Saturday, June 21, 2014

CC3C - Distress Watercoloring, Part 1

Happy Saturday crafty peeps! Today marks another challenge in the new Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!!! Again, The Curiosity Crew and I, want to thank you all for all the wonderful comments as well as all the entries from the last Stencil and Paste challenge! Talk about amazing texture and beautiful creations! We always have a very hard time choosing a Curiosity Crew winner. You all make such gorgeous entries, and I know it inspires all of us every week. Thank you so much!
This challenge, number five, is about Distress Watercoloring, the first part.  I hope you can play along on this painty challenge so you can win some amazing fabulous prizes donated by the ever generous Tim and Mario, and this fifth challenge's sponsor, Inspiration Emporium!!! Imagine the loot you can score! You will have two weeks to complete this challenge and link it up to the CC3Challenge site, and you can read all the rules here. Please take the time to visit every member of the Curiosity Crew (See below.) for not only some beautiful watercolor inspiration, but for a chance to win some extra goodies!
Summer is always a great time to visit the Circus. So I thought I'd show Tim's technique using his new Stamper's Anonymous Big Top Stamps and Sizzix Framelits set on an Artist Trading Block (ATB).
After using Tim's technique for Distress Watercoloring, Part 1, I die cut the images using his Sizzix Big Top Framelits Set and the new Magnetic Platform. The platform makes diecutting fool proof...love it! I hate to fussy cut so this makes my life so much easier, as I only had to cut two images by hand. I decided to add a little sparkle so Ranger Stickles finished the images off.
I wanted a clown hat, so Tim's Eclectic Elements fabric was my choice. I cut a half circle about 8 inches in length, and used four strips of 1 and 1/2 inch fabric (2 sewn together) to create the ruffles. I wanted a little more white and a little stiffer fabric, so I painted the tan stripes with Ranger's Gesso. It worked perfect.
I stitched the half circle together, and then I had a hat!!! For the ruffles, so I stitched a loose stitch across, and then just pulled the back thread from the bobbin, and it made a nice ruffle.
For the wooden base of the stand, I misted Dylusions on the wooden piece, and then added a little Snow Cap Paint Dabber over it.
After die cutting Eileen Hull's 3D Block die onto Mat Board, I stenciled the sides that would be seen using Tim's stencils and Salty Ocean Distress Ink.
I wanted to make Circus event rings on each side of the ATB, so I used Frame Industrious Stickers to create them, and filled them in with Espresso Paint Dabber to look like dirt. Then I added the images, hat, and ruffles.
 
 
 
I hope you join in all the fun, and if you do, good luck on the prizes!!!

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I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


104 comments:

  1. This is such a fun project. U love the different stamps from this set and you have water colored them perfectly.

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  2. Wonderful ATB! Who doesn't love the circus = I'm craving peanuts!

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  3. Your cirque tent is so fabulous! I love how you used the Gesso on the fabric to whiten the stripes and stiffen it at the same time!

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  4. Anita...your Big Top clock is darling! What an original piece of art! Every side using Tim's blueprint stamps is so unique! I love the bright primary colors you've used on this. Great job! <3 Candy

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  5. Love your brilliant ruffled Big Top - you always think outside the box, and that's what makes a visit here so much fun, and so inspirational!
    Alison xx

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  6. Absolutely awesome project, Anita! Just gort this set myself and busy making a birthday card for my grandson. He loves animals! I just love how you made that tent!!

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  7. Oh my gosh Anita, you have really created a little ATB Masterpiece here. The ruffles are adorable. Fantastic layering. I really need that framelits for the Big Top set. I fussy cut mine out. I made a similar ATB and posted it yesterday. Love yours!

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  8. So much fun. This gives me ideas for center pieces for my nect party! As usual you inspire!

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  9. What fun. I hadn't ever looked at those stamps/dies seriously but you can do some cool things with them. Love this project.

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  10. That is cute! I just got my copy of the Compendium of Curiosities III from Simon Says this week, can I still join the challenge even though I did not participate in the earlier ones? Blessings!

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    1. Yes! You can join in any challenge you want! Please do!!!

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  11. Anita, this is so cute... love the theme of the circus and also the 'typical' colors... but the ruffle and top are so perfect... the entire project is GREAT... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  12. Love your circus centerpiece! Not a fan of clowns but otherwise a circus performance is quite entertaining!

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  13. So cute! Love this fun little piece. fabulous watercoloring too!!! Love all the little details as you turn the sides. How FUN!!!!

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  14. this is one awesome ATB Anita - love it to bits - brilliant xx

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  15. OMG, this is so cute and so awesome Anita. I love everything about it. What a wonderful ATB!!! Pinning!!

