Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Other Creations: Upcycled Memo Holder

What an absolutely fabulous challenge theme we have this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!  The theme is, "D is for Distress."  I decided to play with alcohol inks and created this weathered-looking memo holder out of an old cheese grater and a vintage curler:

Just to show you the power of these alcohol inks (which I simply dripped and dabbed onto the metal with the help of the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator tool), I've included a before and after shot of the curler.

Before alcohol ink: a nice shiny metal surface.

After alcohol ink: all sorts of swirly rusty colors.

The great thing about alcohol inks is that they instantly transform metal.  And once the color's on there, it's there for the count!

In addition to smudging and coloring my metal, I also heat embossed some black cursive text onto the background (using a Wendy Vecchi stamp) for an added layer of texture:

To give the flowers a more weathered appearance, I dabbed them with brown ink.  

With the curler acting as my "clip," I've attached a vintage-looking ticket to my trusty memo holder.  It's also magnetic for more memo fun.

I finished off the piece with some scraggly yarn and a "Salvaged" metal word band that I also distressed.

This was a fun project and it was made possible by this array of crafting supplies that you can get at Simon Says Stamp:

I can't wait to see you get your Distress on this week!  Be sure to upload the photo of your distressed creation to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog.  You can help inspire the rest of us as well as enter yourself into a random drawing for $50 of Simon Says Stamp store credit.  Wa-hoo!