Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Summertime Top Talent

Welcome back to another Top Talent spotlight at Our Creative Corner!

This month we are shining the spotlight on the winner of the 'Summertime' Challenge that was hosted by me!

Our Creative Corner is so pleased to be welcoming Bonnie as this months Top Talent!!!

  Bonnie has just become a second time winner here at Our Creative Corner. She won Claudia's Autumnal inspiration Challenge - so you will see her here again next month! 

What a treat!!!!!

Before we show you Bonnie's stunning creation,  let's just spend some time finding out a little bit more about this lovely lady.....

1. Where do you live?

I live in the USA in the western part of North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains… right next to South Carolina… My Husband and I moved here 14 years ago to get away from the hub bub of New Jersey.. but we lived in the same mountain range up there…just a few 700 miles north of here. I grew up in NJ… raised our children in NJ and lived there most of my life… I have traveled a lot in the USA but have never flown in an airplane… and have NO DESIRE TO EITHER… I am a very grounded person… 

         We had always wanted a farm and so we packed everything we had into two trailers (one for us… and one for the Belgium horse) and we took off… we were headed to New Mexico… but when we saw these mountains… our hearts got hung up here… we love it here… these mountains are special and we love the energy around them. So we are hanging our hearts here for the time being…

2. How would you describe your art for the general public audience if they have never seen it before?

COLORFUL, and sometimes a little WILD… as I love it when I can get wild with things… Art should be FREE… and to be free you need to let go of all inhibitions… that is art… my art..
I do love to do all kinds of art though…

If I told you all the things I have done or do.. you might not believe me… but here it goes…

I love to spin wool, dye it, knit with it, felt it or just have it in piles to admire… 

I also love to draw, paint, Do Zentangle, create with paper.
I use to produce a line of silver wrapped jewelry that I sold wholesale, and created a whole line of special purses and beaded bags.
Sewing, quilting, and creating new things from old things… in clothes and in other art forms…
I love to make books, scrapping and also creative books… I have published over 18 books of my art; two being collaged cookbooks and 16 or so of my doodles and drawings.
So many of the things I love in my home are things that I love to create, like a huge basket collection… so I had to learn how to make baskets too when I was a teenager… and so I teach basket making of different fibers.
I am very prolific and love to create all the time… Doing Multi Media pieces and also total canvases covered in the old oil paints… or acrylic… just love it all.. you will tell my art by the colors and the love popping out of it…

3. Please tell us about any items in your craft stash that you can't be without? - What is your favourite 'must have' item for crafting? 

This is not a fair question as I would not choose to have only one ‘MUST HAVE’ item to have… BUT if I had to choose it would be white cardstock, pen and pencil… so I could create more and more things with that… 

also could I have some dyes … 

and how about a few die cuts…


and some rubberstamps,


and also lets not forget some ink pads… LOL..


.......did I hear you say ONE ITEM???

No way…??? Well then my one item would be my studio… the whole thing… I love it and take pride in being in it and using it everyday that I live… I enjoy it greatly…it is ME…


4. What three things do you think of most each day?

1.What we are going to eat for the day to keep our bodies nourished and in good health… we are very aware of keeping our body in the best health possible. That is body, mind and spirit…. it is first thing on our list every day… Meditate, plan meals and do chores is the first order of the day.

2. While all this is going on… my STUDIO is SCREAMING at me… HURRY up and GET in here… so I have to say that is the next thing I think about.. What am I going to do today to create a better feeling among people on this EARTH WALK…

3. This might sound funny… but the next thing of priority is “What colors are needed to be used… to bring this about…” As I stated color is very important in my art… and my life… I love color… In my art and my blogging, I try to send love to all people in need of LOVE… and I do that off and on all day long… I love people… people in my daily life are no different than my blog land friends, or anyone else… I love them all.. and respect their feelings. So I do think of people all day long.


