Friday, 24 January 2020

The Story Teller...

Hello friends...

Hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Today I'm so happy to sharing the first of my Creativation 2020 makes for Tim Holtz. It's been a busy few weeks of making, but I've had so much fun and over the coming weeks, I'll have plenty of inspiration to share with you all, including projects for Stampers Anonymous, Ranger Ink, idea-ology and of course, Sizzix which includes, this particular project made using dies from the Chapter 1 release, available and shipping now. Don’t forget that if you missed Tim’s Facebook Live showing this amazing release and all the fabulous projects, then you can catch up with it here!
To begin with I'm going to walk you through some of the processes that I used to create this piece using my favourite dies from the release, Retro Type, Tiny Type and the amazing Heartbeat and show you how I combined these dies to make a piece of home decor using a vignette tray which was inspired by a quote from the author Nicolas Sparks ~ "every great love starts with a great story".

What I particularly want to do in this tutorial is concentrate on the techniques that I used to create the typewriter and the Heartbeat, both of which began life as a piece of boring old chipboard.

I started by using the smaller sized Vignette Tray, covering the raw edges of the tray with Humidor Design Tape and then covering the front, back and sides of the tray ~ inside and out with papers from the Dapper Paper Stash.
I particularly love how the ruler paper looks on the back of the tray, it's just perfect. I also added Crackle Paste to both the outside....


...and the inside of the tray, applying it directly over the top of the paper. To add the ageing to the crackle paste, I used Distress Crayons ~ Walnut Stain and Black Soot and then applied a touch of Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Crayon to add a touch of rust, which you can just see on the inside of the tray in the photo below.
Inside the box you'll notice that there's a little shelf for the typewriter to sit on and this is made from one of the Pinked Etcetera Trims that I cut down to size so that it would fit across the box. After painting the strip using a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot Distress Paints to create the look of dark wood, I attached the shelf inside the tray with Matte Collage Medium.
Now for those dies and let's start with the Heartbeat die...

After die cutting the heart from a square of chipboard that was slightly larger in size than the heart itself, I placed all of the pieces in front of me on my glass mat ~ don't throw anything away as you will be placing the heart section back into the die cut once they are painted. I now want to add the colour, and used Candied Apple Distress Paint to colour the heart pieces. I then dry brushed the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint and set these aside to dry.

For the background the heart, I wanted to create a rusty patina to the surface of the chipboard and painted the chipboard with black gesso. I then started layering my Distress Paints, Evergreen Bough, Ground Espresso, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. I apply each layer of paint individually, using the dry brushing technique to add colour. Just dip your paint brush into the paint, wipe away the excess on a towel and then just gently allow the brush to paint the colour across the surface of black gessoed chipboard. Remember to dry the paint layers between each application.
Once I was happy with the background colour, I matted it onto black chipboard and placed a Hardware Head into each corner, making them a little rusty in appearance with some Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso Distress Paint.

Place the red heart pieces back into the die and attach with adhesive. For the heartbeat, I cut this from gold metallic kraft stash, running the die through my machine again and snipping away the heartbeat from the main part of the die cut.

After aging the metallic kraft stash with a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink, I attached it to my the die cut, placing it directly over the top of the existing heartbeat that is attached to the die.

I mounted the die cut heart into the top section of the tray, using foam pads and then took a Pen Nib, which I aged with the same colours of Distress Paint that I used on the background of the heart and placed this in the centre of the heart. I also used the Tiny Type die to cut the number 14 from gold metallic kraft stash and attached this.
Now we move onto the Retro Type die. This is a Bigz die so that means it will cut through a thicker substrate and allows me to layer my individual chipboard die cuts to create one substantial die cut image that once placed in the tray will stand alone. The die comes in two sections which are layered together and I began by cutting four layers of larger section of the die from chipboard. I layered 3 of the chipboard die cuts using Matte Collage Medium, keeping back the fourth, which is going to be placed on top. I then cut one smaller section from chipboard.

After painting all the chipboard pieces with gesso to prime them, I started adding colour. To begin with I took the larger die cut piece and the second smaller die cut piece, that will sit over the top the layered section and using a very fine detail paint brush, I handpainted the main key section of the typewriter with 2 coats of Candied Apple Distress Paint. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, I dry brushed the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint, which knocks back the brightness of the red and creates more of a vintage feel. For the paper roller section at the top of the die cut, I used Black Soot and Brushed Pewter Distress Paint. Set this to one side.

