Frilly and Funkie Dare to Resist Challenge: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog. Autumn is our lovely hostess this go round, and she has issued a dare: Dare to Resist! With this challenge in mind, I’ve created a mini Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal for you today. We’ll take a look at it in just a moment, but first, let’s see what Autumn has to say;
Challenge Theme: Dare to Resist
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers! For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we’d love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project. There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new. Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal with an easy resist technique
I’m really not much of a mixed media girl. Paper is my jam. But this challenge reminded me that I can stamp, and I do like to get inky, and playing with techniques can be fun. Messy fun, but fun all the same. This started as a 4.75″ x 6.25″ gatefold card base .
So, this is the gatefold card that thought it should be a junk journal. We (the card and I) had quite a protracted argument about what it was going to be. But as you can see, the junk journal won the fight. Does that ever happen to you? You set out to make one thing, and you end up making something entirely different?
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: I Dared to Resist!
Here are the basic steps of my resist technique. It’s a basic emboss/resist with a Tim Holtz twist. I saw Tim demo this technique at CHA and instantly knew that I wanted to give it a try at home.
- First, find a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock. And yes, it must be Alcohol Ink CS, or the twist won’t work!
- Next, place the Alcohol Ink CS on the Stamp Platform, securing it with the magnets.
- Now, position the dragonfly image from TH Classics #1 where you want it to be on the cardstock panel.
- Then close the lid of the Stamp Platform and make sure the placement is correct.
- Now, ink the stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp away! Repeat until the image looks as dark as you want it to be.
- Now sprinkle the image with Ranger Clear Superfine Embossing Powder. After you’ve removed the excess, heat emboss.
- Next, smoosh some pretty colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto your non-stick craft mat. It must be DOX, or again, the twist won’t work. I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Warm Honey, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, and Dusty Concord.
- Now, mist the ink with a Distress Sprayer until beads of water form.
- Tap (don’t drag or swish!) the stamped image in the inky puddles, drying between layers.
Now here’s the best part of this technique, and it’s one I learned watching Tim. Get out your Distress Micro Glaze and gently twist a mini ink blending tool over the medium. Then use the blending tool to gently buff up the surface of the inky panel and watch the magic happen. The milky, oxidized appearance of the inks will disappear and all the gorgeous layers of color beneath will pop through. It’s like crafting magic!
The other resist techinque I used was on this quote band. I love to fill in the letters of the quote, but sometimes have a hard time with the process. I started wondering what would happen if I used the Distress Micro Glaze on the word band first. So I just lightly sponged it over the surface. Then I came back with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and dabbed it over the top. The metal resisted the paint, but…it sunk right into the letters, which was what I was hoping would happen.
Details, details, details
Next I went to work making my flowers. First I die cut Tammy Tutterow’s Pinked Posies, Frayed Posies and Pinwheel Posies from the Wallflower paper collection. Then I used sponge daubers to add DOX to each petal layer. Next, I spritz, shaped and stacked. Finally, I punched holes in the center of each flower and added stamens. To add a little vintage shimmer, I sprayed each flower lightly with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.
I also experimented with making my own Prills (those itty bitty bead looking critters) with mustard seeds and alcohol ink. It worked like a charm.
To finish the cover, I added some TH remnant rubs and a hinge clip.
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: A Peek Inside
Here’s where I really began to have fun. I gathered up a whole pile of TH ephemera, my paper dolls, remnant rubs, stickers and had a ball. I dug through my stash and found a whole pile of fabulous Wendy Vecchi sentiments that were perfect for the theme of my journal. And, I just added DOX to brighten up everything.
Once I embraced the idea of turning this card into a junk journal, everything just fell into place. I added flap pages and folded pages and flip pages. This is the very best kind of crafty adventure for me. I think these pictures will tell the story all on their own. Enjoy!
The things I like best about this Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal are the worn/distressed pages and the small size. It’s only about 1/4″ thick, so easy to toss into a suitcase and use on a trip. Plus, I had a blast making it. What do you like best about it?
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal Video Tour
Because I find it easier to understand an interactive project when I can see it being used, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour for you. I hope you enjoy!
Now it’ s YOUR turn to Dare to Resist!
You are cordially invited to play along in this “Dare to Resist” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project. Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 27th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures? If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
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