Thursday, March 10, 2011

My version of grunge

Almost exactly a year ago was when I discovered who Tim Holtz was. Crazy, isn't it? Remember I'm in Croatia and up until lately, wasn't exposed to all the fabulous artists and products like my friends in North America are. :-) I have since purchased a few of Tim's products, but I never could get myself really into the distressed and grungy style as he does so well. I love vintage, but on the delicate side, using lace and ribbons.

Here are my own versions of the grungy style: I distressed the edges of the image panel and did an emboss resist technique using Tim's Distress Inks. This card uses Tami Mayberry's latest set, Live Life Loud and Oct Afternoon papers.

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This card is the more typical distressing with Tim's inks. I didn't really like the end results (too messy? LOL), so I added the white dots and sponged red on the flowers to "femininize" my card. Of course, I had to add lace, ribbon and a flower. :-) The flowers and sentiments are from Hero Arts. The text background is from Layers of Color's The Love Chapter.
Distressed Bday Wishes
How about you? Do you like to distress and grunge up your cards? I know I still have lots to learn.

I'm entering these to the the Shabby Tea Room Challenge this week.
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24 comments:

  1. I really love the second card. Don't sell yourself short. Since you have your own beautiful style, don't feel that you need to do something you're not comfortable with. It would probably be just as hard for Tim to make things in your style.

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  2. I love both cards. I have not worked with grunge (yet!).

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  3. Both cards are fantastic, Nina! It just shows you can do any style and make it look wonderful!

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  4. Beautiful cards, really love the second, the background is very pretty and love the big flowers. I love the Tim Holtz look, but just can't manage to pull it off myself. Just a little inking and distressing here. :)

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  5. Really beautiful cards Nina I love them. I love the Tim Holtz look but I haven't still been able to do it myself. Lots to learn.

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  6. LOVE the LIVE OUT LOUD card! SOOOOOO cute--great mix of colors! And that birthday card--STUNNING! LOOOOOOVE IT!

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  7. Nina Nina Nina - what cant you do!?!? Thses are divine - you have made me want to use this technique today and with one ogf YOUR sets - they are both fabulous but that top one - DIVINE - great colours and love the layout - YOU ROCK my friend! Love them - more inspiration for me - wahoo! {{{hugs}}}

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  8. Both cards are gorgeous Nina! The grunge style rocks though, love it!

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  9. Wow Nina!! You truly are a trend-setter!! Your cards rock!! Love your style!!

    Hugs from Spore,
    Sabrina

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  10. Both cards are great Nina!! You do grunge well!! I love the papers you chose and adding the flowers was a great thing. Again many thanks for sharing.

    Joanie

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  11. Great cards & i especially love the flower card....you did a gorgeous job of grunge!

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  12. Oh wow! I'd love to have the first card. My BIL is a drummer & he would be thrilled to receive something like this.

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  13. Hi Nina, lovely 'grunge' cards!! I like how your flowers turned out & with a touch of lace it's beautiful. I like the text background too. I'm not very good at 'grunging' nor distressing, maybe it's not really my style but once awhile, I might be inspired to do it.;)

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  14. Great cards! especially big flowers and the background is amazing :)

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  15. These are awesome Nina!! Fantastic colours and great job with the grunge look!

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  16. Hmmm - both cards are stunning, but the bottom card appeals to me most. I can understand your sentiments on 'grunging' up a card, but you have really put your own spin on the second one, to great effect!!
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  17. Nina, you are the sweetest Christian sister! I'm encouraged every time I visit your blog. I don't know why I didn't think to sign up to follow before this. Just not that "up" on electronic media, I guess. It's still all a mystery to me. Thank you for your sweetness!

    Lynn Brookside

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  18. Great cards Nina! I especially like the flower card. I think you can do any style you set your mind to! I've never tried grunging or distressing yet.

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  19. These are so fun Nina!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  20. I like Tim's products but my style is not grungy so I use them in a "pretty" way.

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  21. Great work Nina! I have not done much with grunge. Something to look forward to.

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  22. How cool! I have never done grunge! :)

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