Wednesday, October 22, 2014

THE COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III COMMUNITY

Hi all!

It's a beautiful autumn day and I am getting ready to go outside and soak up some sunshine.  But, before I did that, I wanted to share something with all of you ...


it really feels like a community of artists who love Tim Holtz; his book, his products, his techniques and just the person that he is.  I feel so blessed to have been asked by Linda Ledbetter be a part of this journey she started with the Grungy Monday challenge blog that has morphed over the years into the Compendium challenges. 

As a member of the Curiosity Crew, we really take that commitment seriously.  We hope that through our individual "takes" on each project and our posts that we educate, inspire and share our fun in creating with Tim's techniques and products. It's all about the fun and the learning and sharing. 

The Curiosity Crew is amazed and thrilled with the entries that we have each challenge.  Your creations are really beautiful art.  It's fascinating to see all of the different styles and interpretations and it's FUN to read all of the creative processes that everyone goes through to finally get that last little whatever it is done so that you can get your entry linked up.

http://lindaledbetter.com/2014/10/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-13.html


Our current challenge is Worn Covers. I absolutely love the entries we are getting, including  each person's writeups. A perfect example of this is Vic.  I was just reading her blog this morning and she says that she was dreading this challenge.  But, when she finished, it is one of her favorite things she's ever made.  And Vic has made some beautiful stuff!  I had to laugh because I have felt the exact way sometimes about upcoming challenge projects.  But the feeling of satisfaction you get when you "tackle the beast" and come out with a favorite is amazing!  Beating that fear factor is the BEST!!

You guys have NO IDEA how tough it is to pick winners for our challenges.  The Curiosity Crew has had this discussion many times.  And many times there are so many deserving, wonderful creations that it's nearly impossible. Our current challenge is a great example of this...all so diverse but beautiful examples of how to take Tim's Worn Covers and turn them into something amazing!  You guys make it tough on us but you cannot imagine the gratitude we feel for your participation and also for the letting us know that you are having FUN and you're learning about techniques and how products work.  This is knowledge you will carry with you long after we finish the final Compendium III challenge.

In saying that, here is one more think I would love to share with you.  These are some thoughts from another talented artist from our Compendium Community, ReaThese are HER words ...

 "At every challenge they (The Curiosity Crew) just seem to take us to another level. I love that the Curiosity Crew shares their work... it not only inspires us but you get to see a diversity of the use of Tim Holtz product. I like that not only are we going through his book A Compendium of Curiosities III ( you can still get one by the way ) and learning techniques and use of product; we get to see other Designers use the techniques and product as well. That's exciting  to me. It's also exciting that  the Curiosity Crew has a  Curiosity Choice Award; they actually check out our work... I don't know about you but that's pretty exciting to me... to have Designers SEE MY WORK !"

Thank you Rea for your comments!  You "get it".  You get what we are all about and YES...we DO see everyone's work and we revel in it!  

So, if you've not joined yet us over at the Compendium of Curiosity Challenges, I invite you to check us out and come see what all of the fun is all about.  For those of you who are joining us, THANK YOU for your continued inspiring comments and your participation!

Okay....I'm off to go outside, soak up some sun and get some inspiration for my next project for Compendium of Curiosities.  Hmmm....wonder what THAT will be??? 

Friday, October 17, 2014

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS!

Hello my blogging friends!  
No ... no ... I'm not taking a cue from all of the craft and hobby stores and putting up Christmas stuff yet.  

But, I did recently get my new Tim Holtz St. Nick die cut and was playing around with it today.  I wanted to share him with you because I think he turned out really cute!

I got so engrossed in making this little guy that I forgot to take pictures of every step but I think there are enough for you to get the idea.

I began by die cutting all of St. Nick from Plain Grungeboard.  Then I gave all of the pieces a basecoat of White Gesso.  I'm not sure it was necessary to do that but so much of Santa's beard is white, I thought the gesso background would be good and it also gave me really true red and green colors on the hat and holly.

I wanted this Santa to be dimensional and take on the appearance of a very retro-ish 1950s looking ornament.  So, I gave Santa a real beard and hair and "fur" and pom pom on his hat.  I'll talk more about that in a minute.


