Saturday, August 2, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES CHALLENGE 8 ~ FADED LAYERS

Hello Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge lovers!  
It's time for a new challenge!  Check out all of the beautiful art that has been created to inspire you from all of the Curiosity Crew at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's challenge site Here.  

Just in case you are new to the challenge, it is based on the products and techniques found in the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III, written by our favorite Master of Distress and All Things Grunge ... Tim Holtz.  

Have you seen his new summer releases?  If not, you have got to check out his blog! His new Stampers Anonymous Holiday Stamps are very cool for the upcoming Halloween and Christmas season. The new Holiday Sizzix die cuts are also very festive. And my favorite ... his new Merriment Ideaology line! I cannot wait to get my hands on those!  They should be in stores pretty soon so be looking for those!

But for now, back to our challenge! Are you ready?  

Challenge 8 is all about FADED LAYERS.  So turn to page 58 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out Tim's step by step technique.


I created this card to illustrate Tim's Faded Layers technique in my background.  While I won't divulge the "how to" of this technique because that is what your book is for, I will show you as much of the step by step in the creation of this card that I can.


I used Butterscotch, Cooper Mixative and Stream Alcohol Inks to create the colors of my background on Glossy Cardstock.


To create my Faded Layers, I used Tim's Harlequin and Bubble Stencils.  Here you can see the faded images of those two stencils on my card.


I like the sort of "ghosty" images you get from the Faded Layers technique and I didn't really want to cover them up with a lot of stamping.  So I decided to add some pretty metallic die cuts to embellish my card front. 

  

I used an antique bronze metallic sheet and backed it with some kraft cardstock for stability. This eloquent die cut edge is from Spellbinder's A Gilded Life Collection. I added the pearls that were originally white but I transformed their appearance with Caramel Alcohol Inks. I also added some small rhinestones to the centers of the Fleur Dis Les points and also underneath the pearls to dress up this already ornate trim. Along the edge of the trim, I added a piece of Dresden scallop trim using 1/8" Scor Tape.

Alcohol inks are great for transforming the appearance of anything that has a non porous surface. You can color glass, plastics, pearls, rhinestones, metals, non porous papers ... anything that is non porous simply by pouncing the alcohol ink onto the surface using the ink applicator.  Use one or mix a combination of colors at the same time for a marbleized look.


Next, I used some more of my antique bronze metal sheet that was backed with kraft paper and die cut a pretty lacy butterfly and several flowers from Tim Holtz' Tattered Floral Garland die cut.


I also die cut a dainty flower stem.  Then I layered and bent the petals of my tattered flowers using a Long Fastener.  I would later add one of Tim's Ideaology Pen Nibs to the body of my butterfly. Here are most of the elements I used on the front of my card.


The next step was to begin placing them on my card front by gluing them in place. 


The Pen Nib is originally an antique silver color. I altered it's appearance to match my antique bronze metal die cut objects by wiping some Treasure Gold Renaissance Guilding Wax over it.  Then I wrapped some coordinated wire around the nib and brought it up behind the nib, creating the antenna.  I then glued it to my butterfly (using Glossy Accents) once I had placed it on my card front.


Here is a closer look at my butterfly and some of the Tattered Flowers. The butterfly's wings can be lifted to give more dimension to the card front. I love how the metal embellishments look against the colors and the faded layers of my background.


And here is a better look at the dimension that the Tattered Flowers give to the card.


I added a piece of cardstock behind my Faded Layers background to give my card that matted finish. The edge of the cardstock was swiped with Antique Bronze Distress Stain and then I joined the two cardstocks together using 1/4" Scor Tape. I literally made this card in about two hours from start to finish. So it's not a difficult project to do.

I hope that you will join our Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge.  Our prize for this challenge is a $25.00 gift certificate from one of my favorite places ... 

http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/

There is also a fabulous prize package given for each challenge that has been generously donated especially for this challenge by Tim and Mario!  So don't miss out on learning this new technique, sharing your art with so many others who love Tim's style and having the chance to win some wonderful prizes!  See the challenge blog for all of the details on how to enter and win.

Good luck!



80 comments:

  1. Your elements pop off your background. I love the butterfly!

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  2. Oh this is fabulous Candy, love the colours you have chosen fr the technique, and the idea to finish it with the metal effect elements is so clever! Love how you did the butterfly!!

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  3. A really gorgeous piece and your faded layers are stunning x :)

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  4. What a fabulous and opulent way of using your wonderful faded layers background Candy. LOVE the way you've used those gorgeous altered metallic die cuts to compliment the luscious deep greens. Jenny x

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  5. Another gorgeous feast for the eyes Candy... I am with you, i NEEED all that new Merriment stash... and the dies... and the stencils (ok I got two already teehheee) x

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  6. Love all the lace-work on your project, Candy. Just beautiful.

