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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III - Challenge #2

The second Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge, run by Linda Ledbetter is all about Tim Holtz's Distress Glitter Technique which can be found on Page 56 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book.  You can see what the uber talented Curiosity Crew have given us for inspiration over HERE.

The Curiosity Crew will be choosing a winner and that lucky person will win a fabulous collection of Tim goodies, kindly donated by Tim and Mario!

In addition, this and every even numbered Challenge is being sponsored by the wonderful Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie Boutique who is offering a fantastic $25 gift certificate.  If you have not visited Linda's shop before, she has the most amazing range of goods for sale and she delivers in super quick time.

I have to say, I am not a huge fan of glitter, I just hate how it gets into everything BUT Distress Glitter has quite different qualities, it has a distressed shine (that takes Distress inks well too) which is beautiful.

When I was deciding what to do for my project, I still my Nautical Blueprints stamps on my desk, from another project (I will show that at the end) and I just happened to have Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint Distress Glitter on hand and so I created another underwater scene.  It is a little darker in real life but it was so, so difficult to photograph glitter!


You might be thinking that there is only one large seahorse in the stamp set - well I used a brayer to 'reverse' the image so that I could have a pair of seahorses.  It is quite an easy technique to do, I used black Archival ink and I just rolled the brayer across the stamp and then rolled it again onto some Ranger Watercolour paper.  It is a great technique to use to get more use from your stamps.  Just remember to clean your brayer straight away.  My brayer is a hard one, I am not sure if it will work the same way on a Speedball type brayer though, so do take care if you are going to try it with one of those - archival inks are designed to be permanent!


I coloured the seahorses with various shades of Distress inks to get the colour I wanted and then I coated them with Clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint which makes the bodies look like they have fine scales.


The tag background has been created using a mix of Distress Paints and Distress inks in Salty Ocean, Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers and Broken China.  The No. 8 tag has been mounted onto black card and mounted again onto a No. 10 tag, which has been given the same treatment as the No. 8 one but has also been given a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint. I took it outside to see if the sun would highlight the glitter - and it did but it also lightened the colours.



For the seaweed I used some of Tim's greenery die cuts and used Tim's Glitter Technique to make them sparkle.  I used the same technique to create the sea bed.  I added the sand dollar and the star fish which have been stamped using the mini blueprints set of stamps.  These were also given a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress crackle paint.  To finish off I added some brown cotton string 'net' (gifted to me by a lovely friend).  At the top, I coloured some vintage seam binding with Peacock Feathers Distress Stain, scrunched it up and dried it to give it a distressed feel.

The other project I mentioned is one I created for a friend, from an old kipper tin, I love to use these to create 3D projects  (I could not enter this one in the CC3C challenge because there is no Distress Glitter on it). I think she liked it....  Did I say how much I love this set of stamps!




I would like to enter the first piece into the following challenges:


Thanks for looking, hope to see you again on Friday when I will be blogging my Tim tag for this month.  Hugs, Anne xx



50 comments:

  1. Your undersea creation is perfect for using Distress Glitter, Anne. It's so funny how so you say you're not really into glitter, however you created something so lovely! Thanks for playing along in the challenges. Fabulous 3D version too.

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  2. wow Anne - your tag is absolutely beautiful - I saw the tin and I love that you used the same seahorses for the tag too - the colours and glitter are just wonderful! Must be getting those stamps - another one for the list! Hope you are feeling good - my back is feeling almost normal now - long may that continue! Big hugs rachel xx

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  3. Oh! Anne these little seahorses are adorable the colours caught my eye straight away. Love the way you have used the brayer to get one reversed. I like the dimension with the tag on tag technique, and this is a perfect example of how to get a beautiful project using the distressed glitters. Mo xx

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  4. What a wonderful underwater scene on both projects Anne! love the seaweed and all the glitter on your first - and the tin is such a fun container for your seahorses on the 2nd! Your colors really allow you to visualize the ocean here!

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  5. I am so in love with the new nautical additions to the line. You have showcased them beautifully in both of your projects, but I have to say I really really love the tin!

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  6. Fab, fab, fab Anne, love the colour. I may be looking for a brayer now as up to now I always get my reversed image by stamping onto acetate and quickly placing it onto the card where I want it. Flora xx

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  7. Anne what a fabulous project on CC3C2! I love all details in this piece, I say masterpiece! Wonderful, I don't say another word, only wonderful! BArbarayaya

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  8. I so love this project, Anne! The undersea environment is such a good place to use glitter, especially peacock feathers! Thanks for sharing that fabulous brayer technique for reversing images! Love it!

