Saturday, May 23, 2009

Attempt the Impossible - Plum Star Search challenge #2 - Medium Madness

It's week 2 on Vintage Plum Star Search and the challenge this week was "medium madness" - to use various medium other than the usual ink and paper. You can see my post in the Vintage Plum gallery HERE.

VOTING STARTS TOMORROW, Sunday 5/24 and ends on Monday 5/25. If you like what you see, please VOTE FOR ME. I'll post the link for voting tomorrow when it comes up.

(Hey, does anyone out there in cyberland know how to make the pictures so that you can click on them and see them bigger? I can't seem to find a setting for this anywhere. If you know, please leave me a comment! Thanks!)
On to the techniques used.

The background paper is swished with Making Memories paints and then swiped with Delta Texture Magic (kind of a colored spackle) using a palette knife. Then I smooshed a paper towel over the wet paints to create a bit more texture. The yellow and red swooshes are "painted" on with a toothpick and then swiped with my finger.

The Tim Holtz stamp is embossed. "to be all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible. to be all that we can be, we must dream of being more."

The moon, earth, and some of the swooshes are drawn on with gray, white, and black pens. I think this is the first time I've drawn on a layout with a pen - other than writing or outlining an image.

There's also a sort of corner frame drawn on in pen in the lower left corner, too. This was inspired by THIS LAYOUT over on

The rocket form was cut out of chipboard (I used a fruit snacks box, I think - repurposing!). Then I created another form out of an aluminum serving tray (repurposing!). The aluminum is embossed using various metal working tools such as a ball & cup, a Ten Seconds Studios texture plate, and free doodling using a teflon "pen". The aluminum was then adhered to the chipboard rocket. I backed the windows with reflective metallic paper by Best Occasions. The rocket was then swiped with Metallic Rub-Ons paste with my finger. Some of the diamonds are done in a green paste but you can't see it very well on the pic.

I am having so much fun with these challenges! The huge bonus would be to win the overall challenge and get to be Vintage Plum's July guest designer. I need your votes to win!

Details: Paper - The Paper Company, Best Occassions metallic paper; Pens - Zig Mellenium, American Crafts The Ultimate Gel Pen, SU! marker; Making Memories paint; Delta Texture Magic; Metallic Rub-Ons paste; Tim Holtz clear stamp; VersaMark; SU! embossing powder; ten seconds studios metal working tools and texture plates; Quickutz Silhouette rocket die cut; aluminum pan; palette knife; toothpick; paper towel; glue dots; foam dots; spackle (to help the rocket embossing keep its form).

Thanks for looking!

Thank you all for supporting me in this!



Maureen said...

Um, Heidi...I think you're boyfriend is at least a two-timer (I'm sure more.)...cuz that's MY MAN! Ha ha! Yum, what a photo! Anyway, just wanna give u some love for the spectacular rocket man...child? And that paint dripping thing on the other LO was INSANE! Can you point me to the direction of a tutorial or something? Somehow I couldn't follow (in my head) the directions you gave!!! (I'm very visual...he he). You rock! So happy to see you at Vintage Plum!


Maureen said...

just to clarify...I meant the photo of "Edward" in the sidebar...not your actual man!!! i read that later and said....oops..that sounds bad :)