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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Trying to find the place I just left"

Because of my numerous failed attempts at the Make it Crafty Distressing challenge last week, I was very happy to see their new sketch & Vintage theme challenge. Another opportunity! I learned a lot following their instructions on distressing, mostly that it means more than I thought it did. I had made some really pretty paper with Tim Holtz distress inks, but then I messed it all up trying to use acrylic stamps on it. Too advanced for me (thus far!) This time I knew better. I embossed watercolor paper using a texturing plate and then "distressed" it using different inks. The key here applying the ink with a wet-nap wipe. For the orange stripes I spread on ink straight from the pad, which was risky but came out well.
For whatever reason, I decided to use the cover of a book for the main image. Not just any book; a book I had the honor of designing. The whole experience was very important to me: I worked with the press's editors to design the cover and the poet is a favorite of mine. The card contains several elements that together tell the story of the cover's design: the smaller images are the two postcards I used as reference in the final design, the brads spell PB (for Passager Books, the publishing company), and the embossing plate and tool I used were gifts from the other designer, a good friend. I feel like the Crafter Me made a card for the Designer Me. She really appreciates it!

Inspiration: Make it Crafty sketch FUN challenge
Main image adapted from cover of
Perris, California, poems by Norma Chapman (Passager Books, 2010)
Vintage
Greetings from California postcard images: Travel version and Historic version
Supplies: brads from Around the Block, Tim Holtz Mustard Seed distress ink, ColorBox pigment ink, textured watercolor paper from PLAZA art stores, ZipDry glue, Fiskars papercutter, embossing texture plate & texturing tool
Blog title from "I'm Pedaling Backwards," Perris, Califonia, pg. 54

7 comments:

Jill said...

Really great colours here and I just love the way you have used the textured watercolour paper, its really inovative! Thanks for playing along at Make it Crafty this week. Jill

Lil Sis said...

oh wow - what a fabulous way to showcase something so personal to you = I love that you have used your design and inspiration to make this card, Thanks for sharing with Make IT cRAFTY

Beccy x

Norma said...

How pleased I am that my words have flowered in to this great image! It's wonderful.

Norma

Maria said...

Love how you've created the distressed look with the embossing and inks! Congrats and what a proud moment to have designed this book. Thanks for playing along with our fun challenge at Make It Crafty. Hugs, Maria

Carisa said...

i love how you tied in the colors of your book cover with the papers you chose. and you did a great job embossing and distressing! so glad you are having fun learning with us - that is what it is all about! thanks so much for playing along with us in our fun challenge at Make it Crafty! Hugs, Carisa

Zoe said...

Wow! Now what can I say! What a fabulous way to recreate a fabulous achievement and remember it. A great take on the sketch I created too. Hugs hun and I hope to see you again. xxoo

Sandy Hulsart said...

What a wonderful tribute to your hard work on the book. Great job on the texture and distressing on this card. Thanks for joining in on the fun at Make It Crafty.