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  16. Beautiful creation Anita. I want to shout Roll up Roll Up the circus is back in town. Hugs Rita xxx

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  17. Oh my goodness Anita! I just LOVE your sweet circus box - SO clever with the cloth big top and ruffle - the stripes are perfect! and your stenciling on the box - the circus 'ring' with the dirt inside - SO adorable and fun! I didn't know they had dies for this set - oh oh........ I just ordered the set and can't wait for it to arrive - now I guess the dies are on my list!!!

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  18. You certainly have captured all the fun of the Big Top with your 4 Ring Circus. Even down to the glittery embellishments. Love It! Distress Water Coloring is so much fun. Looking forward to joining in the fun of this challenge.

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  19. Love your circus theme, Anita! As usual, you've added so many details, its awesome. Love it!!

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  20. OMG, Anita!!! I'm totally singing/humming a circus tune now!!! You know the one...da da dada da da da da dada....and I kinda prance around like a juggling clown while I hum this....hubbie is laughing!! LOVE your BIG TENT with all of the circus-y fun happening! Sooooo clever, Anita!! GREAT inspiration for us CC3-er's!!! Happy Saturday!! XOXO-Shari

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    1. That's so funny!!! I was singing that tune the whole time I made it as well!!!

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  21. Anita love all the color pop and theme! Well done and very cute. I love your piece and makes me smile every time I see it!

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  22. O wow - it´s so fantastic! I love it so much!!!!! Such a great work! Hugs Dagmar

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  23. Great job Anita. I always loved the circus as a child and your piece brings back so many happy memories.

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  24. Oh this ATB is too cool... the details are amazing... hahaha ... if you can't find what you want you make it... love your ruffle trick... oh and wonderful use of stickers for circus rings! Tim must be so very proud ( All that Tim goodness going on) !!

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  25. This project just puts me in a good mood!!! I love the circus theme!! Great Project.

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  26. A fabulous design to go with those great new stamps of Tim's xx

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  27. What a super fun creation, Anita! Love that hat and how clever to use the fabric to make the ruffles - such a great touch! Beautiful stamping, too. I can smell the imaginary popcorn at the big top!

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  28. Perfect match for the new stamps and your striped fabric for the circus. Cute, cute.

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  29. What a wonderful ATB. Absolutely delightful!

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  30. What a fun project, Anita! I love the circus theme and the stamped images which you watercolored so beautifully!

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  31. This is wonderful! I love the images around the ATB - the lion tamer looks as if he's going to lose his head any second! ;)

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  32. Fantastic creation Anita, Love the fabulous stamps & happy colours...reminds me of my childhood when the circus came to town....Brilliant work.... Hugs May x x x

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  33. the little piglet of Linda just fits in your circus, very funny

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  34. Anita, your big top circus is over the top! Loving how you used the fabric, and the artist block with all the images...way cool! Always admire what you come up with! And thanks for coming over to visit on the blog:)

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  35. How fun! I love how it looks so antique yet fresh!

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  36. How cool, that's a great idea and a fabulous piece of art.

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  37. Another fabulous project. Love it

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  38. Just to cute...fantastic job! And thanks to Inspiration Emporium for a chance at a gift certificate.

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  39. This is very cute, You use of watercoloring and glitter on the images is a wonderful.

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  40. Oh my Hat! Excuse the pun. I love how you have used the fabric here and the water coloured stamps look fabulous. What a great project.

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  41. Totally amazing creation Anita and such a fantastic step out too! Hope you're well. Chris :)

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  42. This stamp set is SO fun and your ATB is fantastic! I love that I learn something new from you each time, i.e. gesso on fabric. And those industrial stickers were the perfect addition.

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  43. I love how you incorporated the fabric into your piece.

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  44. Sure glad I didn't miss out on this amazing altered ATB!!! LOVE the way you've added that tented roof and frilly edging, and the touches of glitter put the icing on the cake. Gorgeous Anita! Jenny x

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  45. What a great ATB. I might have to give this a try.

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  46. Wow Anita, love how you used this fabulous set of stamps (thanks for your comment on my little effort) - that was such a great idea to re-coilour the fabric. Love what you have created - a lot!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  47. Anita fantastic ATB!!!! This stamps are wonderful and I love so much the way that you've mixed the stamps and the fabric! Barbarayaya

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  48. Really great piece, you can almost smell the sawdust! Lovely colour scheme too. Roll up, roll up...

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  49. Lovely, that circus ATB is just fabulous!

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  50. What a fun piece. Love the circus theme. The details are amazing.

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  51. Anita- this is just too crazy cute! Tell me you did not happen to have that perfect material on hand for this?! teehee Such a fun piece!

