Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Altered Antique Camera Frame

Hi everyone!  Today I'm sharing the first of two projects for the Tim Holtz Inspiration Series using some of his 2015 holiday releases.  
Everyone who likes to make handmade gifts are always looking for new and unique ideas, so hopefully this will inspire you.  

I love going to antique stores or markets, always looking for items that I can either alter or just because I need to have them!  My husband always comments, where are we going to put that?  It's funny, because I drag him to these places, yet he's the one that purchases something even before I have barely looked at anything! Anyways, I have collected a few wood camera film frames and I use them as picture frames.

This is what they look like.  They used to put the glass or tin plates inside and use these in those beautiful old cameras.  I love the wood construction and patina on these.  

 The sides slide down and there's usually two parts on a fabric hinge, so when you pull them out they can bend like an easel. I really haven't researched what the reason for this is, but it is great for a stand up frame.

Instead of a photo in my frame, I've used a card from the Festive Ephemera Pack (TH93241).  This is matted on a piece of black Kraft Core Cardstock.  I used one of the Tim Holtz Sizzix Holiday Knit Thinlit dies (660981) to create a thin border around the red Kraft Core Frame.  I marked where my black mat was going to be and placed adhesive just along that edge.  I then adhered the zigzag strips from that die-cut.  You will need two of these cuts.  I lightly sanded the raised zigzag strips and adhered my picture.

I then matted that to another piece of black Kraft Core cardstock with pop-dots adhesive.  This was then adhered to my plaid patterned paper from the Tim Holtz Yuletide Paper Pack.

Before placing my picture into the wood frame, I cut out a piece of thin chipboard for support and adhered that with thin adhesive strips to the lip of the inside opening.  

My picture was then adhered to that and this is what it looks like in the frame.

Now for decorating the frame.  Using another piece from the Holiday Knit Thinlits set, I die-cut one piece out of red and one piece out of green Kraft Core Cardstock.  Before lifting the green paper out of the metal die, carefully turn it over making sure all the pieces are still inside.  I use scotch tape and tape the back lightly.  Just press lightly on the pieces that you want to stick to the tape and then carefully pull the paper away from the die.  The little pieces stay on the tape, or most of them do.  Then you just place the red piece of cardstock on top (with all the little pieces punched out) and the green fit perfectly inside.  Much easier than trying to place each one in individually.  I usually leave the tape on the back too.

This is what your piece looks like.

I decided to replace the two green deer with two black ones and for the dots, I just coloured them in with a fine tip marker.  Sand the edges and then mat with a piece of black cardstock.

Adhere this with some strong adhesive to the top of your frame.

Next, I took one of the Tim Holtz Trophy Antlers and coloured him.  This was a bit challenging in the beginning.  I thought that a bit of Latte Alcohol Ink would colour it lightly, but for some reason my deer turned a bit purpley pink.  Oops!  Not sure if there was a bit of purple on the my Alcohol Ink lid or it was a reaction with the plastic, but it wouldn't come off, even when I tried to take it off with Alcohol blending solution.  I ended up colouring it with a Copic marker and then rubbing off the excess immediately.  It stayed in the recessed areas, and there's a bit of pink still, but I really like how it turned out.  Whew!  I covered the antlers with Glossy Accents, then poured Tarnished Brass Distress Glitter all over.  To finish him off, I took a small piece of Tim Holtz Boxwood Twine and wrapped it into a small oval.  Next I dabbed a bit of glossy accents on the leaves and sprinkled Rock Candy Distress glitter on them.  To finish off the green wreath, I hung a metal snowflake (a little white paint dabbed on it) from the Tim Holtz Adornment Snowflake pkg.


When that was finished, I hot glued him to the sweater die-cut.

To decorate the bottom of my wood frame, I die-cut greens from the Sizzix Holiday Greens Thinlits die set (658759) from Yuletide papers and Tim's Metallic Kraft papers.  These were lightly sanded a inked.

