Friday, February 5, 2016

Grungy Valentine

The new challenge starts today at Anything But Cute and the lovely Sara Emily is our hostess this time and is calling the challenge Grungy Love.  She describes it this way:

To celebrate St. Valentine's Day, we would like to see you make a Grungy Valentine's project for your sweetheart! It can be a card, tag, or anything else you might give a loved one to show them how much you care. Just be sure it's grungy!

I decided to make a grungy valentine card with some feminine touches.  I started with some grey card stock from Bazzill for my blank and then added a red panel of card stock from my stash.

The next panel had a number of steps.  First I took some Black Soot Distress Ink and patted it in on my craft mat, spritzed it with water and smooshed it onto a piece of Terra Skin paper.  This paper is very thin and has a plastic feel to it but it will not warp when you add lots of wet mediums to it, which is a good thing.  The downside is that it is best left to dry on its own and if you do use a heat tool you have to keep it very far away or the Terra Skin will start to buckle and shrivel.

Next I added some Golden Light Molding Paste through a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil in opposite corners.  Then I dripped some FW Crimson Acrylic Ink in various spots and blasted them with some canned air.  I watered down some white acrylic paint and dabbed it all over with a natural sea sponge, let it dry for a few minutes and then carefully blotted it with a paper towel to take a bit back off.  Then I gave it a light spray with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray and again blotted it to take some off.  Finally I used some Wendy Vecchi Red Geranium Archival Ink through a heart stencil that my husband cut for me on the laser cutter.

The next step was to dye some cheesecloth with Black Soot DI and lay it down.  I had the crackled heart already made from a cracker box, coated with paint and then topped with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint but the colour was all wrong so I painted it with some Deco Art Dark Scarlet Acrylic Paint.

The metal key and lock were in my stash and I painted them with some Deco Art Black Coal One Step Metal Paint and then highlighted them with some Treasure Pewter wax paste.

The flourish was a little wood piece I picked up at WalMart and I covered it with Folk Art Metallic Silver Sterling acrylic paint and then rubbed it with the Treasure Pewter.

The sentiment is from TPC Studios and was stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink, distressed and inked with some Black Soot DI and attached with a little red clothespin that came in a little goodie pack from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Finally I added a big button from The Funkie Junkie Boutique along with some buttons from my stash and some beads from Michaels.

I hope you will join us for this grungy challenge.


  1. Fabulous card Cec! I love your combination of grungy and feminine, you have just the right amount of each style to make a stunning creation without being muddled and overdone. The crackle on your heart is crazy amazing. Love it!! hugs :)

  2. Outstanding grungy card, Cec! A delightful combination of red and grey and such an amazing texture! I adore your crackled heart! It's stunning! Hugs! Branka xxx

  3. Such a pretty design, Cec! Perfectly grungy and still elegant.

  4. I just the flourish stenciling in the background, it adds a wonderfully romantic feel, especially with the beautiful hearts. The dark cheesecloth gives it a grungy feel too especially with the little black beads. Altogether it is such a beautiful card Cec. Hugs, Anne xx

    PS - I am wondering if the Terra Skin is similar to the Yupo which I have just bought...I will be careful with my heat gun just in case...

  5. Cec, your crackle on your heart is amazing, and the first thing I noticed when I first laid eyes on this feminine yet grungy card. (Scarlet red added to list.) The flourish stenciled over that Black Soot looks incredible to me and so inspiring! Well done, my friend! Hugs!

  6. Ok - so I want you to know Cec - your creation here gives me the most encouragement of all of them because it's not quite soooooooooooooo grungy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not done grunge - at least intentionally so I was going into this shakily but I love your more elegant looking version of grunge. This is BEAUTIFUL. Wonderful inspiration. XX j

  7. Wonderful take on this super theme that Sara chose, the grungy metal and red go so well together! Really fabulous and so very cleverly put together, - absolutely love it!! Brilliant project!

  8. You are a mad scientist! Canned air you say and Terra skin you say? Wowzers! Genius! Never heard of this skin you speak of and I am intrigued. Good to note about the heat tool! Gorgeous grunge and the feminine touches are beautiful to boot. Love the crackle you have achieved on the heart. I absolutely love the flourish stencil and the black soot. Marvelous! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  9. Nicely done my dear!!! Love the addition of flourish!
    Paper Talk with Samra

  10. Lovely card! I love your combo of grunge & feminine touch!

  11. Another beautiful, beautiful card Cec. A cracking crackled heart!! Hugs Ruth xx

  12. Gorgeous! Love your mix of grungy heart inspired love!

  13. A Gorgeous card! Cec Love the grey black and red colour combo. the lovely feminine flourish and heart stenciling is a wonderful contrast to the grungier elements x


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