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  7. Candy, your creation is fantastic. I love the bright background against the metallic embellishments - your butterfly is gorgeous. Fabulous! Jean.x

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  8. Wow, this is amazing, love all the layers you have put on this, flowers are incredible, butterfly is just gorgeous, love how you have added the pen nib for the body, great idea. Love all the embellishments and that amazing border die is out of this world!!

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  9. Great card, Candy. Love the colors & your gorgeous metallic embellies!

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  10. Your embellishments really make this card zing!

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  11. 2nd LOVELY today from you Candy... I love this one too... very in depth background that is great color wise and also for this particular project... just elegantly created. I have not looked at the CC3 yet.. need to see the challenge but this looks like so much fun... thanks for all that you share with everyone... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  12. Absolutely stunning Candy, the Faded Layers technique in the background really sets those beautiful embellishments off so well. Love the fancy border die you used and also the pen nib and wire antennae, such perfect finishing touches. Anne xx

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  13. Your card is just amazing. The use of metal was genius! Just gorgeous!

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  14. What a gorgeous green background you created Candy! and I LOVE all the beautiful 'metal' pieces!

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  15. Another stunner from you Candy. Especially love that regal edging with its coloured pearls and gems - so gorgeous. I don't know how you managed to get those butterfly antenna to be so perfectly matching!! (I've been away on hols, hence my absence - trying to catch up over coming days). Nicola x

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  16. Candy, with a background like that, why would you cover it up. The technique is stunning and I love the metal embellishments all so elegant. That butterfly and pen nib is priceless. Gorgeous card! Hope you are having a wonder weekend! Hugs.

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  17. Wow...love this card. Your faded layers are fabulous and the metal pieces on top are the perfect touch! This is gorgeous Candy!!!

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  18. Those borders are really cool! And that fab background really sets off the metallic foliage and butterfly.

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  19. Awesome background and unbelievably beautiful metallic accents. I especially love the pen nib as the butterfly's body. Clever!

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  20. Candy this is stunning. The background is gorgeous, that marbled green is so vibrant. And the die cut metal embellishments are gorgeous. They look as tho they have been almost guilded to the front of the card. I just love this, thank you for sharing and spreading such inspiration.

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  21. Love the metal elements and the lovely background! Great color!

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  22. You did a great job showcasing that beautiful background. I ADORE that metallic edge; time to buy yet another die! (I get more and more broke as I visit each of the CC3C gals' blogs! It's like an addiction!)

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  23. Such beautiful background colors. Great post. I always have trouble photographing all that shiny metal stuff. You did a great job.

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  24. That butterfly is beautiful and your feelers under the nib for its body is just such a clever idea. I too had trouble covering up my pretty background, so left it quite plain without too many heavy stamps and embellies.

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  25. Oh Candy, this turned out so beautiful! I love the metal embellishments you created to place on top of your perfect faded layers background! it came out amazing!

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  26. Fantastic faded layers and amazing die cuts, gorgeous result!

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  27. Absolutely stunning!

    Found it on Pinterest and am repinning!

    Thanks for the great instructions!

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  28. I'm a big fan of bright colors and metals and your project has just the right amount of fun, contrast and details. I love it. Your butterfly is very clever, too.

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  29. Everything is just gorgeous in this piece! Love the side die cut! The colors are just great in the background!

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  30. You ALWAYS inspire me, my friend. All the metallic elements make this a very cohesive piece and set against your Faded Layers they are even mare fabulous. LoVe this. Love YOU!! <3

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  31. Great colors! I'm a fan of metal embellishments and alcohol ink too.

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  32. Yummy color palette... butterscotch, stream and copper with those alcohol inks ; your stencil combo is fun and the butterfly so very creative... just beautiful !!

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  33. LOVE this card Candy! The green and the background rock, but the butterfly punch in the leaves is an amazing touch. LOVE the flowers! SO SO SO STRIKING!!!

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  34. Such gorgeous depth to those inky layers and the bronze pieces look amazing against the intense greens - fabulous!
    Alison xx

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  35. Beautiful, Candy!! I LOVE how you made your Faded Layers panel to wrap around the entire card! That is Fantastic! Love your antique bronze metal sheeting--All of your die cut pieces look so regal on your FL background! GORGEOUS--another wonderful CC3 creation!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  36. Oh my goodness, your faded layers BG is gorgeous - love the colors and I am drooling over your incredible metal work. That Spellbinders die cut is amazing. Another fantastic piece, Candy!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  37. Candy, this is breathtaking! That background is like light filtering through trees in a dense forest...so deliciously inky and gorgeous. The metal pieces you created....well, all I can say is wow! they are the perfect addition and should be sold in the jewelry department. What a wonderful work of art!

