Saturday, April 23, 2011

Grungy grandma

Okay, she would definitely not like being called that but since I'm using a 4"x6" photo of her for a Grungy Monday entry, that's what it is.  So there.  Yep, time for another Grungy Monday project.   It's week 4 and the theme is to use Texture Fades and Distress Ink, per Tim's video.  He's offered two ideas using these products; I chose to use the coloring method, not the stamping one.

It's hard to detect the colors and texture but I used Tim's Damask Texture Fade with Antique Linen, Old Paper and Weathered Wood Distress Inks.

Because I chose a picture frame I ended up doing this technique on an 8.5"x11" sheet of paper that I cut into fourths.  While the pieces were drying I coated the frame with Claudine Hellmuth's Traditional Tan paint.  Then the pieces were torn to fit and glued to the Darice particleboard frame using Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium in Matte.  That stuff is awesome!  I did go around the frame's edges with a bit of Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink to set off the colors.

Now the fun begins!  Decorating the frame that will house a wedding photo of my maternal grandparents.  My mom keeps ogling the one I made earlier so this one will be her Mother's Day gift.

All flowers and leaves were cut from ivory cardstock.  Some were stamped, all were colored with Weathered Wood Distress Ink (smoosh on my craft sheet, spritz with water, let soak, crumple or form, let dry).  The oak leaf is a leftover using Tim's Shabby Chic technique.

Here's a closeup of the flower corner so you can see the dimension.  The layers are over 1" deep.

Ingredients used:
Wendy Vecchi: Botanical Art--Tim Holtz:  Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves, Ticket, key (sanded off most of the copper color), Damask Texture Fade--Maya Road: chipboard word, leaf pin--Ranger:  Antique Linen, Old Paper, Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy, Clear Embossing Distress Inks; Black, Sepia Archival Inks; UTEE; Silver embossing powder; Brushed Pewter, Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paints--Hero Arts:  pearls--Sizzix:  Flower Layers #2 die--Martha Stewart fern punch--Claudine Hellmuth:  Traditional Tan paint; Matte Multi Medium

Now I just have to make a card to accompany the gift...good job I have several days to do that!  lol


  1. Fabulous work as always - love the colours and flowers.

  2. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Susan, this is totally fabulous!!!! I love, Love, LOVE it!!!!!

  3. This is really gorgeous. What a great gift.

  4. This is totally fabby, dabby doo! I LOVE it! Those flowers are gorgeous, and that frame looks beautiful!

  5. what a great gift! love the look of it, the flowers, the frame, the photo! really looks awesome!

  6. What a beautifully decorated frame, it will make a wonderful gift.

  7. Hello Susan,

    I won't think your mom/grandma will mind being called " grungy grandma" when she recieves such a beauty !!

    These are not my colorscheme, but I do like your whole colorscheme.
    The frame looks like it's been covered with a vintage wallpaper, but you made it yourself.

    Your flowers are also a work of labour, time and love : they are gorgeous.I love the tiny hint of blue in them.
    Your mom WILL love this gift !

    greetings from belgium

  8. Love your frame. Absolutely gorgeous. I have several old family photos that would benefit from something like that.

  9. Fabulous, Susan! I can't get over the depth of the flower layers... this is just gorgeous.

  10. What a fabulous gift for your mother. Your flowers are gorgeous and perfectly adorne the frame. What a treasure to behold.