 After the gesso was dry, I laid the pieces out and figured out where Santa's face would be so that I could give him flesh tone skin and lightly drew the outline of his face in pencil.  Then using Wendy Vecchi's Pale Ochre Archival Ink and a touch of Victorian Velvet Distress Ink on top, I gave Santa a flesh tone face.  His cheeks (although they are hard to see underneath his beard and mustache) are Victorian Velvet.  All of the Archival Ink was applied using small pieces of Cut 'n Dry Foam.  The Victorian Velvet was applied using an Ink Applicator. Santa's hat is Wendy Vecchi's Vermillion Archival Ink with a bit of Potting Soil Archival Ink around the edges. The holly on his hat is Wendy's Leaf Green Archival Ink with touches of Pine Needles Distress Ink to shade parts of the leaves. The eyes are black from a Pitch Black Paint Dabber and the nose is Victorian Velvet Distress Paint with Potting Soil around the edges.

 

I gathered small bits of white "fluff" (stuffing you use inside of pillows or to create fake "snow" for Christmas scenes) and pulled it apart to make it less dense.  Then I used some Honey Spray to lightly age and darken the whiteness of the "fluff". Next I applied clear drying glue all over the areas where Santa's beard and hair would be and pressed the "fluff" in place.  He would later get a "hair cut".  This was just to get the fluffy "hair" in place.  I also repeated this same step on the pom pom, furry cuff of his cap, his mustache and even on his eye brows. 

  
After a few minutes, I took used small detail scissors and began giving Santa a trim.  I trimmed around the outsides edges of the die cut and also trimmed off some of the thickness of the fluff. Then I took the Cut 'n Dry Foam piece with Potting Soil and edged all around every furry piece to give a distinct distressed edge for definition. I even lightly brushed the Potting Soil on some of the fur along the edges to give him even more dimension. This was especially important on the eye brows and the mustache that would have gotten lost in the beard.


I love the retro-ish look that mica "snow flakes" add to vintage pieces so I added them to my Santa.  I covered where Santa's face would be with a piece of scrap paper and laid all of my furry pieces on a piece of white paper.  I lightly sprayed some Adhesive Spray and gently sprinkled all of these pieces with little Mica Snowflakes.  I gently tapped them into place and then removed the excess flakes. Then I removed the scrap paper covering Santa's face and began gluing all of the pieces together to create my Santa, layering each in it's appropriate position.


Here is my finished Santa face again and I have it laying next to the actual die cut so you can see the what a difference adding the dimensional "fluff" and little Mica flakes makes.  I absolutely love this little guy and can see him as a Christmas package adornment, an ornament hanging on a Christmas tree or a very retro-ish embellishment for any type of Christmas home decor piece or scrapbook layout.  

These are so much fun to make and really don't take a lot of time at all.  Once you figure out the first one, you could get an assembly line of them going in no time.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your weekend!




Monday, October 13, 2014

HAPPY FALL Y'ALL CHALLENGE OVER AT CRAFT HOARDERS ANONYMOUS

Hello and welcome to my blog!  

I am sooo super excited and honored to be doing a couple of Guest Design spots for
 Gloria Stengel's Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge this month.  This is such a fun challenge and who among us is NOT a craft hoarder???

I am a HUGE craft hoarder and no, I'm not in any sort of treatment program!  I don't want help, I want more space!  haha  Seriously though, when I saw the theme for the first challenge... "Happy Fall Y'All", I was in love! 

I absolutely LOVE the fall season.  It is my favorite time of year with all of it's splendid color, that unmistakeable crispness in the air, the rustling of fallen leaves, the hearty soups and stews, the multiple craft fairs, all sorts of pumpkin bars and pies and particularly Halloween! I love Thanksgiving, too but Halloween is ... other than Christmas, my favorite holiday to decorate the house.  So, this was an easy challenge for me to come up with a theme!


