' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Textured Gents

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Textured Gents

Today is my turn to inspire you to enter our Country View Challenge on the theme, "Textures" chosen by the lovely Miriam.

My make is effectively a pendant to my first inspiration make, it's here if you missed it, but this time I used more masculine colours and embellishments and, of course, 2 different techniques for textures.

On the left, I used dry embossing with 2 embossing folders (Cuttlebug script and X-Cut Chronology  Clocks) directly on the greyboard (after applying the gesso). Although the standard die-cutting machine sandwich needs to be adjusted for the thickness of the greyboard it will still emboss beautifully.

On the right I applied grungepaste with a knife and stamped into it with a bricks stamp (Katzelkraft) and a lead window design from a Prima Finnabair stamp set (Finnabair cling Trust the Magic). Whilst I was doing it I decided to throw in a bit of Infusion powders before the paste dried.

I then sprayed the Infusions and let the colours run down and merge into each other taking care of the right hand side colours.
For the left hand side, I used Distress Oxides all over in Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and a little Walnut. To highlight the  texture a bit more, I added standard Distress ink in Walnut on the high points of the embossing. I didn't get the depth of colour expected but I forgot how gesso has a tendency to suck the dyes from above layers!

I flicked some water and some black paint to finish the background.

The focal image are 2 Paper Dolls I combined on top of torn vellum pieces, mat and die-cuts.
Finally I added some cardboard cogs I had painted and rusted previously.

Your turn to create something textural to enter our Country View Challenge and be in with a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend on craft stash!

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Craft Stamper TIMICreative Artiste, SanDee & amelie's Steampunk, We Love To Create  challenges.


  1. This is fabulous Christine, I love your textures here xx

  2. Cool piece, Christine! Love that texture and the two gents and a dog! Thanks for sharing this with us at Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges! hugs, Maura

  3. I've really enjoyed these "textured gents" (right from the post title onwards - it just tickled my fancy for some reason!). I love the grunge paste/embossing folder combination to create all that wonderful texture, and the fiery colours are amazing. Love this!
    Alison x

  4. A fabulous project. Super background and rusty cogs.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  5. https://welove2create.blogspot.com/
    Hi there, thank you for sharing your textured gents with the DT from We Love To Create DT, lovely make and good luck Hugs Terry xxx (DT)

  6. Super cool! I love all the texture here and I find, that the colors are just perfect!
    Evelyn xxx

  7. Awesome background and layering and I just love the two gents and their dog! Thank you for playing along with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x