Instead of gluing these directly onto the frame, I glued them onto a thin strip of cardstock and then adhered this to the frame.  I used a hot glue gun to glue my "Merry" Holiday Letterpress (TH93256) letters together and then these were glued to the greens.  I added in pieces of a holly paper die-cut, and a stamp from the Festive Ephemera pkg on the right side.  I then finished off with one of my deer cutouts from the sweater die, two Jingle Brads (TH93252), a Christmas Typed Token (TH93243), and a bow made from the Metallic Trimmings pkg. (TH93251)

Here's another look at my finished frame.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and it inspires you to look for unusual items to turn into frames or altered items for gifts.  I know Paula (One Lucky Day) has inspired me many times with using different vintage items such as vintage Cigar Boxes, wood boxes , jewelry boxes, all sorts of things that could be frames or shadow boxes.  Just do me a favour, don't buy up all those camera frames.. save a few for me!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween Book Tutorial

Hi everyone!  Today is my second Halloween post for the Tim Holtz Halloween Inspiration Series.  If you are looking for some great Halloween inspiration, you have to check out all his team's projects, you    are going love all the fantastic ideas.

My Halloween project is a mini album ( approx. 9 x 6.5) and the front cover is the main tutorial here today.

I originally was going to do a monochromatic metal looking colour scheme, but I couldn't resist using this new Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Color of the month set.  Love this purple!

I've had this Tim Holtz Chronicle Worn Cover book cover for awhile and I decided to use this in my project.  These covers are perfect for mini albums, just add in binder rings or even create your own binding with ribbon or twine, your inside pages and decorate.  I used the Tim Holtz large Binder Ring(TH92914) inside but instead of the included brads, I used these Clock Keys (TH93014), perfect for hanging charms.

My cover started out with embossing a piece of silver Kraft-Core Metallic paper and Tim's new ZigZag embossing folder (Sizzix 660972). My piece was large enough to emboss the folder twice, side by side.  It is cut to fit inside the border line on the book cover.

This metallic paper is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.  It handles embossing, different mediums, and love how it looks when distressed.  Once I had my paper embossed, I applied Ground Espresso paint first, let dry a few minutes, and then wiped the paint off, leaving it in the recessed areas.  Next, I applied Picket Fence Distress paint (not as much as the brown), wiping off the excess.  If it's too white, just repeat, applying a bit more brown.  Let this dry.

I decided to add more dimension to my embossed paper.  I made up a mixture of Ranger's Matte Transparent Texture Paste with a bit of Wilted Violet Distress Spray, small amount of Wilted Violet and Ground Espresso paint.  With the spray, you still retain a bit of that transparent look from the paste, but it is more liquid so your paste will be thinner the more you use. I applied this coloured texture paste randomly with my Tim Holtz (THS046) Batground Stencil. After this has dried, apply Ground Espresso paint on the bats and wipe off the excess so there's just some remaining in the recessed areas.   Adhere to the front cover of your book.  I applied a thin strip of Tim Holtz  Regions Beyond Design Tape (TH93228) around the edges of the embossed sheet for a finished border.

Now onto this awesome skull! This is Tim's new Skull Bigz die.  I applied a piece of Ranger's Metal Foil Tape Sheets to chipboard and die-cut my skull.  I applied Distress paint in the same way as my embossed sheet.  First applying a bit of violet, wiping off excess, then applying the Ground Espresso, wiping again.  I also distress my die-cut with Tim's Tonic Craft Scratcher before painting.  This is a wire brush tool that when you pounce it or scratch, it creates an aged or weathered look.

I traced the skull shape onto a piece of  a Tim Holtz Deco Sheet (antique Silver).  This adhesive backed sticker was adhered to a piece of cardstock before cutting out.  It was coloured with Tim Holtz Plum Alcohol ink.

The glittered sheet was pop-dotted underneath the  chipboard skull die-cut.

 Before adhering my skull, I die-cut two bats from Sizzix Tim Holtz Hocus Pocus 660962 and metal foil covered chipboard. These were embossed with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Formulas Embossing Folder (659451)and painted with Wilted Violet paint the same method as the other foil papers. I also die cut two splats from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Scribbles and Splat Thinlits Set (660222) and purple Core-dinations Distress cardstock.  These were painted on the edge with Wilted Violet paint, then Crackle Glossy Accents applied over top.  Ground Espresso ink was applied in the cracks after this had dried.