I promised to create and share a Halloween Assemblage Clock when I wrote my blog post for my Christmas Assemblage Clock. I adore these little Assemblage Clocks and am fast becoming addicted to them!  Yes, I am a hoarder and I have a few more of these on hand. My Halloween clock sitting next to my Christmas clock just makes me smile!

Everything that I used on my clock was mostly out of my "Halloween stash". I have a couple of big plastic containers full of things I have collected over the years that I figured would come in handy when I create vintage Halloween pieces to decorate my home.


I began by painting my Assemblage clock with a basecoat of white gesso to give the shiny silver metal finish on the clock some "tooth" to grab the paint I would later be using. (Some people take their clocks completely apart before they paint them.  I don't). When the gesso was dry, I brushed over it with black acrylic paint. When that was dry, I added a middle coat of Americana's Crackle Medium and when that was dry, I added a top coat of an acrylic vintage pumpkin colored orange paint.


I added some Renaissance Treasure Gold Guilding Wax to the edges and randomly over the orange crackled surface of the clock.  You can see it glistening in this photograph. Then I hot glued the vintage black and orange beads (a garland I tore apart and restrung to fit) around the clock face. Finally, I added the vintage gold tinsel garland behind the bead garland.

Moving to the interior of my vintage Halloween clock ...


I created this "false back" just in case I decided to add Tim's little lantern or something to it. I used some scraps of paper that I save after making projects, put them together and used orange and black Distress Inks to colorize them.



Using Ranger's Black Diamond Embossing Powder, I heat embossed the numbers from Tim Holtz' Mercantile stamp set.  Then I simply cut them out and glued them onto my clock background.  I did not use the "6" because it would be covered up with other things.  I also added Gold Paint Dabber then Platinum Stickles to Tim's Mirrored Stars and let them dry. Once dry, I glued them in place on the background. (I later drew in a few more starts on the left side using the Platinum Stickles after my girls were in place). 



I found these darling little vintage children in one of my many vintage images folders that I have on my computer.  I sized them to fit in my clock and printed them out. I couldn't decide which one to use so I colored all of them and then waited to see which one emerged as the one who wanted to be a part of my clock.  

~ The Progression Of The Little Girls ~


The two little girls won. Their clothes are colored with Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks using a Detailer Water Brush. Their little cheeks are blushed with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I had decided to add dimensional witches hats to them, so I developed a pattern to fit their heads. (The girls were backed with kraft cardstock before I cut them out and edged with a Black Soot Distress Marker).



Here are the little girls with their little witch hats going on. They are cut from black cardstock and glued in place. The hat brims are elongated ovals that are slit in the center and slipped in place on their heads.  There is a small bead of glue on the back sides of their heads, holding them in place. The rest of the hats are actually rounded in the front and glued to the back of their heads.



I added black tulle to their hats as hat bands and a spooky shawl around the one little girl. The other little girl received her bat wings.  These were heat embossed onto manila cardstock using Black Diamond Embossing Powder and then outlined with Platinum Stickles.


Finally, I added a magic wand to the little bat girl.  This is a toothpick that I colored with Black Soot Distress Ink and added another of the gold and Platinum Stickles covered Mirrored Stars. I cut a slit at her hand and glued the toothpick in place in the back.



I made my own little spooky picket fence out of little pointy craft sticks (found at Hobby Lobby), painted white and then distressed with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I joined the pickets together with a thin wire.



Here is the completed picket fence, cut with a rounded bottom and ready for it's placement inside the clock.


Here are most of the interior things that I made out of stash of stuff. I stamped the vintage half moon from an Oxford Impressions stamp set that I have had for a long time. It is stamped onto Specialty Stamping Paper and colorized with Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Vintage Photo and blushed with Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.  I also added Platinum Stickles around the edges for a more vintage look.


I added the orange and black "31" Bingo piece to one of my little witches. Since I decided not to use a false back to add the Tim Holtz Lantern, I glued my completed circle onto the metal back of the clock and added a Platinum Stickles edge around the rest of the metal backing.  Once dry, it was ready to pop into place.

But now I needed to create the foreground scene of my clock.


