Saturday, April 25, 2015

A VINTAGE EMBELLISHMENT FOR COMPENDIUM OF CURIOSITIES III CHALLENGE

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog for another fun challenge at Compendium of Curiosities III.  We are hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter and this challenge focuses on the many wonderful products and techniques featured Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities III book.

Turn to page 61 in your books and you will find the topic of this challenge ... Embossing Diffusers!  There are two sets of these; arches, squares and rectangles are in one set. Ovals and circles are in the other set.  For my project, I chose the ovals set.


What I have created could easily be used on the front of a card, an art journal, an altered book or incorporated into a mixed media piece, to name a few options. I will probably end up  using it on the cover of an altered book.  This was an easy project to create and I will happily show you how I did it.

I began with a 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of plain chipboard that I covered with an adhesive Foil Sheet.  


Then using Tim's Postcard Texture Fade embossing folder, I ran it through my Vagabond, using the Embossing Diffuser technique to create the embossed oval in my embossed design. While I cannot actually tell you how I did this technique, HERE is a video of Tim demonstrating the Embossing Diffuser. I am sharing this video with you because I think if this is the first time you've attempted to use the Embossing Diffusers, it might be a bit confusing.

One word of caution I would like to share with you is that when you are using the Embossing Diffuser, THE DIFFUSER PLATE is your top embossing plate so you DO NOT use another top plate on top of the Embossing Diffuser when attempting to run it through your die cut machine. I was a bit confused about that the first time I used the diffusers.  So, if in doubt, be sure to check out the video link above.  It will make things crystal clear.  Okay, back to the project....


After creating my diffused, embossed image, I painted over the surface with Yellow Ochre Acrylic Paint and let it dry.  I added a layer of Matter Multi Medium to protect the color for whatever I decided to use next. (I am one of those crafters that does not plan out my work ahead of time, I just go with it when I sit down at my work table). 


Next I added a generous layer of crackle glaze and let it air dry. 


Once that was dry, I added a layer of Brown Antiquing Cream, letting it get down into the cracks and around my "post card" embossed lettering.  While it was still wet, I wiped away the excess cream leaving a beautiful aged looking, crackled piece.  


Next to subtly highlight the raised lettering, I added some Copper and then Turquoise Metallic Lustre using my fingers and a Qtip.  I then used a paper towel to buff the letters, leaving a beautiful vintage shine. 


For the inside of my embossed oval, I created a really fun piece using Golden Soft Gel (Matte).  I like to call this technique making a "skin".  I love the "ghost-like" quality that can be achieved from this technique.  It's great for vintage work.

Here are the steps in creating a "skin".

1. Working on your computer, find a vintage photograph and size it to fit your project. In this case, my image is 4 1/2" x 2 1/2". 


2. Print the image or images using an ink jet printer using inexpensive copy paper.  
Brush over the image or images using Golden's Soft Gel (Matte). First in one direction - let's say vertically. Let it air dry. The soft gel will dry clear.
  
3. Repeat step 2 only brush on the soft gel in the opposite direction from your first layer. So in this case, the second coat would be brushed on horizontally.  Let it air dry.  Repeat this step at least one more time, alternating the direction you brush on the Golden Soft Gel (Matte). **Note - I usually do 3 to 4 layers.


4. When the Golden Soft Gel (Matte) is completely dry, either begin spritzing the paper side of the image with water or let the image soak in water for about 30 seconds. 


 5. Using your finger, gently begin rubbing away the paper, leaving the design transferred onto the Soft Gel (Matte). Completely remove the paper, rewetting the surface as you are gently rubbing off the paper. Set the image aside to air dry.

6. Usually a sort of white "fuzz" will reappear on the image.  This is paper pulp that still remains behind. Repeat step 5 and set the image aside to dry again. **Note - if little bits of the paper pulp still remain on the image after completing this step, it is okay because when the image is applied to the project using a clear drying liquid adhesive, the paper pulp will disappear. 


7. Decide on a background you want the skin to be glued to. In the photo above, I used a scrap piece of 7 Gypsies paper for my background. For the photograph I used on my Embossing Diffuser piece, I used a page from an old hymnal because I loved the musical notes and lyrics showing through.