The labels were cut out from the Tim Holtz Regions Beyond Mini Stash paper pad(TH93226).  These were inked with Wilted Violet markers, then a water brush pen applied to give them a water-colour look. Curiosities Remnant Rub-ons were applied.  A chain strip from the Gothic Industrious stickers (TH93236) was adhered on top.  Adhere these and the die-cut splats  and bats to the album front.  Then adhere the skull.

My flowers were made with Sizzix Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits dies and Kraft Core Metallic Paper.  I coloured the metallic paper with Plum and Espresso Alcohol ink before die-cutting the flowers.  Build your flowers.  I also die-cut three layers of petals for one slightly larger flower from the Bigz Tattered Flower die. This flower was held together with one brad from Regions Beyond Fastener Package.

Adhere the flowers beneath the skull and adhere one of the bats on top of the large flower.  

The word Halloween and a small bat from the Wicked Alpha Parts (TH93233) set were sanded and Wilted Violet paint applied lightly on top.  These were adhered to the album.

Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon was dyed with Wilted Violet and Brush Pewter Distress Spray Stain and tied onto the Clock Key.  Ribbon from Halloween Trimmings (TH92328) was also added.  Charms from Oddities Adornments (TH93230) were hung on the clock key with a Loop Pin (TH93200).

For the Inside of my book, I kept it fairly simple.  I used a few of the Large Page Pockets that work with the Worn Covers.  The other pages are chipboard cut to size.  The paper used is the Tim Holtz Regions Beyond 8x8 Paper Pad, along with the Frightful Ephemera Pack, Metallic Kraft Core Paper, Curiosities Rub-ons, Gothic Industrious Stickers and bits and pieces from my stash of Idea-ology products. One of the pages was a Frost Film Sheet with an embossed Cobweb texture fade on Ranger's Metal Foil Sheets, also painted.  Here's a sampling of some of the pages:

A die cut from the ephemera package inside a Mini Cabinet Card.  A bat from the Wicked Alpha Parts is at the bottom.  Another embossed sheet of metallic Kraft Core Paper.

A paper mat accented with photo corners from the Industrious Frames & Trims stickers.

A Frosted Film sheet as the main page is accented with a torn piece of Adhesive backed Metal Foil that was embossed withthe Cobweb Texture Fade embossing folder.  This was also painted in the same way as the other embossed pieces.  The inside piece was a metallic kraft core piece of paper folded, distressed and die cut along the edge with the Tim Holtz On the Edge Torn Notebook (658555) die.

A page pocket filled with pieces from the Ephemera Pack.

A large pocket was made from a patterned piece of paper and adhered to the bottom of the page.  A border strip  from the Industrious stickers is adhered to the edge. The three pocket edges were slightly larger than the page, these were scored, adhesive tape applied and turned inside, then adhered to the page.  This can hold notes, additional photos, etc.

Another pocket page filled with papers and ephemera.

A pocket page filled with papers and ephemera.  I also had some leftover pieces of metallic embossed paper (with the texture paste bats) that I did while experimenting with different colours.  Keeping these scraps come in handy, when you need small accent pieces.

A spider web sticker from the Industrious set with Idea-ology spinners and a spider sticker held with a brad in the center.

A mini album or book is a great way to document an occasion, trip, or one subject.  It's also a good way to use up those bits and pieces left over from past projects.  I chose a neutral colour as my main colour throughout the book, adding in a few accents colours, making it easier to find or alter embellishments and photos to match.   Even inking, dry embossing, or using markers can change the look and colour of embellishments or your paper to give your project an unique look.

Here's another look at my finished album.  Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Don't forget to visit Tim's blog to find more  Halloween inspiration!

I also wanted to thank everyone for visiting here and all the kind comments on my posts, they are much appreciated!

Have a great day,


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Undertaker Ornament

Hello everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I feel so lucky and honoured to be asked, along with a group of extremely talented crafters, to showcase the Summer 2015 release from Tim Holtz.  It's always so exciting to receive that wonderful box of goodies.

This month we are all sharing our Halloween projects, so keep checking Tim's blog for lots of inspiration!  Last year I created a Christmas Ornament for the Tim Holtz Media Team and had so much fun creating it, I decided to do something similar but with a Halloween theme.  Here's my Undertaker's Poison Shadowbox Ornament:

Love this Tim Holtz Undertaker's stamp set(CMS240) from Stamper's Anonymous! This large image was the starting inspiration for my ornament.

