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