This week's Compendium of Curiousities Challenge was the RUSTED GRUNGE technique as seen on page 45 from Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiousities book. This is a simple but really fun technique because of the amazing textures you get. Check out Tim's book and see how to do this technique. You'll LOVE the results!
I mixed two Distress Embossing Powders - Antique Linen and Vintage Photo to achieve the rusted look on my iron gate fence. Then I added a little Black Soot Distress Ink to age it even more.
I used Tim's Texture Fade that looks like brick as my "castle" background. First I inked the texture fade with Pumice Distress Ink and ran it through my Vagabond. That made a really cool looking mortar. Then I colored the "bricks" with Fired Brick. I made another partial wall that I could curve in the front so that I could simulate my little angel girl sitting atop a castle tower.
I used that wonderful foliage stamp that is part of Tim's Fairytale Frenzy stamp set. I stamped it twice; first with Forest Moss and then I partially overlapped it with Bundled Sage to achieve an effect of vines running up the castle wall.
I attached the front wall to the tag, curving it and really making a cool 3D effect. Next I stamped my little angel girl, cut her out and tinted her with Spun Sugar. Every angel has to have wings...right? So I stamped the wings using the pair from Tim's Mini Ornates Stamp set. I mixed Queens Gold and Copper embossing powders to get a vintage yet regal looking pair of wings. I cut them out and attached them to my angel. Next I pop dotted her onto the tag. Finally, I took some very fine copper tinsel and put a little of it behind "I Believe In Angels".
I experimented with spraying some white Hug Snug with Bundled Sage and then spot spraying Tim's Perfect Pearls Copper Mist. I LOVED the result! It looks very Shabby Chic and a perfect compliment for the green in the tag.