Friday, 14 January 2011

a distressing StampMan challenge!

Brenda's challenged us to 'distress' in this fortnight's StampMan challenge so I had a very happy time (I'm glad to say!!!) playing in my journal with my Distress Inks!

After creating a background with Acrylic Paint Dabbers in shades of blue and brown, I added some distress ink by inking the lid of a clear box, spraying it with water, then laying it down on top of the journal.  Doing it this way means I can see where I am adding the ink!

I then placed a blob of 'Weathered Wood' Distress Ink [ from my re-inker bottle ] onto the page and blew it to create a flower like image.  The stem was made with a long drip of ink!

When I put this journal together I included various sizes of plastic pockets used for collecting coins and postcards.  I tore an Amazon box into small squares then collaged each square with images from Tim's 'Mini Muse' stamp set, tissue tape, stitching, words from an old book and scraps of paper.  I just LoVe decorating little tiny bits like this!

At some point I'll add some written journaling, probably in a grey ink, there's plenty of space!

Don't forget to head over to The StampMan Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the designers have been up too, and I'd just like to say an enormous THaNKYou to everyone who joined in the BLoG HoP celebrating your favourite project of 2010.  I'm still visiting people but thanks for all the lovely comments you guys left for me!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous and the same colours as the skirt I've just washed, lol. Love this, Sarah.

  2. Love the colours, and your "blown flowers" are fantastic. Gorgeous journalling.

  3. there is nothing about this page that I don't adore!!!!

    I have loads of those coin collector pockets knocking around somewhere. must dig them out!

  4. Love these colours. Lots of fun and fab textures! There are so many clever people out there.

  5. This is beautiful and I just love your
    colour scheme. Those flowers are great. Yummy. X

  6. What an inspiration you are, Sarah. I know I've said it before but it fascinates me that just by blowing ink and making drips you end up with such a gorgeous flower and piece of art. I'd end up with just a mess!!!
    The colours are beautiful.
    Hugs Lisax

  7. It turned out to be a work of art. You have used some fab us all thinking now..the flower is pure genious.
    Sue xx

  8. What a wonderful way to make flowers, Sarah. I am so eager to go try that!

  9. Stunning work and so 'Sarah'. The colours and design are fabulous and as always such lovely ideas put together so well.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Take care.
    Luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  10. Wow, it's just so wonderfully grungy :)

  11. Those pockets are fantastic and I love how you made the flowers!

  12. I love every thing about this gorgeous treasure!


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