Back to the plastic containers I went to dig out some miniature pumpkins and skulls.  I also added a little greenish mossy stuff for some color and I hot glued everything into place.  I added the picket fence and pulled it apart a little bit so when I got the back in place, you could more easily see the little girls and the magic wand.  The moon is held by a wire glued to the upper side of the clock interior.

I snapped the clock back in place and started working on the exterior embellishments.


I created these three charms from Tim Holtz' Charms Fragments and portions of vintage Halloween Post Cards that are saved on my computer.  I sized them to fit, glued them in place using Glossy Accents, cut off the excess paper and sanded them on the back side. The chains are some junk chains that I have and they are joined onto the charms by Tim Holtz Jump Rings.  I added them to the bell portion of the clock with larger Jump Rings around the handle.


The two vintage tags hanging on the one side of the clock.


The vintage witch tag hanging on the other.


The bats are heat embossed onto Manila Cardstock using Black Diamond Embossing Powder. They are edged with a Black Soot Distress Marker.  I cut out the bats and cut out a manila cardstock backing for them as well.  I distressed the backings and slipped a wire between them.  The wire is then wrapped around the handle on the clock so make the bats appear to be flying.  The Happy Halloween Banner is also heat embossed on Manila Cardstock using Black Diamond Embossing Powder.  I made my own banner and distressed it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, edged with Black Soot Distress Marker. It is hot glued in place. Finally, I added the spider webbing from my stash of spooky stuff stored in my good ol' plastic container.  The Happy Halloween stamp can be found on Tim Holtz' Mini Halloween 3 stamp set and the bats are from his Retro Halloween stamp set.


 Here is a photograph of the back of the clock.


Here is a closeup of the scene in side of the clock. These are sometimes hard to photograph with the glass clock front ... but you get the idea. 


As I was sifting through my stash of stuff, I ran across this little piece of metal fencing that was already rusted and everything! So I just hot glued some mini skulls (from Michaels) onto the prongs, bent the sides around and created a scary little fence that I could set in front of my clock if I so desired.


And here it is ... 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking out my vintage Halloween Assemblage Clock.  I hope that this tutorial has helped you and that you're all fired up and ready to create something to celebrate FALL!  Then link up to the challenge over at Craft Hoarder's Anonymous where you might win a fabulous prize from this challenge's sponsor,  POLLY'S PAPER STUDIO.

Good luck everyone!  See you again soon!




















Saturday, October 11, 2014

WORN COVERS TUTORIAL FOR COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III CHALLENGE

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the weekend!

It's time for our 13th challenge over at Studio L3's 

Are YOU being curious? In my first Compendium of Curiosities book, Tim Holtz autographed it by saying "Be Curious!"  That always stuck with me. I have always been curious about how different mediums work with each other and how to construct different things.  Being curious leads to creativity and as my blog is titled, "Creativity Is Contagious!"

And since these challenges are for those of us who love Tim's techniques, his products and his ability to inspire all of us .... have you seen this beautifully done video of Tim sharing  his creative journey and what inspires him?  If not, you really need to check it out! THIS is the essence of Tim and it will make you fall in love with him all over again! It's a very candid interview where Tim allows people into his personal space to gain a better understanding and I think more appreciation for who he is and what motivates him.  I loved it!

Okay...back to the current challenge! This challenge is not a technique challenge although I'm sure there will be lots of techniques used in putting your project together.  Turn to page 35 in your Compendium of Curiosities III book and check out "Worn Covers".

I love these guys!  There are several different styles ranging from The Journaler (even comes with a special Christmas Wishes cover) , The Diary, The Chronicle and the one I chose to use for my project, The Composition. 

It is a 5" x 7" cover. There are also inexpensive pocket inserts that you can purchase to hold tags, photographs, memorabilia; all sorts of things.  Or, you can make your own interior pages and attach them with Tim's Ring Binders. That is what I plan to do with my little book...add some of my own art journaling pages with my own sketches and experimentation with water color.


This is my completed Composition Worn Cover book.  Each little book is like a blank canvas.  They are way cool without doing anything to the covers.  But, when you add your own personality to the cover, you really can create some great art. I think when you add all sorts of stuff to them, they are just begging to be picked up, opened and enjoyed.

