Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Lord Will Give Strength






"The cat has nine lives -- three for playing, three for straying, three for staying."
                                                                 ------------English proverb


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Hi, Friends.......

I'm back with my 4th (and last...whew!!) card for the MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Challenge - Distress Ink Patterned Background.  I had the house to myself yesterday was super-inspired by this challenge so I spent the whole afternoon playing with my inks!!!  

I loved doing this card because I got to use my DCWV Adhesive Fabric that I had won from DCWV months ago.  (THANKS, DCWV!!)  This stuff is wonderful!!  It is white woven fabric with adhesive on the back.  You can die cut it, paint it, stamp on it (with rubber stamps, not with your feet!  Well, I suppose you could...) etc.  

First I was just going to do the regular tutorial technique with it, but I was still trying it with Distress Ink daubers (Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade) and it didn't work at all.....all garbled up.  So I misted it with water and let everything bleed together. LOVE IT!!! (I am crazy for Tie-Dye...and have been since 7th grade....back in ....ummm...a long time ago!) Then after that dried and I finally figured out the right way to do it by following the directions had perfected my technique, I inked up my Darice Fall Leaf Background embossing folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and rolled it with my brayer.  I really love how it looks over the tie-dye!

The other cards I entered in the challenge were finished last night, but this one I hadn't put together yet.  So a little bit ago when I was picking out my sentiment I noticed I had stamped and embossed some extras last time around and one looked like it would work.  Yay....  Oh, dear....maybe not.  I was horrified at the stray brown embossing flecks that were on the panel.  Out came my white gel pen.....dot, dot, dot all over each one.  Now to disguise the multitudinous white spots....sponge some Worn Lipstick over the panel.  Not only did it cover the white dots, but it coordinates better with my card, too!!  Yay, after all!!! I finished it all up with another of those Mrs. Grossman's Natural Art clearance finds.  LOVE how this turned out!!!

Whew.......that's a lot of posting for me for one day!  Hope you enjoyed my Distress Ink Background Challenge blitz!!!

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Janis

Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1.  MFP Speedy TV Tutorial Challenge - Distress Ink Patterned Background
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  Craft Creations New challenge 18/8-30/8/2014 - Anything Goes  
3.  Word Art Wednesday #147 - Anything Goes
4.  The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #76 - Spring or Autumn
5.  Allsorts Challenge Week #273 - Warm Sunshiny Colours

18 comments:

brenda said...

A lovely piece of artwork Janis, thanks so much for sharing your creativity adn joining in at Allsorts this week.

B x

Helene E said...

Lovely colours! Thank you for sharing at Allsorts this week!

Janis said...

Brenda, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I appreciate your visit!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thank you, Helene!!! I hope pink was okay to have in with the sunshiny colors of the Allsorts challenge!!

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Janis

Karen Letchworth said...

What a beautiful card with a lovely scripture on it, Janis. God has blessed you with such amazing talent, and I am grateful that you are willing to share your gifts with us by playing along in our challenges. May God bless you for sharing, and please stop by again soon.
Karen
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Carol L said...

The tiny little basket of flowers reminds me of miniature window boxes! Those itty bitty flowers are so cute, and your card is just beautiful too!

Karenladd said...

I have been alternating between admiring your technique and beautiful design and laughing out loud over your descriptions of the process!! That adhesive fabric is really fabulous...and your accidental tie dye technique was the perfect addition to this card. I would never suspect that your sentiment has hidden brown flecks or that you dotted them all to oblivion with a gel pen! Well done!!!

Stampsnob said...

What is better the card or the description? Wonderful............Lis

Janis said...

Thank you so much, Karen! I appreciate your sweet comments. Blessings to you!!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Oh, I hadn't thought of it looking like a window box! How sweet!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your nice comment!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Karen,

Sometimes I can't keep from laughing out loud at myself and the things that happen when I am crafting! Did I ever tell you the story of when my cats turned on my heat gun while I was in the shower? Oh, my.....that was scary, but I can laugh now! lol...

I was pretty pleased with how well the brown embossing flecks got disguised. If you blow up the photo (right click, view image, magnify) you can still see some of the ghosts. There are a ton of them!!! I just read where Jennifer McGuire uses a craft knife to scrape the strays away. I have done that, too, but usually am left with a stain on the paper. Guess I'll stick with my dot-dot-dot and sponge technique!

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Janis

Janis said...

Hehehehehehe.....Thanks so much, Lis!!!

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Janis

Karenladd said...

Well you know I had to view and magnify the image after you told me about your secret ghost dots but I have to say that those little ghost shadows only add to the beauty of the card. Gives that bit of vintage distressed, shabby chic feel that most people labor for days to achieve! (Tim Holtz, eat your heart out) Let me also say that I had a similar mishap, only it involved stray dots of ink the other day, and I tried your gel pen save technique, but it did NOT work for me. I guess I just don't have your touch...sigh. I'm pretty sure that scraping dark brown embossing flecks wouldn't result in as good a save as yours did either..Jennifer McGuire or not! Ha!
Cats and unsupervised heat guns...I shudder at the thought!

Karenladd said...

Janis, I just realized that I also have this DCWV adhesive fabric...as well as that Fiber paper that you used in an earlier card! When I got that Adhesive fabric stack in a giveaway I just put it aside because I really had no idea what I would do with it. You have totally inspired me with this card and now I can't wait to attack a few sheets with ink, a mister, and embossing folders. Just another reason that I love reading blogs! P/S: I think that DCWV should send you a nickel for this creative use of their products!

Sue D said...

Very cool background and thanks for sharing how you fix your problems.

Janis said...

Oh, bummer that the technique didn't work with your stray ink drops. Do you think it was because the solvent in the gel pen ink dissolved the stray ink? With the embossed flecks, they are all "sealed" in the embossing so nothing can leach up through the gel ink. I am only speculating.

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Janis

Janis said...

Hey, I am loving the idea of DCWV paying me!! How about with product???!! Ha. I seriously should Pin this card and send them a link or something. I used to try to do that when I would mention a particular company's products, but I have been very lax about it lately.

Can't wait to see what you make with the adhesive fabric!!!

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Janis

Janis said...

Thanks so much, Sue!! The background was so fun to make. I am kind of a mad scientist at heart.....(LOVED chemistry!)....so playing with inks is right up my alley. Ha.

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Janis