Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Courage - CCC#6

It's week 6 of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3! We were instructed to turn to page 66 of Compendium of Curiosities to the multi-medium collage  technique. 

Courage takes many forms - one form I had to practice while making this ATC.  After I finished the collage technique on the grungeboard frame, I found a piece of vellum with the word "courage" printed on it.  It fit behind the frame without any overlap on the top and bottom.  I decided to fill with Glossy Accent (to help hold the vellum in place)  All started well, then as I finished with the Glossy Accent I noticed there were a couple of teeny tiny air pockets. 

I popped the first one, no problem.  Getting the 2nd one didn't quite go as planned.  The vellum started lifting, the Glossy Accent started going over the frame (especially when I picked up the piece to try to "fix" the vellum from the bottom.)   The more I tried to fix it, the more frustrated I became.   Note to self:  Do NOT pick up anything with a lot of wet Glossy Accent and tip it sideways.

I started to trash the whole thing.  But just before scooping up the "mess" and hurling in the garbage, I made myself walk away with a promise I could throw it away later - after the Glossy Accent was dry.  

I am so glad I waited.  After the piece dried, it looked great (in a not perfect, kind of rumpled sort of way!)  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the vellum is a little "ruffled" (it's most notable in the top right corner).

And then there is this type of courage.  To those of you who have fought the battle, I salute you!

In addition to using multi-medium collage technique  on a few pieces of grungeboard, I also experimented on a couple of wooden stars, one of which ended up on this ATC. It makes for a thick ATC (the star is about 1/4" high):

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  1. Hey you know when you fight a battle you always come out a little rumpled from the experience so I think it very appropriate especially for the topic of this card. Your star turned cute too. Thanks for helping me out once again I'll show you what I did with the 'C' & we can figure out if it's fixable.

  2. A great tag and so glad you didn't toss it! Great things come to those who wait!

  3. Linda, this card is FABULOUS! The Glossy Accents Incident ended up producing one very spectacular ATC. The "Courage" panel looks like glazed porcelain-- very, VERY beautiful!

    I used that same wooden star on my own card this week, and I wish I'd done the edges with gold, too! Wonder if I can pry mine off and...

    Magnificent work, as always!

  4. I like them both! See, it was good to walk away, 'cause it turned out even better! lol They're really both fantastic pieces, Linda.

  5. Hi Linda, love both the pieces but your courage tag is to die for, fab. Annette x

  6. I had a little story behind my "master piece." Yours turned out wonderful! Glad you stuck with it!

  7. I think we've all been there at sometime or another. Your tag turned out wonderfully - I love it! The ATC is great too - what a fab chunky star it is.