This tutorial is now located on my new website. You can find it here: http://tammytutterow.com/2011/07/tutorial-embossed-resist/.
This tutorial is now located on my new website. You can find it here: http://tammytutterow.com/2011/07/tutorial-embossed-resist/.
Just a quick note to let you know of a few new items in my Etsy store Fairy Davis Paperie.
I was making several of these pendants as gifts and decided to make a few extras. The listing is for pendants only (no chain) and may be found in my Etsy store here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78687212/heart-in-hand-acrylic-pendant. As promised, I am working on a tutorial for the pendant, but for anyone who would rather have one ready made, I have them available.
I have a very limited number of class kits left over from my Made From Scratch Binder class featuring Pink Paislee's Butterfly Garden. This is a complete kit with instructions and all supplies needed (with the exception of ink and adhesive). This class is now retired. You can find the kits in my Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/78686128/class-kit-butterfly-garden-binder.
I drew a random comment out a hat and came up with:
I have a new how-to article posted on the Fiskar's website. It is all about recovering photo frames. You can find it here: http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Crafting/Project-Gallery/Other-Projects/Re-covered-Photo-Frames.
While you are waiting for me to pick a number and count through comments (why oh why doesn't Typepad number comments?) I thought I would share a little eye candy.
You know it is not like me not to share details of how I made something, but this time I am. I am working on a tutorial (and maybe a video) to post about Ranger's Shrink Plastic and UTEE. So hopefully you won't mind too much that I don't share the details today.
I shared a quick peek of the plain shrink version of this pendant in my last post. I love that version, but I really, really love this one. I love the shape and dimension that the UTEE adds. I hope that you can see in the photos just how glasslike the finished piece is. It reminds me so much of the look of blown glass or lampwork.
I will be back soon with the winner of the bag so if you are hoping to win it, keep those fingers crossed!
What an amazing week! I am home from CHA, super tired but as always, so inspired. I saw lots of amazing products, projects, and people. I know that every year I lug along my camera and then barely use it, so this year I skipped taking it. I figured that I had my phone and could take pictures with it. I barely took any and what I did take wasn't great.
My daughter Anna (and my mom too) went to the Chicago with me. While my mom checked out all of the exhibits, Anna and I worked at Pink Paislee. Anna is not a crafter and usually wants no part of getting inky and messy. After a while though she couldn't resist trying out the new Mistables papers (btw- you will be seeing more of these from me in fall classes). She got inky and messy and seemed to really enjoy it.
On Sunday I walked the show and checked out all of the new products. The show samples were amazing in every single booth. Hands down though, my very favorite was this heart made by Jennifer Harkin with wooden spools featuring the Jillibean Soup Homemade 6 Bean Soup collection. The collection is sewing themed and so fun! It is definitely on my personal wish list!
Speaking of show samples, in addition to having samples in Tim Holtz's Idea-ology booth, I also was fortunate enough to be asked by Ranger Ink to do samples for them as well. I don't get to blog those projects just yet but I can show you some random shots of them from the show. The necklace above was created with stamped images on shrink plastic and dipped in UTEE. I think it is one of my most favorite creations ever! I can not wait to show you good photos of it and tell you how it was created.
I think this is my second favorite, it is a shirnk art pendant featuring the hand from Tim's Oddities stamp set with a separate shrink art heart attached with a brad. I did this version and a version dipped in UTEE. There will be a blog post on both of those soon.
Now, how about that give away? My awesome friends at Inspiration Emporium have given me one of the super fun Tim Holtz Idea-ology messenger bags to give away to one of my readers! These bags are not available to purchase, you can only get them at the shows with an order. If you are a Tim fan, you NEED one of these bags! All you need to do for a chance to win this bag is leave me a comment on this post (if you read via email, please visit the blog and leave the comment there) by midnight Monday CST. I will pick one lucky person at random to win this bag. I may even add a few goodies in it as well. Trust me, you want this bag!
But wait, that's not all! I am super excited about all of Tim's and Ranger's new releases and know you are too! Inspiration Emporium has many of the new items in stock and the others available for pre-order. As an extra bonus to my readers, they are extending a special discount of 10% to you! All you need to do is use the discount code "tammytutorial" at check out. Happy shopping!
The last of my Tim Holtz projects and the one that ties for my favorite. This piece a hanging piece that is puffy like a quilt. I love, love, love the vintage shabby look of the finished piece!
This piece is comprised of a matte board center with two layers of batting on each side of it and then fabric over the batting on the back and a sheet of Tim's Christmas Memories Kraft Resist paper. All layers are sewn together. (The matte board is smaller than the other pieces and is inside the sewn area, it is not sewn through.) All of the embellishing was done before the sewing.
I began adding color to the Kraft Resist paper with my ink blending tool. I used it to work in Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Inks onto the paper avoiding the leaves and berries. After inking, I added color to the leaves and berries with Letraset Promarkers. Alcohol Ink based markers like Letraset Promarkers, Copics, and Adirondack Alcohol Ink in the Fillable Pens work really well on the Kraft Resist Paper. They don't run or bleed and stay where they are put. You can even blend on the paper. The colors on Kraft look really cool and vintagey. After coloring with markers I added Walnut Stain Distress Ink to all edges and then misted the entire surface with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.