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  9. Both the tag and the tin are stunningly gorgeous!!! I love the colours you have used... just perfect for your delightful underwater scenes with your seahorses. I must try your method of brayering the stamp to get a reverse image... thanks for sharing. I'll have to try sourcing Distress Glitter over here... hopefully it's available somewhere fairly local.
    Have a great day. Lookling forward to seeing your next tag. PS Your butterfly box was gob-smackingly GORGEOUS!!!! Cheers, Di

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  10. This is beautiful and I would pick yours as the winner! Love the blues and greens with the seahorses and other embellies. That touch of distress glitter just lifts it a little too. Elaine x

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  11. another stunning creation Anne and thanks for sharing that "you are so clever" brayer technique...just goes to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks...hugs kath xxx

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  12. Oh wow Anne this is gorgeous I love your work and always look forward to seeing what you have created...stunning colours ...fab..huggles Sue xxx

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  13. Gorgeous tag and technique Anne , love both the tag and dimensional piece using the tin! I love using those to alter. Love the sea life colours too . Tracy x

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  14. Love your underwater tag with the gorgeous seahorses.Very clever of you to use that reverse technique. I must try that ! Also love you altered tin so great to incorporate such humble objects into works of art! Love it xx

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  15. Love those seahorses Anne - wouldn't the tin look great on a bathroom door! Great tip for reversing the image too - you are full of brilliant ideas. Margie xx

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  16. Your glittered tag is positively wonderful Anne. Love the way you've reverse stamped the seahorse and the glittered Spring Greenery makes such great seaweed. The altered tin is also so clever. You really have managed to capture the joys of the ocean in both. Jenny xxx

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  17. That's really stunning, Anne. What a clever technique - thanks for sharing. Chris xx

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  18. I am starting to love this Seahorse stamp. Fabulous idea with the brayer and lots of great techniques.
    Julie x

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  19. Both totally spendiferous Anne! Absolutely LOVE your colours and sparkle. Creation of 'facing twin' is very clever - thank-you for super tip. If I was near their ocean I would even take a dip in that water (no chance of that here!). Nicola x

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  20. WOW! These are stunning Anne. Sorry if you get fed up with me using that word all the time to describe your creations but it's true! I LOVE the seahorses, the colours look amazing and your attention to detail is just wonderful.
    hugs Sue xx

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  21. Anne, your CC3C Glttered creations are both gorgeous! I love those seahorses and the scene you created for them. The background colors have such the ocean feel. Awesome use of glitter! I can't find my Peacock Feathers!!! Love the tag and tin! Hugs!

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  22. Oh you are so clever!!! I have always wondered how people got a stamp to go the other way! Fabulous tag and gorgeous colours and sparkle - it just sings of the ocean x

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  23. ******* KABOOM ******, SQUAWK, you blew this set out of the ocean, you have done that glitter justice, my Magpie eyes are rolling with all that sparkle, the Tin, BRILLIANT, so creative and it is just as gorgeous with out any glitter, bet ya Mr Tim is smiling Big with this creation, thanks for all the techniques, inspiration and beautiful Art work.. ((( BIG HUGS )))...

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  24. Wonderful creations and colours Anne. Great inspiration and techniques especially reversing the seahorse, thank you x

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  25. Fabulous tag Anne. It's just so colourful.I do love the seahorses. Wonderful make on the killer tin too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  26. I just love the way you used the brayer to double your stamped image. So cleaver! The entire project is beautiful and a great use of the glitter. Thanks for your nice comments on my blog - it is appreciated.

    Hugs, S@ndy

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  27. These are both sensational, Annie! I have a real soft spot for seahorses, so this is making me smile like a school girl! The kipper tin and the tag are really divine with all the glitter and the netting and the details.

    I have to tell you, I have heard of using a brayer to get a reverse image, but I've never understood how the heck that's done. The way you presented it, and the photo, was an epiphany for me! I have a couple of brayers in the back of a drawer somewhere ... thank you! You are such an inspiration! Good luck with the challenges!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  28. Oh, Anne! I love these. No tin is safe in my eyes now... they all must be converted. And I just adore what you did with the reversed seahorse via brayer. So glad to see you again at CC3C... thank you so much for joining in!