Taking the layered solid key section die cut, I painted this with Black Soot Distress Paint and once again, once the paint was dry, I used Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, which I dry brushed over the top. I then cut a small piece of silver metallic paper stash, and placed this over the keys on the bottom section of the layered painted die cut. Take the remaining pieces of die cuts and attach these over the top of the layered die cut. Ink around the edges of the die with Black Soot Distress Crayon, blending out the colour with a damp fingertip and if you need to tidy up any of the paintwork, or fill in spots that might have been missed, this is the time to do it! You can see how I layered the pieces in the photo below and also see the metallic elements that sit behind the keys and the top section of the typewriter.
Once the die and the adhesive is set, I pounced the Versamark Embossing Ink Pad over the entire surface of the painted die cut and then sprinkled it with clear embossing powder. Tap away the excess and then heat emboss the die cut. Allow to cool and then repeat with a layer of clear embossing ink and a layer of clear embossing powder. Heat emboss once more and it will create a beautiful glossy finish to the typewriter.
Using plain copy paper, I typed out the quote on my computer and cut the paper to size so that it would fit into the typewriter. I inked the paper with a little Old Paper Distress Ink and then placed it into the typewriter, securing it at the back of the die cut. 
Using a layer of foam pads, I attached the typewriter into the tray, placing it onto the shelf and slightly overlapping the heartbeat die cut that is above it. To complete the typewriter I attached a small star adornment.
We're nearly there and all that was left for me to do was add the Mini Hardware Pull, complete with Clippings Sticker to tell the story of the Story Teller...
...and then add a handle at the top. I used a Faucet Knob that I aged to create a rusty patina effect using the same paints as I used on the background of Heartbeat Die.
I hope you've loved how I created this Vignette Tray and enjoyed the process of how the piece came together using Distress Paints to create the colour to the die cut elements and add some vintage flair to the project.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Tim, Paula and Mario for their continued support and for asking me to be a part of Creativation 2020 and join them on their amazing creative adventure! 

Hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx


Recipe for project:

Monday, 20 January 2020

Life Is Wonderful ~ Dream Big

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend and if you're anything like me, I'm sure you've been watching everything and anything that has been posted about Creativation over the last few days, especially all the wonderful new Tim Holtz products that have been released! I have so much love for these and I can't wait to share all the projects that I've made over the coming weeks, it's going to be a very busy blog!

But back to today and this week's SSS Monday Challenge, which is all about Home Decor! Those who follow my blog on a regular basis will know by now that I love making these types of projects, so with the theme in mind, I created a piece that is all about childhood, dreams and friendship and hope you love the vintage theme that I've incorporated into this Vignette divided drawer, packed full of Tim Holtz products.
So, let's get started...the new challenge is about to begin!


To begin with I started with the Divided Drawer, removing one of the shelves and began by covering the inside using papers from the Memoranda Paper Stash. I usually cut all my panels to size and then adhered them into place with Matte Collage Medium, also applying a coat of the medium over the top to seal the paper.
Moving onto the outside of the box and I wanted to add texture, and a decorative element but I didn't want to add too much colour, I just wanted something soft and vintage.
So to achieve this, I used the gorgeous new Bouquet Thinlits die from Sizzix and cut two panels from Mixed Media Heavystock Card. I then cut each panel into strips that would cover the width on the sides of the drawer. I adhered the panels of die cut card directly onto the box using Matte Collage Medium and allowed to dry.
You can see how pretty the effect is and how it creates the texture but still retains a beautiful vintage softness about it.
For the top of the box, I took the shelf that I removed from inside and attached this to the top. I then attached a further panel of die cut card to fit.
Once the medium was dry, I applied a dry brush of white gesso, mixed with Antique Linen Distress Paint and applied this over the entire box, including the back, before once again allowing to dry and then applying a very light layer of Vintage Collage Medium.

