Thursday, 11 June 2009

Craftwork Cards meets Tim Holtz! Or What a Difference a Spray Makes

I've been enjoying using the items in my Craftwork Cards Chocolate Goody Bag, but today I felt the need for something a little less sweet. I wondered what it would be like to take the same things and grunge them up a bit, a la Tim Holtz. Here's the sweetie card first of all. White embossed scalloped frame, Yummy Scrummy background paper, white pearlescent Spring Flowers with chocolate and marshmallow Card Candy centres, overstamped with a Crafty Individuals text stamp.. An In-circle Message (matted on Nestabilities frames) and a Flutter Message complete the look.

Then I took another embossed scalloped frame and sprayed it with a mixture of walnut ink and various Crafty Notions creative colour sprays. I did the same with the flowers and the butterfly. The flower centres this time are dark blue metallic Card Candy. I drew some markings on the butterfly with a sepia coloured Zig sketching pen. The base card was sponged around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink & then sprayed with Adirondack spray in Denim. Behind the frame is a piece of the kitchen paper I used to protect my work surface when spraying the flowers! I always save those bits - they make great backgrounds. I matted the frame on to a piece of dark blue pearlescent paper. It's the most gorgeous colour, and came in a Craftwork Cards Paperblox quite some time ago. Half the block was the dark blue, the other half was pearlescent black. Unfortunately they seem no longer to sell it. I think I'll start a campaign to get it reinstated!

So the question now is which do I like best? Well, the first one is sweet, pretty and clean looking. But if I'm honest, I think I prefer the grunge!


Sally H said...

Loooove that grunge! I've just sent for my gold membership and the floral goody bag...looking forward to adding a bit of grunge myself now! x

judith@poppy cottage said...

I really like the grungy one! The colours are great. Well done for thinking outside the box, and moving the pieces to another level, Judith x

lisa said...

It's great to see the same card in two different styles but I have to admit I love the grunge. It's just so much fun to spritz and spray isn't it?


Phree said...

Oh this was a fun post to read, I saw the "pretty card" photo first and was thinking how lovely it was, but then I got to the "grungy" version and thought how right you are - you have turned a pretty design into something stunning!

Jo said...

The grunge is wonderful and I love the way all the parts come together to make something so special. It's really made me think about how to combine elements to make the best of them.

Christine said...

Lovely to see two cards with different techniques, your grunge is my favourite. Thanks for your tip about spraying onto kitchen roll, makes a super background.
Christine xx

Bea said...

Great cards - thanks for the inspiration to try out a bit more fusion- sorry have been reading cookbooks!!