Saturday, 14 August 2010

First project as DT member for Tim Holtz

I had to stay at home today and wait for my new bed to arrive, so what do you do when you have many hours to kill.....you make stuff!!! Luckily, my box of stash arrived from Tim yesterday so I had really new stuff to play, so new that we don't have them available in the shop yet but rest assured as soon as we get the new items, you'll be the first to know.

Here's what I made, it's a shabby canvas, hangy thingy. I wanted to keep the vintage look but I also wanted to use all the inky/painty/metal things that I love so much so I came up with the idea of swapping black for white. I normally cover all my metal embellishments with black paint dabbers, wipe of the excess with a paper towel and you get a vintage look but this time, with the white and sometimes aqua, it still looks vintage but delicate and shabby instead of grungy.....I'm really quite liking it


I started by painting my canvas with Aqua paint dabber. Dried it thoroughly and then applied Mushroom paint dabber over Tim's alphabet masks.
When the Mushroom was thoroughly dry, I felt the Aqua was a tad bright so I gently sponged a bit more mushroom over the top.

Then I forgot to take a photo of the next step...doh!! To create a really shabby canvas, I watered down some gesso and brushed it over the whole canvas, it's a great way to make things look shabby.
Now for the stuff on the canvas. If you follow my blog, you will know that I love metal and when I work with it, I quite often make a tape sandwich. This is a layer of cardstock, humungo sticky adhesive and metal. The reason for this is to give stability to the metal if you are cutting it out either by hand or die cutting

This tape sandwich was using Dark Chocolate metal....one of my favourites. After making up my sandwich, I die cut my bird from Tim Holtz Caged Bird die and then popped it in his brand new sheet music embossing folder.

I put some Aqua alcohol ink on an applicator tool and VERY GENTLY swiped it over the surface of my embossed bird to remove the brown paint from the high points of the embossed image. The contrast against the Dark Chocolate is amazing.
My other metal embellishments (made from Gold Nugget tape sandwiches) are die cut from Tim Holtz Regal Crest die and the brand new Movers and Shaper Tag and Bookplate. I just know the Tag & Bookplate will be my favourite die from now on.....it's very cool!
I used just the banner part from the Regal Crest die, this makes a great embellishment when it has been edged with an embossing wheel.

I felt I had left it a bit plain, so I did my scribbly, scribbly thing with my pointy tool to give it some decoration.

I also edged my bookplate in the same way ....oops, another photo omission...sorry. Don't forget, if it's all looking a bit bright and shiny, wash over it with a watery gesso for that shabby look, it works well on metal too. If you then feel that it doesn't have a defined edge and doesn't jump off the page, just a teeny tiny bit of black Archival ink (dried with a heat gun) will just give it a little edge.
N0w for my tag. I took a sheet of paper from Tim Holtz Lost and Found paper stack, stuck it to some cardstock for stability and die cut it . Added some Forest Moss Distress ink.


Sponged some gesso over it for a shabby look.Stamped some images for a background.

Made a Rosette out of Tissue Tape.


Then assembled it all together on my tag with a few of Tim's other new items, Baubles and Charm Clips.


I painted two of Tim's foundations with Aqua and Mushroom paint dabber and stuck them to the top of my canvas to give me somewhere to tie the ribbon that I'm using to hang the canvas. Glossy Accents works a treat for these adhering these metal items.
Oh, now you can see my bookplate!! And here's a close up of my bird.

Hanging from my bookplate are a couple of the brand new Facets with pictures glued behind them. Again, Glossy Accents is my preferred glue for this and if you look at the bottom of this picture, you will see that I have used Tissue Tape again, this time it is across the canvas. I just love how this stuff seems to melt into the background regardless of the background colour.

When I started this post, I hadn't intended to make it a step by step instruction post but as I had taken a reasonable amount of photos, I thought you might enjoy seeing how it all came together and I hope it will inspire you enough to try and make a canvas of your own.

Until next time.
Lin

42 comments:

Hels Sheridan said...

WOW, Lin this is TOTALLY amazing.. love the feet as hangers, what a brilliant inspirational idea :O)) Those TT rosetters are fab aren't they? And... all that heaven new stash... cannot wait to see what you make next ... perfect! x

craftimamma said...

OMG Lin this is stunning! Thanks very much for all the how to info. Love the pale shabby chic look of this. It's just beautiful.

Looks like lots of new goodies will be coming our way very soon.

Lesley Xx

Netty said...

Brilliant demonstration. Thank for all the info. I love them both. Annette x

Linda Cain said...

Two works come to mind....Gorgeous and Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!

Too fabulous!

Linda

Linda Cain said...

Two WORDS...meant WORDS!
don't ever type in the dark

L

Minxy said...

Oh you picked my favest colour combo, brown & aqua and boy what a frickin amazing job you've done, love ever square inch of it xx

Chris said...

