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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My Son's Initials and some Challenges

Dear Scrappers,

Greetings from Galveston.
This week, I am designing and writing from the gulf coast ;-)
My kids are at the NASA camp having a blast and leaving me some time to take care of many errands. And giving me the opportunity to attend  CKC Houston, thus I wanted to finish this project and share it with you quickly.
I bought these cardboard letters for my son's room. I used as inspiration three different challenges from my favorite blogs that I have been following:

CC3 Challenge 7: Painted Industrial

Challenge-12: whos-boss from Craft Hoarders Anonymous
which is all about embossing...

and finally from Simon Monday Challenges:
J as Inspiration: Jump Rings

I love all three blogs and use them as inspiration as much as I can. I get motivated to create by them and love their designers.
As many of you know, I have tried to keep up Tim's newest book: Compendium of Curiosities 3 and many of the techniques used here, I learned from there.
Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this CC3 challenge #7, please visit Joy... and say Hi from me ;-)

Here is my finalized  project:
I used some papers from CTMH wotg: Later Sk8er and some of their elements.
I used Tim's Painted Industrial technique for my foil taped cardstock strips and die-cuts. Details for that technique to be found in page 46 of CC3...
I used the embossing Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal Set by Tim Holtz for the metal strips and die-cuts made with Sizzix Bigz BIGkick/Big Shot Die by Tim Holtz, Gadget Gears:

 I used a previously made for the center of the A, and for the letters to spell my son's names die-cuts (Inside out)  from light grey cardstock and some foil-taped pieces too.


 I used TH picked fence paint to distress the cardboard edges and some grey crayon from my daughters' stash (who is beginning to be a craft hoarder too ;-).

The outside of the letter were distressed with peacock feathers distressing ink to highlight them against the grey papers...
Here is a close-up of the different letter I used:
 I added a rocket to the A to highlight the Outer space collage paper from Karen Foster...

 I used some Jump rings (Ring Fasteners from Idea-ology TH) instead of regular brads using the Simon Monday Challenge as inspiration and a way to add later some Lego gears from my son's stash and to make this lock piece movable (this die, i bought ages ago and finally i got to use it ;-)
My son loves all kind of locks and gears. He inherited my father's engineer's mind ;-)

 I also used some Hitch fasteners and game spinners to complete the steam-punk look...
Some gears were distressed using oregano alcohol ink (i bought this ink set in my first convention back in 2007) and more peacock feathers distressing ink.

 I added some of the Later Sk8ter elements to the gears after distressing them too to complement the look:
I tried to distress the Idea-ology mirrored star and added it to the Later Sk8ter one:

 A closer look to each single letter:

I hope you enjoyed this fun project and give me some feedback.
Please follow my blog as well (I'm trying to get my numbers up ;-)
Have a blessed weekend and I hope to see you at CKC this Thursday or Friday,
Vicky

9 comments:

  1. Gorgeous letters! Love that you did kind of a patchwork! Really stunning. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

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  2. COOL altered letters! I love all the metal on them! He will too! Thank you so much for joining us in our metalicious challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  3. These letters are so clever and creative! I would never have thought to do this! Amazing! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  4. These letters for your son are awesome. What a great way to use Tim's painted industrial technique for our challenge. Those are fantastic letters and perfect for a boy's room. Your technique looks really good on the letters! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  5. Wow I love those letters, the detail is amazing. So glad you joined us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous. ~Diane GDT

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  6. Great job!! These are so cool. You're son is going to love them! Thanks for sharing. So glad you joined us for our challenge at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  7. Seriously cool. I love that metal! Reminds me of stamped tin...it's awesome! Thanks for playing along with us a Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  8. Very cool! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  9. These letters are really awesome! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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