Monday, August 20, 2018

Curiously Challenge the World

Hello!! How was everyone's weekend? I had a great weekend full of teaching, shopping, lunch with a friend and a bit of creating. I haven't had a chance to really sit and just play all month so this project was especially fun because I just let it guide me.

I received the Inventor 2 stamp set this weekend along with the new set of Distress Oxides and wanted to have a quick play. That quick play turned into a full project. 

Begin by stenciling background with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide thru Eye Chart THS010. Lightly mist with Distress Sprayer to activate the oxidation. 
As you can see I always clean my stencils. 
Once the first layer is dry with a blending tool blend on Old Paper Distress Oxide and lightly mist.
Stamp image in Jet Black Archival using your Stamp Platform to get the perfect impression.  
Set aside to dry. On the silicone mat squish Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress Oxide and spray with water. Tap paper lightly onto the droplets and let air dry. 
Using a ruler as an edge tear paper. Crumple lightly and bend edges.

Run a length of design tape across front of vintage book cover. 

Sand Baseboard Frame and other layering elements.With a blending tool blend Vintage Photo Distress ink on both. 

Lightly sand Paper Doll and add colored accents with Distress Markers. Trace around edges of the Paper Doll with Brushed Corduroy marker to get rid of the harsh white edge. 

Cut gears from a rusted Distress Oxide background with Gearhead Thinlets set. Layer with Sprocket Gears using Distress Collage Medium to attach. 

Adhere stamped background to book cover. It's hard to see but I left bumps and folds in the paper. 

Attach frame with foam squares and layer Paper Doll using foam squares to attach to piece. 

Add sentiment from Clippings.

The hubby is quite happy to be the recipient of this collage. It will soon find its way into the man cave. 
Thanks for stopping by!! I hope your week is full of inspiration and creativity!! 


  1. Lucky hubby! Fabulous project, beautifully pieced together, love it!!

  2. Fantastic make; plenty of grunginess and layers... I love the thought processes, the color, and helpful tips. Thanks for sharing the inspiration!

  3. What a clever way to use the stamp in the frame! Love all the layers and details!

  4. Fantastic collage! The grungy coloring is superb!

  5. This is gorgeous - from the vintage book cover to the beautifully collaged elements - fabulous!
    Alison x