When it all goes horribly wrong..

Lookie see! I’m blogging twice in a week! Twice! Although, I’m not entirely sure this one deserves the publicity. I’m not fond of today’s creation, but I decided to blog it anyway to show that sometimes you end up with something that you really dislike!

I wanted to play along with the Grungy Monday challenge. I’ve followed the blog for a while now (you must follow it, it’s wonderful!) and this weeks challenge of using Tim Holtz 12 tags technique seemed like a fun one to start with. It. Was. Not! The technique is easy to do, and fun.. But it all went a little awry for me because of my collection of alcohol inks.

I don’t have very many alcohol inks, simply because I don’t use them very often. Slowly building my collection was not my friend in this instance, because I didn’t have any colours that weren’t BRIGHT. Yes, that deserves capitals. You’ll see why in a minute. Still, onwards I went with my BRIGHT alcohol inks.

I started by adding Raspberry, Butterscotch, Pool and Purple Twilight alcohol inks to my ink tool. I then toned the Raspberry slightly by dripping a little Snow Cap over the top. I then swiped the ink onto Ranger’s inkssentials Glossy Paper using Tim’s Technique. I then dripped a little Alcohol Blending Solution onto my page and set it aside to dry.


Whilst that page was drying. I made another plaid page, this time using Ranger’s new Speciality Stamping Paper and Purple Twilight, Pool, Eggplant and Butterscotch alcohol inks. I love, love LOVE this paper!


I then sprayed a mix of Adirondack Colour wash- Stream and Perfect Pearls – Pink Gumball and Perfect Pearl onto a piece of white card. Drying it with my heat tool. Once dry I stamped it all over with the Cross Hatch pattern from Tim Holtz’s Ultimate Grunge stamp set, with white ink. Heat setting it with my heat tool.


Now it was around this point that a touch of panicky ‘I have no idea what I’m doing and I hate it all’ set in. Does anyone else’s crafting mojo just up and desert them when things run less than smoothly?!

Still, onwards. I then stamped the lovely ‘be yourself’ girlie from Tim Holtz’s Winged Things I stamp set onto Speciality Stamping Paper, then again onto Wendy Vecci’s Clearly For Art modelling film, and finally onto a corner of the pink toned Plaid I’d made earlier, using Archival Ink in Jet Black. I then heat set all three, before cutting the girlie without the wings from the stamping paper, and the wings only from the plaid and modelling film.

I then coloured my girlie using Tim’s Distress Markers in Tumbled Glass, Picket Fence, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Vintage Photo, Stormy Sky, Fired Brick and Wild Honey. I then used Ranger’s detail water brush to tone the colour down and give it a water colour look.

I then took a tiny doily and coloured it with Forest Moss Distress Marker before spritzing it liberally with perfect pearl mist and during it with my heat tool.

By now, I was very definitely in ‘oh my god, it’s wholly awful and hateful and what am I going to do, I don’t want to start again, it’s so wasteful’ mode. And honestly, I simply thought sod it and decided to assemble it all as a card for an alternative teenager. A cop out, but there you have it.

I decided to stamp the numbers from Tim’s Fairytale Frenzy stamp set, in Jet Black Archival all over the pink toned plaid, to give it a slightly edgy look now I had a recipient in mind. I roughly stamped it, leaving patches and turning the stamp upside down occasionally.


I then assembled it into a card, layering the pink toned plaid under the stream misted card, then adding the purple toned plaid on top. I then added the tiny doily and my girlie, with the plaid wings placed in their normal position then the modelling film wings slightly offset over those.


This was the point where I realised I’d forgotten to distress and colour the edges of my pages. I may have muttered some very bad words.


So there you have it, my gaudy and super BRIGHT attempt at this weeks Grungy Monday Challenge. I think it’s safe to say that I will not be winning anything from Simon Says Stamp. Haha!

In all honesty, it was really difficult for me to post something that went really wrong and that I hated. But I follow so many inspiring blogs where every post is something that is perfect, that it’s almost a little disheartening. Surely everyone makes something they dislike occasionally? Everyone must suffer the lack of craft mojo, or is that only me? Either way, I think it’s important to show the failures to. And oh boy, was this!

I think I need a lie down!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 12:37:43

    Hi Zoe, I think your card is great and your post is greater!! You carried me along with you and you are right. It doesn’t always go to plan. There is many a teenager out there that would love to receive your card. Hope you had a chocolate biscuit with your lie down 🙂


  2. Patch
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 13:05:11

    Hurrah for blogging about things that don’t turn out as planned! I fully intend to include my messes, mistakes and disasters in my blog. It’s all a learning curve, you have learned through the process, maybe your readers will learn from it too. I think your card has potential, you need to have another go, change it slightly, see if it works better. I think the colours are fine but there might be a teeny bit too much pattern on there, maybe??


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