Sunday, 22 January 2012

All That Glitters

Welcome to the second of January's challenges for the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog.  This one was to add glitter, bling, sparkle, pizazz to your project!  But I had nothing glittery in my January kit - so I had to improvise in the way that we counterfeiters do LOL!

I took some unloved brads, and a beautiful, but not-the-right-colour star-shaped brad from Susanne's swap packaging and got busy with VersaMark ink, some glittery embossing powder and my heat gun:


Transformation complete, I set to work on my page.  Remember how I failed on my JYC?  Well I also gave up on my 2011 Project 12 after only 2½ months!  Which was a shame as I love my Project 12 album from 2010, and I love the year in review hidden tags I did for JYC 2009 and JYC 2010.  So I decided that I'd do a double page summary for the year, based on a lovely sketch over at Scrap365 magazine's website.


The year was a bit hit and miss with photos (hence the Project 12 fail so early in the year) so I couldn't find one decent photo for every month.   Instead I made sure we were all on there with a couple of feature photos representing some of our year's activities.

I had fun decorating each of the circles at the top of the tags - with snippets of my counterfeited Pink Paislee Mistable Ribbons, some of the contents of my counterfeited October Afternoon Flower Sack, a few buttons and the glitterfied brads.  My month names are stamps from a Scenic Route set and the free font is Veggieburger.

In my January kit I had two ways for counterfeiting the mistable ribbons - fabric (strips torn from an old sheet) and paper (border punched tissue paper) - and I promised to let you know how I got on with them.
I haven't tried actually misting on them (no mists LOL), but started by colouring them with two shades of Fiberscraps Tintz: dabbers which dispense a colour-wash a bit like very watery paint.  Both took the colour well, but the tissue paper distorted and crinkled really badly as it dried.  It took a while for the fabric to dry, but I used some of it on my 2012 goals page for the first CKCB challenge.

From top to bottom: un-touched original tissue or sheet strip
2 samples with Tintz
5 samples with Promarkers
Then I tried Child No.3's Promarkers out on them with much better results: a great range of colours with plenty of decorative potential using the blending pen and contrasting shades.  Being alcohol-based, the ink dried really quickly and the tissue paper didn't crinkle at all.  It does crease though - I'll have to get the iron out before using any of it!  The fabric has taken on a starchy stiffness after colouring with the Promarkers  - very different to the untreated or colour-washed samples.
On balance the fabric has worked better and if I had a die-cutting system that could cope with fabric my counterfeiting would be complete!

P.S. I haven't joined in with a Thirsty Thursday Challenge from A Trip Down Memory Lane for a while, but I reckon I've covered P for Polka-dot, Portrait Photos and Parents (that's us!) pretty perfectly ... as well as R for Red and Review!

17 comments:

Mary B said...

Some lovely inventive ideas Jemma and a good way to record the year in one go. Love all your altered brads and I'll have to try some of those colouring ideas too

Lynn said...

Keeping a longer term project going is always a challenge! I love you layout - and also your stash busting ideas for altering the brads.

JulieJ said...

Love how you've hidden the journalling under the embellishments.
Getting so frustrated at the mo - photos aren't showing up on blogs - I've had to refresh 3 times to see yours (see how dedicated a follower I am LOL!)

alexa said...

Your 2011 page is lovely - so inventive to make the glittery bits and hide the journalling!

Sian said...

What a really thoughtfully put together page this is - the tags are a wonderful idea and there is something free-ing about hidden journaling I always think. It's easier to write! I'm loving your colouring ideas as I have some Pink Paislee mistables I got in a kit and I'm wondering what to do with them

furrypig said...

I am still in awe! Those tags are just brilliant and perfectly straight on the Lo if I tried this mine would definitely be wonky you are amazingly good at this!!!! xxx

Lisa said...

I hadn't realised that those month tags had hidden journalling - how ingenious! I love this idea and may try it out one day! So clever.

and I love the idea of embossing the brads - they look perfect. Overall, such a great layout and such clever ideas.

Thanks for the review - I've tried misting seam binding and that works well but the texture does change doesn't it? I might have a go with the tissue though - I like the idea of all that crinkle ;-)

Helen said...

The tags are so clever - this is a lovely page! Not having the "right" photos stops me too sometimes - so I was impressed with how you did your review. Loved your mistable experiments - the ripped sheet is looking good to me :)

CoventryAnn said...

Absolutely love the hidden tags, can see them making an appearance in my 2012 JYC if you don't mind me lifting the idea!

mytwoandras said...

I like your year in review a lot, and what a great way to use up some of my leftover printed brads.

S said...

This looks fabulous - you put a lot of effort into it and it has all paid off. I can relate in not having the photos you'd like, I am not a consistent picture taker at all. But we can just keep trying, can't we.

scrappymo! said...

Love the hidden journaling and those glittered brads and star are great.

Glinda said...

Great layout. Thanks for the info on how to make your ribbon.

Tara O said...

What a GREAT idea-love the hidden journaling!

The glitter brads are very pretty too!!

Angela (Toucan Scraps) said...

how clever with those tags! wonderful layout

Margie said...

Loved seeing your circle embellies ith the hidden journaling and thanks for showing your review of the homemade strips!

Rebecca at How I Burb said...

Sorry I'm just getting around to comments this month.....I'm bringing up the rear (seems to be my MO lately!). I love your coloring experiment. I still need to post my homemade mist/mistables this month. Running out of days!!