Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Funkie Lace Altered Trinket Box With Tim Holtz Idealogy and Sizzix Alterations, Baked Textures and Prima Art Supplies

Welcome friends and visitors! It's time for the Funkie girls at Frilly and Funkie to reveal their inspiration for the current challenge, Layers of Lace, chosen by Autumn.

Autumn describes her challenge: "Lace, oh so lovely lace! Whether you add delicate layers of fine lace, or tattered and torn crocheted lace, we'd love to see you add dimension and depth to your vintage or shabby chic project with lace. Perhaps you have a favorite lace stamp or will choose to lace something up, we'd love to see your creations inspired by this topic."

I had been itching to make something grungy, and at first I planned to use Stamperia's Old Lace paper collection, but I saw that teammate Kathy already did a fine job with it, and nothing I could make could show off these beautiful papers any better. I did manage to use one of the papers for my photo shoot background. The delicate design looks so realistic and pops off the neutral background. I opted to alter one of Tim Holtz' Idea-ology Trinket Tins. Sadly, I have no process photos, as this was done in short 5 minute spurts between other family/work obligations. I'll be lucky if I can even recall what I did!

I started by applying a coat of gesso to the lid  and then applied crackle paste through Tim's Doily stencil. I also applied a little crackle paste to the inside bottom right around the rim. After that dried overnight, I added some Grit paste where you might expect to see some rust form. I sprayed with Distress spray stains in Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso. I noticed some of the crackle was falling off, so I sealed the lid with Collage medium in matte. I used the Emboss It dabber and Rocky Road Patina Oxide Chunky Rust Baked Texture to make the rust and patina. Because I am not fond of shiny rust, I gave it another coat of collage medium.

 For my embellishments, I sprayed three different laces from Linda's shop with Rusty Hinge spray and dried with my heat tool. I painted on Prima Sculpture Medium in clear and shaped the lace to fit my lid and allowed that to dry overnight.

I colored the silver filigree medallion and globe Adornment (I cut off the bail) with Picket Fence Distress paint and Caramel alcohol ink. I patted the continents with a little more Picket Fence, sprinkled with Patina Oxide  and heated just until it started to melt.

The silver lace die cut is left over from another project. I layered everything up, topped with a rather forlorn looking Paper Doll  adhering everything with  Multi medium matte. I wish I had seen Ann Barnes'  Paper Doll before I made this, because it certainly would have looked better to add the Vintage Beeswax powder as she did. While you're there, check out her amazing globe! 

I ended up sanding the bottom half of the outside and the inside of the tin having learned my lesson with the cracking crackle.  I dribbled on Terra Cotta,  Mushroom  and Gunmetal Mixative alcohol inks. On the outside, I  also painted with  Prima Rust Paste in Red and Brown, taking care to leave the top part free of the texture, so the lid would close properly. I wrapped this with a piece of lacy seam binding from my stash, embedding it into the wet rust paste.  I sealed it all with collage medium. On the backside, while the collage medium was still wet,  I sprinkled with Patina Oxide and Chunky Rust Baked Texture just until it started to melt. Lastly, I added a jump ring to the Ideaology Story Stick to attach to the lace. The word was highlighted with Distress crayon. I tucked in a couple of altered Ideaology Bouquet Findings to cover the gap left by the layering on the front.

Moving along to the inside , I layered up Tim's Stacked Archway die cuts, coloring them with Distress spray stains in Ground Espresso and Rusty Hinge.

I heat embossed the Ground Espresso layer with a lace stamp from my stash and one of Tim's new Ornate Trims stamps. I used Liquid Platinum embossing powder--love this stuff! I cut up a very powerful Wendy Vecchi Messages for Art quote to make it fit my aperture. It was stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink and edged with Distress marker.

The background was made by making a monoprint of the doily stencil in Antique Linen Distress Oxide. The second generation stamped butterfly/moth is from that same Wendy Vecchi set. Isn't it sweet?! I

I stapled on some bits of vintage lace from my stash using Tim's Tiny Attacher and smudged on a little rust paint.

I also used the Stacked Archway on the opposite side to make a little stage for my Tiny Dancer to perform on.This little girl is my favorite from the pack, and this time I colored her lace (?) layered tutu and hat with Tumbled Glass Distress crayon. She is finishing her act in front of a backdrop of more Doily stenciling using crackle paste and highlighted with Prima's White Gold Metallique Wax.

I love how the Liquid Platinum embossing plays off the shimmer of the background. The lacy  embossed image on the bottom and top of the 'stage' is another of the Ornate Trims.

I tucked in some flowery bits of lace and another bouquet finding at the foot of the stage.

