Friday, April 6, 2012

Tim Holtz Online Card Class–Creative Chemistry 101 Day 5

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101

Day 5 of Creative Chemistry for me – my Picket Fence Distress Stain came in the mail yesterday and wow is it cool!  I think craft companies really have our number when it comes to producing the same item in a myriad of colors.  That ugly burgundy color that I’ll rarely use – doesn’t matter, hafta buy it so I can have a full set!  It’s a really frustrating (and ultimately expensive) problem to have.  I feel like non-crafters don’t really understand, asking ‘why don’t you just buy the colors you will use?’ I can’t explain it, but it’s like some sort of compulsion.  Sometimes I can hold off and buy some at a time, but if it’s all at once on a really good sale, watch out – because it’s like some sort of drug.  Adding (and especially completing) a collection is the fix.  I wish I were joking about this, but those who know me, know that I’m not kidding.  But it’s a love-hate relationship, I love color so much and seeing all shades and tones together is so visually pleasing to me.

Why did I go off on a mini rant on colors?  Because Picket Fence (Distress Stain) is a game-changer.  It’s not like buying that random ugly color of burgundy (I’m looking at you, Aged Mahogany) to get your fix, it’s a completely unique product.  Given that it’s white, it’s actually pigment mixed with liquid to give a semi-transparent look.  I’m so glad I got it because there’s a lot you can do with it, and two of today’s tags feature it.

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Stained Kraft Resist Technique – I don’t have Kraft Resist paper, so I made my own with some clear embossing powder on a paper bag.  Not supposed to use Picket Fence Distress Stain on this one but I did – oops!  Turns out to be a happy accident; I love how it looks.

Stamping with Stains Technique – Love the bold color with the white script and black butterflies.

Marbled Stains Technique – LOVE!  Super cool technique, so happy to have that Picket Fence Distress Stain.

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Close-up of my fake Kraft Resist paper…pretty close to the real thing, no?

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How pretty is that script behind the butterflies?

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This mottled and marbled finish is so cool.  I tried to catch some of the detail – I couldn’t get this result if I tried, it just happens and comes together naturally!

I really hope you’ve been ‘enjoying the journey’ as Tim puts it, each day is more and more fun.  If you missed Day 4 you can check it out here.  Not sure what I’m going to do for Day 6…I have no Distress Markers and no plots to buy any at the moment…any ideas?