Saturday, 18 September 2010

Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves

Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die by Sizzix finally arrived in the shop this week and they have just been flying out the door. I knew I was going to love this die and figured that I should feature it in one of my projects as part of my commitment to Tim's design team. I love leaves anyway and as Autumn is fast approaching, this project was simply crying out for rich reds, copper, gold, green and brown. I started out with a blank canvas that I coloured with alcohol ink. I used Oregano but as you can see from the picture it is streaked with a touch of brown too. This was one of those happy accident things.
All of my leaves have been made from different coloured Ten Seconds Studio metal using my tape sandwich technique, put through the Big Shot again using Tim Holtz Texture fades and then I gently swiped the top of the embossed design with the alcohol ink, this of course picks up the coloured paint from the metal and mingles with the alcohol ink. When I came to colouring my canvas with alcohol ink, I forgot to change the felt, hence the contrast of colours.....don't you just love it when accidents enhance your work!!!!! At this point, I decided to add some of Tim's Tissue tape to the edges of the canvas for extra detail, this was also coloured with the alcohol ink.

Here's a selection of different leaves....I'm loving their shape, the colours and the fact that I can make a gazillion different types of leaves by using different Texture Fades.


Once I had a nice, big pile of assorted leaves, I started to arrange them on my canvas. Making a circle was not easy I can tell you so I needed some sort of a guideline. I grabbed a dinner plate from the kitchen cupboard and drew around it with a pencil, that helped me enormously in trying to keep my circle looking like a circle.


I stamped on the canvas using a selection of Tim's stamps and Jet Black Archival ink. When stamping over alcohol ink, it is important to use the correct ink, to ensure that the image does not bleed and feather. Ranger's Archival is my personal favourite, I always get a sharp, crisp image and no bleeding.
Once I was happy with the position of all my leaves, I stuck them down using red line tape and glued on some of Tim's Idea-o-logy treasures using Glossy Accents. Here are a few close ups, I'm hoping you'll be able to see the detail.


Some of the Idea-o-logy bits and bobs were attached to the leaves either with Trinket pins or jump rings.







I added some of Tim's Foundations....you know the little feet thingies......I'm using these all the time as hangers lately....they work a treat. I tied a variety of ribbons to each side to create the hanger and then dangled some of Tim's keys, Muse Tokens and a few other bits to add some final embellishments.




This is a really easy project....why don't you try it, you could make one in Christmas colours for a fabulous Christmas decoration.


Enjoy the rest of the weekend, Lin.

33 comments:

Debsg said...

Stunning work. Just brilliant.

Helen said...

This is so gorgeous. I love the colours you chose for the leaves, they look great in metal. It must be helpful to have a ready supply of idea-ology to use!!
Can't wait to see what you have in store for Ally Pally!

Netty said...

Easy project........lol......yea right, maybe for you the Queen of Crafters but not for us learners.... This is absolutely fabulous. Just longing to get a place at your workshops to learn about metal.....nudge nudge...lol
Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Julie said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you created it!

Barbara said...

This is a master piece,how do you come up with all these fab ideas? Congratulations.

kjjc said...

what a fantastic piece of art you have created. Truly stunning and very clever.

Hilda xx said...

This is just lovely Lyn - I have this set but not got time to use it yet - I have a raffia-type wreath that I intend to decorate with the leaves, hope it will look half as good as yours!!!

Hilda said...

Sorry LIN - you can call me Hylda!!!!

Lynne K said...

Wow! Stunning! Amazing! Fabulous! The tattered leaves are fantastic, and aren't the texture fades perfect for making leaf markings? Tim should be suitably impressed by this wonderful project!

Linda Cain said...

Love it...Fantastic!

Tammy Tutterow said...

Wow.
(that is the only word I can think of. I speechless at how amazing this is.)
You are so inspiring!

Lynn Stevens said...

awesome fall wreath, they don't grow them like that around here!very creative!

Jennie said...

GReat project :)) am loving thos leaves almost as much as I am loving the rosttte!!
Have a great Sunday

steph martin said...

This is stunning. Now I definately need the tattered leaves. Great work Lin :)

Daniele said...

you were right Lin the pictures do not do this justice....so pleased I saw it yesterday in the flesh so to speak, as it's stunning. Looking forward to my next class already.....
hugs

judith@poppy cottage said...

I saw this yesterday, and it is absolutely STUNNING!!!! The colours are so rich and warm, and it is a beautiful textured piece. I had a fabulous day, and am looking forward to the next one, Judith xx

Bluefairy4U said...

Morning Lin, what a lovely idea would be nice for my front door at Christmas, but hopefully no-one steals it. Lovely colours and so beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial JO.xxxx

craftytrog said...

Brilliant Lin! Love all the textured metal leaves, & a fab idea to use those metal feet at the top to hold the ribbon! I do love your happy accidents too!
Alison xx

Sherry said...

What a fabulous project - the leaves look wonderful and the colours are great. Great idea about a Christmassy wreath with the leaves too.

Gaby Bee said...

What a wonderful project! This wreath is brilliant! Thanks for sharing how you created it!

Gaby xo

Piddawinkle said...

oh wow Lin, that is fabulous, brilliant, stunning, the use of the metals is inspired like only you could, wasnt really into the leaves die, but am very tempted now, my wish list is growing again, though luckily ticked off no 1 & 2 this week, a class with Tim and an Artsy Craft event, I cant wait, will try not to mention every week until end of Feb, LOL :)

Carol said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it lin!!! Love EVERYTHING about it....colour, design embellishments texture. It has it all. Thanks for sharing it.

Kaz said...

wow, this is just stunning!!! love the amount of different leaves you made for this, they are gorgeous. the whole thing is just fantastic and very very inspirational as always. :)

Chris said...

You are so inspiring! I love this and happen to have that die cut on order. I will be sure to try this.

jan said...

Beautiful leaves!

Cynthia Eloise said...

love it. great job.

Toh Ee said...

Love your work Lin and thanks for sharing. I must get the tattered leaves, hope you still have them in stock.

Plume said...

I love all these textures and what an awesome project. What kind of metal didi you usue and where can i buy it?

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

Gorgeous wreath, will have to give this a try... well I am not sure it will be as good as yours! TFS, HUgs always! G

Plume said...

I love all these textures and what an awesome project. What kind of metal didi you usue and where can i buy it?

Kirsti said...

Gorgous...colours, gorgeous design...just gorgeous!!!

Alix said...

oh i love this...i have a similar idea rumbling around my brain...if it turns out half this well i'll be over the moon!

Marge said...

W O W!!! Found this on Pinterest and it's AMAZING!!!