I began with just the basic Composition Worn Cover.  I put together a collage of "stuff" from several of Tim's products: Found Relatives, a #8 manila tag, pieces of ephemera from Tim's Thrift Shop and Expedition Ephemera Packages, some Filmstrip Ribbon, a File Tab, "TOGETHER" from Tim's Framed Alpha Parts, an arrow Index Label, a Journal Ticket, a Mini Paper Clip, and a pretty die cut butterfly that I cannibalized from anther art project.  It has a small Tim Light Bulb on it.  

 

I started with the #8 Manila Tag that I had torn away the outside edge and distressed it using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  To that, I added another piece of manila cardstock that was torn on all edges, and colored using Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  I also did Tim's Spritz and Flick method on them and added Black Soot to the edges of everything. To add more interest, I stenciled Tim's Latticework design using my Broken China Distress Marker attached to Tim's Spritzer. Then I added a Chevron strip using Black Soot Distress Ink.  I glued the distressed design on top of the tag and added a layer of lace and trim from Tim's Naturals Trimming Set. For a little more interest, I added a Journal Ticket to hang over the edge of the Worn Cover.  I used the "1" from Tim's Rubons and put it on the back side of the ticket. Then I added some black machine stitching all around the edges.  I would add a few more embellishments later on, after I started laying out the cover and see where this design wanted to go.

I love Tim's Ephemera Packs.  I used some pieces out of Thrift Shop and also Expedition on this cover. I added some Peacock Distress Ink and a light spritz of Mint Perfect Pearls Mist to the map.  I added some Treasure Gold Silver Guilding Wax to the outside edge of the clock face (because most of my metal elements are silver).  Then I began to lay everything out.

 

I glued my distressed map piece in place in the upper left side of the cover. I would build the rest of the collage from this point.


Across the top of my Worn Cover, I added a piece of Tim's Industrious Border Stickers.  They are adhesive on the back but I also added a 1/8" strip of Scor Tape just to give it a double stick.  Then I laid down my clock face and the Filmstrip Ribbon.  The piece of Filmstrip Ribbon is glued in place using Glossy Accents.  It dries clear and is perfect for adding clear elements like the Filmstrip Ribbon. 

 
 
I began adding Ideaology elements to my collaged tag.  I cut out the sweet little brother and sister from Tim's Found Relatives and went around all of the cut edges with a Black Soot Distress Marker (to hide the white paper edges).  I added some Antique Linen over them to really give them a rich, antiqued appearance.  Then I secured some twine around the bottom of the tag and glued my brother and sister in place.  I added the "memoirs" File Tab at the top of the collaged tag, adding a piece of tied twine before I stuck it in place.  The "TOGETHER" Alpha Parts piece was glued onto a piece of cardstock that had been sprayed with Dylusions Calypso Teal Spray. On top of the black Alpha Parts, I added touches of Gold Paint Dabber.  Then I glued all of that on top of a piece of tattered vintage lace and glued it in place on my collaged tag.  Another little accent that I added at this time was the Mini Paperclip on the upper left of the collaged tag.  Funny how just little things like that add so much interest! 


Then I added the collaged tag to the Worn Cover front, using 1/4" Scor Tape.  Once my cover was in place, I decided to add the dimensional butterfly.  She adds that extra touch of femininity that I wanted to bring to this cover.  I also popped the arrow Index Label with a partial sentiment from Tim's Simple Sayings stamp set on it.  The original sentiment says "Enjoy the journey".  I didn't have enough room for all of it, but I liked "the journey". 


In the upper right corner of the Worn Cover, I added one of Tim's Faucet Knobs and dangled an "INSPIRE" Philosophy Tag from it using a Jump Ring.  Now, this tag was originally an antique gold.  But I wanted it a dirty silver.  So, I simply painted over the finish with a Silver Paint Dabber and heat set it.  Then I used the Pitch Black Paint Dabber to rub over the face of the tag. Before it dried, I wiped away almost all of the black paint but leaving it in the engraved "INSPIRE 3197".  The other small amount of black paint that I left on the face gave it a wonderful distressed look. Love it! I added the Faucet Knob with Glossy Accents.  I always love projects that have moving, interactive pieces on them.

