Compendium Challenge – Faux Patina

IMG_9693I have never done Tim’s faux patina technique before, and I don’t know why not… I can’t believe how quick and easy it is! I have to send a shout out to Linda Ledbetter for the inspiration.  I’ve used the technique on the (formerly copper) ornate plate and brads.

Linda’s leading a weekly challenge based on techniques found in Tim Holtz’s new book, The Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 2.

I don’t know how you’d classify this… it’s a tag, an ATC, and a ticket all rolled into one.  I made the tag with distress inks, the Artistic Stamper grid stamp, and one of Tim’s Sizzix embossing folders. The ATC is stamped with black archival ink and dipped in beeswax. I was inspired to play with beeswax and my Melting Pot over the weekend thanks to Linda Cain. Beware…. you can easily lose yourself and spend hours over there admiring all her fantastic creations!

The ticket is the latest craze over at the All Things Tim yahoo group, where Stephen (one of the group moderators) has sparked phenomenal interest in using a very small die as a base for art. He shared this video and a whole lot of us started rethinking how to use the Sizzix ticket die.  I’ve used part of an Acey Deucey stamp on mine, colored the main image with Tim’s new distress markers, applied the Glossy Accents, and then inked the remainder with Distress Inks.  I made a bunch of tickets over the weekend and will be using them in days to come.

The bottom of my tag is cut with Tim’s Sizzix ornate On-the-Edge die and I’ve added a bit of rick rack and ribbon.  The ticket is attached with a trinket pin, also altered with the faux patina technique.

I’ll add this to Sarah’s April Mojo Monthly challenge and to the butterfly challenge at Our Creative Corner. I’m loving the creative sparks we’re getting from Linda each week and hey, you’ve gotta love a butterfly hat. I so enjoy gathering inspiration from lots of sources and pouring them into my own thing. I’ve got another butterfly coming for OCC later in the week, but I couldn’t resist adding this one… the lady’s headgear cracks me up!

Wishing you a wonderful week!


Your comments are very much appreciated!


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  2. Whoa! What gorgeous colors and fascinating papers and images! Such great textures. Just beautiful!

  3. Hi Margie! You always add the most beautiful details to your projects and this is certainly no exception! 🙂

  4. Greet piece!

  5. Wow Marjie! LOVE this! Fabulous colours and wonderful design! The book hasn’t arrived in this part of the country yet! Going to Florida in May, and yes, I have all the scrapbook, craft stores in our GPS!

  6. How fantastic, great idea with the tag on the tag. Love the colors.

  7. I’d classify it as “AWESOME,” Marjie! You’ve created such a beautifully detailed work of art, and every element is absolutely perfect! I really love the beeswax– it adds such a dreamy effect, and the Faux Patina-ed plate is the icing on the cake. LOVE this!

  8. I love when pieces overhang edges, it makes it all the more interesting.
    This is wonderful.
    The butterfly hat is fabulous, I would love one of those lol.

  9. This is so COOL!!

  10. This is great, Marjie – now I need the ticket die!!!

  11. Marjie, you can call it whatever you want, it’s great!

  12. A really great ATC taggy tickety creation! Indeed – you can never have too many wings! Love the contrast of proportions and colours – the bookplate is fab and the Acey Duecy lady is beautiful….always wonderful stamps from Lynne. Thanks for joining in at My Mojo Monthly (and all your blog visits…all is well here just need another 6 months to get organised…oh well…)

  13. Gorgeous! I have it a go too. Love what you did with it!

  14. OMG Marjie–this is fabulous. I just watched the video about the tickets and kept thinking what a perfect match this would be with the new distress markers which i FINALLY got to play with yesterday. I’ve had trouble wading into the Yahoo groups so I really appreciate you posting the links directly to the video and to Art of Craft website. I can’t wait to go play.
    Your entry into CC2 is fabulous and so whimsical…what fun. Thanks, thanks, thanks for the inspiration.

  15. This is fabulous!!! I’ve been no mail on Tim’s group for some time as I just haven’t been able to keep up with everything… working with the tickets as a canvas is a very cool idea!!!

  16. This is just beautiful!!!! I have to give beeswax a try – it’s a bit intimidating!

  17. Love it! I need to try that one too! I keep hoping to get into the challenges again, and I’ve gotta get back to the ATT group. I got too overwhelmed and had to take a break from the emails, but just didn’t get a chance to check it out at the site. I saw her video a while ago and just couldn’t get over what all she did with those tickets! She’s got some amazing artistic talent. Also I was just looking at my beeswax the other day and thinking to start working with it. Guess this was my confirmation. LOL. I’ll have to check out Linda’s site. Thx for the info.

  18. wow! just wonderful what you created here…working on tickets myself..but yours knocked my socks off!
    susan s.

  19. Thanks, Helen! The beeswax seals it and makes a very cool matte finish, which is pretty neat in person on top of the dry embossed, raised background of the tag. So in this case it’s a smooth layer between the dry embossed base and the metal, ticket, fiber, etc.

  20. Gorgeous tag, love the colors of your faux patina!!!!

  21. Wow, so gorgeous! Off to check out the Patina technique!! I’m interested to hear about the beeswax – why do you do that? Does it make a glossy accent type finish but matt?

  22. Marjie, Shame on you, now I can’t wait to try the little ticket! I’ve got ticket fever after watching the video! Love Your Tag and your colors at too die for!! Thanks for poping in. Vada Off to play w/ tickets!!! Thanks again.

  23. Your tag is amazing Marjie, & thanks for sharing that fab link!

  24. This is beautiful and so inspiring Marjie. I want to get making tonight!! I have made some of the little tickets as seen on the video, they are so cute aren’t they?
    hugs {brenda} xox

  25. This is fab! I love it! I’ve been meaning to play with the tickets since I saw the posts on ATT but now I have to research the beeswax too!!

  26. stunning tag, all the techniques and elements blend so perfectly together. Thank you for sharing the link for the tickets!

  27. What an awesome tag you created here!

  28. It’s a tag, it’s ticket, it’s an atc, no wait, it’s incredible art! Love it! Awesome!

  29. I love the purple patina. I didn’t think of going for a nontraditional color but I love this.

  30. Fabulous tag, Marjie!

  31. Really neat – I am getting into this more and more!!!

  32. Love this tag, Marjie! So creative!

  33. Love this, especially the little ticket – that video was such an inspiration wasn’t it? I have a bunch cut out and started, so much fun! Great job on the patina too, I love the colors 🙂

  34. This is just ever-so-wonderful, and now I have to do Technique 2 for the CC2C (was going to skip that one, because I thought I didn’t want to do metal stuff), and I have to check into beeswax. You have my head spinning (again). Fantastic!

  35. Love your tag! And thanks for the Shout Out!!!!

  36. Fabulous tag!

  37. Fabulous! I love all the colors. There is so much to look at! Lots of awesome layers!

  38. I really like all of the layers you have used. Beautiful!

  39. Love the butterfly hat AND the asymmetry.

  40. I would say this is a tag with lots of company! Wow, Marjie! That little ticket is amazing and draw you right in! I need to pay more attention to the ATT group! Love this!

  41. This is stunning Marjie – love the little butterfly hat. There’s really a lot to look at on this tag – inspirational!!