Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Drawing Without An Eraser

Tag From Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2
 Last week marked the start of Frilly & Funkie's first two-week split challenge.  The  normal format will be a challenge that runs two weeks.  Last week, the Frilly Design Team members presented you with their take on the challenge theme.  This week the Funkie Design Team members (one is Me) will show you how we were inspired by the challenge theme. The challenge theme is "I'll Take Your Word For It".  Words can be kind, comforting, encouraging, supporting. They can lift people up when they are down, they can give positive reinforcement or a giggle when we need it most.  I especially love thought provoking quotes.  For this challenge, let your sentiment take center stage and be the focal point of your project. You are sure to see all kinds of wonderful vintage samples that we hope will inspire you to play along by the Design Team. Please visit their blogs.
Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie
Marjie Kemper - She Who Stamps and Scraps 
Teresa Kline - Paperie Blooms
Terry Horrall -  Terry's Work In Progress 
Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style 
Tammy Roberts - Paperie Sweetness
Creative Chemistry 101 introduced, as well as reintroduced, me to many techniques. Two techniques that I have always loved, but have let fall by the wayside for a bit, are Blended Spritz and Flick and Wrinkle Free Distress. These two techniques are what first made me fall into Tim love. I made so many things using them, but then picked up some new techniques and forgot about them. I've had a reawakening though, and now I am misting water like crazy.   I decided to use these to create my funkie card for the F&F's Design Team piece. 
Frilly or Funkie, you can play along until next Tuesday.  We will have two winners - one random pick will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  And one favorite pick of the design team will receive a winner's badge to display on their blog.  We can't wait to see your take on the challenge.
I applied the two shades of blue Distress Ink to my craft mat and spritzed with water, then dredged my kraft card through it several times, drying between layers.
I diecut the Townscape out of manila paper, and colored the roofs and sidewalk with Black Soot Distress Marker. The houses were colored in with various Distress Inks.
I flicked water droplets onto the houses for a bleached effect.
I inked the right top edge of the card with Mustard Yellow Distress Ink and added a quarter circle of manila paper that was also inked with Mustard then flicked with water. The Townscape was adhered and the borders of the card were inked in Vintage Photo. I drew white lines to form a border around the card and added black rays for the sun using a Sharpie. I wanted it to match the stamped image.
I used the tag above as my centerpiece here. I tore the edges and inked them, added white lines to form a border, and then added the filigree corners that were distressed with Snow White Mixative.


Designing this card made me feel like I was creating  something along the lines of all those ultra cool art journals I'm seeing a lot. Although, I have not gone there yet, this card made me think about joining on in. It sure was fun! 
I am also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp & Show's challenge of "A Tim Technique", and Unruly Paper Arts Blogazine Reader Art Quest II for "Inky Backgrounds".
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Hello Anita
    Seeing this gorgeous creation, has convinced me I am in need of some serious help..... would you believe that I have been playing with this 'Flick and Wrinkle Free Distress' ALL week, and nowhere on my desk can I see anything that resembles a Tag that is close to how yours has turned out!
    So back to the drawing board, or I should say inking mat for me it seems. Hopefully by the time I need to use this Technique I will have something worthwhile to show.
    Wonderful Funky style, and not too grungy which pleases my palate. The Townscape looks amazing at the bottom.

  2. Love the townscape! Love the colors. Love thise filigree corners. Love your outlining of the tag. Gonna steal that idea soon! Love the sentiment. OK, I admit it. I LOVE THE WHOLE THING!

  3. Beautiful! Love your blended color, torn edges, and what you did with the filigree corners... at first I thought that was a stamp. Glad to see you at UPA as well as F&F!

  4. Very cool Anita, I love how you altered the filigree metal corner! Great colors and I agree with Sue, you certainly have those Tim techniques down! Love all the white doodling with the gel pen too! Fab sentiment but a little scary for me - LOL. Terrific pice for this week's challenge.


  5. Awesome as usual Anita! How I wish I could sit and watch you create!! I love the white outlining!

  6. Love the colors, they're so bright and happy! The doodling gives it such a great touch! Very pretty!

  7. Love the little happy town you created! Great colors and the white outlining really draws the eye in for a closer look! Love the sentiment and the way you displayed it! Fabulous!

  8. Gorgeous card Anita, I am in love all over again with my Distress Inks too. Love the colours you've used and the little houses are fab ! Sue C x

  9. Lovely work !
    It was great to be refreshed with techniques I had forgotten about on the Creative Chemistry 101 course Now I want to use them all the time LOL
    your colours are glorious x

  10. Hi Anita - Your double Tim technique tag is wonderful! I know what you mean about re-visiting techniques that have been unused for a while. I love your sketchy border around the piece - it really gives a nice frame, and the little random dots are a great touch. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Ellen :)

  11. I love the piece with the houses! I might have to borrow the idea!

  12. I often do a single line round my edges with dots, but I like your triple line more!

  13. The colours look so fresh. Love the combo and I have always loved those words too! Great make and thanks for joining us at UPA.

  14. Wow, a wonderful tag and a fantastic card. Love this background technique, too.

  15. Gorgeous card! The central tag is awesome and those houses are a great touch!

    Thanks for questing with us at UPA!

    Don't forget to come back and vote for your favorite entry on the 16th!

  16. This is AMAZING!!! My word, the techniques and creativity and those wonderful pictures. I seriously need to graduate into new arenas of stamping. Your blog is wonderful and I love the inspiration you offer. I will be following so I can see more! :)
    Also wanted to say that it's been an honor being a GDT with you at are truly inspiring.
    Have a great one!
    Lisa xx

  17. Anita, So cool! I think this is absolutely beautiful. The combination of the techniques that you have used and your charming colour scheme work so perfectly together. I love your choice of sentiment and those wonderful filigree corners work so well and your white outlining sets it all off to perfection - I always love seeing what you come up with - you are so inventive! xx

  18. Love the colours and such a clever design.

  19. Gorgeous tags, I love the background. How are your Ranger U preparations coming along? Have you packed yet? :) Have a great weekend, I hope things are a little better for you this week.

  20. So very beautiful. Goes on my list of things to on my own.

  21. Anita...your tag is wonderful! I love the row houses at the bottom and the filigree corners. Great added touches. <3 Candy

  22. how beautiful anita. you have graced us all with another awesome piece of your art. stunning and i love the houses.

    susan s.


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