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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Compendium of Curiosities - Challenge No.4 - Shabby Chic


This week's challenge set by Linda on her blog Studio L3 is to use Tim Holtz' technique called 'Shabby Chic' as explained on page 49 of his book Compendium of Curiosities.

I didn't have any of Tim's Distress Embossing Ink so used Versamark Waterstamp instead, but the technique still worked quite well I think.

I used two colours of acrylic paint (Midnight Garden by Folk Art and a Terracotta Dabber by Adirondack). The rubber stamp is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous collection (Slight Alterations)

It looks more like shabby grunge to me rather than shabby chic, but it makes a nice background to the birthday card I've made for my nephew Aaron who will soon be seven.  He plays in goal for the local football team and we quite often sing this song to him - which could of course apply equally to the England's team performance in the World Cup recently!!  Luckily Aaron has a good sense of humour and doesn't mind us teasing him with the song - not that he lets that many goals in anyway.

I made another background using this technique too - much more like shabby chic this time and more feminine too.

I'll probably make this one into a card as well.  I don't usually enjoy making greeting cards, but it'd be a shame to let all these different backgrounds go to waste.

Have to wait until next Monday to see what challenge Linda will set next from the book.

In the meantime I'll try and get around to looking at all of the other entries for this challenge, but that could take some time as these challenges are proving to be very popular indeed.


13 comments:

Jan said...

GREAT card Sherry and I'm old enough to remember singing that song years ago! Aaron will love it. Love the purple background too. I really must get my book out and have a go at these techniques..... I haven't opened it since I got it!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Sherry, both your Shabby Chic pieces are wonderful! I am NUTS about that background stamp you used on the soccer card. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the lavender background, too!

Well done, girlfriend! Come back next week for more, okay?

BTW, Aaron is TOO cute!

Hugs,
Linda

My name is CINDY...... said...

Love your backgrounds Sherry, but I'm like Jan, haven't opened the book since I bought it! Saw this challenge and thought I'd join in ...... how did it get to week 4 lol?

Meggymay said...

Its a super card Sherry, your nephew will love it. Your shabby backgrounds look great.

Netty said...

Brilliant backgrounds, love them. Annette x

Sue said...

I love your backgrounds and your nephew will certainly love his card x

Viv's Visuals said...

Great backgrounds Sherry - Aaron's card is brilliant!

Mrs A. said...

Now where do I get my mitts on this book you keep referring to. It just gets curiouser and curiouser!!!

Nan said...

I really like both backgrounds! The rust one really would be a great basketball background for a man's card too.

craftytrog said...

Great card Sherry! Those backgrounds are fab!

Terry said...

Both of your backgrounds are perfect! Love the birthday card you made for you Nephew and I am sure he will love it more! Thank you for visiting my blog!

Jenxo said...

i really must get this book, your samples are just wonderful..jenxo

Deborah said...

I'm with Cindy - so many challenges so little time. And with Jan - bought book, flicked through, put on shelf. Well done you for exploring it via the challenges.