5. How do you spend your time when not crafting?

       I have to say I craft 99% of all my life… I love to cook… and create new recipes… we are on a gluten free, organic diet and so we try to eat as much raw food and also good foods as possible… so I create all the time… I also love to knit my hubbies socks… he is totally spoiled and I love it…
      Most of my friends are craft oriented people as well.. .so I spend time with them.. .and lets not forget, I do teach at least about 35 hours a week… so it doesn’t leave much time… to do a lot of “personal things.”
       I love to spend a lot of time talking with my husband, planning out future projects for the farm and our lives… if is always fun… we have been married for over 45 years and still love to talk about things… all kinds of things.. and learn and read together… a big plus in our lives… 

      We also love to take rides to explore new things in our area… so that is a real exciting thing.. that is becoming a thing almost of the past, with the price of fuel.. .but we still try to get in a trip a week… at some time…

6. Do you have any personal goals you have attained or would like to attain in the future?

      The future… I would love to spend more time with our grandsons… one lives in NJ… one in NC… and would love to have the family all back together in one area… attainable???? You never know… but I am putting this out to the universe and maybe it will happen… magic and miracles do happen. 

      I teach classes now all the time… and love the gals that come to play and learn. Would love to have total week-end get away’s, publish more articles in art magazines and also create all kinds of books for others to learn from… Generally just more of what I am doing now… I love it all.  I am living the future everyday in as many ways as possible…

7. Any inspirational words you can share?

Always make sure that your “TO DO” list is very long… and that you always have something else ready to start, when what you are working on is done.. 

Always be ready to enjoy and live each and every second of your life to the fullest. 

And do it all in full LOVE from your HEART CENTER. 

I just would like to say THANK YOU to Laura for choosing my work as a winning piece for a challenge. Being in the arts all my life has been a total enjoyment and thrill and to be able to share it with the world is very exciting. Thank you to everyone at Our CREATIVE CORNER for this opportunity to speak out and allow you into my space a little more… I love it all.. thanks.....
      I have been on Design Teams in the past, also recently have been a Guest Designer on quite a few different challenges, but I have to say that this one has been the one with the most FREEDOM to create as I do....I have had a lot of fun making this project.


You are very welcome Bonnie! We are so glad that you had a great time being here with us - It has been an honour to have you here as our Top Talent. You have been such a star and I look forward to hosting your Top Talent Spotlight next month... it is time to shine the spotlight on this month's Top Talent creation - let's see what Bonnie made for us!


This project started off with being a book... and turned into a box with sections of art work, using a letter from the word NATURE to be the focal point of that particular section.

I have over 800 pictures of this project.... oh yes, did I mention that I love to take pictures too.. LOL... but I am only putting a few up here for you to see... you will have to go to my blog to see all the rest of them...


This is one of the sides of the cubbie that holds my art... of course it had to be created in a very special way too... all the sides and top are decorated with nature.

Oh the cubbie is covered in BARK that a kind birch tree gave to my Daughter in Law. She carried the bark in her arms for over a mile hike down the mountain and then it was a given to me as a gift. I love gifts like this. Thanks Casey

You can see the word NATURE spelled out here on the 'sections' of this project. I didn't have the letters A or R as they had been used on another project. so I used an upside down V and for the A and the & for the letter R... well you have to creative on all levels... and allow humor to run free too...

When you look at the front of the cubbie box... you will see the sections, waiting to be viewed... which you will be able to see that all on my blog. I have also made it multi layered on my blog, so there is a quick see version and also an intense one... with all the pictures of the project being made etc....

When you pull a letter out or a section of the cubbie , you will find a pocket on the front. The pocket has a picture like the one above on the front of it... and in the pocket a tag...

This whole project is all about making rubber stamps that suit your needs... I wanted a CROW stamp that was uniquely my own CROW... that would MOVE... and would CROW like things... that is what I did... and also a few more stamps too... and I used lots of techniques through out the entire project.

There are six sections... all different in all ways..

When you open the section up, there is another piece of art on each side... they are naturally all very different, using different techniques and venues...

Here is one that I created with a few of the crows, on a limb with all different squares in the background. On the limb, a few leaves from another rubberstamp... what fun I had. There are 12 different pages to view some that open into another entirely different area....

I also love to create all different kinds of things... so I had to make a face from air dried clay... and make a fun key for the outside of the project...

Sharing is a great experience... and on my blog I will show you a few other projects that I have created with the stamps simply created and used.....

This is just so amazing Bonnie! So many perfect details and it is obvious that you have put your heart into every part of this....Your work is always so wonderful and so very unique. It is such an honour to feature this gorgeous creation at Our Creative Corner.
Thank you for being such a wonderful Top Talent in the spotlight!
If you want to see more photos and details of this wonderful creation and find out how it was made, then please go along to Bonnie's blog and say "Hello" - I am sure she would love to see you there!


