Anyway, while I was cruisin' around, I also found this site called Studio L3 where there is an ongoing challenge to use T!m's new "A Compendium of Curiosities" book to complete challenges. Today's challenge is to use T!m's shabby chic technique...one of OH SO MANY awesome techniques found in his book.
I decided to play along and have completed my project for this challenge:
For detailed instructions on how to do the technique, check out page 49 of the book. I chose to use the following:
Plain grungeboard for the "bird cage". I used an espresso paint dabber, then T!m's notepaper stamp with embossing ink. I used terra cotta embossing powder and once dry went back over with a pool paint dabber. Then I ran it through my big shot, using T!m's scallop alterations die. You know me....being the frugal scrapper and all, I just HAD to use the negative cut from the die for the bottom of my "cage".
I covered my grunge page with a snow cap paint dabber, used some of my favorite T!m stamps (frame and floral) with some embossing ink and clear embossing powder. Over top, I used my citrus paint dabber (and a little pool here and there).
I used sepia archival ink on the bird and branch. I added one of T!m's mettal keyholes and scraps from my "bird cage" roof to close in the sides. Once this was done, I spritzed my "new" favorite mist (a mix of water and "pearl" perfect pearls) which gave my cage a nice shiny appearance (hard to see in the picture).
Again, in my typical fashion, I used the key sample from my newly opened hardware findings die, first covering it with my pool paint dabber, then pressing it randomly into embossing ink. I then added some terra cotta embossing powder to make the key look rusted.
I added a couple of buttons from my stash and a stamped phrase...it's all perspective...is the bird really in the cage or are we?
I had fun playing along...now to go post to the challenge:)
Lori McCausland, FSE
I'm just a girl in a mixed media world...