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  29. Hi Anne, these stamps are gorgeous - I love sea horses! Both your projects are stunning, you have really captured the colours of the ocean and I love your added details of the netting and shells. I have a small collection of these little tins in a bag ready to craft with..when I get the chance! Just popping over to see what the rest of the crew have been up to! Hugs Carole Z X

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  30. Oh wow Anne, this is totally amazing!! As you know I' not a glitter fan either, but this is simply stunning!! It suits those sea horses so well and I also love that netting at the bottom! Really brilliant as is that tin!!

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  31. Simply stunning!!! The colours are amazing, those little seahorses are adorable and the glitter is the perfect finshing touch. I love the little tin too .... soooo cute! Hugs Linda xx

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  32. Absolutely GORGEOUS Anne! Love the layout and the colours and the reverse brayering technique is so kewl. A fab, fab tag! Chris xxx

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  33. Anne I have missed out on so many of your beautiful creations by being MIA. I am finally up and running again and everything looks totally beautiful. Thank you for all your kind comments they were so very much appreciated sweets.

    Warm hugs from Shirl x x

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  34. Wow these are gorgeous! I love the background, netting and the seahorses, so beautiful. Your tin is amazing, this is a great gift Ms. TH. lol I had seahorses in my salt water aquarium but they are delicate to take care of and died. They are so elegant and beautiful creatures. Love your tags!
    Hugs Kelly

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  35. Anne...this is positively gorgeous! I love those seahorses too! The glittery just highlights all of it! Gorgeous scene on both projects! Thank you so much for playing along with us at CC3Challenge!!!

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  36. Hi Anne, you know I love these but just wanted to stop by and tell you again.
    The colours are stunning. Might just have to get out the tins that I have hidden away somewhere?????
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  37. Goodness gracious sakes alive - you have taught me a new technique!!!! Well there is nothing new about that but using that brayer to reverse the image - this is a new one on me. I can see where the distressed glitter technique works well with underwater scenes. I have to tell you I do love this technique. Beautifully done Sugar and what a great way to photograph your make. I am off to find me some kippers - what are they anyway!!!!!!! How about sardines?
    Love all you do Anne -
    sandy xx
    I am out to find me some kippers -

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  38. Fabulous! Gorgeous! Love love love! Love your colors and the theme of the tag! You rocked it girl! Thanks for playing along with our CC3C!

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  39. Absolutely beautiful tag! Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday.

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  40. Stunning creation Anne, I adore the colours & fantastic images...Great idea with the brayer never thought of that! Love the glitter... Hugs May x x

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  41. This is gorgeous as is your tin project. The seahoioses are fabulous...love the distresses glitter and the netting is the perfect touch.
    I love anything sea or water themed and this beauty is so lovely!

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  42. Absolutely stunning work as always Anne, it was so lovely to see you at weekend, and quite a surprise. I think I am just about recovering fro all that heat (and the early morning rise).
    Take care
    Hugs, Neet xxx

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  43. Love those seahorses Anne, the colours on this are gorgeous, I love greens and blues together. Thanks for sharing your reverse stamp technique too x

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  44. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME... chuffing AWESOME!!! Hey, you ain't being cheeky entering int the Sunday Stamper and the CC3C.. I am honoured you entered my little challenge... THANKYOU for entering the CC3challenge toox

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  45. Anne, to brayer over the stamp to get a reverse image is just darn ingenious - how often I wish I have wished that the stamp faced the opposite direction. This is just brilliant and so simple a fix. Beautiful card - I have seriously been wanting to do something for this challenge blog as well and I never seem to get around to it before the deadline. Also wanted to drop by and say thank you for the kind comments on my blog and facebook.

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  46. Hi Anne, this is gorgeous! I love seahorses so this is right up my street & loving those blues too. Great idea to reverse the stamped image with your brayer & the kipper tin is fab!
    Amy x

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  47. What a brilliant way to deploy the glitter - your sparkly seaweed is fantastic - capturing that sparkle of sunlight through water. And so clever to do the reverse stamping with the brayer. I'll need a new brayer I fear... mine's far too clogged up with paint to be of any use for this technique (adds fabulous texture if you don't clean it - at least that's my excuse!).

    Brilliant and beautiful tag - I love it!
    Alison xx

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  48. The tag is super Anne but the kipper tin is my absolute favourite xx

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  49. I just love what you've done with this tag Anne! The colours are stunning and the tin and seaweed are sheer genius! Beautiful! Thank you for adding your inspiration to our May challenge at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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