Monday, 3 March 2014

Step Back In Time...

Hello friends...

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....

Products used:

Sizzix Tim Holtz Dies ~ Weathered Clock and Gadget Gears
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Rubber Stamps ~ Letter To Santa and Papillon
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

28 comments:

maria's knutselplezier said...

This is really a gorgeous project, I love it in all his details, grat rusty colours , great image and design!!!Super!!!

Greetings
Maria

Karen Clare said...

A really interesting piece Emma, the postcard fitted the theme perfectly.
Beautifully created as always...
I love the weathered clock, it's one of my recent purchases.
Have a good week, crafty hugs xxx

She King said...

Oh this is gorgeous Emma. xx

Sonja van der Lugt said...

Super!!!!!!

Nancy said...

I agree, this is very interesting Emma...All of the different layers and techniques are great...and then the pop of blue...love it!!! All of it!!!

Hugs
Nancy T.

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous project Emma and such a great vintage postcard. Love the texture, all the gears and bits of blue.

Hettie said...

This is wonderful Emma. Love the picture and what you have done to it.
I happened to glance down to the one below - how different could both projects be?
Hugs
xx

Bernie Simmons said...

I like this very much you can put your hand to anything and turn it into a work of art...where as the rest of us mortals struggle ....Lovely piece x

soapHOUSEmama said...

I am loving the vintage goodness of this!!!

Suzanne C said...

Fantastic! I love the industrial grunge feel and the photo is gorgeous! Beautifully designed project!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

A lovely authentic back in time piece. I love how you were inspired by the postcard. I love your backdrop and the aged feel to your piece Emma, stunning. Tracy x

Sharon Y said...

Beautiful. Love all the texture. Just want to reach out and touch it!

├čeulah ├čee said...

This is really wonderful and I do appreciate the inspiration. I've a few cards like this myself but wasn't sure how to make the best use of them. Your example is excellent and I'm so glad you have shared it. The brown background really compliments the black and white postcard and the pop of blue in the bow tops it off perfectly.

massofhair said...

Stunning Emma, love the pop of blue:-) xxx

Meihsia Liu said...

Such a gorgeous creation, Emma. I love the beautiful vintage photo and all the elements are fabulous! :)

little amanda 7609 said...

Seriously awesome...again you have left me speechless

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the time piece embellishing :)

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

LoraineC said...

Fantastic Emma I really love this piece of art x

Mona Pendleton said...

Awesome project Emma! Love the vintage vibe and all the gears! The die cut clock looks fantastic!

Vintagelady said...

great inspiration with beautiful vintage colors!

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

What a wonderful piece! You are always the Queen of layering and I adore the way you throw in happy pops of color. Love the ribbon with the pen nib. You're truly skilled at pulling in all sorts of interesting elements that flow beautifully together. Well done!!

MichelleZ said...

A beautiful piece. I have a fondness for postal elements as Well as ephemera so this really caught my eye. You showcased the postcard wonderfully. Creative as well as pretty!

barbarayaya62 said...

Such a gorgeous project Emma! I love Paris and your work creates the right atmosphere, absolutely retro that you can breathe in this city! Wonderful! Barbarayaya

Sandra said...

Stunning piece, Emma! Love the vintage photo of Paris. All the gears are such a great touch. Hugs, Sandra

isisimaginings.com said...

So beautiful!

butterfly said...

Wonderful photo, and fabulous layers of vintage embellishing. The finish on the cogs is gorgeous!
Alison x

Anita in France said...

What an amazing project, Emma ... such a fabulous image of Paris, beautifully showcased with all the detailing and that brilliant pop of blue on the bow! Thanks so much for coming by my blog and leaving me some sweet words ... it's much appreciated! Anita :)

Rita said...

Beautiful card Emma. I am creating a memory book of my time in Coventry with Tim Holtz. I came across your picture too and have included it in my book. Hope your are keeping well. Hugs Rita xxxx

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