Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Stamp Review Crew: Gorgeous Grunge Edition

Welcome to another Stamp Crew Review Blog Hop!  We share our take on a selected stamp set every first and third Monday.  This round we are looking at the "crime scene" set, Gorgeous Grunge.  This set is perfect for adding the little touch to any background.

Gorgeous Grunge (#130517)

This is the first stop from the top, but if you are hopping around in a circle, you have just come from Nancy's beautiful blog.  For my stop, my initial thought for this set was paint splatter.  This set is great for getting the splatter look without the mess.  I was off to find an image in My Digital Studio that would work.  There is a paint palette in the School Days II download, but I went with a paint bucket from A Year Celebrated 2014 download.

I opened the embellishment in MDS, exported as a jpeg, and imported into the e-cutter.  Once I traced the image, I used the offset function to create a margin around it.  Print and cut, and I'm done.  This card uses Mojo Monday sketch #332.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Loving Thoughts; Paper: Whisper White, Corrugated Cardboard; Ink Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, Real Red, Black Stazon; Accessories: Rhinstone jewels, Chalk Talk framelits, Big Shot, e-cutter; MDS Elements: A Year Celebrated 2014.

I thought the smaller splatter image could also pass for an outer space background.  With that in mind, the focus for this card is an alien.

Here I actually stamped the splatter image with white acrylic paint to get it to show up brightly against the black background.  This card uses Mix-Ability #34 Paint X2, use any two types of ink/paint for your project, and the design was inspired by a card by Chen Zax.  The sketchy gel pen outline isn't normally my style, so it was so fun to break out of the mold a bit.

Stamps: Blast Off, Gorgeous Grunge; Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black, Whisper White, Whisper White Core'dinations, Sweet Sorbet DSP, Window sheet; Ink: Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, Silver Encore, Crushed Curry marker, Cajun Craze marker; Accessories: Crushed Curry chevron ribbon, Clear embossing powder, White gel pen, Shaker Frames, Craft knife, Sponges, Tasteful Trim die, Big Shot, White acrylic paint, Sewing machine, Thread, Stapler.

Speaking of crime scenes, someone had to do it.  I created this card for a twisted humor swap at our local shoebox swap.

I used a crime scene chalk outline off the internet to create and mask my outline.  Of course, the outline was drawn with the chalk marker - heehee.  It is hard to recreate the thin, plastic effect of the police tape, but luckily I found some humorous tape which was meant to protect your lunch in the work refrigerator (or mark the spot of your missing stapler).  I embossed the splatter image for a nice, shiny effect.  In this sample, I managed to use nearly all the stamps in the set.  Yay me!

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Seriously Paper Pumpkin kit; Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Versamark; Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Chalk marker.

Make sure you check out the next stop to see what lovelies Cindy at Stamps, Paper and Ink put together with the set. Thanks for stopping by!


The complete hop list:
    1. Heidi Baks
    2. Cindy Beach
    3. Beth Beard
    4. Adriana Benitez
    5. Tanya Boser
    6. Debra Burgin
    7. Jill Coleman
    8. Deb Currier
    9. Mike Funke
    10. Shana Gaff
    11. Holly Krautkremer
    12. Mary Rindal
    13. Martha Stewart
    14. Dawn Tidd
    15. Lisa Young 
    16. Kerry Willard Bray
    17. Paula Wright
    18. Rita Wright
    19. Betty Traciak
    20. Nancy Smith


      Beth Beard said...

      Love all your projects and I adore your work!

      stressfreestamping said...

      Great projects, Heidi! I love the space one. I am going to have to get that alien set to make those for my boys!

      Unknown said...

      Love your cards - very creative! Your CSI swap card cracked me up. :)

      Dawn Tidd said...

      How fun to see all the different takes you have on your cards. So creative!

      Betty said...

      Oh my goodness are these fun! Light, happy and FUNNY!

      Anonymous said...

      The texture on your creations is amazing. Love the corrugated cardboard!

      Tanya Boser said...

      Ah! I had to laugh out loud for the CSI card, just awesome!!! Love the shiny blood :)
      The outer space card is "out of this world", pun totally intended! The acrylic paint is brilliant.
      And who know we had a paint can in MDS? I need to come take lessons from you to use my Silhouette that I got for Christmas. I do not use it hardly at all!

      Anonymous said...

      Fun cards, Heidi! I especially love the Martian one!

      Anonymous said...

      Heidi these are so fun!!! I love the crime scene one I just busted out laughing I didn't expect that. You're so clever!

      Martha Stewart said...

      Love your creativity! Great cards, all three!

      Wendie Waldman said...

      Such fun cards, Heidi. Love all of them.

      Cindy Beach said...

      Fun ideas, each and every one of them!
      You are so creative, Heidi!
      I adore the paint bucket card. I have that download and you've inspired me to give it a try! Still not quite getting the hang of tracing images, though. You make it look easy!

      2dogs2luv said...

      wonderful cards!

      sue said...

      Very fun cards, hard to decide on a favorite!

      MaryR said...

      what creative cards you made - love the variety and the stampin' skills you have - my favorite though is the cardboard element and paint splatter

      Add Ink and Stamp said...

      Not surprised that you came up with 3 awesome creative cards! You crack me up - I made a twisted card too but I chickened out with posting it. Now I just might have too :)

      Paula said...

      Your projects are so much fun! Love the CSI one. It reminds me of what they said about this set at convention being full of tire tracks and blood splatters. Great job!

      WebDeb said...

      Glad you embraced the blood spatters! Your cards made me LOL!

      Deb said...

      LOVE the CSI card! That's hilarious! And I do LOVE the others, too! So creative!

      Jill Coleman said...

      I love your paint card! The bold colors paired with the cardboard are perfect! And your little alien is so cute!

      Anonymous said...

      Wow - what neat ideas! The first card makes me think of new homeowners or renovating - how fun!

      Rita W said...

      Heidi, amazing yet again! I love them all, but the first one is my favorite. It's just so fun with the cardboard and all the paint splatters!