Monday, June 6, 2011

Grungy Monday 10 - A guest designer!!!

I am so, so, so, excited to be guest designer for this weeks Grungy Monday challenge. This wonderful challenge is hosted by the fabulously talented Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3, in honour of our great and glorious inspirational leader Tim Holtz. The way this works is that we are given a link or product to inspire us and we get to create wonderful projects using that inspiration. I have been chosen to be a guest designer this week, knees quaking with trepidation, along with fellow crafter Marjie Kemper. So the technique/ project for this week is to use Distress Ink/ re-inkers in your project.

Now anyone who knows me and my work will know that I love distress ink. I am the most disorganised person on the planet but my distress inks are all labelled and arranged by colour. I also have individual sponges for each colour too! That is absolutely as far as my organisational skills stretch though, life is too short to do housework is my motto. 

Anyway enough excited waffle. I was at a loss where to start with this challenge, as I use distress inks for everything, and I do mean everything. I stamp with them, stain with them and even watercolour with them, so you can see how it might be a problem corralling the brain to a single project!

I decided to use some paper from the crowded attic paper stash from Lord Tim of Holtz. The piece I chose was the one with the nursery rhyme pictures on. I love that paper and wasn't sure how to use it to best effect, so I decided on a wall hanging. I stuck the paper to some heavy card and inked the edges with peeled paint and spiced marmalade ink. 
The old fashioned playing cards are from my stash and were lightly coloured with vintage photo distress ink. 
The bingo card in front was made using the bingo texture fade which was coloured with walnut distress stain then sprayed with perfect pearls mist (heirloom gold) and edged with spiced marmalade. The second bingo card is from 7 gypsies and the 'Lucky' bingo card was from Jenny Bowlin. I inked this with mustard seed, spiced marmalade, barn door and peeled paint. It was quite bright so I swiped Snow Cap paint over the top and wiped back with a baby wipe. The 'be' is grunge letters on grunge blocks painted. The hanging ribbon is seam binding swiped with spiced marmalade and vintage photo and sprayed with perfect pearl mist. A bingo tile and 'play' word tag was added to finish it off.

The wonderful thing about distress inks is that they are so versatile. I think my favourite is Vintage photo, although each of them has a special place in my heart. Any piece of cardstock can be altered using the inks, they blend beautifully and can even be made into ink sprays using a re-inker and water in a mini-mister. 

So go ahead and take up the Grungy Monday challenge, I promise you will be delighted you did.  

What's the best discussion group on the entire Yahoo Groups roster? Why, it's All Things Tim, moderated by the fabulous Miss Gloria, and populated by the coolest group of Tim fans on the planet. If you're not a member there, you're missing out on some awesome friendships, not to mention all kinds of insider tips and great ideas for making your Tim-themed art even better! Gloria has created a photo album especially for Grungy Monday, and you're welcome to upload your art there and learn from the work of other members. It's free, it's fun... get on over there! 


  1. What a great hanging! I love collage and you've rocked this with your distress inks. Love how you tied it all together with the lace!

  2. Your work is beautiful!
    hugs Anne

  3. gorgeous chicken, well done on your GDT role, very proud of you! xxxx

  4. very nice wall hanging Karen and I like the title you give to Tim_ "Lord Tim of Holtz"! That's funny!

  5. Congrats on being a guest designer--your wall hanging turned out great.

  6. I love this, Karen! And your blog - how have I not seen it before?!?! A fellow dress-form lover! And so many of the papers you've used on pieces in other posts are ones in my stash that I've not used 'cause I couldn't think of a "how" - now, I do! Thank you!
    And, thank you for becoming one of my blog's followers - now I'm one of yours! Love the internet!

  7. A fabulous grungy collage Karen! Congrats on the GM GD! x

  8. Beautiful job! You are indeed worthy of guest artist! I love the theme and fun details! I love your motto, very similar to mine. 'You can't save the world and do housework at the same time!'

  9. Just love your piece - great vintage feel, loving the layering and design! Great creative DT work! And loving the kitchen wall - my whole victorian terrace needs that treatment!
    Sarah (46 on GM)


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