Would you like to see your work here in the 'Our Creative Corner' Spotlight?
You could be here as our 'Top Talent' with the spotlight shining on something you have created! 
All you have to do is enter my Go-Rustic challenge and if you are picked as the winner you will be invited to appear here as our Top Talent and have the spotlight shine on something you have made. We will also ask you some questions so that we can be nosey find out more about you....

You could also be one of our Top 3 and you could even be the lucky winner of a $25 voucher to spend at the Funkie Junkie Boutique - a prize very kindly donated by Linda -The Funkie Junkie......
There is one more week of the Go-Rustic challenge left, so why not have fun creating!
You have gotta be in it to win it!

Happy Crafting! 
Laura xxx

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Sponsor Spotlight No.2

Hello everyone, Alison here.  I'm delighted to offer up the second Sponsor Spotlight of October, highlighting our fabulous sponsor this month, The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

There's a $25 gift voucher at the Funkie Junkie Boutique on offer as the prize - so come and play along with our Go Rust-ic! challenge theme.


I love The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  As well as fantastic prices on products from Ranger and Tim Holtz, and lots of other great companies too, Linda Coughlin (a.k.a. the Funkie Junkie herself) also has a whole range of really funkie (of course) vintage charms and fabrics and other goodies that you don't find everywhere.

I decided to focus on some of the fabulous Metal Embellishments, specifically the set of 

And here's the tag they inspired…
(Almost all the products I used are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique - just click the links to go shopping!)

I started with a tea-stained tag, and used the Tim Holtz Shatter Stencil, blending through some Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

Over that I applied some Wendy Vecchi Translucent Embossing Paste through the Hearts Stencil.

Once that was dry, I repositioned the Hearts and applied some of the Crackled Texture Paste over the top.  

Once dry and crackly, I used Distress Stains in the same colours to create the depth of colour and highlight the crackles.

Having not quite lined up the stencil in exactly the same place, the Distress Stains seeped into the card in some places and met the resist of the translucent paste in others.  And, being liquid, they also occasionally seeped under the crackle.  I really love the imperfections caused - more than happy to embrace the look!

The shatter pattern underneath disappeared slightly, but I decided to mount the whole thing on a jumbo tag using the same stencil.  As well as the Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge, there's also some Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade involved in the background tag.

I spent some time arranging the keys to please the eye.  

I love all the different filigree shapes…

Some of them have had a little touch of Florentine Gold Treasure Gold just to warm up the colour tone in order to complement the inks.

…and there's a great variation in sizes - something for every project!

With all that shattered stencilling and the cracked hearts, the sentiment just bubbled up.

I used Distress Stains to dye some Seam Binding for the topping, and secured it with some rustic raffia.

So that's my Funkie Junkie tag for you.  Claudia will be here later in the month with Sponsor Spotlight No.3, and if you missed Laura's amazing Dylusions tutorial, check it out here.


Don't forget to check out this month's challenge to be in with a chance of winning the $25 gift voucher for The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  

We are Going Rust-ic this month - so get out those rusty shades of ink and paint, or show us your favourite faux-rust technique.  Perhaps you might like to show us some real rust!  No matter how rusty you are, we would love to see your rusty creations.

Happy Crafting!
Alison xx

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Going Rustic Industrial style

Welcome back everyone!

Today our October Guest Designer is here at Our Creative Corner. It makes me very proud to be able to welcome an amazing artist to showcase a 'Rust-ic' design for you today.

Mark Gould is one of my favourite artists - His work is so unique, brilliant and very inspiring!...I met him at Stamperama and was thrilled to see him demonstrating the Decoart products (and of course after viewing the crafting he does with such brilliance, I couldn't resist buying some of these wonderful products!!!)

I knew Mark would do a wonderful job of being Guest Designer this month. When I asked Mark if he would like to be our Guest Designer for October, he was eager to take on the challenge - even though he knew this would be a very busy time - and I must say I am in awe of him... because even though things have been very hectic for him, Mark is here today bringing a very special interpretation of my Rust-ic challenge....

So why not come along for a Rustic Journey - Take a peek as Mark takes you through some wonderful rust and grungy techniques and inspires you to make your own Rust-ic Creations!


