This post is now on my new website: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/enchant-your-life/.
This post is now on my new website: http://tammytutterow.com/2012/01/enchant-your-life/.
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!
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.
There are tons of photos in this post so grab a drink and settle in for lots of pictures and details. . .
When I sat down to create this tray, I didn't really have a theme in mind. I just figured it would be kind of assorted odds and ends. As I continued it took on a number theme, with several of the boxes having something to do with numbers, counting, or time. All mean something to me so the final project ended up being a little snapshot of me and some of the things most important to me.
For this block, I lined the inside with patterned paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I layered a Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker onto a piece of paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash and added machine stitching around the edge. I used my typewriter to add text on two pieces of scrap patterned paper and clipped them on using a Mini Paper Clip. I distressed the two Fractured Dolls by applying paint (Pitch Black Adirondak Paint Daubers) over them and then wiping it off with a dry towel. I added two silk ribbon bows around each doll's neck in the favorite colors of my two daughters. You may know that my two girls are 13 years apart so the difference in the sizes of the two dolls seemed perfect to represent them.
Through out the whole project, nearly every piece of everything was inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Also, any paper edges that are distressed were distressed with the Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Distresser. I also used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi Medium to adhere all of my paper items. I used Therm O Web's 3D Adhesive Foam Squares to mount pretty much everything in the box so that it all floats out away from the back. I love the added dimension they add. I also used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry to adhere anything that isn't floating out, like flowers, bottles, etc. I used the new Sketchbook Tissue Tape for all of my box seams and edges.
This box features a photo of my house which is adhered to a piece of paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash. The paper in the box behind the photo is from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I used the Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers alphabet to add the word HOME to a scrap of patterned paper and accented the letters with a line of machine stitching. I clipped the piece to the photo using a Mini Paper Clip. I added two Game Pieces to create 515 (my house number).
On the box to the left, the inside back is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I added an Keyhole to the back and hung a Locket Key from a brad in the Keyhole. I again typed text on scraps of patterned paper. I placed one piece on the Keyhole and one on a scrap piece of a ruler sticker from the Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker set that I adhered to a scrap piece of Grungepaper.
The second box has paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash that has been covered in Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. I created the flower using crinoline cut with the Tattered Florals Alterations Die and colored with Wild Honey Distress Ink. If you would like instructions for making this flower, you can download my printable tutorial.
On the box to the left, the inside back is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I added a Word Stick that I painted with Snow Cap White Adirondack Paint Dabber. I wiped the paint away with a cloth, leaving the paint down in the recessed letters. I added a small scrap of Trimmings colored with a spray ink through the opening and adhered it to the center of the space with an adhesive foam square.
The box on the right is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. The piece that looks like sewing pattern instructions is from the Crowded Attic Salvage Stickers. I crumbled it and inked it to add some texture. I added brown embroidery floss to a small wooden spool and inserted a Memo Pin into to hold another typed piece of text. I also added a small flower that was created by cutting fabric using the Tattered Florals Alterations Die (colored with Spun Sugar Distress Ink) and layered with Foliage and a Washer (bent and shaped with a pair of pliers). I also layered two Accoutrements Buttons (one from the new Shabby set and one from the Fanciful set) and tied them together with embroidery floss.
For this box, I first colored a piece of the new Kraft Resist Paper Stash with assorted shades of blue, green, and yellow to create a landscape. I used the branch portion of the bird on branch stamp from the Urban Tapestry stamp set inked in Walnut Stain Distress Ink to stamp branches on my scene. After adding the paper to the box, I added an Umbrella Man die cut from Grungepaper, painted black with an Adirondack Pitch Black Paint Dabber and then coated in Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. I then covered a small chipboard frame with a piece of paper (I forget which Stash this one came from) that was inked and covered in Rock Candy Distress Stickles. I added a typed quote to the back of the frame.
