Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Vintage Poppies



Hi everyone.  I have a different kind of card to share with you today for the current challenge at ATS&M (#116 - Anything Goes).




Prize:  3 digital images



I've made another vintage style card, this time using a beautiful image from STAMPloration's Bloom Sketches stamp set.

I watercolored the background and flowers, and then coated the panel with Clear Rock Candy Crackle.  Wasn't sure it would work, but after two coats, I had a beautiful crackled, shiny finish.  Next I needed to highlight the cracks by sponging over everything with dark brown distress ink ... that was stressful!! :)  I had no idea what would happen and if I would ruin my pretty watercoloured flowers.  After sponging and then going over it with a water brush to dilute, the ink washed down into the cracks and the flowers did show (although very toned down in colour).  I'm happy with the finished panel.  It was fun to experiment and learn new things along the way :)

Here's a close-up so you can see more detail of the crackle finish ...




I hope you'll join at ATS&M for this fun and very popular "anything goes" challenge.  Please click HERE to check out the challenge and to see the beautiful cards from the rest of the Design Team.  I hope you'll be inspired to play along with us! :)


Just a reminder that the current challenge over at Mixed Media Card Challenge (#4 - Vintage with optional element of key) is running until Oct. 25th and I hope you'll join us there as well.

My friend Nonni mentioned that STAMPlorations has an Anything Goes challenge right now, so I'm linking up there too! :)  Thanks Nonni!!







Stamps:  Bloom Sketches (STAMPlorations), Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R)
Paper:  Black (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Accessories & Tools:  Waterbrush, Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger), Paint Brush, sponges, black suede strip, heart charm



Challenges:
STAMPlorations - Anythng Goes

35 comments:

  1. Awesome experiment gone amazingly well :) Love the effect, Loll! Such a rich, wonderful look!

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  2. What an amazing card Loll, it looks like a tainted glass work to me! It can be framed and used as a decorative, the little charm is a great addition.

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  3. I adore this cracked look and it really worked out how you wanted, it looks stunning..you know it kind of reminds me of the look of paintings you see in old churches. If you had a religious stamp or a sort of vintage stamp this technique would make it look like an old painting.....listen to me! Just an idea that came to me looking at the amazing card!

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  4. What a fabulous effect ..... love the crackled look. xx

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  5. What an amazing technique Loll love the vintage effect and the poppies are beautiful :-)
    Val x

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  6. What an amazing technique Loll love the vintage effect and the poppies are beautiful :-)
    Val x

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  7. Oh wow Loll, this is just amazing! Your vintage image is spectacular, I just love the crackle texture! The black backdrop and criss cross tie are so perfect for your antique flower panel! What a wonderful Thank you card! hugs :)

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  8. Loll, been away for a couple of weeks with no internet so just catching up. What a beautiful card. I really really love this look, so very eye catching.

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  9. This is absolutely gorgeous Loll, so different. I love that crackalure effect. :)

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  10. Loll I so enjoy visiting your blog as you show us so many different techniqes...love todays crackle card its looks like an antique piece of artwork....amazing...

    Anne

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  11. Very cool effect -- looks like faux leather~

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  12. Beautiful vintage card Loll! Brings back memories-my mother saved many, many cards over many years. Treasures that had become very fragile.

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  13. Wow Loll, this is one beautiful vintage card! I am so loving those poppies but really loving the crackle finish you put on them. So cool looking! I would have been scared too to wash it down with some dark ink, but it turned out beautiful!!! Hugs, Brenda

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  14. Loll, I love the way you're stretching your talents in different directions! This is so beautiful and so perfectly done. I'd love to try the crackle stuff.

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  15. What a gorgeous effect Loll. Not surprised you were a bit wary of distressing the crackles but it's turned out beautifully.

    Karen x

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  16. Love that crackle Loll - what a great look it gives to your beautful card!

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  17. It would have terrified me to cover that beautiful watercolored card! But it really paid off! What a wonderful technique!

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  18. This is beautiful, Loll! I love the crackle finish.

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  19. Oh my goodness...that crackle is wonderful! Thought at first it was the PB poppies, but see that it's a different image. I'm going to be trying this crackle effect as it is truly so very vintage & I like this look lots. TFS a beautiful card and a good technique idea! Hugs

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  20. Absolutely super! I really like the crackle finish - it does give a fabulous vintage look. Such a sweet little charm too!

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  21. You are so brave Loll, what a scary thing to do after painting your beautiful flowers...yikes!!! But it has turned out a real success, I love the finish.
    Hugs xx

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  22. Stunning effects, Loll. So fabulous on the black card and the little heart is a lovely touch.

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  23. WOW, Loll, this is stunning with the crackle background and the softly muted flowers. Delicate beauty...
    ~c

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  24. Wow Loll - that crackle panel is so rich and gorgeous - amazing work!!

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  25. This is stunning, Loll! I think I've never seen a card like this. Great experimenting with techniques! We nowadays have an Anything Goes Challenge at STAMPlorations for all card using STAMPlorations stamps -would you like to link up your card? Here's the link: http://stamplorations.blogspot.fi/p/stamplorations-anything-goes-challenge.html

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  26. This is such a GORGEOUS card, Loll! I had no idea that you could achieve this effect with Clear Rock Candy Crackle and Distress Ink...wow! Your risk really paid off with an amazing result and stunning card!

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  27. So glad you experimented with this, it was certainly worth the stress! What a totally beautiful effect and it really does have a vintage feel. Fab!

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  28. Oh my stunning results, I have recently bought the crackle paste :) you have inspired me to use it right away!

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  29. Gorgeous card! I love this cracked look! I never try this technique before. I will try it!

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  30. Wow Loll, you created an amazing antiquity! Beautifully coloured and aged, it could have been painted by one of the great Dutch masters! Have a great day! hugs Monika xxx

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  31. Amazing card, Loll! You've inspired me to give my crackle paints another try...I've relegated them to my "frustrating supplies" pile and they've been there for over a year because I can never get them to look the way I wanted them to look!

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  32. Wow - you always come up with such amazing techniques! Stunning effect you achieved! Great to see you playing with us at STAMPlorations. Come back next time, too! Hugs, Cornelia DT

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  33. Oh Loll, what a beautiful old picture! I love drawing cracks which makes this card very vintage. I love this card!
    hugs,
    BozenA

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