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  38. This project is beautiful !!! I love love love the flowers and butterfly .. they are amazing.

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  39. I love the embellishments on this piece, especially the boarder, hmm may have to get that one!
    Wonderful work.

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  40. Love your combination of the greens and the metal, and the butterfly body? That is awesome!!

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  41. So elegant!! I love the embellishment.

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  42. Fabulous! Love all the wonderful metal on your beautiful background.

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  43. That mottled green looks so pretty with the intricate metal die cuts!

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  44. ooooh my what beuatiful, and those metal die cuts!!!!!!Very nice

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  45. Love how the bronze sheet die cuts look on this background

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  46. Your background has worked so well and I love your die cuts

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  47. Hi Candy , wow I adore that trim, so eye catching. I love your faded layers and the flower and ornate butterfly are stunning. Love the nib for the body too. Fabulous design my friend, Tracy x x

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  48. a stunning background Candy and I adore all the metallic elements - absolutely brilliant!!! Big hugs Rachel x

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  49. Love your project and how you mixed the soft background with the look of liquid metal embellishments! Love the texture too!

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  50. Candy this really is a stunning piece!!! I absolutely love your background, and those colors are just divine. I'm LOVING ALL the metal effects too. I also wanted to thank-you for your kind comments on my blog. Your comments mean a lot. Karen.x

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  51. Love the use of all the metal on that beautiful background!

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  52. I can't remember if I leaved a comment already, but here it is in case I didn't. I love your metal flowers, butterfly and border. It's word earful and show cases Tim's faded layers technique fabulously. Thanks for sharing...

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  53. I loved this technique & your colours are fab , but just adore the rest too! Butterfly with pen nib is inspired x

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  54. Hi Candy - great but faded layers and stunning embellishments. Nikki x

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  55. This is stunning!! I love the way you used the bronze paper to create your embellishments! And the way you framed your card, which has the faded layers showing so nicely. I just love it!

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  56. Your bg looks amazing Candy and the metallic die cut elements are gorgeous additions!!!

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  57. Ooooh all this yummy rich metal makes my heart sing! Sorry to be so late around this time but I'm glad to be here now so I can soak up all your creative energy from this beautiful piece!

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  58. As always your work is absolutely inspirational for me! Your use of alcohol inks is amazing and your flowers are so beautiful with this rich texture! BArbarayaya

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  59. This is a fabulous piece of art! I keep on seeing detail after detail...a feast for the eyes!

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  60. Lovely! Thank you for the detailed photos, really helps to see how you built up the layers x

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  61. Candy your card is Gorgeous! You have done a fabulous job with the faded layers and I love the addition of all the 'metal' embellies!... Thank you for the beautiful inspiration ...Jan x

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  62. Beautiful piece! I LOVE the butterfly with the pen nib! I may have to steal that idea ;-)

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  63. The background is really pretty and I love the different dies you used.

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  64. Love this card, Candy! The metal elements are so pretty! Absolutely stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  65. Simply gorgeous, so effective. The green and bronze is a beautiful combination. Lovely.

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  66. Your card is absolutely beautiful with the muted green background and bronzed accents. Thanks for sharing how you made your accents

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  67. Your background turned out really nice. Love how you made all your embellishments they are so cool!

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  68. Candy ... I love your faded layers stencilling, but its those metal die cuts that are "to die for" . Just the perfect way to add depth to your back ground. Such a fabulous idea ... I've got to go try that. So excited. What an amazing card. Jaw-dropping gorgeous. PInned!!! Hugs to you. Mary Elizabeth

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  69. Candy this is so elegant and wonderful! Absolutely stunning! I love the green and metal, so 'rich' together. Thank you for you kind visit to my blog as well:) Have a wonderful day!~kim

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  70. Great challenge, great technique. Thanks so much!

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  71. Wow so rich and vibrant and the metal effect embellisments look amazing!

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  72. This is beautiful Candy! The metallic pieces really pop!

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  73. So pretty! Love your combination of faded layers & metallic embellishments.

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  74. Beautiful work! Love your green faded layers and your embellishments are just fantastic! Love everything about this ! X

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  75. Positively gorgeous. The pen nib butterfly body was a cool touch.

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  76. This is fabulous and I never thought of using the foil on little butterflies in which I most definitely shall. I also couldn't think what the effect looked like and you are right it is a ghostly technique x
    I added some pearl mix active to mine too, it gave a lovely effect.

    Denise xx

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  77. Gorgeous... I really like how you've done this!

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