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  52. What a fun creation, love how you've made a big top. Wonderful!

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  53. wow, very inventive and creativ, love the mix of fabric and stamps!

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  54. Fabulous fun project, I love the circus theme, Px

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  55. What a great Circus Act you have put together for us, Anita! I feel as if I have just been to the circus! So clever you are, GF and I love how you added fabric and your watercoloring is perfection. Love it!

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  56. Love the ATB. I have talked myself out of buying this set of stamps over and over again but this puts them back on my must-have list. Thanks for the inspiration. I am going to do the challenge from beginning to end this time.

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  57. So fun! Great colors. Such a happy piece. Love that your creations are so unique and clever.

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  58. I love this so much! Every detail is just perfect. I have not seen this stamp set used so perfectly. You nailed it.
    Jess

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  59. This is so precious! I love the whimsical stamps and the clever use of fabric. Nice work!

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  60. This is such fun it made me laugh out loud

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  61. What fun & clever. What an imagination :-)

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  62. Love the clown (all those sparkly buttons) and the lion tamer (or was that the ring master in jeopardy there?)! Such a cute result!

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  63. LOVE the circus top you created and the big top images on every side! Absolutely Fantastic creation!

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  64. This is so fun, and so clever and did I mention it is so FUN? Love the way you created your Big Top and the watercoloring is just perfect!

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  65. Very fun project, but I laugh my head off with your ""Behind every great blog..." badge.

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  66. Sooooo cool, Anita! Love the whole circus vibe! The tent is perfect! Really stunning! Hugs, Sandra

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  67. Wow this was some project you have put together. I love the idea of stamps and matching dies. I got the Tims snowman set last year and am still deciding which of the new ones to get. You have not made it any easier as was leaning towards the butterflies , but mow?

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  68. Such fun and so well put together - love it! Nikki x

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  69. Anita, this is wonderful and so fun! I love the Circus! Your projects are always amazing, so much detail! Thanks again for all the inspiration! ~kim

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  70. Your ATB is So Fun!!! I love the hat/big top! Thanks for being so creative!

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  71. So Charming!! It screams creativity. And Love the elephant!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  72. I totally wanted to do something circus so I was so happy to see your circus project! I love it! I love the circus tent and the fabric and the woodcut looking stamps look great! Love the circus project! You inspired me to make my own watercolored circus!

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  73. Such a fun piece and very cool watercoloring!!

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  74. Very clever use of the Artist Trading Block. Love the technique of the Gesso on the fabric.

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  75. Absolutely love this piece, such fun.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  76. I learn something new from you each challenge. I am going to have to try something like this

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  77. My grandaughter would love this, guess I will have to buy the stamps and try it

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  78. Great project! Love the bright colours; just right for a circus!

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  79. Oh this is amazing Anita... Such a fun and interesting piece...Love your watercoloured stamps and your clown hat and ruffles are Fab!! :)

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  80. You are so creative Anita! I love this and I now I have to have those stamps lol. xx

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  81. Loving this fun project and great tutorial!!

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  82. wow wow wow!!!! looooooove this!!! absolutely fabulous creation!!!! =)

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  83. What a fun piece Anita! The hat is the perfect touch!

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  84. Love this Anita. Yet agin you have inspired me. Thank you

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  85. I love your circus ATB, how much fun did you have making this entry xx

    Denise xx

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  86. What a wonderful ATB, I love the BIG TOP theme! Anita, you are SO creative and inspiring!

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  87. We hardly ever see 'circus' stuff anymore....sure, cirque de soleil but just, good old fashioned 'coming to town' circus paraphernalia....like the trip back in time...thanks! :))

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  88. Anita-Happy 4th of July! I love the Circus, so this is one of my favorite pieces this week. I really love how the piece is 3D. Thanks for sharing your secrets on the "how to" create the piece!

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  89. Love this project and all the details you added to give it that Big Top flair.

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  90. Anita, what a fun piece. I love the frame industrious sticker circus rings and the water-coloring of the Big Top stamps

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  91. Anita, great project. I love how incoorporate this great technique...

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  92. What a wonderful way to show case this stamp set and other TH products. The circus theme on the ATB is utterly stunning.
    Hugs, Katie

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  93. How fun!!! Great watercolor technique on this amazing project:) Sorry I wasn't able to play along. Will try to catch up with you in the next few weeks. -- Mary Elizabeth

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  94. I think you can tell by the number of comments that this is fabulous my friend. I love the fabric on the ATB, so clever. Of course the wonderful stamps are great too. Sending you and yours a huge hug. We are off to the British Open next Thursday......so you never know you may see a mad red haired woman waving at you on the television xxxxx

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