Tuesday, March 27, 2012

creative chemistry 101 -day 7

Hello, my friends.  I thought I might not be able to post today.  There are times I really hate automatic updates on my computer.  I will be the first to admit that I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to technology, so when I finally get comfortable using something, it's very frustrating when it suddenly changes & I have to figure it out all over again.  Today, it was Picasa.  The update left me dumbfounded, since normally when I connect my camera to the computer, it automatically begins transferring photos from the camera to the computer.  Not today, though.  Nothing happened.  And the command boxes/buttons all seemed to be missing, so I didn't know what to do.  I've only been using Picasa for a few months, so I was really stymied.  But... I have a tendency to be persistent (stubborn is what they called me as a kid).  So I decided to try one more time and finally figured how to make it work.  Whew!

Today I had a hard time getting started on my tags for Creative Chemistry 101 by Tim Holtz.  I kept finding other things to do.  The reason?  One of the techniques required distress embossing powder.  Well, somewhere I have a jar of distress embossing powder that came in a prize package.  At the time I received it, I had no idea how to use it -- I just knew it was different than other embossing powders.  So it got set aside and apparently went into hiding, because I can't find it.  So for that technique, I had to improvise. 

The first technique is nostalgic batik.  Since I couldn't find my jar of distress embossing powder, I went out to Michael's to see if they had any.  Nope.  But I did find a couple of nice stamps.  The pretty lady (Stampendous) on this tag is one of them. 

The next technique is rusted enamel. 

And the third technique is distress powder resist.  I substituted a regular embossing powder, but used a stamp that looks pretty distressed.  I know it's not the same, but it was the best I could do today. 

I hope you're enjoying my journey.  I know some of you are enjoying the class along with me.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Barbara said...

Very nice, Melody. I didn't have any distress powder either, so I winged it! That's okay, we're still learning lots!

Lynn Stevens said...

I am enjoying your journey, i wish I had time to take Tim's class. but until I can I'll just enjoy everyone else's art. Awesome techniques!
hugs Lynn

Penny Duncan said...

Oh I LOVE your colors!!! These are SO very pretty!!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

These look great. I'm only up to Day 4! I hear ya on the technological changes... they can wreak havoc on a crafter's schedule!

Jani Lewis said...

So cool. I loved making the tags for this day. I just kept on going and made 3 cards using the techniques :)


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