Morning all, Mark here from Speshink and I am so happy to have been asked to be the Guest Designer for October and to join in with such an amazing team of artists.

Laura has set the challenge this month with the theme Going Rust-ic.
I love all things shabby and grungy, taking something and making it look old and worn.
So with that in mind I created a little industrial grunge steampunk ish wall hanging using lots of products from the new Decoart Media Line

My wall hanging is an assemblage of smaller pieces gathered together.
I started with a small pre gessoed Canvas and after a base coat of white I built up and blended my colours using Decoarts Media Fluids, Translucent yellow oxide, Quinacridone burnt orange and Quinacridone gold before edging the canvas with black archival ink.

The middle and bottom sections have both been cut from foam board. The middle section has been made from two layered sections of board.The base was painted With Raw Umber and then a coat of Decoarts Crackle paint (this comes white but is easily coloured with the fluid acrylics)
Once dry I added some washes of black and quinacridone gold to give an aged and tarnished look.
The top board was given a base coat of white and then a coat of Green Gold this is a really bright almost citrus green/yellow colour, it was looking a little to bright so some more washes of black and quin gold were added to grub it up.
If you are not sure what I mean by a wash, basically its when you really water down the paint. The fluid acrylics are pretty much pure pigment so the colour stays true even when thinned down. I add a small amount of paint to my craft mat and then start adding water with my brush till I get the results I am after. If you apply the wash and its to strong in colour, just spritz the piece with water to dilute and get the finish you are happy with.the chipped edges have just been painted on by hand using Raw Umber.
The decals are from 7 Gypsies and are rub ons.

The main focal piece comes from a kids airfix model and has been given a tarnished brass finish that I 
picked up on Andy Skinners Timeworn Techniques online class.

The bottom section was coated with Decoarts Modelling paste and was applied patchy and randomly, I wanted the surface to have some texture. Once dry the edges were coated with their texture paste.

Again a base of white was added and then a slightly watered down coat of colbalt blue. A few colour washes were added to pick out the low spots. Finally the edges and rust runs were added by painting Quin gold and just scrubbing it into the textured sections.

The red box was also from the model kit and painted to look like an old metal unit.

The top section has been made from a mixed media board from Tando-creative these are laser cut boards made from grey board.
I used a diamond plate embossing folder, coated the board with texture paste once dry a coat of white paint and then a coat of Panes Grey media fluid acrylic.

Paint over with some quin gold and let dry. This starts to bring out a really nice rusty look,
If you want to go a little further you can add a wash of Red Iron Oxide and just let it dry naturally.

The finishing touches were added, Tim's tap head has been painted with the Patina antiquing cream, left to dry and then just rubbed back to reveal the metal.

Some rust wire was added from the industrial box to the machine.

A few other embellishments were added, a couple more Tim pieces and a light bulb from one of my dads old cars (don't worry, he had accumulated lots of car bits while he was still around)

Thanks so much for stopping by and again a big thank you to Laura and the rest of the team for having me join in 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumnal Image Inspiration Winner and Top3

Servus and....PHEW! Choosing a winner and Top3 from all the gobsmackingly fantastic entries for my Autumnal Image Inspiration Challenge was incredibly hard - well, almost impossible for me this time!

You all have made me so proud and happy with your inspired and heartfelt projects you've entered. It is such a great reward as a challenge host to find what load of artful goodness my photographs were able to "spark" in you. Thank you so much! You have made this a really special and unforgetable challenge for me!

Make sure you don't miss this month's challenge "go RUST-ic!" which is hosted by lovely Laura this time - you will definitely like this one just as much as you obviously liked mine! It is open until October 28th and there's a prize sponsored by

this time! So don't miss the chance to win a generous $25 voucher to spend at Linda's fab store!

The lucky winner of the Tando prize for the Autumnal Image Inspiration Challenge is -

 No.19 - Pamellia 

Well done!!! Have fun with your Tando Creative goodies!

But now on to the winner and was already very hard to narrow down your fab entries to only four favourites...but I definitely struggled with choosing the winning project among my two most favourite entries....You know that usually the challenge host picks her winner with Our Creative Corner, but as I had two projects which I equally liked and loved (and still do), I asked for a little help from the team this time.