8. Brush a clear drying liquid glue onto the surface of your background. In this case, I used Matte Medium.  Also brush a light coat of the clear drying liquid adhesive to the back of the "skin" and lay it in place on the background. **Note - be careful on the placement of your skin. You do not want the background to distort the face. As an example, you would not want a musical note to block an eye.
Brush over the entire piece with Matte Medium (not only a clear drying glue but also an excellent sealer).


9. Embellish the "skin" or leave it with no further embellishments, depends on the project and your personal taste.

Once the "skin" was in place, I added a piece of vintage lace around the edges using Glossy Accents to glue it in place.  Again, Glossy Accents dries clear but it does have a glossy finish, so be careful of that if you won't want any glossy remnants to show on your vintage skin!


Next I added tiny cream pearls to my beautiful vintage lady's headband and the sentiment from Tim Holtz' new Life Quotes stamp set.  I stamped it on Manila cardstock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I left a small border to contrast the sentiment better against the vintage skin and musical background. 


I created some sweet little dimensional flowers using Tim Holtz' Tattered Floral Garden die cut and stacked them using Long Fasteners. They were glued in place and I added the dainty cream pearls to the centers of each flower and also to every point on the vintage lace.  This was all done with Glossy Accents. 

I added a distressed piece of a lacy doily to one side of the piece. I love the soft feminine quality it added to the piece plus it sort of helped balance out the large oval and the flowers on the left side.


Finally, after I thought I was finished, I decided that my piece needed just one more thing ... Tim's metal Ideaology Corners.  So, I added some Turquoise Metallic Lustre to each Copper Corner and then attached them in place using a touch of Glossy Accents underneath the corners and some pliers to squeeze the under tabs to hold the corners in place.


Now that you've seen my project, please be sure to check out the other lovely projects created just for you by the Curiosity Crew on the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge BlogWhy not join us over at the challenge by creating a lovely diffused embossed piece of your own?  Just follow our few simple rules and enter the challenge.

You could be one of two winners!  That's right TWO winners each challenge!



A prize is donated every other challenge by our lovely friends over at Inspiration Emporium!  They generously donate a $50 gift certificate to be spent at their online store.

The other prize ... or should I say PRIZES to be given away are donated by Tim and Mario.  These sweet guys have provided us with a ton of Tim Holtz Products to be awarded to the winner of the Curiosity Crew's choice ... and let me tell you, THAT is not an easy decision for us to make with so many really wonderful entries each week.

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I hope you'll join us for this challenge!  Good luck!





36 comments:

  1. Brilliant piece of art, love this!!

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  2. Amazing Candy!! This is just gorgeous, and my first thought was 'how did she do that', so thank you for sharing your process! I really love the look of the image, I'm trying that technique for sure! You are such an inspiration! hugs :)

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  3. Candy,
    This is absolutely stunning!! the ethereal quality of this piece is gorgeous! Thank you for the tut on how do create the skin effect!
    I love the vintage background also- you work magic with those paints! Beauteous!! xo

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  4. At first, I thought the background was leather - what a great technique to create the wonderful base and I love how you do these 'skins', they look like proper antique images and I love the hint of musical notes in the background.... this really is a very inspiring piece of work Candy! Hugs, Anne xx

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  5. okay Candy dear!!!! AH-MAZING card! WOW...LOVE your art...you have such a gift of putting things together and now I want to go try this...hehehe...gorgeous! elegant!!! and so you!!!! Love ya sweets!

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  6. Oh, Candy, how I DO love those step-by-step photos of your creative process. I had no idea what that background was made from when looking at the initial photo, so thank you for the steps. It's GORGEOUS! And that transfer technique is a bit different than I've tried and looks like I'd get better results. I will certainly try it. You're the best!!

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  7. OMG...that background blew me away... and the photo process... OMG... just beautiful !!!
    Great inspiration (great details ) I may have to try this :)

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  8. Candy, that is so beautiful! I've never seen the diffusers before, what a wonderful technique. Love the vintage patina you've achieved and your portrait skin idea is fab!

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  9. Oh, I love this Candy! Firstly, you write the best tutorials! I always feel as though I am sitting at your elbow listening to you explain each step. You're a wonderful teacher...clear and easy to understand. OK...now the project is stunning! I loved seeing how you created the "skin" and I am definitely going to give that technique a go. The cover looks like it was just rescued from a junk shop...and I love it! Masterful use of product...you make me want to go out and buy it all! Thanks!!!

