

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  4. I can't take my eyes off the background....WOW!!! It needs it's own special place...just FABULOUS!!! Love those watercolored butterflies too by the way...wink!!!

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  5. Wow, Cheryl, you outdid yourself on this challenge. I'll be in the shop soon to learn how to make this outrageously beautiful tag!

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  6. The background tag is gorgeous and the butterflies look so beautiful on their ripped layers. The Idea-ology rose is a lovely touch too. Anne x

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  7. All my favourite things used on this tag! I love it Cheryl, brilliant crackle and silver texture. Very clever butterfly water colouring. Jan x

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    1. Candy!!!! Who's paying you? ? ? HA! ROTFL!!!

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  9. This is stunning, I love the silver embossing!

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  10. So pretty. That silver embossing paste is da bomb! Definitely need to get some of that stuff. Love the coloring on the butterflies!

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  11. OMG ... gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous ... That background is fabulous; crackle and embossing ... WOW !! Oh yeah ... some accidents are so yummy... did that with my hearts on last project thought I had water; I had brushed pewter distress stain !
    Back to YOUR work ... just beautiful ... and the watercoloring ... Swooooooooon ... just gorgeous... oh I said that already ... ok and the embellishments... heart hanging on the hanger, how cute is that !!!

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  12. Cheryl, this is such a beautiful tag!! I absolutely LOVE that background you created, but then look at those wc'd butterflies!! They look like they are ready to flit off of your tag at any moment!! Yes, I concur with you--Dream Everyday!! That's good advice we can all live by!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  13. Cheryl, I am so happy to have gotten to spend time with you and the Crew once again at CHA. It was such a special time to have dinner with you and roam the show floor together. As for your tag, I LOVE it and I love the happy accident that turned into a great discovery. So much texture and technique in this one tag. Beautiful!

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  14. The silver embossing adds such a POP ! I love the project .. it's beautiful. The fabric is super cool .. I just wish I sewed :) I love every part of this tag .. AMAZING !

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  15. Holy Happy Accident, Cheryl! This background turned out fabulous. It reminds me too of a tiled ceiling. The butterflies came out great using your encrypted instructions! Great job!

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  16. Your attention to detail is fabulous! The butterflies are gorgeous and that background is to die for!

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  17. I didn't even read through your post yet, but had to skip down and leave a comment before the feeling I have for this lovely watercolor piece was crowded out with the technicals. Cheryl, you have mastered the water color, for sure with this amazing butterfly piece. I was thinking of doing some butterflies for this challenge, but no one could come close to what you have done here!!!
    As a water color artist (or so I fancy myself being), having the Tim tools at our disposal has all but made me throw out my watercolors and brushes. I have been doing this technique for years with real watercolors, but you have absolutely NAILED it down using Tim's instructions! Now I can go back to the step by step for the rest of the tag, which is absolutely yummy by itself!

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  18. What a beauty! Love the b'flies, the tearing, and the stitching. It all comes together marvelously!

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  19. Very elegant! So many fun little peeks of texture.

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  20. Hi maybe someone on here can help me. I am trying to understand how to enter these challenges. I am uncertain of the linking back to funky junkie boutique part. My tags are on Pinterest so can anyone give me a pointer? Thanks!

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  21. Also, What size tags are used most?

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    1. Hi, Jenn, I'm really happy you want to enter the CC3 challenges! http://lindaledbetter.com/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-faq Cut and paste this link into your browser to get all the information you need about how to enter. You don't have to link back to the sponsors, just acknowledge them in your post. They tags use the most of #8 or #10, but you can use any size you like. ;-)

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  22. Mmmmm, love that scrolly shimmery embossed background!!!

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  23. So much work, wow. The embossing paste is fab, note to self...get some! Absolutely scrummy tag, love it.

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  24. Love this Cheryl - just grabbed by the contrast of shimmer and torn paper. Great tag. Nikkixx

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  25. Amazing tag! The background is stunning. Always love those butterflies.

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  26. I don't normally care too much for butterflies (& one of my kitties loves them even less; we call her "BudderCup the BudderFly Killer". *shrug* But this tag just reminds me so much of the kind of beautiful taste my late MomInLaw had. I would definitely have copied this in it's entirety just for her. She died just 3 days after turning 70 in Feb, 2011. This tag is very worthy of being praised for its delicate design.....BEAUTIFUL!!! :')

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  27. Simply beautiful tag Cheryl! Your background is gorgeous. I love the crackle paste and silver embossing paste...so elegant. The butterflies just pop.

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  28. And ^^$^%& ^*(*&) *)*)&(* ^&*&% &^$^%# %$@$@. %$$^& *&^*&(& (&(&)(_+((*&^% ^#@@#$%^& *(YT$%^? &*()PKJB GTYUJ, HY^ygb nht^&U HGFR^ &Yhbn. to you too! LOL

    Love your butterflies!

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  29. While your watercoloring is superb, your tag background is what called to me! Crackle paste you say...hmm I missed that one; and the silver paste...on the hunt now!

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  30. Beautiful background and the silver embossing...wow absolutely stunning!!

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  31. WOW! So much to love on this tag! And now I need to break out my silver embossing paste. ;)

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  32. How fun to go to CHA! I just love this tag too - and the background!

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  33. Beautiful creation Cheryl bathe silver embossing is perfect then the butterfly watercoloring is stunning.

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  34. Amazing job with this challenge. Your butterflies are beautiful. Wendy's silver embossing paste looks amazing. Love all the textures. Gorgeous tag!

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  35. Cheryl, I love the use of the crackle paste and spray stains - beautiful!

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  36. beautiful Cheryl ! love the background and the fabulous watercolouring Toni x

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  37. Beautiful tag Cheryl! Love the butterflies!

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  38. OOOh! Love the crackle and the background! Your butterflies are fabulous

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  39. I love this tag Cheryl and your distress watercoloring is so pretty! Love the details too! :)

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  40. Love the intensity of the colors you achieved. I tried, but it is harder than it looks. Nice work.

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