So thanks to the votes of my wonderful and helpful teamies I am finally able to present THE challenge winner ("phew!" again ;). And it is....

"A Forest Alive"

Bonnie managed to create a whole little forest-universe in itself - full of all the things there are to love about the forest: heavenly textures, colours, shapes, the tiny plants and creatures you only see when you look out for them and their magical whisper... and she managed to evoke that feel of diving into a world on its own when you look at her frame. I highly recommend you visit Bonnie's blog to take a look at all the close ups she provides - it really feels like taking a hike in her personal enchanted forest!

Thank you so much, Bonnie, for your wonderful and magical interpretation of my challenge! xxx

My close up followers and Top3 (in order of appearance in the collection) are:

Forest Fern and Colours card

Ingrid did such a fabulous job with the Brushos! (Definitely have to have some too ;). I love the quote! And the background of this card looks like sunlight shining through the treetops (something I really love about the forest), doesn't it? The iridiscent sequins are the most clever and beautiful addition - such a tiny detail but it makes such an impact! See?


"Nature Heals" Assemblage

Manu's project is one of those creations I love to call "crafted poetry". I love that she has used bees wax to collage a selection of the most wonderful textural nature elements to her selfmade frame. The handle is such a wonderful detail that adds so much to this delicate project and I love the muted colour scheme! There's so much to discover...just like there is when you look at the forest ground ;)
I too am convinced that nature heals! It has its own powerful magic (if we are open to it)...and Manu definitely has captured some of that in her lovely assemblage, hasn't she?

"almost abandoned" project

I just have to say how glad I am that RosA revived and finished her project as it is absolutely brilliant! She managed to encorporate almost all of the elements from the image inspiration...but in her very own individual way and so uniquely...which is a real adventure for me to see! I love how the textured frame holds it all in place and becomes part of the creation. It's great to see how she managed to have all the image details go together so naturally. She made a single image from my nine - and it works so well! I love it!


Huge congrats to you, ladies! I bow to your artistry and imaginative skills! Thank you so much for playing along and sharing your wonderful art with us! I also want to say a huge thank you to all the other players - I so enjoyed and loved visiting your blogs and seeing your fab creations! xxx


Don't forget about the current challenge - "go RUST-ic!", which is open until October 28th! The team and me would love you to join in and have you share some more of your fabulous art with us! 

Also make sure to not miss the monthly Sponsor Spotlights! There's already a gobsmacking tag tutorial from Laura over HERE and some more tutorials are to come up soon (and of course revisiting the older ones is also more than worth it ;)! 

Hugs and happy crafting,

Claudia xxx

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Sponsor Spotlight No.1

Hi everyone!

 Laura here to bring you the first of our Sponsor Spotlights for this month....

Linda, who owns the Funkie Junkie Boutique, is our very generous sponsor this month and she will be giving a very lucky winner $25 to spend at her store! 

 I am envious of that winner already!!! ;o)

My spotlight today is to highlight a product that Linda sells and of course there is so much to choose from!...eventually I decided to make this spotlight about......

I hope today I can show you that these ink sprays don't all have to be viewed with dark glasses, and that Dylusions can be so much more than just an occasional spritzing fun or a bright colour effect!!!

Many of you will know the techniques already, but I thought a re-cap doesn't hurt and for any new crafters out there who see those ink shades and think....
"The colours are nice, but they are way too bright for me
....I hope that after reading this you might want to give them a go.

Yes, those intense, bright, inky Dylusions sprays formed the beginning of all these tags - all eleven of them! And I would like to share how I made them with you today.

Grab a cuppa - this is a long post! 

I had started this spotlight off thinking about doing 2 or 3 tags!!!
....but the list of techniques I wanted to mention grew and grew and grew!


You will all know the first two techniques, 'spritz and flick' and 'wrinkle free distress', from using it with Distress inks....but do you ever use it with the Dylusions sprays?

In fact this is a very good way to use up leftover ink spray on the craft mat - so don't forget this basic technique when mopping up any excess ink!....

I used these inks....

I spritzed the ink onto the craft mat

Added a few spritzes of water

Pressed a tag into the ink and then dabbed with a tissue

Left it to dry and then did some spritz and flick with water

I then got another tag and repeatedly dabbed it into the ink

I joined these two tags together - I added some beautiful stamps, some stenciling with DI's and some stamping with archival ink and ended up with this...