 (This photograph is shot on the interior side of the Worn Cover book. This shows the Ring Binder being held in place on the spine with Tim's Naturals ribbon.)
 
Now it was time to add the Large Ring Binder to the interior.  The Ring Binders come with brads and if you want to just pop them in place, you can do that and you're done.  But, I wanted to create something a little more fun.  So, I used some of Tim's beautiful Naturals Trimmings ribbon to add my Ring Binder.


I simply started on the outside of the Worn Covers spine and pulled my ribbon through the bottom hole, including the bottom hole of the Ring Binder.  Then I pulled the ribbon up through the Ring Binder and pulled the ribbon through the holes at the top of the binder and the spine.  Once the ribbon was back on the outside of the spine, I simply tied it into a decorative knot, added another piece of the same ribbon and a piece of a different ribbon and tied knots. You could stop here but why do that?  Time to add more "stuff" and make the book even more interesting!!


I used a small Swivel Clasp as the base for my dangling charms.  It was connected within the knots and then I simply added the charms to the chain on the Swivel Clasp using small Jump Rings.  I used two Baubles at the top, then a silver Locket Key, a silver Buckle and a silver Word Stick at the bottom.  


I added some Broken China Distress Paint to the stick to emphasize the word that is engraved into it.  I wiped away the excess paint, leaving it only on the embedded "HOPE".  I decided to add one more metal piece at the very top of the dangling charms.  I used a Pen Nib but it didn't have a hole to make it a charm.  NO PROBLEM! 


I simply used my Tim Holtz Punch to "drill" a small hole and then I could easily add it to the knots with a small Jump Ring.  


It filled up that little bare spot perfectly!  Love it!  


For now, I am going to leave my interior of the book exactly how it comes.  It's already got that distressed look and once I start adding my art journal pages, I don't want them to compete with the insides of the book.

I did this book in no time and you can, too!  Then enter our challenge over at Compendium of Curiosities III.  Be sure to follow the few simple rules when writing your blog post and you'll be on your way to maybe being one of our TWO lucky winners!  

This challenge is being sponsored by the very generous folks at ...

http://www.inspirationemporium.com/

Can you believe it?  A $50.00 gift certificate could be yours if you are chosen the winner of this challenge by the Curiosity Crew.  But that's not all ...

Tim and Mario, those gracious guys of gratitude and all things good, have also donated really REALLY REALLY nice prizes to be given at each challenge.  So, you have TWO chances to win!  

Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects created just to inspire you by the Curiosity Crew!  And THANK YOU for all of your continued support and wonderfully uplifting comments.  They mean the world to me!

GOOD LUCK!  I can't wait to see all of the beautiful Worn Covers that will be displayed over at Compendium of Curiosities III for everyone to enjoy!   


Saturday, September 27, 2014

COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III CHALLENGE ~ DISTRESS PHOTO TINTING

Happy Saturday everyone and Happy Fall. Welcome to my blog and another new challenge from Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3.

This is already our TWELFTH in the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Challenges.  Can you believe it? Time flies so quickly and as the holidays are fast approaching, I fear that the ol' hands on the clock will spin even faster; counting down the days until Christmas.

The entries we received for our Effect Powders challenge were amazing! It is always so hard for the Curiosity Crew to pick one best project because there are SO MANY special ones. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas and art with all of us and thank you for your continuing positive and uplifting comments.

** I would just like to take a second to remind everyone that there are a few simple rules to be followed for this challenge. If you have any questions about them, click here. There have been a few entries that have failed to link up to our sponsor and/or link to our Compendium of Curiosities Challenge on your individual blogs. We also respectfully request that everyone please participate in this challenge with how it is intended to be ... a community to share our "take" on Tim's techniques and products, not as a means to advertise and promote your own business or organization. 

