Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CCC #33

Hi my friends. Well, I've been out shoveling again. I didn't really get much done, because what's on the driveway is about a 2-3" deep combination of rain, sleet, snow, freezing rain... you get the picture... pretty solid. My honey went out this morning with the snow blower, but couldn't get through all that, so he just cleared off the snow on top that we got overnight. I've been doing more chopping, trying to break off chunks to clear off. Hopefully, it will warm up a bit and then it will come off easier.

So in between the shoveling bursts (about 1/2 hour of that is about all I can handle at a time), I've been creating. I've been working on this week's challenge for the Compendium of Curiosities over on Linda's blog Studio L3. This week's challenge is Altered Metal Alcohol Inks from page 56 in Tim's book. My card ended up absolutely nothing like I originally envisioned, but that's OK, it's all about the journey, right?

Although not part of the challenge, one of the fun things on this card is the rosette. It started out as brown paper filler in a box of goodies that I received. I thought I'd play with it and see what I could do to alter it. I started by crumpling it up pretty good and then flattening it back out. Then I inked it up with some alcohol inks. Then the really fun part. I painted it with Future floor wax. Since I was impatient, I used my heat gun to dry it.

My first project using it was to die cut some flowers with Tim's tattered florals die, but I didn't like how they turned out. I think I crushed them up a bit much.

So then I decided to try and fan fold it. I used my Scor-pal and scored every 1/4". The paper was actually kinda slippery, so I had a hard time scoring nice and straight, but I wasn't too concerned. After folding it, I realized my strip was too wide to make a circle, so I just trimmed it off on an angle until it would work. Pretty cool. I'm not crazy about the color, but since I started with brown paper, it was hard to get a nice bright color. What I used was mostly stream. It actually looks more teal IRL.

The red circle under the coin is a piece of burlap. I wanted just a tiny bit of red . The metal corner piece is something I picked upreally cheap at a local craft store that was going out of business.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Be blessed.


Marjie K said...

This is beautiful. Don't you love when things come together and the process is fun? That bit of red pops, too.

Shirley said...

I love your card! Your flower turned out perfectly.

Linda Ledbetter said...

Melody, you've done a wonderful job of bringing a little summer sunshine to this cold winter's night. What a gorgeous, happy card. The Altered Metal pieces are lovely, and the colors and patterns in the background work beautifully together. The rosette is fabulous! I like the color, actually, and the you crafted it perfectly.

Stay warm and dry, my dear. And... think spring!

MarleneMAZ said...

Your card is fabulous! I love how you recycled all sorts of stuff to make this card:)

Laura - Layers of Color said...

Love the techniques and colors on your card, Melody! Thanks for coming to the Layers of Color Cake Decorating party! I'm glad you had a inspiring time!

Stay warm and have a lovely day!

Helen said...

What a fabulous job - love your rosette!

Jane said...

Gorgeous! Your colors all came together beautifully. I love the rosette technique - I'm heading back into my craft room to give it a try. May need to stop by the grocery store today for floor wax.