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It began with this week's theme at Simon's Monday blog challenge where participants were asked to dust-off those craft products that haven't been used in awhile and put them to work.
I was very inspired by Design Team member Andrea Ockey Parr, who used Glossy Accents as a faux resin to create a lovely charm bracelet, and decided to use my bottle of Crackle Accents (provided it hadn't dried up) and one of the first stamps I purchased when I began my journey into paper crafting, a very large flourish from the Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection. It's one of my favorites and, yes, I really should use it more!
I stamped the flourish on to a page from a old book, used watercolor to fill it in, covered it with Crackle Accents (still good!) and after it dried I knocked-back some of the text with acrylic paint then tinted the background with Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Bundled Sage distress inks. After I found the kitty, he was cut-out and pasted along with some tiny stamped butterflies.
The Crackle Accents helped to pop the stamped image and while the cracks are there, they are very fine and didn't show up in my photograph.
This was another great challenge and a good reminder to revisit some old favorites and give them new life.
I'm also linking to a craft challenge called Try It On Tuesday's where the theme is Just a Tag.