Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 21

The challenge on Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 is Rock Candy Glitter, using the technique on page 55 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Book III.  One of the rules is to not post the actual technique, so you need the book to know what to do! I thought I was all out of Rock Candy as the jar looked empty. However checking once again, I found a very small amount left in the bottom. Now I know why I kept it in the first place - any tiny bit will work for something.

I was listening to the radio this morning and this song was playing,  "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry & The Pacemakers from 1964. It's always been one of my favourites - they don't make songs like that any more. Now I'm showing my age. LoL! Anyhow, I thought it would be a great theme for a never know where inspiration comes from.

I started by laying a torn book page layer on the right side of the tag. It is from Homer's The Odyssey (my daughter's old university book) and the section talks about Artemis, the Greek Goddess of Light. Unfortunately when I  stamped/embossed the sun image (Inkadinkado), this section got covered up. Next, I covered the tag with a layer of mod podge and let dry. Then I dabbed some Mustard Seed distress paint on the top half, and Broken China & Faded Jeans on the lower half which I smeared around the tag. Spritzed the blue section with water to make it look like rain coming down; dried with heat gun,

After this was all dry, I used Tim Holtz Sun Ray stencil sponged lightly with Spiced Marmalade DI. I shifted the stencil to cover the inked areas, then spritzed with Yellow Gold Shimmer Spray on the uninked areas. Very shimmery rays in real life! Stamped and embossed the sun, lightly went around each ray with white ink pen. Black Stickles glitter on the glasses.

For the verse, I used a few TH chit chat stickers, some peel off alphabet stickers, and a couple I hand wrote (let, catch). Each was sponged with Antique Linen DI, and I used a distress marker Brushed Corduroy to lightly draw around each sticker, smearing with my finger as I went. Tim's technique from his January 2015 tag.

For the bottom section, I masked over the yellow half and spritzed some Perfect Pearls Blue Patina along with Perfect Pearls. Let dry. Next I stamped/embossed the lady's face (an old unmounted stamp from my stash), added black Stickles glitter on her lips, and a line of rhinestones representing tears.  I used a raindrop stencil to lay down some embossing paste (coloured with Broken China distess refill ink). Once this was dry, I repositioned the stencil over the dried embossing paste and sponged some more Broken China adding the Rock Candy glitter following the technique in Tim's book on page 55.  This didn't work as well as I hoped because of the rough surface of the paste drops, but some did stick adding a bit of glimmer. It's a learning process!

A few gold and blue-green sequins adds dimension to the tag.  I wanted to keep this tag fairly simple, so didn't add any more embellishments except the ribbon at the top.

Well, this was a fun tag to do, and I'm getting a bit more comfortable using/colouring the embossing paste.

Finally, if you enter CCC3 challenge, there is another prize from Inspiration Emporium of $50 gift certificate. To be eligible to win, simply link your project to CCC3 and include a link to INSPIRATION EMPORIUM in your blog post.

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Feb. 3, 2015


CCC3 #21 Rock Candy Distress Glitter

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  1. What a clever and lovely piece based on song lyrics, Sharon! Very well done! You are right - just the right amount of glitter! Thanks for participating in this challenge!

  2. Wow you aced this challenge love how you did the bottom section of the tag .

  3. Hi Sharon. Your tag is so pretty and I love your inspiration for creating this tag. You are right ... it doesn't take very much of the Rock Candy Glitter to make a big impression! Thanks so much for joining us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  4. Wow! Your tag is fantastic, Sharon! The details are amazing. I know a lot of work went into this.

  5. LOVE that a song inspired this and you! Gorgeous blue and yellow and love the glittery rain drops!Thanks so much for joining in our glittery challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  6. Fabulous tag Sharon! Love how you used the rock candy technique! Beautiful colours and I love the stamps you chose!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for our 'Tic Tac Toe' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  7. I am singing that song right now... One of my faves 😊 loving your tag, the technique looks great on it. Thanks for joining in with the CC3C x

  8. What a beautiful tag. Love the sun! And music is such a wonderful source of inspiration. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  9. I love using songs as inspiration too so you get my vote there Sharon! Love the way you've used your chosen line from the Tic Tac Toe grid. The gentle sheen you have added with the rock candy glitter is just perfect for me.
    Thank you for joining my challenge at Our Creative Corner this time. Julia x

  10. Very cool tag, indeed, Sharon. Love your color choices and your stamps too. And I like that you hand lettered some of those little word pieces. Great idea to draw inspiration from a song. I will listen more carefully now and see what inspires ME. Thanks for playing along with us in the CC3 Challenge.

  11. Oh my gosh!! I love this tag, let me count the ways! Love the British invasion lyrics (or that's what that genre is called in the US!!), love the rhinestone tears, love the relevant book text peaking out of your background, love the Perfect Pearls (always), love the chit-chat mixed-font words, and I could go on and on. Brilliant!

  12. Gorgeous tag!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!! :)

  13. Beautiful tag Sharon. Your chit chat words look great with your sunshine theme. Roll on the summer days !
    Julie x