Now for another - I got a tag and spritzed with these inks. 

These colours are very you can see....

I spritzed the tag with water and kept spritzing until the colours were well blended and as you can see here...running into a pool at the bottom...

I swept the pool of ink aside (I try not to waste ink - dab some card into it and save it) then I dabbed the tag with tissue. The ink, even through it had been saturated with water, still has quite a strong colouring power and using the tissue, I dabbed ink across the card adding texture....

And here is the finished tag....lightly blending some Black Soot Distress ink around the edges, adding a couple of stamps using Jet Black archival ink and some ribbon spritzed with the same Dylusions inks....

Now another technique, quite similar to the previous one - I use this technique quite a lot - mainly because I really don't want to waste ink by dabbing it with tissue....

 First spritz the tag lightly with water and spray with the Dylusions Sprays...

Place another tag on top and press down.

Yes, fingers are inky!

  Peel apart and the first tag is now less bright (though still quite vivid - the inks have a lot of strength!) and the second tag is a bit patchy...not a problem! You can blend some distress inks over it, you could always just enjoy the contrasting white patches on the card......

......or you can do as I did and spritz the 2nd tag with water. The ink will blend again (even though it has just been picked up as excess watered down ink from the first tag) and you can dab the water away. Again the ink spray is strong enough to make patterns with the ink on the crumpled tissue...great for a muted textured card to use as a base for a project.

Now you have two tags...but I chose to use one and have the other as part of the decoration...I stamped some flowers onto the bright first tag and cut them out. I then stuck them onto the second tag which has been stamped with flowers and a quote.

I am bored with this colour scheme now!!!....lets move on to something a bit brighter!!!....

POW!!! That is bright!!! 

With this tag I had a lot of fun spritzing the ink everywhere (and of course mopping up the excess with card and saving it for another time)

Dylusions sprays are great....They are easy to use, blend together really well, react with water....and that perhaps is the only 'negative' thing in my eyes. The 'react with water' is great for blending and lifting the ink - but what about when we want the ink to stay where we put it?

I dabbed Matte Multi Medium through the stencil. I didn't use it all over the tag, just dabbed around the edges. After it was dry I spritzed with water and placed another tag over the top. You can see there a lot of intense ink coming out of the tag. One excellent thing about Dylusions sprays is a little goes a LONG way....I can get three or four tags out of just mopping up ink.......

As you can see here....after the tag has been spritzed and dabbed, I spritzed with water again and you can see that ink is coming out of the tag...

 I carry on spritzing until the ink is too pale to be worth mopping up with card. I want to get all the excess ink out and leave a really stark contrast between the multi medium and the bleached ink background.

And here is the finished tag. Flowers were punched out of the 'mop up' card and filled with Copper Liquid Pearls. The 'mop up' card also made a good matching base for the quote. A flourish stamp inked with Coffee Archival ink was added and the tag was edged in Vintage Photo DI.

Stencils are great to use with also works well with reversing the stencil....

Spray the ink through the stencil

Carefully lift the stencil off

Place a tag down onto the stencil

And there is the reversed stencil image

And here are the results of both tags...First I spritzed both tags with some water....

I used two stencils and some DI's and some stamping done with Archival ink.

With this tag I added some archival inked stamps and some grungy black ink dabbed around the edges

Shall we try something a bit grungy?....perhaps with a touch of Steampunk?

Grab a tag, stencil and texture paste. 
I chose a clock stencil and spread the paste all over the tag. 

Choose your inks and you need to spritz quite heavily here 

Lift off stencil carefully and the texture paste has absorbed all that ink

Don't waste that ink and paste!

The effects are well worth saving!

When the texture paste is dry, spritz the tag with water and tilt the tag encouraging the ink to blend and spread around the card...

                                                       And there is the finished tag....

I just added some torn pieces of a previously paste/inked card and some Distress inks just to add some shabbiness to the tag.  A few embellishments and some spritzing with water and we have a grungy hint of Steampunk tag....

And here is another grungy technique...

Staying well away from bright colours with this one! - here we are just using Melted Chocolate and Ground Coffee...

 First scrunch up a piece of card

Then spray with the inks - really saturate the card. 

