Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tim Holtz Mixed Media Panel With Altered Embellishment Tips For Frilly and Funkie


Welcome! Over at  Frilly and Funkie challenge blog we are showing off our embellishments! Super talented Jenny is our hostess and her theme is 'Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims'. She says...

Linda sells a huge array of beautiful embellishments, trinkets and trims in her store, from metal filigree pieces and charms to buttons, laces and ribbons. They can be the important focal point on a project or the final finishing touches that complete it. However you wish to use them lets see those embellishments, trinkets and trims in action on your vintage or shabby chic entries.

As always, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, and the winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. The next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.


My panel was inspired by one of the butterflies lying on my desk that I made for this Saturday Showcase Tutorial. I knew this panel had to be super grungy, and I had to look no further than my rust stained garage floor for the  rusty colors I used on the Ideaology Collage Frame. 


I choose a selection of metal Tim Holtz embellishments and a silver toned metal butterfly from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and alter them to make them look old, rusty and corroded. I removed the wings from the butterfly, and will save them for another project. The Ideaology steampunk flowers have been in my stash for years, but everything else is currently available in Linda's shop and linked below. I love Tim's new Hardware Heads! No prongs to bend over or remove, and you get so many different heads to choose from in the package.


I use a length of authentic grimy wood folding rule to provide a guide for altering Tim's Ideaology Ruler Pieces. I smeared the ink directly from the pad onto the ruler piece and added crayon smudges with my fingers.


The silver metallic ribbon is no longer available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, but here's a link to a substitute ribbon. I colored mine with Copper Mixative,  Antiqued Bronze paint and Twisted Citron Oxide spray and later added a dab or two of Black Soot paint after assembling. Initially, my plan was to thread this through the Quote Band, so I left that part uncolored.




I stamp and heat emboss some images from The Professor and Inventor 1 using Pumice Stone ink and Fractured Ice embossing powder. I didn't like the shine, so I sanded to remove it. Although not visible in the photos, the embossing texture remains.


 I smear Grit paste randomly and  add some of my first Tim Holtz tissue tapes from years ago. I color the frame with Distress Oxide Sprays--Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Iced Spruce with splashes of Twisted Citron. I blend Pumice Stone Distress ink through a Tim Holtz Mini Stencil for subtle shading and add color with Distress Stain and crayon to the dried Grit Paste to resemble crusty rust. The entire frame is edged in Black Soot ink.


I choose an Oxide Spray mop up panel from my stash to back my butterfly and add stamping to it using two old Tim Holtz images from School Desk and Little Labels sets and Oxide inks. After I was done, I adhered a panel of black card to the reverse of the frame (not pictured), and ended up with some wrinkling on the stamped panel. I used those wrinkles to my advantage when placing the butterfly. (pictured below) #pretenditsaplan




I carefully disassemble the butterfly, add Twisted Citron Oxide Spray to both sets of wings. I heat emboss the Geo Springtime butterfly die cut with about 4 layers of Eclipse Seth Apter Baked Velvet powder. Love that matte finish! I cut the antenna off and cut the remaining portion in half. I heat the wings one more time and shape them before adhering between the two metallic butterflies, giving even more dimension. The butterfly body embellishment makes my fantasy butterfly seem more believable. I use the Tiny Attacher to secure the ribbon ends and everything is adhered with Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Here are some additional photos and closeups.













That's it for me! There's plenty more creative ideas on how to use your embellishments, trinkets and trims over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog, where my talented teammates have prepared some amazing inspiration for you! I hope you'll link up your project to our Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims challenge--I can't wait to see what you will create! Hugs and blessings! Sara Emily

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The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:





Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Pretty Little Birds Chirped -- A Vignette for A Vintage Journey



Welcome friends! We start the newest challenge at A Vintage Journey today and our theme is Tissue Paper chosen by talented Creative Guide, Astrid. Here's what she says about the challenge:

There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.



