Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Industrial Grunge Challenge on The Funkie Junkie Blog

Hello. It's time for another new challenge over on the Funkie Junkie Challenge Blog! This time the theme is "Industrial Grunge" so pull out all the gears and metal bits.

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie - Industrial Challenge #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz #sizzix #mymakingstory #thefunkiejunkie #thefunkiejunkieboutique #frillyandfunkie

I wanted to combine spring and industrial so I came up with this "mechanized" garden piece. 

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie - Industrial Challenge #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz #sizzix #mymakingstory #thefunkiejunkie #thefunkiejunkieboutique #frillyandfunkie

The base is a Thickboards tag from Tim Holtz. These super sturdy tags are so fun to create with! 

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie - Industrial Challenge #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz #sizzix #mymakingstory #thefunkiejunkie #thefunkiejunkieboutique #frillyandfunkie

I also wanted to play with my new Saltwater Taffy Distress products so they are a major part of the color scheme.

Lisa Hoel for The Funkie Junkie - Industrial Challenge #creativejuicefreshsqueezed #tim_holtz #sizzix #mymakingstory #thefunkiejunkie #thefunkiejunkieboutique #frillyandfunkie

The garden is filled with a combination of metal bits (like the painted flowers) and die cut bugs and foliage. Some parts I embossed with "industrial" folders like CircuitMini Mechanics, and Mini Foundry.

Here's a peek at some the the in-progress steps and tips:

1) First I made a bunch of tag backgrounds to choose from with Distress Spray Stains.

2) I also made a variety of backgrounds from Distress Kraft Metallic cardstock and alcohol inks to die cut elements from.

3) Broke out my Colorize Woodgrain Die Set to make the strip on the bottom of the tag. Sometimes it's hard to visualize how the colorize dies go together and what layer is what color. In those cases I'll make a practice one to keep with the dies for future reference. Here's how it looked for this set:

All the pieces cut out.

Assembled! It helps to have ones to look at 'in person'.

I knew I wanted to have a layer of the plank be embossed with the Circuit embossing folder and making the practice ones helped me decide which plank design and which layer would work best.

Here are the layers of the plank I ended up using in the project.

4) Backgrounds in place on the tag. I stamped and stenciled to add visual interest.

5) I also embossed the background. I used the Code stencil with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste. While still wet, I sprinkled the paste with Rusty Hinge and Saltwater Taffy Glaze embossing powder. Once the paste dried, I heat embossed the powder. It adds great texture!

6) You can buy various Thickboard Trims to go with the Etc Thickboard tags. I used some to make a ledge to build my garden on. There is a die set, Decorative Trims, which makes it super easy to cut paper to cover the raw Thickboard Trim pieces. I've also used the die set to just cut paper for use in card making. It's pretty handy!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you check out the fun challenges we have on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog. They are always good for sparking your creativity! You have two weeks to join the current challenge so I hope you give it a go.

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz die set - Woodgrain Colorize
Tim Holtz die set - Funky Insects
Tim Holtz die set - Decorative Trims
Tim Holtz die set - Funky Foliage
Tim Holtz die set - Funky Floral, Large
Tim Holtz 3-D Embossing Folders - Circuit, Mini Mechanics, Mini Foundry
Tim Holtz Stamp Sets - The Professor, Halftone & Rings, Purveyor, Inventor 2
Tim Holtz layering stencil - Code
Prima stencil - Machinery

Ranger Alcohol Ink

Prima Mechanicals - Metal Blooms
Tim Holtz Type Chips
Tim Holtz Machinery Heads, Hardware Heads

Distress Paint - Fossilized Amber, Saltwater Taffy
Distress Stain - Saltwater Taffy, Vintage Photo, Aged Mahogany, Brushed Corduroy
Distress Oxide Stain - Saltwater Taffy
Distress Glaze - Rusty Hinge, Saltwater Taffy
Ranger Texture Paste - Transparent Gloss

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  1. I love this industrial bug tag... Gorgeous rugged blooms and the background color is yummy. Love it ve the shelf and wood and just the word bug, perfect.

  2. Fabulous industrial grungy tag. I especially love those bugs.

  3. Lisa, I truly adore this tag, and I'm so inspired by your metal flowers and bugs (even tho I hate bugs!). And that background just sucks you in! Gorgeous depth and colors! I just may have found the inspiration I need to FINALLY use my Funky Insects.

  4. What a super fun tag! Love the contrast of the woodgrain and metallic pieces.


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