Compendium of Curiosities Challenge – Week Five

Here I am, running late as usual! It’s week five of the lovely Linda Ledbetter CC2C challenge. This week it’s the shattered stains technique found on page 48 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 2. This weeks challenge is sponsored by the generous folk over at Simon Says Stamp

Now, I confess, whilst I found the technique itself fun, I really had no idea what to do with the pieces themselves. I must have about 20 separate shattered stains pieces as I did each piece then realised I didn’t know what to do with them! I finally settled on making a canvas to hang in my daughters nursery.


I started by making two shattered stains butterflies, then the words ‘dreams’ and ‘soar’, also in the shattered stains. I then made a crown and set of wings and shattered stained them too.

Next I Gessoed a mini canvas using Claudine Hellmuth White Gesso. The canvas was a really ugly faux painted thing that I found for 20p, perfect for altering!


Once the Gesso was dry, I used Snow Cap, Stream and Pool Paint Dabbers straight onto my craft mat, mixing them with my fingers and finger painting the canvas.


Next I took the bubble wrap type stamp from Tim’s Mixed Media stamp set and dabbed it with Snow Cap paint dabber. I then rolled the stamp over the edges of the canvas. I bent the stamp slightly to get a softer impression.


I then took the honeycomb stamp from the same set, inked it with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and again rolled it over the edges of the canvas.


I spritzed the whole canvas with Biscotti Perfect Pearl Mist then sanded all of the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Next I used Glossy Accents to glue my shattered stained words and pieces onto the canvas. I took the words ‘in’ and ‘we’ from Tim’s Chit Chat stickers, inked the edges of them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued them onto the canvas.





I stapled a strip of Binding Seam ribbon to the back of the canvas. The ribbon had been coloured using Broken China Distress Stain.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. artreviewed
    May 18, 2012 @ 11:34:35

    This is beauiful! And your instructions are really clear! I have a distress ink that I got given and have never known what to do with it but you have inspired me to give it a go on a project I will be undertaking for my boyfriends birthday! Thank you for sharing! xx


  2. Linda Ledbetter
    May 23, 2012 @ 02:02:10

    What a gorgeous canvas, Zoe! I love your use of color, and the Shattered Stains technique looks great!


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