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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Street Team Challenge - Back to Back

Whew! It's been a busy month, but I didn't want to miss this month's Street Team challenge, Back to Back. The idea is to finish a background three different ways and see what emerges. I scanned in a canvas that I scraped different colors of paint on to create a background and then I made three copies.


Here is the first:



I sprayed on a walnut paint over a stencil and then stamped the dragonfly and swirls over the top of it. I smeared walnut distress ink on the side.


Next, I sprayed candy apple red Glimmer Mist over the top of a butterfly stencil and when it was dry I stamped a butterfly stamp over the top of the stencil. I then added the flourish stamp and the In Flight stamp. I like using Glimmer mist as it gives a sheen but it can be a little difficult to control the spray. I also like how it interacts with the paint colors. 


This one wouldn't be a finished product but I think the background is more interesting. I took a stencil and sponged white paint over the top of it. I usually like and use dark colors to make my backgrounds so it was fun to experiment with white. Then I took some walnut distress ink and smeared it around the stencil to give more definition to the white. I like the texture this created. I shows up better in person than in my scan. It would also work better and give more texture on my canvas than on the paper copy. 

This was an interesting challenge! I found that the idea of doing something three different ways was a little scary to me. I was afraid I wouldn't have enough ideas, but I found that the more I worked with them, the more the ideas flowed and the more variances I thought of. Interesting to see what I can do when I have the chance to "do it again." Thanks, Michelle!



15 comments:

  1. These look wonderful, Kari - they all look so different, but so effective. Love the texture in the lower one, and the red in the second one contrasts so well with the background. Isn't this an amzing crusade?

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  2. Kari - thanks for admitting your fear going into this challenge because I'm sure you are not the only one who wonders if they can come up with three ideas. Thank you for also pointing out that the more work you did, the more ideas came to you. You got it girl! That's what I wanted you to learn! Thanks for sharing the photos of your process as well as your thoughts. Nice work Kari! LOVE that last one!

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  3. i also love the third one especially! and i´m also so fond of this candy-apple-red glimmer mist... could use it everywhere!

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  4. They all turned out nice, but the last page has more "personality". Very nice.

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  5. Great layouts - I think you have really captured the Crusades spirit this month!

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  6. Terrific layouts! I, too, love the third one. I am anxiously awaiting my Glimmer Mists in the mail :) Love the Candy Apple Red!

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  7. I love the butterfly "emerging" from the Glimmer Mist! and the paint smudges on the last one are a really cool effect. You did a great job an all the stenciling, too.
    Cindi

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  8. They all look great and so different.

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  9. These are great! Your original background is amazing on it's own and all the others are lovely too. My fave is the butterfly. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. These are nice. I especially like the butterfly version. It does seem that the more you do, the more ideas flow. That's one reason I love the challenges.

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  11. Nice pages Crusader! Makes me wish I had sprayed a stencil too. So many possibilities, never enough time!! Happy creations from germany, tj

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  12. I like the use of stensils on your pages. Great work.

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  13. Hi Kari
    Love the stencils - especially the damask one in the first picture.

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  14. I really like the colours on the page you started with, and each variant has its own charm. I think the middle one might be my fav, the Glimmer Mist looks great.

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