Once the medium is dry, I then applied some Crackle Paste, adding it to the edges, the corners and down the joins of the box on the inside and the outside. Allow for the paste to dry, (I know there's a lot of drying time on this piece but it's worth it and some of the techniques can be speeded up by using a heat gun) before applying the Walnut Stain Distress Crayon directly onto the crackles, along the edges of the box and on the inside of the box ~ blending the colour in with a damp water brush. This will accentuate the crackle effect but not add too much colour.
The box is now ready to decorate and I began with the photo. This was taken from Tim's Found Relatives set and I colour tinted it with Distress Crayons. I then aged it around the edges using a light touch of Vintage Collage Medium, smeared onto the photo with my finger before matting the image onto a panel of silver metallic kraft stash, followed by a piece of chipboard, that I cut slightly larger than the matted photo and painted with black Soot Distress Paint.
I mounted the photo using foam pads onto the inside of my box and added a clippings sticker ~ 'life is wonderful".
Beneath the photo, I arranged a cluster of trinkets ~ a corked vial, that had Collage Medium smeared over the bottle to create an opaque look to the glass and then I filled with Bauble Adornments, coloured with Alcohol Ink. I then took a couple of old paintbrushes and popped them into the corked vial, together with a piece of Mummy Cloth and some twine tied around the bottle neck, complete with a Tiny Pin attached to the knot.
I then added a thimble which had a vintage touch applied using Distress Paints ~ Evergreen Bough, Antiqued Bronze, Rusty Hinge and Black Soot. I took a bunch of the Bouquet Findings and spritzed them with Milled Lavender Spray Stain. Once they were dry, I cut them down to size, so that they would form a posy and attached them to the inside of my thimble with Matte Collage Medium. I then added Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue to each centre of each flower.
Attach each of the pieces, together with a ruler that I took from the Junk Drawer Baseboard set, (if you haven't seen these yet, you need these in your life and they are available on pre-order, together with the Tiny Clip, that I've attached to the ruler) and then as a finishing touch, I added the cute little dog charm...
Moving onto the bottom section of the drawer...
...and for this I started by adhering a floral ephemera piece from the Keepsakes Ephemera set and adhered this to the back of the box with Collage Medium. Whilst this is drying, I attached a screw eye from the Vignette Hardware set that I screwed underneath the shelf to hang my watch from. I then took my small sized pocket watch, 'vintaged it up' with Distress Paints, placed a clock face inside which is from the Snippets Ephemera set and added a clock hand, attached with a brad to the centre. I attached a chain to the watch and then hung it from the screw eye fastener.
The other trinkets that I used and added to the bottom section of the drawer, include:
...three Alpha Dice, stacked up and placed next to the pocket watch, some alcohol inked Bauble Findings and another corked vial, crackled with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and inked with Mushroom Alcohol Ink and this, contains tiny buttons inside. I then wrapped some twine around the bottle neck, attached a story stick and a floral adornment which was inked with Rose Gold Metallic Alcohol Ink.
The final trinket was taken from the Snippets Ephemera set and these are the postcards, that I tied together with some fine twine and then placed into the box.
So, the box is nearly ready and all that I need to do is add the finishing touches ~ the handle/mini hardware pull which sits on the top, complete with Hardware Heads and which has also been given the vintage touch using Distress Paints....
...and then we have the quote chip, attached to the shelf. This quote chip is from the brand new set called Theories and all I did was sand the edges, apply a smear of Vintage Collage Medium over the top and then attach to the shelf, adding two Hardware Heads to either side.
I hope you've loved this project and of course, I hope it's inspired you to create some home decor pieces of your own and you can use Tim's products like I have or if you want to create something more personal, maybe use a precious photo of a family member and arrange trinkets around it that hold cherished memories. The ideas are endless but they really do make wonderful pieces to display around the home...

Don't forget, if you would like to see more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....







Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx


Recipe for project:

Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Bouquet Thinlits
Distress Paint: Ground EspressoBlack SootEvergreen BoughRusty HingeAntique Linen
Distress Crayons: Walnut Stain
Distress Spray Stain: Milled Lavender

Monday, 13 January 2020

Light Up Your Life....

Hello friends and Happy Monday everyone...

Hope you all had a great weekend and looking forward to the week ahead! Thank you to everyone who joined in with last week's SSS Monday Challenge, it's always lovely to see what you've made and this week, we challenge you to RUST IT UP with our brand new theme!

So, however you choose to create some rusty effects on your projects, we hope you'll play along and share all your makes.

Of course, I was in my element with this theme, who doesn't love some rusty, crusty goodness and I chose to create a tag using Tim Holtz, Sizzix and Stampers Anonymous products to build up all those layers.
So, let's get started...the new challenge is about to begin!


Before I take you through the creative process of the tag, I wanted to list the colours of Distress Paint that I use to add the rusty appearance to each of the metal pieces. These are a combination of Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Ground Espresso and Evergreen Bough ~ each paint is layered over one another, but remember to dry between layers as you don't want to end up muddying the colours.