And a bit of lace shaped with Sculpture medium makes for a great top border curtain tucked in between the layers.

A star Adornment altered with Liquid Platinum, Picket Fence paint, and alcohol ink finishes off my altered tin.

I hope you found some lacy inspiration here, but there's always more! Why not hop over to Frilly and Funkie to see the amazing lacy layers created by my talented teammates? And when you're done, be sure to play along with our 'Layers of Lace' challenge for a chance to win a generous gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique or to be chosen as one of four Designer favorite and a chance to be Guest Designer on Frilly and Funkie. I can't wait to see what YOU will make!

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Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily

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  1. Wow!! Gorgeous project :) love the textures. So cool. xoxo

  2. Oh Sara Emily, the is so unbelievably cool!!! Grunge and lace make just the perfect combination in your hands!! Never mind the lack of process photos, it's easy the see and follow from your descriptions what you did! I had never heard of Prima sculpture paste, so will have to check that out. This is such a stunning project, - brilliant, and of course thanks for adding it to our Rust challenge at MMM too!

  3. Perfectly grungy! I love the contrast between the rust and corrosion and the lace. And that stage you built for your little starlet is just fabulous!

  4. This little box is a real treasure! I'm in love with the rust effect and of all those textures, the laces are wonderfully inserted.
    Oh Sara Emily, what a great job on such a small box! I love it!

  5. Another fabulous creation, Sara Emily! You always create the most amazing details. I love the stage you created for the tiny dancer.

  6. Sara Emily, I am in awe! You are one talented woman!! I never would have thought to do all the processes you used on here so thanks for the inspiration! I especially love the lace curtain on the tiny stage though it is only one of the many fabulous details you've included. the textures, the rust, the lace and flowers layers all combine to make a very enchanting project!

  7. Oh my gosh, this is spectacular, Sara Emily!! Wow!! The texture is amazing!! The rusty effect is absolutely perfect!! I love the details you added and the inside stage for the beautiful ballerina!! This is so stunning!! Everything you make is a work of art, my friend!! I adore this!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  8. Wow, is this ever fantastic. I love the lace with the grungy but I am most excited about the right side of the inside. Love how you created a stage for that little ballerina complete with the draping at the top. Hugs!

  9. what a fantastic alteration Sara x I just love the rusty background and all those wonderful papers/details, dolls and quotes on the inside too.....the lace looks fabulous...Love it !!

    Annie x

  10. This is delightful Sara, love all the effects you achieved xxx

  11. Some gorgeous texture on this piece, Sara Emily! I love the rusty warm colors that you chose and of course those paper dolls are the perfect vintage touch. I love this one!

  12. Ooh, I love the look of rust and lace and, as I've said before, you are the Queen of Rust! I do love the lace along the bottom of the outside and your stenciling and globe on top are ah-mazing! My favorite part is inside of the tin with the little ballerina on the stage. I love how you accomplished this look with the archway die set and having seen it like this, it's a must have. So much detail in such a small project, Sara Emily! You're amazing, my friend. Hugs!!

  13. Sara Emily, I am sorry I am so late in getting to read this post, I really wanted to jump over the moment I caught a glimpse of the project. That rusty texture is absolutely incredible! I love the way you have used the paperdoll and all that GORGEOUS lace! It’s such an amazing piece of art! I have gone back and admired the pics multiple times already!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent! Hugs to you!

  14. I love all the texture and book pages. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  15. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)

  16. Stunning! This is rusty, lacy heaven, Sara Emily - what textures, what stories, what embellishing - an absolute treat inside and out. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  17. I'm so annoyed that my really long comment just deleted! Ugh! I just wanted to say how much I adore this. I am in awe of your grungy talents and rusty experiments. This is incredible and makes my jaw drop again and again. Hugs, Autumn

  18. Thanks for joining us at SCRAPY LAND Challenges blog with this stunning project
    Maryvonne DT Member

  19. I thought I had already come over and let you know how absolutely awesome this masterpiece is! This is stunning! The effect of the rusty background is wow! Beautiful inside and out!

  20. Way grungy cool !!! And I had to go back and re-read because I thought i read you had made this beauty in 5 minutes! By the time I finished the post- I was like...omgosh- she is Amazing! Well of course you are- that goes without saying! lol But I did see you wrote "5 minutes spurts" phew- I was thinking I was a loser! heehee
    hugs,Jackie xx

  21. Catching up - and oh my goodness what a treat!!! I ADORE that rusty background, the delicious stamping and stencilling and of course the whole contrast with the lace. And all contained within the most wonderful little tin! Loving it all xx


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