Thursday, December 6, 2012

subdue: transitive verb

to reduce the intensity or degree of : tone down
I am entering this 6 x 12" wall hanging into:
Helmars Christmas Color challenge with Numbers ( 450 and Liquid Scrapdots )
Frosted Designs - Christmas Day 1 - Bird
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #150 Not a Traditional Christmas
The background was created with Ranger's ink pads: Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick; applied directly to the board from the pad and then embossed with Stamp -n-Stuff: Red Dragon ( gives the background a rough glittery look )
 It's not too often that I find a product I am not happy with but I do not like these chipboard letters. The black coating came off just in the gluing process....really? ,They are made by Fancy Pants and I was very disappointed by them. Since they were scraping off I decided to go with the flow and gave them a good sanding to rough them up and then I sealed them with my Golden medium. I glued them down with my Helmars 450 which is perfect for adhering to rough or slick surfaces like the embossed background.
 I really enjoyed using up the numbers from old sticker sheets, GREAT feeling to use them up! I cut the heart from my Cricut: Doodlecharms cartridge, p. 85. After sticking on the numbers I applied a layer of medium and then a piece of tissue over them. ( just to make sure they don't lift off and to subdue them a little )

The bird is cut from the French Manor cartridge, p. 39. Cut from Tim Holtz Grunge paper ( I love cutting images from this stuff, cuts soooooo clean!! ) I used Ranger's ink: Broken China to color in the bird and used American Crafts Marvy marker to color the little pieces.

 The flourish comes from TH grunge board: Elements, which was sprayed with Dylusions: Fresh Lime. I used my Helmars Liquid Scrapdots to lift the flourish up equal to the chipboard heart.
The journaling strips were cut from an old Christmas card and each piece outlined with my Faber Castell Pitt Pen. The entire piece and embellishments were outlined with my charcoal pencils and my Close To My Heart marker.
This is week 2 of our Handmaking for the Holidays! 
If you are in need of some fabulous ideas to hand make something for a litte boy, Heather has some great ideas over on her blog, hope you go check them out!
And for all you home schooling moms, Chrissy has a cute idea on her blog to get them into the swing of the holiday without them even knowing they are learning something too!


Mary Pat Siehl said...

just love it!

Katie said...

This looks great! That is upsetting about the letters though. Although you recovered very well!

Meggymay said...

Fantastic hanging, the letters look great with the make over. It is disappointing when products don't reach expectations.
Yvonne x

Redanne said...

A truly gorgeous piece, love the way you have created the brick wall background and I like how you dealt with the letters and turning a disappointment into a triumph! Hugs, Anne x

mum of two said...

What a great project! I love everything about it and I think the letters look great! Thanks for playing with us this week at Paper Playtime, hope to see you again soon :)


Princess Judy Palmer said...

Beautiful! I like the brick wall look of the background. You really embossed on Tim ink? I didn't think it stayed wet long enough...! Sorry to hear about the letters that flaked off. I hate finding shabby products like that. They promise so much and deliver so little. Hey, you made it work though!

Alexa said...

What a lot of different steps but what a great end result! Hate to say it ('cos I know you HATE those letters!) but they look FAB now you grunged them up! Looking forward to seeing more of your projects as we're on the same TioT Team! x

Jean said...

Cool use of the numbers!!

I have an extra card so if you want to send me your address I will be happy to send you a personalized:) one!

Julie S said...

Love the 'bricky' look!

all the days of our life said...

This is so pretty Sandee, I love how you painted the Bird. Beautiful !

Teresa Jaye said...

YAY! I'm so glad you shared this with everyone in the Frosted Designs one bird challenge! I just love this piece!