Thursday, August 5, 2010

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #8 - Ink Some Grunge

Got to get out the inks and stain my fingers yesterday, playing along at Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, which this week is to ink some grungepaper or grungeboard.  Perfect excuse to stop hoarding the stuff! (Why do I do that?  If I were to die tomorrow, my family would just chuck all of my beautiful stash in the garbage bin..... carpe grungeboard!)

Anyway, I decided to get out Tim's "Seasonal" grungeboard set that came out ages ago.  I inked up several components of the set in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concord, and Black Soot Distress Inks.  Then I went in with some Distress Stickles in Rock Candy, along with a bit of Black Diamond and Gunmetal for a bit of spooky sparkle.  Since I don't have any of Tim's Halloween stamps (you do feel sorry for me, don't you LOL?), I had to draw in the jack-o-lantern face, and I used an Oxford Impressions spider web stamp.  Also added some tea-dyed cheesecloth for a spidery-webby effect, and some bling for the cat's and owl's eyes for that eerie glowing effect.
 The "Haunted" letters are suspended from an acetate diecut that I made using Tim's "Elegant Flourishes" die - I left the swirls that come out the side, cuz my daughter said it looked like ghost trails, LOL!  I'm working with it.  I do have to figure out a better hangy thingy, though... right now it's just gold floral wire.

Thanks for popping in, hope you have time to play along!

20 comments:

Lori said...

This is great!!! I love Halloween! And I do feel bad that you don't have any of Tim's new Halloween stamps, I don't either...I'm thinking we'll both change that in the near future! LOL!!!

Terry said...

Oh, this is just a little too awesome! Glad you saved one "item" from the garbage bin! This is outstanding! Love it, Love it!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Wow! This is spectacular, Jean! What a darling design, and your inked grunge and stamping look fabulous. LOVE how you suspended the letters with acetate (ghost trails for certain!) and the Distress Stickles give the perfect amount of sparkle without taking away the spookiness. This is adorable AND ingenious!

stampdiva said...

Already Halloween is cropping up here and there - where do the months go?! This is such great fun with wonderful depth of colour. Lynne M x

Alison said...

Brilliant & spooky! x

Netty said...

Fabulous creation, love it. Annette x

CuddlyBunny said...

GASP! COOL!

Love this entire piece, and think you really don't need a pumpkin stamp as your hand done face is perfect!

Hanging the sentiment with a clear product is INSPIRED! Great effect!

Chris said...

Fantastic! what a great Halloween decorations.

Suzanne C said...

THis is a fabulous creation! Love the design. I had to pop in and look at all the beautiful details!

Shar said...

Amazing piece! Great Halloween hanging!

Lynn Stevens said...

ohhh Squeal, I LOVE this!!its so awesome Jean. You've taken grungeboard to a whole new level!

Toni said...

This is wonderful... I want this for my Halloween decor... lol... love your sense of humor. I too am a hoarder with my crafty stuff. You should see me dive on the ground for a brad... lol... Love Love Love all the colors of distress inks you used and I don't remember this grunge pieces, they are amazing as all of Tim goodies are... TFS

Lorraine said...

great hanging..I tend to hoard stuff too and never use it and like you I have a stack of grungeboard but hardly ever use it...but I have slowly been going through my back of the cupboard alterable hoard!..thanks very much for your lovely comments on my blog

Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

oh wow! what a stunning piece, I LOVE everything about this, amazing work hunny!

thanks for popping by my blog too, hugs mandyxx

NANCY DARE said...

Very cool!..love it!

Helen said...

This is just brilliant! I don't really get Halloween (it's not so big over here) but this is wonderful!

Erica said...

This is so cool!!! I love Halloween crafts and this is hauntingly fabulous. Love all the elements, and it is inked perfectly!

Holly said...

Wow, you actually USED your grungeboard???? LOL You should come over here and coach me through this "using" process. :-) Gorgeous Halloween creation!!

Shelann said...

Very nice, I would like this as home decor!

Jane Wetzel said...

very cool..love it!