You then need to leave the inked card until it is nearly dry. It shouldn't have any ink pools in the creases of the card.

Place the tag on top of the inked card and press down firmly - a brayer works well for this

Lift up and you have a gorgeous leather effect on the card. If you have been a bit too eager and printed the tag too soon (and have simply printed an ink splodge) then just grab another tag and press it onto the inked card - the second go should work...and don't worry the first print can be an 'additional extra'!

And here is the finished tag!

Can Dylusions get paler?...of course! How about a vintage look?

The most recent new Dylusions Sprays are a selection of vintage colours...these aren't the brights we have been used to seeing...these are dark vintage colours. They are still strong inks though, with the same immense colouring power that the 'brights' have, so to use them in a subtle way we have to be subtle....

I used Chopped Pesto and Ground Coffee and sprayed the tag from about 20" away. Any closer and you will be likely to get the 'splodge spritz' This is great if you want to cover the card with colour, but here I wanted to get only a very fine mist (don't mind the odd dot here and there as that adds some variation in the texture effect)

When dry I began to spritz the tag with water...I did one spritz and took a photo just to show you the intensity of the ink...even though the tag had a very fine spray, when activated with water the ink begins to spread quickly...

    When covered with water you can see how much ink was there, even though it was two spritzes from far away. I could cover another tag with this excess ink, but I want to get a textured effect and for that I want to dab the card with scrunched up tissue...

And this is the effect it gives....I dabbed randomly, leaving some patches of ink and dabbing more in some areas than others. Even after the watery ink has been dabbed away, the original ink spray is still there giving a lovely vintage textured effect.

And here is the finished tag....a bit of a shame really that I got totally carried away with embellishments and the tag is almost completely covered!

At least some of the Dylusions spray texture can still be seen....


Now for another pale tag....using Gesso as a resist...

Pomegranate seed and Dirty Martini? Pale?....

Apply Gesso to the tag

Spritz the ink onto the craft mat (a little goes a LONG way!) and add spritzes of water

Press the tag into the ink - you could leave it to dry like this, but I wanted it paler...

So I dabbed it with tissue

Then because there was ink left I began to dab the tag into the ink.

I spritzed the tag with White Linen Dylusions ink because it is opaque and I wanted a chalky splattered effect on the tag.

And here is the finished tag....

I just added some leaf stencils in layers of several shades of green Distress inks. Then I added some ivy stamps in archival ink. The quote and bird was stamped with Archival ink too and then stuck onto the tag.

Right....let's hop back to the brights for a moment...and talk about Ghosting. I am sure everyone knows this technique, but let's just see it again... (basically because I love doing it!) ;o)

For this technique I chose probably two of the most intense Dylusions sprays -

Bit too dark! No worries - when dabbed with a bit of tissue we get a much calmer colour

Apologies for using the same stencil again - but it is new and I LOVE it!!!

Using the ghost technique with a stencil is a perfect way to add texture to the background.  Spritz the stencil with water, and while the stencil is still in place dab with tissue.  The ink remains where the stencil was. You can see it is quite a dramatic difference... 

And looks very pretty! I wanted to further tweak the texture effect though....

If you leave the stencil effect as it is in the previous picture and allow to dry, you will get this effect

But if you dab the pattern lightly with a tissue, after leaving it for a moment or two, you will get this gorgeous 'outlined' effect. 

So with this tag I left some patches to dry naturally and in others I just lightly blotted with a tissue....

And after further embellishments with Distress ink, Distress Paints, stencils and stamps I ended up with this...

 And so we finally have come to the end of the Funkie Junkie Boutique Dylusions Spotlight!

 Thanks so much to you if you are still here! 
I hope that I have inspired some of you to reach for those Dylusions sprays.
And if you have never used them before - what are you waiting for?! - Go and grab some bargains at Linda's FJBoutique!


There will be two more Funkie Junkie Boutique Spotlights this month. 
Both Claudia and Alison will be here to tell you about their choices for the spotlight this month - you won't want to miss those posts!

And don't forget to check out this months challenge. 

We are 'Going Rust-ic!' this month - so get out those rusty shades of ink and paint or show us your favourite 'faux rust' technique...Perhaps you might like to show us some real rust!
 However rusty you are - we would love to see your rusty creations....

Remember - you gotta be in it to win it!

Happy Crafting!

Laura x