Hi There & Happy Friday!! I need to start by saying HELLO & WELCOME to my new followers!! Thank you so much for choosing to follow me–I know you have thousands of choices of blogs to follow and I’m most certainly glad that you choose little ole’ me as one of your favorites!! I do hope you’ll enjoy the crafty entertainment I provide here at Ain’t That Artsy Fartsy!! 🙂
I’m here today with my creation for Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #29-Eroded Metallic.
Challenge #29 is technique based and is found on page 44 of Tim’s third tome of his Compendium of Curiosities series. That means I can’t show you what I did to create the Eroded Metallic effect and you’ve got to have your own copy of CC3 to enter this latest challenge that closes on Tonight @ 11:55pm MDT. Inspiration Emporium is the sponsor for this challenge with a $50 gift certificate to one randomly drawn entrant! Sooo Cool!! Then, of course, there’s the Curiosity Crew’s Choice Prize Packaged donated by Tim & Mario!! Even Cooler!! 😉
Today’s post is a bit word & photo heavy, but this is where the creative muse took me and I can’t deny the muse when she decides to grace me with inspiration!! 🙂
I created two little eroded metallic matchboxes, filled with little treasures, that these two sweethearts exchanged with each other. I didn’t take many, if any, step out photos while putting these matchboxes together–sorry. But, let me show you what I did take shots of.
Here are my two panels of Eroded Metallic. I created these on manila stock and have them cut to size for the Matchbox M&S die. Now, I hope I can say this, without exposing too much about the technique–
–My paper towel has a design on it, of sorts, with little dimples all over the place, and that ended up transferring onto the surface of my eroded metallic panels. I highly recommend using smooth paper towels for this technique, but at the same time, the extra texture on these panels is pretty neat, too.
Not to spoil any surprises of what’s to be found inside one of the matchboxes, but I made a whole bunch of these little, itty bitty shrink plastic hearts. I colored the shrink plastic with Terra Cotta & Cranberry Adirondack AIs, punched out many little hearts, and carefully shrunk them with my embossing heat gun.
OK–here’s what I did–I filled a little corked vial with them!! But more on those later–Let’s meet Ralph!! 🙂
This is Ralph’s box he gave to his sweetheart, Dorothy–Dottie is what everyone calls her! You see, Ralph is headed West for a super big job interview that could change their lives forever! He’s headed on a road trip and made this little matchbox of special mementos to give to his betrothed.
The key is simply the key to his heart, and Dottie’s got it completely!! The button–Well, that is the button that Dottie was looking for on the day when they met for the very first time!
Ralph was approaching his bus stop, when we saw this lovely blonde woman hunched over, looking at the ground and kind of wandering aimlessly. No sooner had he saw her, she rammed right into him and head-butted him square in his gut!! Down he went, right on top of Dottie’s missing button. He pocketed it that day, introduced himself to the laughing woman who just knocked him down, and proceeded to help her look for her missing coat button, until their bus arrived. They’ve been together ever since!!
Ralph also wanted his beloved Dottie to be reminded of how he feels about her, because they’ll be separated for a little bit, and he won’t be able to talk to her for a while (this is pre-cell phone times). This little message was created using a small talk sticker that was cut into its little word band pieces.
So, Ralph may have had a little help with the assembly of his salvaged keepsakes! His matchbox contains another shrink plastic heart and one of those Tiny Tattered Florals roses! My goodness, they are small!! They key to Ralph’s heart is a locket key, that I crackled up with DA Crackle Glaze. Dottie’s button is a fanciful button that I dyed with Cranberry Adirondack AI. I pulled a piece of stained seam binding through the button hole, attached a wire pin and attached the small talk sticker.
Ralph is one of the photo booth images that I lightly tinted with a couple of distress markers. I added some remnant rubs and adhered an observation word band to the matchbox with matte multi-medium. I gave the little box a splattering of Antique Linen & Walnut Stain DPs with a round paint brush.
Now, let’s see what Dottie made for Ralph-
Dottie wanted Ralph to be reminded of all of the love she has for him and send him off with as much luck as she could possibly give him.
She’s given Ralph their lucky bingo piece and a little bottle full of love!!
Dottie & Ralph have a standing Friday night date-They go out to play bingo and afterwards, get either ice cream cones or root beer floats. One particular date night, found them the lucky winners of the nightly bingo bonanza play, and they won big!! Big enough for Ralph to be able to take this cross country road trip!! So, Dottie is giving Ralph their lucky bingo game piece, to bring Ralph continued good luck & fortune while he’s driving West. She’s also sending him off with this little bottle filled with hearts, to remind him that she’s filled with love for him!
Dottie summed up her feelings for Ralph in the darling small talk message she left for him at the bottom of the matchbox.
Dottie is also a photo booth image that I tinted with a couple of distress markers. I added a couple of rem-rubs & adhered an observation word band to her trinket box, too! I finished off with the same splattering of Walnut Stain & Antique Linen DPs that I did on Ralph’s matchbox. OH–something that I didn’t mention–the little brad heads on each box. I attempted the eroded metallic technique on them, but the surface is so small, they ended up as altered surfaces instead!
OH–here are the bottoms of the matchboxes!
And here they are, Ralph & Dottie captured forever in their early years, commemorated by the little souvenirs that each matchbox holds inside–Such fun!!
Creating the stories for these two images was just as fun as the physical creating of the matchboxes themselves! Creative writing was one of my strong subjects in school, and I was inspired by one of my bloggy friends and OCC DTmate, Laura, when she mentioned how looking at old photographs made her wonder who/when/why/where/what?! The ideas just took off from there!! So cool when that happens!!
Well, time to get back to the crafty table so I can have something for you this weekend, when I’m back wearing my Artistic Outpost Design Team bonnet on Sunday!!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!! Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Matchbook Bigz Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix)
- Distress Paints, Markers & Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
- Menagerie Paper Stash, Corked Vial, Photo Booth, Remnant Rubs, & Observation Word Bands (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads; Micro Beads
- Manila Stock; Paper Towels
- Matchbox Movers & Shakers Die and Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz/Sizzix); Big Shot Machine (Sizzix); Round Paint Brush; Heat Tool; Matt Multi-Medium (Ranger); Detail Paint Brush