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  10. At the risk of being repetitive: outstanding - I simply love your projects and your style! Though I don't comment much, I take a look on your website regularly and I'm constantly excited and inspired about the way you mix all the different materials to end up with a beautiful result. Great!

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  11. As always, I love your card. I don't think you could make anything I didn't like. I especially love the way you have combined the vintage colors - just lovely.

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  12. Gorgeous, Candy! Thanks so much for the tutorial on making the "skin" image transfers. What a great effect on your piece here!! The layering of your paints and mediums on the embossed surface is fantastic and the transformation is incredible. Such a masterful job. (I just stole that word from Kathy/NorthCarolina's comment, but it must be used twice on this project!!)

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  13. My brain is in warp drive thinking of everything you said on this page..... wow - Candy - you are a dear to share all this valuable info. It will be so great to try to do this someday.... I have put this link in my create file! What an incredibly gorgeous project and it seems like the saying totally applies to you... no beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Thank you for taking time to share all this. j.

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  14. Your project is amazing! Also, thanks for the link, I had never heard of an embossing diffuser and the product links were not enlightening. Now, I think I need to find some, There are some great possibilities with them!

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  15. This looks like tooled leather. I think it would look fabulous on the cover of an altered book or journal. Great step by step tutorial. Thanks for the link to Tim's demo too. I always love to watch his videos.

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  16. I really love this look! Thanks for sharing the paper ghosting technique.

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  17. What an amazing project, love it.

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  18. Wow, this is sooooo beautiful. The background is perfect, and I love the little tutorial on making the lady on the sheet music. Just a wonderful piece with so much vintage charm.

    I'm glad you talked about videos, because honestly, I had to seek out some help from YouTube to figure out the diffuser after a couple of bad experiences! The package isn't all that helpful with good instructions, so I had done what apparently others have - put the top plate on everything with the diffuser inside (derp!) - for awhile there, I thought that sandwich would be stuck in my Big Shot forever! LOL So - great advice, and I hope everyone reads it before trying this!

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  19. Amazing and gorgeous Candy! The look you achieved is sublime!

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  20. This piece is so incredibly beautiful, Candy! Thanks so much for that great tutorial for the image transfer - I am definitely going to try that! Every part is just gorgeous!

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  21. How wonderful !!! It looks like an old leather-bound book!

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  22. Wow, I always love to see the layers and texture you add to each piece Candy. Another stunner!

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  23. I have to say that, as you progressed through this technique, the puece really took life! And that gel "ghost"... Never seen that before! Fascinating...

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  24. WOWIE WOWIE, Candy!! OMG! This is a gorgeous card--your steps are amazing! I can only get out WOW!! At each read of your process, I keep saying--WOW!! I'm also throwing in an Oh, That's Cool!! :) :) Just amazing!! I hope I find the time to play in this challenge--I've got the embossing diffusers, that honestly, I have not used because I've been a little scared of them...I'm losing that fear with every creation the Curiosity Crew has shared!! Thank You for that!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  25. This is beautiful!! My first thought was worked leather! And thanks for the Skin tutorial..I really need to give that a try; the effect is stunning!

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  26. I love the effect you got by painting over the foil paper. Wonderful card...

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  27. Candy,
    I have really learned so much from this one blog post! On top of all the time you did to create this tutorial, you have really created such a heartwarming piece of art! I love every little detail, and am especially impressed with your steady hand to get all those pearls in place! Great subject matter and composition, too! Just magnificent! Hugs!

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  28. This is stunning, I wouldn't have thought you could use the diffuser with the metal so I may have to steal the idea and have a go. Really really liked this - gorgeous

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  29. All I can say is WOW. just holy cow WOW!!
    LOVE it.

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  30. LOVE this delightful creation and all those wonderful goodies on there, and what a fab colour combo.... xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

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  31. Oh.. WOW! Candy!! I adore your beautiful stylish card ..the details are stunning!!.. love what you have done with the diffuser...Awesome design...a fabulous arty creation!! x

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  32. gorgeous!! I am going to try the skin technique. thanks for showing us how. =)

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  33. Candy, such a great foil technique, totally love it

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  34. Candy, Your card is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you for your tutorial on making a "skin"...I can't wait to give it a try.

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