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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Distressed Images

I was getting my car oil changed yesterday and went browsing with my youngest DD. We were looking through the paintings in a home decorating section.  There were so many different beautiful pictures. I should have taken some shots with my camera.  One jumped out at me. It was painted to look like a blue stained wood background with beautiful white flowers draped overlapping across the wood panels. The texture on the wood and flowers looked like a chalky streaky texture. I loved the whole painting and tried to capture that on my cards for today.

I used the color palette from the JUGS challenge #76 - Color Challenge this week, Hero Arts challenge this month includes celebrating birthdays and the Card Patterns Sketch #107 to give me the colors and design and images to create my cards.

I ended up with two versions of the card.  I was pleased with the distressed streaky appearance of each of the cards.

The first card:


The background  was created by: Sponging cool blue adirondack acrylic paint in streaks across white cardstock. Sponging snow cap (white) acrylic paint across the blue paint. Taking a medium blue watercolor pencil and drawing lines in various areas. Apply water to smear into the background. Stamp wood grain background using Versamark Watermark ink and clear embossing. Sponge Weathered wood over to add a layer of shading in the grain. 

The second variation of the first  card: 

 

The first set of flowers: On the first card the stamp was covered in blue acryclic paint using a sponge to apply. I then stamped the woodgrain onto the rubber stamp to add texture.  I stamped it onto white cardstock and clear embossed. Because the paint had dried it took very little of the wood grain and the embossing.  Outline the flowers with medium blue watercolor pencil. Apply pink water color pencil to flowers and use the water brush to soften. Accent center of flowers with yellow watercolor pencil. 

The second flower didn't get the wood grain treatment but I applied the paint with a much streakier approach to give it more of the distressed wood paint effect. I also applied less watercolor to the flowers to soften it even more. 

Supplies: Adirondack Acryclic Paint Daubers (Snow Cap, Cool Blue), Hero Arts Large Pattern Flower, Hero Arts ClearDesign Birthday Sayings,  Hero Arts Wood Grain, Versamark, Ranger Distress Inks, Weathered Wood, Watercolor Pencils Faber Castle, Water brush, Clear Embossing Powder, Sponges, Charms, May Arts Ribbon.

Here are the challenge photos: 



I will be back later with CR84FN. Beautiful colors and I can't wait to share them! 

Suzz

24 comments:

  1. I really like the wood grain, so very effective and paired with the flowers works beautifully. Enjoy your weekend. Tracy Evans x

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  2. Thanks for participating...is such a wonderful card and is a great honor to share this sketch challenge with you! Love it!

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  3. Absolutely amazing, Suzz! Wow! Love the way you've created the backgrounds! Such a neat effect!

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  4. How neat and cool of the images that you created! So soft and beautiful!! You are such a master when it comes to techniques! Awesome cards, Suzz!

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  5. WOW Suzanne! Both of these cards are gorgeous! They remind me a beautiful Monet painting hanging in the Louvre!

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  6. Oh, I really do like that stained and waterbrushed look, very refreshing look Sue!

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  7. Wow Suzz these are so pretty, love the effect you have created. I think the top one is my favourite!

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  8. this is so lovely! Wonderful work, thank you for playing with us at Card Patterns!

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  9. Beautiful cards! Love the colors, thanks for sharing the details on how you created the distressed wood BG!

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  10. WOW !!SOOO.. pretty.Love them both.
    Gorgeous ribbon you used and what a bow...gorgeous.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  11. Love this effect, especially on the second card. I will be trying this. thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. wow! love love how you made the backgrounds. wonderful techniques! gorgeous cards, Sue! LOVE them! have a wonderful weekend! =)

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  13. Luv your tech's GF, you put a lot of thought into making them both look just perfect!

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  14. WOW Suzanne!!! These are both so beautiful!!! I love the different techniques you applied to make these works of art!!! Awesome job!!! What a wonderful, beautiful take on the challenge colors!!! Thanks for playing along with JUGS! So glad you could play along!

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  15. what a great idea for your backgrounds... I've got my acrylics out today so might give it a go. My favourite is the second flower. Love the soft colours of the flowers

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  16. Gorgeous cards Sue! Love the distressing and all the versions of woodgrain. TFS!!

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  17. These are so gorgeous, Sue! Glad you got the inspiration from the painting, so we can see such a beauty!! You ROCK!

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  18. These are both amazing, Sue! Love the woodgrain effect of the technique.. SO stunning!

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  19. Oh Sue these are both really beautiful and I don't think I could choose a favourite. The textural effect of each card is lovely and I really like the 'washed out' look of the images.

    Were your ears burning on Friday, lol? My friend Judith (@poppycottage) and I had lunch together and we were in total agreement that you are such an inspirational crafter. Judith actually discovered you by following the link from my sidebar.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  20. I could NOT possibly pick one of these over the other - they are BOTH wonderful! I love hearing about your inspiration souce - SUCH a great aspect of being a crafty soul! Wonderful work! I'm drooling over your work with the JUGS colors, but as a co-player - your use of the wonderful Card Patterns sketch has my tail-a-waggin'! THANKS, as always, for sharing your talent with Just Us Girls! Yee Haw!

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  21. wow...your cards are simply gorgeous! such a wonderful mix of challenges! Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns!

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  22. Just gorgeous!! Inspiration in the most unlikely of places. LOL Love those charms you added, too. Glad you could join us this week on Card Patterns!

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  23. These are so pretty, Suzanne! Love the look you achieved! Sounds like you had some great inspiration! Thanks for playing our JUGs color challenge!

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  24. What a gorgeous result from your painting technique! Amazing! Thanks so much for playing with Just Us Girls!

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