Thankyou so much for sharing your how to. You've really inspired me. My hubby bought me Ten Second studio BOTH tool kits. This will urge me on.

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh how fun and to play with things that arent even out yet, Lucky gal!!!

kath said...

wow lin absolutely stunning and I love your tissue tape flower...just got some in the post yesterday and am off to have a play....thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us all...hugs kath xxx

Daniele said...

this is amazing but wouldn't expect anything lessfrom such a talented lady...save some new bits from the show this weekend..lol for us folks whose hubbys says its too far, so I'm going to sulk all day now
best wishes

Chris said...

This is so gorgeous. I just love the soft shabby chic look of it.

Congratulatons on being chosen for Tim's DT too.

Chris x

She said...

Lin, this is stunning. A very belated congratulations on being on Tim's design team - not surprised at all! S x

jennifer said...

beautiful canvas, I love the bird. And I'm going to be drying the watered down gesso trick now! x

Liz said...

wow,that's stunning! As some of the other have said cannot wait to see what you create next.

Hilda said...

Wonderful Lin - I totally love the colours and everything about it is simply perfect. I am not a huge fan of "grunge", but I do love this shabby chic look. See you tomorrow!

Hilda said...

Fabulous Lin - Tim will be blown away!!! Love the colour combo, well - love everything about it and looks like I am going to be doing yet more shopping any day soon!!!!

Helen said...

Lin, this is just fabulous! Love the alphabet mask on the canvas, can you believe I've never used my alphabet mask!! That aqua is gorgeous!
Can't wait to get my hands on the new stash when it arrives.

Carol Q said...

SO many wonderful ideas incorporated in this. It's stunning. My fave is using the feet as hangers. Ingenious!!

Julia Dunnit said...

I DID enjoy seeing it all come together, fascinating. What I want to know is - did you start off knowing that all of that was whatyou were going to do?

Kay said...

Stunning! Your art is always amazing but even for you this is exceptional! Looks like I have lots of shopping to do, better start saving even harder for Ally Pally, LOL

Karin said...

Stunning artwork as always. Using the feet on your hanger is absolutely inspirational.

Bluefairy4U said...

Oh my goodness what an amazing inspiration. Thank you love the colour combo. Big Hugs Jo,

Linda Elbourne said...

Well you already know what I think ... but I am going to say it again anyway ...
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!
Can't wait to see it tomorrow :0)

karenm said...

this is absolutely stunning. Thank-you for sharing the steps with us.

Anne Jagger said...

Just love it. Thanks for the step by step, brilliant X

Starla said...

As soon as I can pick my jaw up off the floor and finds words to express how FABULOUS this turned out, I'll be back to post!! (don't hold your breath....mine was knocked clean out of me and I don't expect it back anytime soon!!)

mustavcoffee said...

Brilliant, love it:) xx

Piddawinkle said...

OMLG (oh my lady gaga) LOL, very hip in Japan apparently!!!
Tim is not going to regret choosing you for his design team , his only regret will be it took so long to choose you, it is a stunning piece of work, and the step by step is just brill for us peasants, and did the stash include everything Tim and Ranger, if Id been your postie it might have gone missing, LOL

Lisa said...

Really Gorgeous

Trish said...

this is fabulous Lin, and so inspirational. I have to go make something now!

Neet said...

This is simply gorgeous Lin - TH will be over the moon with this. Thanks for sharing.

Claireliz said...

This is really fantastic, love it, I feel a shopping list coming on
C
xx

Liz said...

Hi Lin it was lovely to meet you at Stamparama yesterday. You wall hanging looks absolutely fab. Liz :o)

Lisa said...

Looks even better in real life if thats possible. Didnt get to catch any demos at Stevenage, can never get anywhere near its always so crowded round you. Just make do with hints and tips on your blog. Love the art work keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Oooh Missie Linda -- it is really a beautiful piece of art -- I just love it. Can't wait to get my hands on those baubles!!! . . . plus all the rest!
Talk to you soon -- Sally x
stampsally@yahoo.fr

Plume said...

Just beautifull! I love this project, the metal ornaments and the soft overall ambiance.

DF - Heidi said...

loving it

jan said...

Very much enjoyed seeing how it all came together!! Well done!

Val said...

Wow - just amazing - stunning - beautiful. Love the pale look, and it looks like there are going to be lots of new things from Tim for us!

Hugs
Valxx

Kathryn said...

erm, you did this in one afternoon waiting for your bed??!! I just love your ideas and your tutorials, just fantastic, no wonder mr H asked you to be on his team! K x

Wanda H said...

This is absolutely fabulous!!!! Everything about it fabulous but I especially LOVE how you used the foundations to make hangers... way, way cool!!!!!

early bird said...

Lin, with project like this, I think it is stunning, It's no wonder that Tim wonted you on his design team.
Well, Well, deserved

Norma x