I added a few tears and curls to the edges. I also brushed ink onto the curls and the batting so that the insides looked good and vintagey too.
This little cluster in the center makes me so happy! I love the way it came together. The bottom layer is a Styled Label die cut. I cut one from Grungepaper and one from Sticky Back Canvas and layered them together. I brushed the label with Broken China Distress Ink and then embossed it with the Snow Fluries Texture Fade. I embossed it so that the snow flakes were sunk in. I brushed Walnut Stain Distress Ink lightly over the raised area. The label was sewed to the piece of Kraft Resist Paper.
I adhered a Grungepaper heart that I colored with Fired Brick Distress Stain and Fired Brick Distress Stickles. I added Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. I used 3D Foam Squares to adhere a Word Key to over the heart. The key has a word on one side that didn't feet with my theme so I adhered it word side down.
I blotted Walnut Stain Distress Stain onto two pieces of vintage lace. I layered the two pieces of lace with a strip of Grungepaper. The Grungepaper was colored with Peeled Paint Distress Stain, misted with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist, and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I used my favorite alpha stamps to add text to the strip. I placed the strip over the heart and stitched it in place. I added two Mini Pins for decoration.
I added a bit of Trimmings Ribbon colored with Bundled Sage Distress Stain. After coloring and drying the ribbon, I tapped on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to add some age to it. I also added a bit of waxed thread to the key to hold a Mini Tassel, a Christmas Muse Token, and a Christmas Adornment charm. I inked the token and charm with Snow Cap Pigment Ink. After heat drying, I added embossing ink and Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder. I added a second layer of clear embossing powder to give a nice glossy finish.
I used two fabric grommets to the two top corners. I added a thread wrapped floral wire to the piece through the grommets to create a hanging wire. The color of the thread was bright green and didn't match the project well. I brushed over it with Forest Moss Distress Stain to darken it to match.
I misted a few sprigs of greenery with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist. Once it was dry I tied it to the hanger using more of the colored Trimmings ribbon.
Trust me when I tell you that the shimmer and vintage feel of this piece is so much more in person. I just really love the finished piece. It is so simple and so pretty. I have already made plans to break this one down into a tutorial in the very near future. So if you love it, be looking for more instructions soon!
When I created this piece for the show I really, really wanted to color the skeleton green and add a little Christmas tree to remind me of this story. If it had been a project just for myself, I totally would have done it, but since it was for the show I knew that people wouldn't 'get' it. So white he is and no tree. But, I think after the show when this piece come home, I may modify it just a bit because the story about being flabbergasted still makes me smile, and who couldn't use a little decor piece that would remind them of such sweetness and happiness?
To create this little spooky piece, I started with the long rectangular Configurations box. I removed all of the inside boxes and used just the main box and lid.
I painted the outside of the lid with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber. After it was dry, I added a layer of Black Soot Distress Crackle Paint. When the crackle paint was dry I misted over the surface with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
I covered the inside back and sides with dark orange solid paper from the Seasonal Paper Stash. I used Glue N Seal to adhere the paper to the inside of the box. After the paper and adhesive was dry, I added a few blasts of Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist. I held the bottle close to the surface so that the application would be heavy and puddled. I sat the box aside so that the droplets would dry as they were (no heat or blotting).
The centerpiece of box is the hanging skeleton. He is from the Halloween Haunts Kraft Resist Paper Stash. (He is on the page with the witch, cat, and owl.) I used Picket Fence Distress Stain with a paint brush to color him white. After cutting him out I used a Perfect Pen (embossing ink) and clear embossing powder to add texture and shine to the bones. It is hard to tell in the photo, but only did this to bones that are in "front" (ie not the back ribs or sunken eye sockets). I did this to help add some depth. To make him a little more sturdy, I covered the back of the skeleton cut out with with clear embossing powder as well.
I hung the skeleton inside the box with waxed thread that is fed through a couple of screw eyes and tied off on the outside of the box.
If you untie the thread on the outside hook you can actually raise and lower the skeleton. The end of the thread is finished off with a Mini Tassel.
To create the two pieces of cobwebs in the box, I embossed two pieces of clear plastic (the plastic window that came in the box) using the Cobwebs Texture Fade. I painted each piece with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber on the raised side. I sanded the raised edges with a Sanding Grip to remove the paint and reveal the clear plastic. I cut each piece out closely to the raised design. I adhered the piece behind the skeleton with 3D Zots so that it would be out away from the back of the box. I adhere the corner web to the inside edge of the box lid with Super Tape.
I added a battery powered tea light inside the box in the lower corner. The glow of the light shines through the cobweb. I also embellished the corner with two stickers which were adhered to scrap paper and held in place with a Trinket pin that is pierced into the floor of the box. The Halloween lettering is a sticker strip from the Seasonal Salvage Sticker book and is adhered to the front of the box with 3D Foam Strips.
