Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #26

Have you been following along with the fun and exciting challenges over at Linda Ledbetter’s blog? We’ve been working our way through Tim Holtz’s Compendium of Curiosities III book; there is fun to be had and prizes to be won! The awesome part is that we’re doing this randomly, so you never know which project or technique will pop up next. This time we’re turning to page 42 and learning how to do “smudge stamping.”

This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and wouldn’t it be great to win a $25 gift certificate? All you have to do is create something with the smudge stamping technique. Need inspiration? Check out the Curiosity Crew’s great examples on Linda’s blog. They always do amazing work; it’s worth a visit every two weeks just to check out the new Tim-inspired projects!

This technique is all about the stamping, so I decided to use only ink on my project and forego any other media.

tag upper tower

I used a large Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower stamp and four smaller “postmark” stamps from other companies.

tag lower tower

I stamped the postmarks and punched them into squares, then adhered them to the tag with foam tape for some nice dimension. I also used Tim’s harlequin stamp on the tag as an homage to Hels Sheridan, who uses it in every project!

tag harlequin

I used so many Distress Ink colors for this. Let me see if I can remember them all! Walnut Stain, Shabby Shutters, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge (which I used to stamp “speckles” all over), Old Paper and Spun Sugar. (Whew! That’s a lot of ink!)

smudge tag

The final touches were mini pom-pom trim and a couple lengths of seam binding dyed with Distress Ink.

There’s still time to try smudge stamping and join the challenge. If you miss this one, there’s another every two weeks and you can join in any time!

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4 Responses to “Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #26”

  1. candycolwell Says:

    Hi Lisa. This is a really pretty tag. Love the muted soft colors you’ve used. Your harlequin running horizontally really gives a very cool look. I really like the linear look of this tag….very sharp and precise with all of the straight lines, squares and rectangles. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us at CC3C. ❤ Candy

  2. Anita Houston Says:

    Beautiful tag and love the soft colors! Great images and technique too! Thanks so much for smudge stamping with us this time at CC3Challenge!!!!

  3. cherylspaperartz Says:

    Love! (squeal!!) your focus on ink for this challenge. We’ve got so much wonderful stuff to use that to limit our choices sometimes really draws out the artist in us. As you’ve done here. Very, very nice!

  4. joiatrr Says:

    Really unique colors and you blended the perfectly. j.

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