This box is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I added a number 3 from the Numerals set that I first coated in Pitch Black Pigment Ink and then Painted over with the Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber. I added a top layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. After it was all dry, I tied on a small typed tag and adhered the piece with adhesive foam squares.
This box is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I added a Time Piece that I first painted with the Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber and then dabbed on Pitch Black Pigment Ink. I added a small text strip with the word TIME and put it inside a Corked Vial to represent a long favorite song Time In a Bottle. I also added typed strips that say "Make Time. No matter what."
Next, this box is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. Like the other box with the flower, the inside back of this one is covered with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint. I added a crinoline rose as before, this time colored using Broken China Distress Ink. In this box I added a bit of dried hydrangeas from my garden along with a butterfly sticker from the Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker set. I misted the dried hydrangeas with Perfect Pearls Interference Red Mist to give them a bit of color and sparkle. The butterfly was monochromatic so I used Copic Markers in super light muted colors and then inked over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to mute and age it.
This box is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I tied a little bundle of posies together with a bit of colored Trimmings. To create the posies, I folded fabric flowers cut from the Tattered Florals Die into a cone shape and wrapped the tip of the cone with thin floral wire.
This box is the same as the box with the blue flower, except of course that the paper is a different color and that the flower is colored using Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
For this box, I covered the inside with paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash. I added a piece of the ruffled trip from the Trimmings set. I lightly brushed the trim with Wild Honey Distress Ink to give it color. I added a text strip over the center of the trim and added brads to each end. I finished it off with a Pen Nib.
For this box, I first added Distress Inks to a piece of Kraft Resist Paper Stash in blues and yellows. I then added a fabric piece that is a made up of Sticky Back Canvas, quilt batting, and cotton. I stamped my all time favorite Tim Holtz Stamp from the Just Thoughts set on the piece (before sewing it to the other layers) and colored the images with Copic Markers. The marker ink tends to run on fabric, but I actually like the effect. I added a light touch of blue and yellow Distress Inks to the image to try to add sun and sky effects. I finished off the fabric piece with two Mini Pins.
These three blocks are all filled with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I used a Fiskars round scallop punch to cut out paper to layer behind the large Shabby Accoutrements. I inked the edges of the paper pieces and added Clear Rock Candy Stickles to the surface. After they were dry, I layered the buttons on top and added embroidery floss to the button holes. I adhered Alpha Parts to the top of each button. The letters are the initials of my three kids.
In the tall box, I covered the backs and sides with paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash. I used a ruler sticker from the Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker set. I adhered the sticker to two layers of Grungepaper. I added a typed quote to Ornate Plate that I adhered to the outside of the box. I embellished it with a small flower that was created by cutting fabric using the Tattered Florals Alterations Die (colored with Spun Sugar Distress Ink) and layered with a Reinforcer, Foliage and a Washer (bent and shaped with a pair of pliers).
Next, this box was also covered in paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I added two Corked Vials that are filled with sand from my honeymoon. I tied a bit of colored Trimmings ribbon around them and added a Trinket Pin. I added a Numeral that I inked with Adirondack Pigment Inks (sorry, I forget which ones I used on this piece). The photo is of the place where my husband and I got married. As I did in most of the others, I typed some text on a scrap of paper and added it over the photo.
The box on the left is covered with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash. I layered a Crowded Attic Salvage Sticker on a scrap of patterned paper and used a Mini Paper Clip to add text strips about the three boys in my house, the hubby, the son, and the puppy dog.
The last box is filled with paper from the Crowded Attic Paper stash. I used the Snow Cap Adirondack Paint Dabber to add paint inside the word on a Word Key. I used embroidery floss to add a text tag and a Chain Tassel.
Whew! Did you make it all the way to the end? I think I may have broken my own record for blog post length with this one! I have to say that a lot of times after I finish a project I see things I would change or tweak. Not this one, I love every bit of it. Looking at it totally makes me smile!
First things first. . . I have added a new badge to my sidebar!
