Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Market Street Sketch Challenge!

It's the third Wednesday of the month, which means it's Market Fresh Sketch time!  Visit their blog to see all the details and design team samples.  Here's the sketch:
and here's my take:
I knew I wanted to use this map paper paired with the Market Street Compass stamp, but I was having trouble coming up with the other two elements of the sketch.  While looking through the goodies that came with the paper pack, I found this "be true" slip.  Perfect for the horizontal piece!  The pack also had  a list similar to the one shown, but the scale was too small, so I just typed up my own and printed it out.  I stamped it with Market Street Vintage Notepad background, but sadly I don't have a notebook border punch.  Instead, I marked equal spaces along the side, punched the holes out with my crop-a-dile, then tore from the side to each hole.  Adding some distress ink really made the look!

To continue the "treasures found at the bottom of pioneer grandma's suitcase" theme, I decided to use the cracked glass technique.  If you haven't heard of it, you basically stamp your image (I also added some distress inks), then emboss the whole thing multiple times with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel.  At some point, you can also try to get a giant glob of embossing enamel onto your thumb while you're heating it, but I'm not sure I'd recommend that step (unless you're looking to go into bank robbery using only your now fingerprint-less thumb).  Pop it in the freezer for a few, and then gently crack it.  You can then sponge some more distress ink on it, then wipe it off to really accent the crackled look.  Here's a close up:

In other news about being true to yourself and having eyes that clear and hearts that are full, I hope y'all saw that COACH TAYLOR won the Emmy for best actor!!!!  YES!!!!  I may have jumped out of my chair and started clapping when they announced the win.  So I think I will end this post by linking to this picture, and if that smile isn't just infectious, well, I don't know what is.



13 comments:

DoBea A. said...

Love this Meg! Such a great card!!

Samantha Casey said...

Wonderful card! I love that compass.. amazing!
-Sam

Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

Love the crackle look you gave your compass, Meg! Fantastic card. :)

Angela said...

Well, your thumb might be print-less but this card is worth it! I love the distressiness of it all (new word alert!), and the little punched-holes-tearing trick is awesome.

PS: hooray for Coach T -- I had to text that news to Andrew when I found out :)

onecraftymama said...

You're the second blog I've seen today to mention no fingerprints due to craft mishap! There must be something in the air. I'll be very careful :)
I'm super stoked to see you use the compass since that's one of the stamps heading my way. Cracked glass looks like the perfect technique for it!

Emily Keaton said...

Fantastic, Meg! I love what you did with the cracked glass technique. If I hear of any bank robberies in Alabama this week, I'll know you were involved ;).

Crafty Cre8tions said...

Hi Meg!!! Wow - love how you created your own notebook edge - way to get what you wanted!!!

So, I bought UTEE about a month ago and haven't used it yet.........I REALLY have to bust it open now because I love the effect on that clock!

Thanks for the close up pic too!!!

Maria :)

Lindsey said...

I LOVE this card Meg! The vintage/distressed look is perfect. Not so much the distress of your thumb, ouch! Now to put UTEE on my craft wish list...

Jenny said...

What a great card, love the cracked effect on the compass...such a cool technique :)
Jenny x

Lisa Lara said...

Hi Meg. Your cracked glass technique is perfect on this!

Crafty Math Chick said...

You know, I seldom like the look of the crackled glass technique Meg (I just like the look of the images themselves and don't like things interfering with my enjoyment of them, LOL), but for this particular image on this card - it looks AWESOME! FABULOUS job! I always enjoy seeing your creations. Hope the school year is going well for you my friend!
~Meredith

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

totally awesome!

Jocelyn Olson said...

Oooooo! I love the cracked glass compass...it reminds me of Goonies (that is a compliment--LOL!). And the list of words is sooooo cool. I think it's time to get a notebook die/punch, although how you did it was very clever. I'm not sure who the guy who one the Emmy is, but he's pretty hot (nice hair). Glad the guy you wanted to win won!