We don't want ANYONE to miss out on the wonderful prizes that are awarded to TWO lucky winners each challenge. You guys work so hard to create such lovely and worthy projects. Please take the extra couple of minutes in your blog posts to be sure you're in compliance.

Now, time for the FUN!  Turn to page 41 in your Compendium of Curiosities Books and check out the technique for Distress Photo Tinting.  I love this technique because it can take any black and white photograph and through the magic of Tim's technique, it can be transformed into a vintage looking keepsake.

Because this technique really does lend itself to vintage work, I decided to start thinking about Christmas and create something that I can use long after this challenge as a home decor piece.  

Using an inexpensive wooden frame from a chain craft store, Tim's Merriment Paper Stash, some of his Woodlands Bottle Brush Christmas Trees and Wreaths, Tim's Mirrored Stars, some ephemera from Tim's new Christmas Ephemera Pack and a few other little "goodies" I had in my Christmas stash, this sweet little frame came to life.

I began by painting the edges and the peg stand of the 8 1/2" x 6 3/4" wooden frame with Tim's Barn Door Distress Paint. Once dry, I distressed it using Aged Mahogony Distress Ink to deepen the red and match the polka dot paper I used as my background from Tim's Merriment Paper Stash. 


I traced around the wooden frame, cut out the paper and glued it in place on the frame.  I sanded all of the edges so that the paper and the wood were better fused together.  Then I added Antique Linen to the paper front to soften the stark white to a more antiqued linen look. That was set to the side so that I could start working on my embellishments.

My inspiration for this vintage Christmas frame originated with a simple snow globe type of stamp that you will see in a moment. I thought it would be a wonderful way to showcase Tim's Distress Photo Tinting Technique by placing a vintage photograph in the globe.  For me, what makes this technique even more appealing is when you just pick out one or two things to emphasis through color, leaving the rest black and white. 


Look at this sweet little face!!! I found this sweet vintage photograph in one of my saved images on my computer and sized it to fit my snow globe. The expression on this little child's face is what Christmas morning is all about; wonder, surprise and the magic of Christmas! I will not divulge Tim's technique for photo tinting but I will share with you the colors I used: Milled Lavender on the cheeks and Tumbled Glass on the gown.

One thing I will say about this technique is I found that when using the Distress Markers, the color they give off is pretty vivid. I wanted my colors to be very soft.  So, I dipped the point of my Distress Marker in water to dilute the ink and then applied it.  I also had a Detailer Water Brush handy to also dilute and smooth out the colors.

 

Next I stamped the snow globe twice onto Specialty Stamping Paper using Coffee Archival Ink and then sprinkling just a little Queens Gold Embossing Powder over the ink while it was still wet.  I removed the excess powder and then heat set it and colored it using Pine Needles, Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks and a Detailer Water Brush. Once that was dry, I added some Texture Paste to represent snow on the pine cones and then sprinkled some fine glitter on top of the wet Texture Paste for even more of a freshly fallen snow look. (I would later add more snow to the top of the globe after I put it together). 


Next I colored just the globe portion of the second image I had stamped out and cut it out. I fussy cut around the globe and colored it with a Scattered Straw Distress Marker. Next I cut out a piece of clear transparency film and glued it to the underside of my top globe to represent "glass". I glued the vintage colorized photograph underneath the original globe. Then I pop dotted the "glass" globe on top of the entire image. 

 
 The snow globe all put together with snow added to the top.

I also added a piece of kraft cardstock to what would be the exposed half of the back of the snow globe. Then it was time to add the snow on top, the glitter and set it to the side to dry.  I think the snow on top is cute and I carried the freshly fallen snow theme throughout the entire frame ... because it was on top of the pine cones on the original stamp.

The trees have snow on them in later pictures.

I have not received my new packages of Tim's Bottle Brush Christmas Trees yet, so I pulled out the smaller one and two wreaths from a couple of my Woodlands packages that I had on hand. The trees and wreaths are an ivory color, allowing you to spray them whatever color you want them to be.  I chose to use Peeled Paint Distress Spray as my base and a light top coat of Pine Needles to vary the green color of the needles. I cut the back sides of the trees off as I knew they would be glued onto my frame and I needed them to be flat. Then I hot glued some little "glass" ornaments ( beads from some old Christmas garlands I had) into the trees and wreaths. I also hot glued two Mirrored Stars that had been lightly painted with a Silver Paint Dabber on the tops of the trees. 



