Today is the start of a brand new challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and this week's exciting new challenge has been set by Sandra and is called "TICK TOCK". So whether your project is about clocks and gears or you challenge yourself to make a project in a certain amount of time ~ the choice is up to you and the clock is already ticking down...
When I first saw this challenge, I immediately thought of clocks, but then I thought again and I remembered this vintage Parisienne postcard that I had and was immediately inspired to create a piece using this image and my interpretation of the theme became all about...stepping back in time!
To begin with I used a piece of mountboard, approximately 8" square and primed the board with Gesso. I then painted my background using layers of Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Distress Paint, and then adding a touch of Black Soot at the very end. Whilst the background was drying, I began to die cut the Weathered Clock and Gears using Sizzix dies by Tim Holtz and then painted the chipboard die cuts with more layers of Distress Paints, adding some Antiqued Bronze to the colours.
Now, to get back to the background board and start layering the elements...
I added a layer of Gesso over the top of my painted background before flicking small amounts of the Gesso to create a distressed, vintage look. I dried this with a heat tool, applied torn pieces of Tissue Wrap and then, stamped random areas using the text stamp from the Letter To Santa set. So, that's the background finished.
Now to layer all the elements...and this piece is definitely all about layers!!
As a starting point for all the elements, I attached the Weathered Clock onto the painted board and then, arranged all the other pieces over the top, building them up to create the interest.
Behind the photo, I tucked a piece of Grungeboard covered with Metal Tape, embossed using the Blueprint and Gears Texture Fade and then painted with more Distress Paints for a rusty vintage look. I then inked up a Size 5 tag with Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Brushed Corduroy and Black Soot Distress Stains and stamped with the Paris wording from the Papillon stamp set. This too was added behind the photo, so that it showed the Paris wording only.
I used vintage seam binding on the tag and then added a Pen Nib which I aged with Distress Paints to give a patina effect. Once my postcard was in place, I just needed to add the die cut gears and various pieces of Idea-Ology, which once again, some pieces are aged using Distress Paints.
As a finishing touch, I added some Treasure Gold to highlight the Gears and the Weathered Clock.
So, I really hope you loved my "step back in time" and if you need more great ideas and inspiration, then look no further than the blog to see all the wonderful creations from my very talented Design Team members. Every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. Good luck....
Distress Paint ~ Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Antiqued Bronze, Peeled Paint, Picket Fence and Antique Linen
Idea-Ology ~ Mini Paper Clips, Pen Nib, Hinge Clips, Observations Word Bands, Paper String, Sprocket Gears, Mini Sprocket Gears, Film Ribbon
Vintage Seam Binding from my craft stash
Thank you so much for your visits today and I'll see you all very soon!!
Bye for now...love Emma xx