Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Grungy Monday done by Tuesday!

Did you notice the title? That's right! It's Tuesday as in the day after Monday when Linda at StudioL3 issued the latest Grungy Monday challenge and I am posting a project!  Woo Hoo!  Guess my mojo from last week is still with me!

The instructions for Challenge 7 were to go to the Ranger Ink website for a demo on Distress Ink Color Blocking Technique from the master himself, Tim Holtz!

I guess I've been living under a rock or something because this is another "Tim" technique that I had never tried before.  It was fun, quick and easy!  And it looks great!    The bear was stamped, cut out and adhered with foam tape.  His hat was cut free-hand.

(After I took the picture, I decided to add strings with a black glaze pen to the inside balloons!)

I am so glad Linda is hosting Grungy Monday, it's getting me out and about! If you haven't tried Grungy Monday Challenge yet, drop by Linda's and give it a try!

Hope your week is fabulous!


In the comments Plume wondered how I did it.
Assuming that was not a rhetorical question, here's what I did for the bear:
Since I really struggle with blending the "traditional ways" (i.e., markers or pencils), I cheated.  I stamped the image on manilla cardstock, then with a blending tool lightly colored the entire bear (including the bow) with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, next I lightly went over most of it with Vintage Photo, then Walnut Stain around the outer edges and "recessed" areas.  After I cut him out, I went over the edges with Walnut Stain DI too.  I stamped a partial image of the bear just making sure I had the entire bow .  Using the blending tool I covered everything in Broken China DI.  After I cut the bow out, I went around the edges with Faded Jeans DI before gluing it on the bear. I went over his eyes and nose with a black Sakura Glaze pen.  I added a tiny white (Sakura Glaze) dots to each eye too. Quick and easy!

Stuff I used: 
PAPER: Inkssential Manilla cardstock (have I mentioned I LOVE this stuff?), card base unknown 
INK: Ranger Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Rusty Hinge, Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles, Dusty Concord, Crushed Olive, Broken China, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain), Stazon Ink (Ultra Marine)
STAMPS: JudiKins Stamp (Bear), Studio G Alphabet Stamps (#VS4191), Hero Arts "Sunny Birthday" Stamp 
ADHESIVES:  Micracle tape, Ace double side mounting tape, Zig 2-way glue, Studio Mat Medium
MISC: Blending Tool, Craft Mat, Sizzix Balloon die, small bit of yarn, Sukura Glaze pen


  1. Wonderful card. I love the way your colour blocking turned out, works great with the teddy bear.

  2. I can't believe there was a technique with Distress Ink that you didn't already have under your belt! You learn something new everyday! Love the card........

  3. Fabulous card! love the bear:)

  4. Great colourful blocking and loving your cute bear. Annette x

  5. WHat a cute and darling bear! Your colors came out so well! I wonder how you did it?

  6. Very cool card, so cute! Love the technique, yours came out really well!

  7. I love your card. Beautiful colors. Really sets off the bear nicely.

  8. This is such a fun card! The bear and baloons are set off so nicely by the backgroud.

  9. very vibrant and so good for such a card!
    Thanks for sharing...
    Sarah at 46

  10. What fun bright colors! A great birthday card.

  11. Lovely card and what a handsome bear to show it off with!!