Compendium #9

This week over at the amazing Linda’s wonderful L3 blog, we’re turning to page 42 of Tim Holtz’s fabulous Compendium of Curiosities and playing with our Distress Crackle paints.

What I learned: When using the Rock Candy (clear) paint, either use it on pre-printed items, such as collage sheets, magazine pictures, etc. or an image that has come from a laser printer.  My first attempt, on an ink-jet printout, was a bit, oh – what’s the word? – smeary.  Luckily I was able to fix that on the next ink-jet printout by first spraying it with Krylon Matte Finish before applying the crackle paint.  Worked like a charm.  🙂

I used Broken China Distress Ink on the image that I’d crackled with Rock Candy paint in order to tie it in with the Broken China paint that’s on the crown (which is Tim Holtz Grungeboard).  This paint is SO cool…you only have to let it start to dry, then with a wave of the heat gun, it finishes drying and crackles before your very eyes!  I am definitely going to be playing with this stuff a lot more in the future.

The gems started out clear; I colored them with Wild Plum and Sail Boat Blue alcohol inks.  The background was stamped with Versamark, colored with pink chalk, then stippled with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  The wings were made by gluing crumpled yellow tissue paper to white cardstock, stippling with Ranger Adirondack Mountain Rose ink and stamping on the wings (Heidi Swapp) with Black Soot Distress Ink.

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6 Responses to “Compendium #9”

  1. Lisa Somerville Says:

    Pretty tag, great results with the Distress Crackle.

  2. Nan Says:

    This is really pretty! You really got into the coloring with the gems…I would never have known you changed them….

  3. Linda Ledbetter Says:

    Lisa, this is stunning! What a beautiful way to combine a whole bunch of great techniques. Your crackled vintage lady is so lovely (and thanks for the excellent tip about ink jet prints and Krylon spray!), and the little details like the tissue paper wings and tinted gems make this extra special. I love the chalked background and the big, blue crackled crown, too. Fabulous job!

  4. Terry Says:

    This is stunning! You sure did not have any issues with the crackle! Love it!

  5. Donna Says:

    Very Cool! I love everything about it!

  6. Sherry Says:

    What a fantastic crackle effect you’ve achieved to make an altogether stunning tag!

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