I started by die-cutting my Tim Holtz Cameo Frame (Sizzix 658570) with Little Sizzles Black Mat Board (Sizzix 656852).  This die is a Movers & Shapers die which means a small magnetic die can be placed in the center opening to cut out a shape inside the die-cut.  I used the smallest rectangle from the Set of Three Rectangle set (Sizzix 658568) and placed this in the center.  I first cut it out in mat board and then patterned paper from the new Tim Holtz Halloween paper stash called, Regions Beyond.  This paper pad comes in an 8 x 8" size with 24 papers.  I wasn't sure what paper I wanted to use (there's so many good ones!), that's why I did them separately, you could always adhere the paper to the board first and then die-cut.

Next, I die-cut the box piece of the Sizzix Matchbox(659447) with Ranger's black cardstock.  This fits perfectly behind the rectangle opening.  I folded up the two shorter ends to the inside, but the longer ones, I creased the outer one(theres two fold lines) to the outside.  This is what I glued to my backside of the frame.

For the inside of the shadowbox, I adhered a small card from the Frightful Ephemera Pack.  I also used  some "Regions Beyond" Design Tape along the inside edges.

This is how the back of my frame looks with the small box adhered to it.

The edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and then Tim Holtz clear Rock Candy Crackle paint was applied all over the frame.  Let this dry, and then ink Walnut stain and Frayed Burlap Distress ink over the cracked frame.  I lightly wipe with a baby wipe, so the ink just stays in the cracks.

I needed a small base to glue my leaves and Undertaker to, so I used small pieces of foam.  I save these small pieces from Sizzix's embossing folder packages, they come in handy for extra thick pop dots.  I adhered one on the top and bottom with a hot glue gun.  I also coloured the outside with a permanent black marker so it blended in with the black frame.  Now onto the embellishments!

I stamped three images on Ranger's Speciality Stamping paper, one with black, the others with Walnut Stain ink.  These were all embossed with clear embossing powder.  

The black image is the bottom layer.  The middle layer is the whole image, but I cut out the eyes and nose part with a craft knife.  This was pop-dotted on top.  For the third image, I cut off the hat, which is pop-dotted on the previous layer.  I used a Black Soot Distress pen for the edges and Hickory Smoke, along with a water pen to shade in the images.

Here's a close up of my Undertaker.

I wanted some larger leaves to hold  all the smaller ones, so I used the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf Bigz Die(660039) and it's matching embossing folder.  Mat board, Regions Beyond patterned paper, and Tim's Metallic Core-diations paper were used for my four large leaves. These were lightly sanded and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

All my smaller leaves were die-cut with the new Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits 14 pce. die set (660955).  Look at all those wonderful leaves!  The edges were also inked.

I used a hot glue gun to adhere the larger leaves first.  I made a slit in the top of the foam (about 1/2" deep) in the middle, and inserted a bit of one leaf.  Next came all the smaller leaves.  The larger spider and cobweb is part of the Gothic Industrious Stickers pkg(TH93236).  The web sticker was stuck to some Tim Holtz Wallflower vellum, then trimmed along the outer edge and a few inside parts with a craft knife.
My Undertaker was adhered last.  The word "Poison" and small spider is part of the "Wicked" Alpha Parts (TH93233), which was lightly painted with Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint.

My small shadowbox is filled with a Tim Holtz Apothecary vial (TH93231), die-cut leaves, a resin Skull from the Boneyard pkg.(TH93229) and a spider from the Oddities Adornments (TH93230)pkg.
Around the edge of the rectangle opening is tape from the "Regions Beyond" Designer Tape pkg.(TH93228).

There's six great ribbons in the Halloween Trimmings package (TH92328).  Love this stitched orange and black one!  I think these Crypt Cameos(TH93232) are my favourite embellishment in this release.

I finished off my ornament by hot gluing a ribbon hanger to the back.

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and it inspires you to create your own Halloween ornaments!  Check out Tim's blog  for more inspiration and take a look at his new Stamper's Anonymous Stamps, Sizzix Dies, and Idea-ology new releases.

Thanks so much for visiting and see you soon!