Thursday, September 09, 2010

Grungepaper Flowers

The Compendium of Curiosities challenge on Studio L3 this week is to create grungepaper flowers. (I am STILL waiting for my Tim Holtz book to arrive, giving credence that the mail in California DOES come by pack mule!) I love making grungpaper flowers, so I was happy to work on this challenge! I don't know if I do it "Tim's way" since I don't yet have the book.... But, here is my card.

I cut a bunch of flowers with the Tim Holtz tattered florals die, then inked them with distress inks. I used lots of colors to get the look I wanted.

Once I had all my flowers inked, I stamped over them with a variety of stamps (Hero Arts, Posh Impressions, Tim Holtz) and black soot distress ink, then I bent and folded the flowers.

I added some metal to the centers to give the flowers that "grunge look." Check out the tiny roses. They started out cream, but I rubbed them with distress ink, then dabbed them with some black soot, then sprayed them with a mist of water. Don't they look grungy?!

I made the grungepaper rose by following the directions on Tim's blog or the set on Wendy's blog. (Yes, I am on a first name basis with these folks...they just don't know it yet!) I modified my rose a bit from the directions, because that's what I do! Plus I tend to hold my roses together with a long brad when the glue does not want to dry! I also put a dot of black diamond Stickles onto the brad to create a sparkly center.

Because I got carried away, I also cut a grungeboard birdcage and inked it with black soot distress ink. I added some Stickles to that as well. I cut the bird out of chipboard, then out of Graphic45 Hallowe'en in Wonderland paper. The wing is grungepaper. The eye is a bit of bling I found in my stash.

For the greeting on the front, I cut a ticket with the Tim Holtz ticket die, then stamped Tim's Halloween ticket stamp. I grunged that up with distress ink and water.

I used Hero Arts and Crafty Secrets stamps for the inside of the card.

I also colored the clear Maya Road trinket pins. I used a black Copic marker to add color to one of the clear pins. For the orange one, I used sunset orange alcohol inks. I just put the ink in a baggie, and mashed the pin around in it until it was the color I wanted!

The paper on the front of the card is Graphic45 A Proper Gentleman. I grunged it up a bit. I also inked up the cardstock to make it look "smoky."

This card is also for the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - they are having an AMAZING blog hop right now. The challenge was to do a Holiday project - Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. As you can see, I made a Halloween card.

Simon Says Stamp - they are in cahoots with Simon Says Stamp and Show! See above!

365 Cards Day 193 - Pam asked for Tools and Techniques. The tool was "how do you add color" and the technique was "how do you add dimension." Well, here I added color with distress inks, alcohol ink, Copic markers, and water. For dimension I added layers, layers and more layers! I have layers of paper. I have folded and curled paper. I have layers of grungepaper, grungeboard, chipboard. Even layers of ink!

Pile it On - They asked for Layers in challenge #35. See above! I got layers!

Paper Sundaes - They asked for Mixed Mediums. I guess you can see I have that! Both in inks and in types of paper! This is my first time playing in their challenges so I hope they like my card.

More Paper Than Shoes - They asked for Rustic. I think this is grungy and rustic enough! I was not sure if they wanted an actual "rusty bucket" in the project...but it appears that anything rustic is fine.

Wow! This it's been a long time since I played in so many challenges at once! But, I think this card can handle it! {grin}

On a sad note: Today would have been my brother Todd's 43rd birthday. It's been less than two months since he was killed. I miss him terribly. He was often my best and only friend; he was the person who "got me" every time. We shared a connection that was often of great joy to us both. I miss him and hope he's having birthday cake in heaven today. It's a beautiful day, and I thank God for giving me this amazing day to remember my brother. Todd, I miss you and love you. I will see you one day at the Gates.


  1. Gloria !!!! what a killer card... OMGOSH.... love everything about it. I think I would have a hard time giving this to someone... Love the stick pins you used and the flowers turned out wonderful... You really need to get this book... You will not be disappointed. Tons of inspiration!!!TFS

  2. Your card is awesome. I love everything about it!! I think you did your flowers totally Tim's way.
    I am sorry about your brother. It is so hard to lose a family member but a family member who is a best friend is a double blow.

  3. Having the book or not, this is a totally fabulous card with terrific textures and loads of interest. Love your flowers as well. A brilliant job. Annette x

  4. I love everything about this card! Beautiful!

    So sorry about the loss of your brother. I lost my baby brother 3 years ago. Not a day goes by that he isn't in my heart. Hugs to you & "Happy Birthday, Todd".

  5. Your flowers are gorgeous! love the card.

  6. Beautiful. I love every bit of it!!

  7. Holy Cats, Gloria, this is mind-blowing! What a sensational, GORGEOUS Halloween card! You did the grunge flowers perfectly, and the great papers and embellishments you used throughout the card couldn't be more wonderful.

    I love this!

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother. He sounds like a wonderful man, and I'm sure he's smiling down at you while as reads your blog today.

  8. Beautiful the papers!

  9. What a wonderful card, you've used the distress colours to great effect! The Design Team are really pleased that you joined us for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge this week- Thank you!

  10. Hey Gloria, You really did it up grungy on this card! Fantastic! I really love the way you stamped the Queen of Hearts on to the bird in just the perfect place. Thanks for sharing all the details. -I also love the scripture above your profile--Take care-Shawn

  11. Gloria, I don't think you need the book! These are awesome, you are the Queen of Grunge! :-) that is a compliment ;-) You rock the grunge scene, gf!!

  12. STUNNING....just did a Wonderful job even without the book!!!

  13. holey moley woman...this is beyond incredible...

  14. this is stunning!!

  15. This is simply divine! I just love everything about it!

  16. Anonymous8:29 AM

    You do amazing work - love it all!
    Sending prayers for healing...

  17. What a beautiful card! I love all the layers and dimension. Just gorgeous. Thanks for playing at Paper Sundaes this week.


  18. I'm so glad you played along with this challenge :-) This is quite awesome!

  19. Nice colors and number of layers in your flowers, they really jump out.

  20. Love this! I LOVE Halloween

  21. Your card is so grungy and gorgeous I love it!


  22. What a fantastic grunge card! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  23. That is amazing! Love your take on the mixed medium challenge! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again next week!

  24. What a wonderful card!
    Thankyou so much for taking part in our blog hop with all the Simon Says Stamp teams. Good luck for all the incredible prizes - fingers crossed.