A technique to that gives me a shabby, distressed grungy look? YES PLEASE!
I had to try Liesbeth Fidder's peeled paint technique showcased on the PaperArtsy blog this week and I knew exactly the photo I'd use as well (well to be honest I have a whole series of rusty metal hinges, locks and peeled paint ones taken at Southwold, it was just a matter of choosing which one would work).
I started with a 12x12" sheet of Tim Holtz paper cut down to 11x11" to fit in my scrapbook and then proceeded to cover it in a mix of Very Berry and Blood Orange (it originally a pink piece of paper). Next I used a whole range of Ellen Vargo Eclectica stamps in Maroon and Sienna Archival inks to go all over the paint. Very subtle and hardly seen in the finished article, but they just pop through in places..
Next a few layers of watered down Irish Cream to add depth and a very light layer of colour, it also knocks back the pinkness of the base colour and stamping. I then stamped some of my favourite PaperArtsy Words and Ephemera stamps in Black Archival. I was going for the faded wall advertising you see on the sides of buildings (I tend to photograph that when I see it as well!)
Finally the Vaseline!
I smeared in places over the black stamping and added a layer of Nougat. When that had done its magic (see Liebeths post for the full technique) I added a bit more Vaseline over the Nougat and added Mocha Mousse. For both the top layers I varied the amount of paint I dded so that in some places you could still see the brush strokes.
Chicken wire stencil in Elephant and crackle stamp in Watering Can Archival in places to add more layers. Distressed and sanded the the edges and added Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Ink with water spritzing
The photo was distressed and scratched and Vintage Photo Distress Ink added. I then stamped and cut out a lot of label stamps from the PaperArtsy range. These I scrunched up and added Distress Ink to the edges and the folds to add further shabbiness. Layered all this up with two tags and before adding the photo I flicked watered down Snowflake and Chocolate Pudding.
Really happy with this.
Right today will be would you believe stripping and peeling wallpaper off the walls at my mums new house. She's downsized and the bungalow is stuck in a 70s time warp of yellow, oranges and browns. Very retro as I keep telling her but hard on the eyes!