I used Tim Holtz Plain Tissue Wrap ( the old kind) and his newer Collage Paper-- to make the embroidery hoop focal point of my vignette. It's been so long since I made it, the details are a bit fuzzy, and I only have one process shot. I'm happy I have that one photo, because I would have never guessed what I used to get that crackle! I stretched  the plain tissue wrap through the embroidery hoop, trimmed the excess and applied clear gesso to the surface. Next I gave it a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and allowed it to dry to make those lovely cracks.



Using Distress Collage Medium Matte, I applied the birds which I had torn from Tim's Aviary Collage Paper. From here the details of completing the hoop get's a little fuzzy. I'm fairly certain I sealed it with Vintage Collage medium (not Matte) before using Distress Crayon in Walnut Stain to highlight the cracks.  Recently I added Broken China and Twisted Citron crayons to give it much needed color. Finally I smeared Antique Linen paint around the edges. I aged the tightening mechanism with Smolder Alcohol Pearls, splattered the crackled tissue scene with watered down Ground Espresso ink and added text with a Clippings Sticker.

I originally planned to take advantage of the transparency of the tissue wrap and have this hang alone, but somewhere along the line I lost sight of my original plan. The hoop has auditioned several creative 'homes' this past month. In it's final destination of the vignette box, I thought it needed a light colored backing to make it stand out more. I used a Tim's Stitched Circles die to cut a coffee filter circle which I adhered to the back of the tissue. I love the encaustic appearance of the finished hoop element.



The frilly edging was made with Tim's Crochet Thinlits die cuts. It's easy to give them the perfect vintage hue with a spritz or two of Antique Linen Distress Oxide Spray. I apply Vintage collage medium to the reverse side of the hoop's edge and adhere the strips of lacy paper while they are still damp, crimping as I go along. I'm using the vintage collage medium where ever I can, because I'm down to the last bit of my matte and need to save it for where transparency is needed.


I prepared my vignette box by giving it about 4 coats of gesso. It was black and gold in it's former life as a piece of cheap block wall art (not real wood) for a child's room similar to the one shown above.  I pick these up at garage sales for a quarter whenever I can just for this purpose.


Next, I adhere little scraps of various Tim Holtz Collage Papers to the interior side walls and a few bits to the interior back wall and seal with collage medium. I save these bits left over from other projects in an envelope with my complete rolls of paper just for this purpose.


I smear the inside walls randomly with DecoArt Crackle paint, because I want a chippie effect, and this stuff always chips a bit. Sadly, my 1/2 full jar is almost hardened, so I didn't exactly gets the results I was hoping for; perhaps a little too chippie. Does anyone have tips for reviving this stuff?


While that's drying, I paint the exterior with DecoArt Media Fluid Raw Sienna. I mix DecoArt Matte Medium with Burnt Umber to work as a glaze and brush that on. When it's dry, I water down Picket Fence paint and smear that on. A final step to make this look like authentic aged wood is to add some Vintage Photo crayon.



 After the crackle dried, I highlighted the cracks with DecoArt Patina Green Antiquing Cream and colored the interior further with a spritz of Broken China Oxide spray thinned with a squirt of water. I chased the color around  the interior with my heat tool, and when dry adhered an advert cut from Vellum Wallflower paper stash, again sealing with collage medium. Allowing that to dry just to touch, I held my breath and gave it a short two squirts of Twisted Citron to the backing where I thought it might show in the end. Sadly, those oxidized droplets are all but covered up. You might catch sight of a drop or two peeking out from behind the Nest and Eggs ephemera bundle. And there's the green ghost shadowing up at the top where I blotted back some of the green from that squirt. All in all, I love the subtle coloring.



With my finger, I smear Ranger Opaque Crackle paste on the lip of the frame and when dry, highlight the cracks with Walnut Stain Distress crayon.


To finish off my vignette, I adhere corrugated waste packaging to the back of the hoop to give it dimension before adhering to the box.