The lower right corner is embellished with a Corked Vial full of "Black Magic" (or black micro glitter).
The outside of the box is trimmed with fun shiny black metal accents. Each piece was painted black with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber. Each piece was sanded lightly to allow some metal to show through and then was dipped in a Melting Pot full of melted UTEE. The UTEE gives each piece a glass like finish. The bat is from the Halloween Adornments set. The borders, corners, and cornice piece are all vintage metal pieces salvaged off of vintage photo albums.
The paint and dipping extended all the way down to the feet of the box. A photo just can't do justice to how cool these Foundation Box Feet look dipped in Utee. They look like they are blown glass with a black core. If you have a melting pot, I am telling you, melt some UTEE and dip some stuff in it, it is so cool!
Day two of Tim Holtz projects! Today I am sharing a little Christmas in July! After I made this project, I realized that it was the second count down calendar I made this year. . . oops. I guess I just love the idea of this type of project for the holidays so much that I can't help but make them. Last year I made one too that featured a chalkboard. Last Christmas Emma really enjoyed changing the number on the countdown each day. The chalk ended up bing a little messy so I thought this year we would try numbered tags. By showing two very different looks for the same concept I hope you will get a little spark of how you can make something similar that you can customize to fit your decor. (Going way, way back in my project archives in my Flickr Gallery, you can also see a dry erase version, a mini dry erase version, and a magnetic version.)
Okay, back to this vintagey Tim version! This base of this board is a 10.5"x8" piece of foam core. I love using foam core for this because it is light, making it easy to display the piece in a number of ways. (I have a Grungeboard easel cut from Tim's Small Easel Sizzix die attached to the back of this board but have it displayed in a plate stand for the photos.)
The foam core is covered with a piece of Tim's new Holiday Memories Kraft Resist paper. I added color to the paper by using an assortment of Distress Stains. I used a wet paint brush to pick up color off of the applicator top and brushed it onto the paper like water color paint. I cut the paper about 2 inches larger than the foam and adhered the paper to the board with Glue N Seal adhesive by Ranger. I wrapped the paper around to the back. After the the paper was dry, I placed two holes in the front for two Hitch Fasteners. The foam was a bit thick for the fasteners so I cut a bit of the backing away around the holes. Once the fasteners were in place I covered the back of the board with a piece of solid color paper. The paper on the back covered all of the raw edges and gave the back a nice finished look. I brushed Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto all of the edges.
For the text, I used a combination of different letters. For the word "Dear" I used Grunge Blocks. I painted both the letter and the block black with Adirondack's Pitch Black Paint Dabber. After the black was dry I added Gold to the letter. Once the Gold was dry I brushed Walnut Ink Distress Stain over the whole piece.
For Santa I used Tim's new Kraft Resist Chipboard Letters. I love these letters! They come embossed with a clear design that resists color when applied to them. I colored mine with Fired Brick Distress Stain. They take color so nicely! I added a touch of Black Soot Distress Ink to the edges and then adhered them to the board with 3D Foam Squares.
The third section of text is created with Tim's Ransom Alpha Parts letters. These letters are all black. To make them white, simply place them where you want them and tap a pigment ink pad onto the raised portion of the letter. To make them glossy, I added a layer of Glossy Accents to the tops of each letter over the white. The strip that the letters are on is a scrap of grungepaper that I colored green with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. I brushed the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Once the ink was dry I adhered the letters. They are self adhesive but I added a bit of extra liquid glue to the backs of them. After the Glossy Accents were dry, I misted the whole piece with Perfect Pearls Mist Green Verdigris. The mist will dry on the Glossy Accents so if you don't want it there you will need to blot it away.
I adhered the strip to the board using Super Tape. I only applied tape to the center of the strip, leaving about an inch on each end free so that it could lift up away from the back and add extra dimension.
I embellished the letter D with a Christmas Adornment. The Adornments are plain silver and can be easily colored with alcohol inks or alcohol ink based markers like Letraset Promarkers or Copics. Once the marker ink was dry, I dabbed on embossing ink and added embossing powder. Once the clear powder is melted it seals the color and leaves a shiny finish.
To mark the days on the board, I recovered manila tags with paper from the Seasonal Paper Stach. Each tag was inked on the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. For a calendar, you need 2 tags for numbers 0-3 and one tag for numbers 4-9.
Each tag was embellished with a sticker (or two) from the Seasonal Salvage Stickers book, a Kraft Resist Chipboard number (colored with Peeled Paint Distress Stain and edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink), a leaf and "berry" cluster, and a few Tiny Attacher Staples.
I used Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Powder to add color and texture to the leaves and "berry" brads. I applied embossing ink to the leaves, added the powder and heated them to melt the powder. To apply the powder to the brads, I held the brad in a pair of tweezers, dabbed the tip on my embossing ink pad, dipped it in the powder, and then heated it. Once it was hot I re-dipped it back in the powder and re-melted it the powder until it was built up like I wanted. I added 2-3 coats to each brad.
This post is now located on my new website: http://tammytutterow.com/2011/07/tim-holtz-cha-s-2011-emmas-halloweens/.