Tuesday, 2 April 2019

True Friend ~ Heart and Soul

Hello everyone...

I'm back today to share another project which I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Booth at Creativation 2019. This little trinket tin is packed full of products and features a combination of dies, both old and new ~ which include Funky Floral 3 die set, together with the Large Funky Floral Die from Chapter 1 and from Chapter 2, the Trinket Frames and I hope it shows you how all these dies can work together so well! 

If you want to read all about the brand new Chapter 2 release, then just pop on over to Tim Holtz's blog ~ it was so good to see Tim back where he belongs, sharing his passion and looking really well, it really did make my day and, if you did miss his latest Facebook Live, then you can catch up with a replay, HERE ~ together with plenty of inspiration from so many talented designers and you might even recognise a few of the projects that I've shared here on my blog...

So, it's time for me to show you around this project...
To begin with, I used one of Tim's Trinket Tins ~ these are sold in a set of 2 and you can see the other tin in the set which I've shown previously on a blog post that you can see here. On this post, I show you how I aged the outside with Crackle Paste, Distress Paints and Alcohol Inks.

On the inside of this tin, I began the process by applying a layer of gesso over the inside of the tin. Once the gesso was dry, I then set to work ageing the metal using layers of Distress Paints, starting with Walnut Stain, adding Evergreen Bough and finishing with Black Soot and Picket Fence ~ each time drying the painted layers that I added. Once I was happy with how the metal looked, I then added some crackle paste around the edges, allowed this to dry before applying Mushroom and Rust Alcohol Inks, allowing the ink to settle into the crackles. In the photo below you can see just see the inside edges of the tin and how all those layers of paint add that wonderful touch of vintage.
Inside the tin, I cut panels of Worn Wallpaper, machine stitched the edges and then adhered them to both sections before adding a strip of lace, attaching it so that it looks like one continuous piece running across both sides of the tin.

Now we move onto the frame that sits inside and for this I used the fantastic Trinket Frame die ~ this is a Bigz die which means you can cut through almost any substrate (always test before you pass it through your machine, if you feel resistance, DO NOT CONTINUE)! I cut my frame from some chipboard as I wanted it to be fairly thick and quite substantial. I then coated the surface with gesso to prime the chipboard before dabbing an Emboss It Dabber over the top, and around the inside edges. I then sprinkled Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder onto the chipboard, tap away the excess and then heat emboss until molten. I repeated this process a couple more times to get a really good coverage on the frame. Once I was happy, I then applied the dabber to random areas of the frame and sprinkled these with a combination of embossing powders ~ black and gold. I then heated the powders once more and let them just blend together to create a wonderful marbling of colour and texture that you can see below.

Pop the frame inside the tin, attaching it with a thin layer of Collage Medium that I ran around the edge.

Setting the tin aside and allowing the medium to do it's thing, I started work on filling the tin with all those gorgeous embellishments and began by making my dimensional flowers.

These flowers are die cut using a combination of the Funky Florals 3 and the Large Funky Florals dies. Taking three separate pieces of the Heavystock card, I coloured each panel using Distress Spray Stains ~ for the yellow flowers, I used Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw, for the pink I used Victorian Velvet and for the leaves, I used Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters. Once the card was dry, I then cut my petals and foliage from each piece of coloured card.

Taking the pink, cut from Funky Florals 3 die and the yellow petals which are cut from the Large Funky Florals set, I layered each section and then added inked baubles to the centres. You can see a tutorial of how these flowers are made and shaped, HERE. For this project, I made three yellow flowers, 2 pink and then using the green card, I cut a selection of foliage using both of the die sets.

Using a selection of the flowers, 2 of each colour ~ I placed these inside the tin, adding the foliage and layering them onto a bed of sisal fibres.
On the opposite side, I used one of the new Photo Booth images which I colour tinted with Distress Marker pens before layering onto gold metallic card, followed by a layer of felt, cut with my Grandmother's precious pinking shears...

I attached the image together with some baubles inked with various colours of alcohol inks and then added the final yellow flower.
...and that completes this trinket tin which I loved creating and hope it's given you some ideas of how to make one of your own and how to use the brand new Trinket Frame die!
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:


  1. Yippee!!! Another Trinket Tin...Love the flowers and learned a lot from seeing how you shaped them. Will be doing this to all my flowers going forward. So happy you shared this little gem.

  2. Such a gorgeous creation, Emma showcasing the trinket frame die form the chapter 2 release. You have made it positively shine as it frames your wonderful florals and love how you have carried your design over into the lid of the tin.
    Great to see Tim showing it off in the FB live. He clearly love d it too .
    Big hugs x


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