Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CC2C Challenge - Week 7

Hello again!  I'm here with my tag for this week's CC2 technique challenge hosted by Linda on the Studio L3 blog .  The technique is Brushless Watercolor and it can be found on page 49 of Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2.  If you don't already own a copy, you should!  Get an autographed one here!

This week's challenge is sponsored by eclectic Paperie.  They have generously provided a $25 gift certificate that will go to one lucky participant!  Sweet!

Here's my tag:

I started by stamping the background with a Hero Arts stamp Old French Script and black Ranger Archival Ink.  I used the Stampers Anonymous Carved Swirls stamp and the new Spring Seasonal Distress Inks for the technique.  The images are from Tim's Visual Artistry Lost & Found clear stamp set and Tim's Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry cling stamp set.  I distressed the edges of the tag and then applied Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy to give it an aged look.  Then I spritzed the tag with Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti.  I coated the words with Ranger Ink Essentials Glossy Accents so they look like epoxy stickers.

It still needed something else so I added some Idea-ology Metal Foliage colored with Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Cool Peri, Pink Sherbet, Salmon and Willow.  I backed the foliage with tan tulle for added interest.  I hope you like it!

I really do love this technique and plan to experiment some more with it.  I put this tag together last night after spending most of my long weekend cleaning and organizing all of my stash!  Here's a picture of the six cube organizer that I picked up over the weekend.  Participating in this challenge made me realize that I need to have my stash close at hand and ready to use at a moment's notice!  And this gets the job done.  It hold all of my stains, paint dabbers, mists and sprays in plain view and ready to grab!

I also labeled and alphabetically organized all of my Distress Ink pads in the ink pad holder (an old cassette tape storage rack) that's mounted on the wall above my workspace.  Pretty handy!!  And I bought some plastic trading card storage sheets which I labeled and they hold all of my ink blending pads.  And they're closely guarded by Skelly!  I have a thing for skeletons.  I don't know where it comes from and it mystifies most people who know me well.

And I'd be remiss if I didn't include a picture of my two favorite stamping buddies...Willie and Maggie.  They kept me company while I worked and played all the while hoping I would stop and play with them!  Which of course I did from time to time!  Who could deny those faces?!

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I just love this post.... so much to absorb! Firstly, your lovely tag for this week's C of C challenge. It has such a romantic, dreamy feel to it. Very vintage and so pretty. Then your amazing organiser. How I wish............!! And what a great idea for storing your ink blending pads. I think I may have to copy THAT! Lastly, your adorable Willy and Maggie. How gorgeous are THEY!! Fantastic!

    1. Thanks Jan! I was kinda "wordy" wasn't I?! But I figured I'd share all the cool things I got done with the only people I knew who would understand!! LOL!!

  2. Lovely tag, the tulle behind the flowers looks really pretty. Great job on the words, they do look like epoxy stickers. I love how tidy your stash is, the cube storage is fab and what a great idea for the blending pads. Thanks for your lovely comments over on my blog, I really appreciate them. I've just become one of your followers xx

    1. Thanks so much Linda! I'm now a follower of your blog too!

  3. Oh your tag is lovely, is very beautiful. I love the way you have setup your Ink Station, I'm working on my little by little :)

  4. What a gorgeous take on the Brushless Watercolor technique! I love this design, Donna-- it's positively elegant, and that pop of teal is perfect against the neutral background. Wonderful job!

    I am DROOLING over your organization skills! What a great space you're created.

    Willie and Maggie are just precious. Nice to have four-legged company in the studio, isn't it?