I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the Inspiration Team for Inspiration Emporium! I am so excited to be working with Jay and the other amazing ladies on the Inspiration Team! If you love all things Tim, you definitely want to check out this store because they have it all and so much more! With the announcement of the new team today they have also launched a new blog, the Inspiration Journal. I hope you will take a peek and check out the other members of the new team.
Now, how about a new art journal page?
One of my two words for the year is Happiness. When I think about happiness I always think of bluebirds. Quite a few years ago I remember watching a made for tv movie Can You Feel Me Dancing staring Justine Bateman as a blind girl who overcomes several struggles to become a strong and independent woman. In the movie there was a song with the line, "Bluebird of Happiness sing me your song". I always loved that sentiment. (I have never been able to find the song online. There is one from the 40s that has a similar line but it is different, or at least not how I remember the song from the movie.)
So as the new year begins and I think more on my word and about some changes I am challenging myself to make, I find myself kind of adopting the bluebird as my mascot for the year. As a part of my personal challenge to myself, I have decided to make myself journal about life and challenges and document discoveries along the way. I am a computer kind of girl so I decided to do my journal as a blog. I am a pretty private person and at first planned to keep the blog private. I changed my mind and decided to make it public just on the outside chance that someone might find my ramblings interesting. I can't promise that they will be, but in case you are interested, you can find that blog under Bluebird Songs on the menu above.
For this page, I started by covering my base page with patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Paper Stash. This is one of the pages that is a soft taupe color. As I was envisioning this page, I knew I wanted to use Distress Inks to add blues, yellows, and greens to paint a "scene" behind the bird. I also wanted a pattern but nothing strong like a stamped image that would take away from the bird. As I was flipping through the paper stash I had kind of an a-ha moment. This paper with its muted color was perfect for inking and adding color to. For the blues, I used Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood. For the "sun" I used Old Paper. For the green, I used Peeled Paint and Bundled Sage.
I cut my bird (Caged Bird Alterations die) from Grungepaper. I used Faded Jeans and Wild Honey for the body and Walnut Stain for the legs. I used a black Zig Marker to add a simple black eye. I added a small bit of Glossy Accents to the eye and beak to add a touch of shine.
I cut a branch freehand out of Grungepaper and inked it with Faded Burlap and Walnut Ink. I topped it with Crushed Olive Distress Stickles. For the flowers, I took pieces of Idea-ology Foliage and inked them with Ranger Adirondack Pigment Ink. I used Lettuce for the leaves and a combination of Red Pepper and Sunset Orange on the flowers. I used my Heat It craft tool to dry and set the ink.
I next sprinkled Distress Embossing powder on the pieces. I added Tattered Rose to the flowers. I didn't have a green in the Distresss Embossing powder so I used Antique Linen. Once I heat set the powder I went back over the leaves with my Lettuce pigment ink and then heat set it. It gave the Antique Linen a nice light green color. I gave the flowers a second coat of powder using Ranger's Bridal Embossing Powder to add some color variance and sparkle. I colored the brads for the flower centers using the Bridal Embossing Powder.
The patterned paper had a really soft and subtle swirl pattern in it. I traced over each of the swirls using Ranger Star Dust Stickles.
For the phrase, I used my single letter stamps that I have been using on all of my art journal pages. I think that by using them on each page it brings a real unity to the pages in the book as a whole. I stamped the letters for three of the words using Ranger's Archival Jet Black ink on a scrap blue piece of paper from the same paper pad. I inked the edge of each with Vintage Photo. I wanted to add a period to the end of the phrase but my set doesn't include one. I could have used a pen, but I wanted to be sure the ink looked the same. I grabbed a small embossing stylus (like the kind for the brass stencils) from my tool box and touched it to the ink pad and then my paper. It made a perfect round dot. I liked the look of it so much that I added more in a fun wavy pattern. The really nice thing about using the stylus for a stamp was that it made all of the dots perfectly round and consistent in size.
I finished off the page with a touch of Vintage Photo around the outer edges.