Moving onto the tag, I used a Mini Etcetera Tag as my base and applied some Design Tape from the Humidor Set around each side of the tag.

Now the fun begins and some of you might remember that a while back I created a box using a faux metal technique which you can read all about here, a technique that I absolutely love and I thought it would be perfect for this theme but this time, instead of using a base of Foil Metal Sheets as I did in the previous tutorial, I used Tim's champagne coloured Metallic Kraft Card from stash 3 and after cutting the 8" x 8" sheet down to approx 16 x 11cm, this will allow for a border around the outside edge of the tag, I ran the first sheet of metallic card through my machine in the Sizzix Mechanics 3D Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz. You can see the depth of the embossing that this folder achieves ~ it's amazing and so touchy feely!
I then cut a further sheet of the metallic kraft card but this time 4 x 11cm and then embossed this panel using the Foundry 3D Embossing Folder.

I now have my two embossed panels but need to make them look vintage and to do this, I used Distress Paints, starting with Black Soot which I applied all over the surface of both panels of card before wiping away the excess paint.
After gently heat drying the painted surface, don't overheat ~ I added some more layers, Ground Espresso and Evergreen Bough ~ each time wiping away the excess paint and drying between the layers.

Once I was happy with the colour, I attached the embossed panels to my tag, placing the Mechanics piece at the top....
...and the Foundry piece along the bottom.
To add even more rusty goodness and texture, I applied the Emboss It Dabber around the edge of the tag and used Chunky Rust Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek. Sprinkle the powder over the the embossing ink, tap away the excess and then heat emboss.

I now have my base tag ready to decorate....

...and started with the Voltage die to die cut each part from chipboard before applying some Grit Paste to each of the pieces to add some texture to the finished die cut. Once the paste was dry, I primed all the die cut pieces with gesso and then painted each of them with a base of Black Soot Distress Paint, heat dried the paint and followed through with Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers and Rusty Hinge ~ just building the layers of paint. Once the final layer was dry, I then added the Chunky Rust Embossing Powder to the edges to add some more texture.

I used Matte Collage Medium to adhere each of the die cut pieces together to make up the Voltage Gauge, placing a piece of silver metallic kraft card between the top and bottom layers that will show through the aperture window of the Voltage gauge. I then mounted the die onto a further piece of chipboard that will act as a baseboard for the die cut, and painted this square panel in the same colours as the gauge.

For the numbers, I painted the curved die cut piece with neutral coloured Distress Paints and then stamped the numbers to create the dial, using the stamp from The Professor set.

Attach in the window of the die cut and then, paint the indicator pointer using Candied Apple and Black Soot Distress Paint, attach and add a Hardware Head, again rusted up with a little Distress Paint. I also added the number 59, which is taken from the Tim Holtz Special Delivery Remnant Rubs set.
Now it's time to build up the scene and after creating my ledge which is made up of various lengths of the Bracket and Pinked Etcetera Trims. I applied some Crackle Paste over the top of the 'ledge' and  once the paste was dry, I used Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs Distress Crayons to accentuate the crackle before attaching the ledge to the tag with Matte Collage Medium.
I attached the Voltage gauge to the tag, together with a Paper Doll standing to the right that I colour tinted with Distress Marker Pens...
...and also layered some ephemera pieces from the Snippets Ephemera set behind the die cut.
In the photo below you can see the depth that I've got on this piece which is all created by using foam pads to add height and dimension.
Along the ledge, I added some Mummy Cloth, dyed with Pumice Stone and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains and then placed some 'rusted up' Sprocket Gears into the arrangement and added a lightbulb, a piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology from a while back, that I had in my stash.
In the centres of a couple of gears, I added a star adornment which I painted with Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.
Just below the ledge, I added a drawer pull and placed the word Admission, taken from the Clippings Stickers and popped this inside. I added two hardware heads to appear as if it's bolted onto the tag.
To complete the tag, I added one of the Foundry adornments and attached a Hinge Clip to the bottom of the metal piece before attaching it to my tag.
So, that's my project for this week all done and dusted and I hope you've enjoyed how I created the rusty elements of this piece ~ it's not been the easiest of projects to photograph, I bow down to anyone who can get a good photo of metallic card but I hope I've managed to share just how much shine there is in this project...
Don't forget, if you would like to see more inspiration from my talented teamies over on the challenge blog and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and you can join in up to 5 times, which means you could have 5 chances to winYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....







Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and hope to see you again soon, love Emma xxx


Recipe for project:

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