27 December 2009

Another challenge completed…

Whoo-hoo!!! I’m kind of excited—I’ve finished all of this month’s Gingersnap Creations challenges, which was a personal challenge to myself! The GC34 Spicy Supply challenge was to use sandpaper. That was pretty easy, given that I love to distress everything!! This is also the first time I’ve ever made one of these little hangy thingys with a Maya Road chipboard shape. It was kind of fun. So—here’s my challenge entry:


Ever since I started stamping, I’ve been a huge fan of what I call “rubber stamp wisdom.” You know what I mean—those quirky sayings you see that make you laugh but that you know you’d never use. Well, if I see ‘em I buy ‘em, and this sentiment stamp was the very first one I purchased about 5 years ago. I even bought the outhouse image to go with it. And yes, there is a story behind it but we won’t go there! I sanded several things on this. The background paper uses one of my favorite techniques, faux fresco. In this technique, you Mod Podge crumpled waxed paper to cardstock, sand it, rub it with an ink pad, and then run it through a die cutting machine with an embossing folder. Once it’s embossed, you sand and ink some more. The texture is so interesting and very shabby chic, depending on the colors and EF you use. I did a variation on the technique for this project—instead of waxed paper, I used a page from an old phone book. Somehow, that seemed appropriate to the theme (both the outhouse and sandpaper theme LOL). I even used some of the phone book page as the mat behind the phrase. All the edges are also sanded/distressed. Thanks for taking a look, and I hope no one is offended!!