Finally, I added some more Texture Paste and glitter to the trees and wreaths let them dry. 
I love ALL of Tim's ephemera from his new Christmas Ephemera Pack. So many nostalgic images!  It was hard to decided which ones would be perfect for my frame but I managed to narrow it down to the red "Icicles for decorating Christmas Trees" banner going across the top of the frame, the "Shiny Brite" ornament box end underneath the Icicles banner, the "25" tag that I added jingles bells and candy canes behind, the sweet little gift tag (that I added Patina, Eucalyptus and Candy Cane Stickles accents to) attached to the right wreath, and MY FAVORITE PIECE FOR THIS FRAME ... the wonderful Tinsel Rain Icicles box lid.


This was so stinkin' cute that I just had to make it more of a dimensional piece and made a box for it, complete with "tinsel" inside.  To do this, I simply laid down the image, drew around it, added 1/2" all the way around it, cut it out and folded it on the pencil lines.  Then I just clipped the ends and made two box lids. One would be the bottom, the other would be the top.  


I cut out the green Christmas tree on the image because I wanted the top to be a see through box lid, showing the silver tinsel inside. I also cut away the kraft top underneath the cut out Christmas tree on the image.  Then I placed a piece of transparency film on the underside of Tim's image and glued it in place. Then I glued the ensemble on top of the kraft box lid and inked the edges first with Gathered Twigs and then Black Soot. 


I created the "tinsel" out of the silver Foil Tape Sheets cut into thin strips long enough to attach to the top and bottom of a piece of kraft paper cut to fit inside of the box.  I left the backing on the strips except for the two ends that were joined to the backside of the kraft paper insert. Then I added a little Glossy Accents to the interior ends of the box and glued the lid onto the bottom.  


Now it was time to put everything together, mainly using hot glue to attach everything. I found a cute little string of lights and wound it through the weaths and across the top of the frame.  Here you see the Icicles and Shiny Brite Christmas Ephemera. I also added a thin line of Platinum Stickles around the Shiny Brite strip.


I added more Texture Paste and glitter to carry on with the snow theme on the top of the frame and on top of the Tinsel Rain Icicles box.  Then I set the frame aside to try. Here you can also see the sweet little vintage gift tag highlighted in Stickles from Tim's Christmas Ephemera Pack.

Now for more of Tim's Distressed Photo Tinting on another very sweet picture that I will put in the frame.  This is a 4" x 6" photograph that will probably be replaced with a photograph of my grandchildren each Christmas ... but I may make their photo black and white and do this photo tinting technique on it!!


The colors I used to colorize the clothes are Tattered Rose and Tumbled Glass.  But, you will need to check the technique on page 41 of the Compendium Of Curiosities book because there is more to the technique than this!  One more thing that I added to this photo which is NOT a part of Tim's technique is the silver "tinsel" I added to the Christmas tree branches in the foreground of the picture.  I lightly dabbed the photograph with Silver Stickles in areas where garland or tinsel was hanging. I love the little bit of "glitz" it adds without being overpowering.


Finally, I added the photo tinted vintage photograph to the frame. I love how the two little Distress Photo Tinted photographs compliment each other. And ...

 
I love how they look in the vintage frame!

Now it's YOUR turn to find the Distress Photo Tinting Technique on page 41 of your Compendium of Curiosities Book and then create something vintage-ly wonderful. Link it up to our challenge and you could be the lucky winner of one of our two very generous prize packages.

Our sponsor for this challenge is the the lovely Linda Coughlin of the ...


She is offering a $25.00 gift certificate.  She has an incredible store with GREAT prices!

We also have a mountain of prizes donated by Tim and Mario especially for our challenge participants. You won't believe the wonderful prize packages Linda send out each challenge.

So, good luck!  I can't wait to see the photographs you choose and your tinting techniques.