I made a nest from some natural packing material and a collage of scraps cut from a Journal Card, held together with a clothing tag perfectly distressed by trips through the washer and dryer (oops!) and fastened with my Tiny Attacher. Thank you for the inspiration, Jo!  I've had this tag in my junk drawer for years, but my soon to be 22 year old son still has a size 18 boys waist! A Story Stick is colored with Smolder Alcohol Pearls and Picket Fence paint and a tiny egg from my stash is dropped in the nest. I just realized, I used this egg as a photo prop in this post.


 An Ideaology Label Pull and a couple of brads from my stash colored with Smolder holds a scrap with a Remnant Rub. The brads were red and green to start; I first painted them with Black Soot paint before adding a drop of Smolder.

I'll leave you with a few more photos of the completed vignette.




That's it for me! I hope you'll travel over to A Vintage Journey and see what amazing inspiration my fellow Creative Guides have prepared for you!  Perhaps you will be inspired to join in the fun and link up your own Tissue Paper project. Hugs and blessings, Sara Emily

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Links to products used and available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:
Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper Aviary
Tim Holtz Stitched Circles
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs Halloween
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Journal Cards
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste
Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls - Smolder
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Paint
Ranger Distress Oxide Spray
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayon
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
anger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Vintage

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Mini Album Tutorial With Stamperia Lilac Flowers and Tim Holtz Crochet Thinlits Dies


Hello! I have a Saturday Showcase tutorial over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog giving step by step instructions for making this Mini Album featuring Stamperia papers and Crochet Thinlits die cuts. I'm also sharing some tips on how to put your scraps to work, how to make flap closures and how to get the most from your Distress Oxide Sprays. I hope you'll join me! Hugs! Sara Emily

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tim Holtz Professor With Distress Oxide Sprays -- A Mixed Media Tag

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/tim-holtz-professor-with-distress-oxide.html Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 1

Hello and welcome! It's Tag Friday time at A Vintage Journey, and I was happy to play along. It's always fun to make a tag with no theme in mind--just pure play time! And may I add, it's fun to get my hands inky after putting my mixed media supplies aside for this project.

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Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/tim-holtz-professor-with-distress-oxide.html Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 2

And play I did! I added some of Tim Holtz newest Distress Oxide Spray colors and his The Professor stamps to my crafty stash last month, but haven't had a chance to give them a try.  I used a large manila tag and my favorite 'old' DOX spray colors: Iced Spruce, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain along with a splash of my newest addition--Twisted Citron. You can see in the photo above just how much impact just one  spritz of this color has among the older, more subdued favorites.

The Story Stick is colored with Black Soot paint, Smolder Alcohol Pearls and Caramel alcohol ink and twisted up with some wire from my stash, since something as grungy as this needs a funkie topper.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/tim-holtz-professor-with-distress-oxide.html Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 3

I wanted to play along in this month's Tim Holtz Addicts Facebook technique challenge-- Rub Resist, so I pulled out some oldie 'Numbers' Remnant Rubs and applied them to the tag before applying the sprays. This tag is really thirsty, and mostly the colors soaked in right away, but in some instances, I was able to spray them with water and chase them around with my heat tool,  giving it this nice grungy look.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/tim-holtz-professor-with-distress-oxide.html Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 4

 How could you not love The Professor?!  I used Ground Espresso and Faded Jeans Archival ink to stamp him. I wiped off the excess ink from the rubs, then masked the image and stamped the dial from the same set in Faded Jeans. This time, I heat set the ink so that it would set on top of the Remnant Rub. I actually should have done the reverse, since the dial appears to be in the background. Oh, well! It's all just for fun!

I inked up the tape measure stamp with Peeled Paint archival and colored a Quote Chip with Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo spray and edged it with Black Soot Distress Crayon after giving it a sealing coat of Distress Collage Medium Matte.

Sara Emily Barker https://sarascloset1.blogspot.com/2019/05/tim-holtz-professor-with-distress-oxide.html Tim Holtz The Professor Oxide Spray Rub Resist Mixed Media Tag 5

 That's all for me, but there's plenty more tag inspiration by my talented fellow Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey, so I hope you'll hop over! And then we invite you to play along, too, and link up any tags you've been working on. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs! Sara Emily

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