Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vintage Photo Tinting

Whether you are incorporating vintage photos into your artwork or would like to colorize some of those treasured old photos, this technique is for you!  Turn to Page 41 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities III book, learn the technique and join us for this challenge!

If this is your first time joining us or you would like to review all the challenge rules, please head on over to Linda Ledbetter's site (our fabulous hostess) to familiarize yourself with the rules.  This week's challenge (Number 12, can you believe it?) is sponsored by the generous folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Tim and Mario also have yet another wonderful prize waiting for the winner of this challenge!

Here is my project:
I decided to use a photo of my mother when she was 2 years old.  (She is 85 now).  After following the tehnique on page 41, I then placed the photo in one of Tim's Cabinet Cards.

I didn't want to detract from the photo too much by getting carried away with embellishments, so I used a minimal number which I think accented the photo just right.  I started by placing two strips of scalloped trim from Tim's Industrious Stickers, Frames and Trims set on the top and bottom of the photo.  I then added some Tissue Tape - Elements to one side of the card (I love this one as it reminded me a bit of a growth chart). 

I spelled out M O M with Tim's Alpha Tiles Chipboard Letters tiles and adhered them directly to the photo.  The final embellishment was the lovely metal rose and leaf from the Idea-ology Adornments Nature.  I used Aged Mahogany and Peeled Paint Distress Paints to add color.  The last touch to the photo itself was to dye  thin fiber with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint, tie a small bow and adhere at the top of the letter "O".  Here is a close up:
Lastly, I used one of my all time favorite Idea-ology accents, a word band on the bottom of the card that says " Know in Your Heart that You are Loved.  Before adhering it to the card, I threaded through some Crinkle Ribbon which I had previously dyed with Aged Mahogany Distress Paint.  I was so thrilled that I could match the color I used in the bench my mother is sitting on with the rose, the fiber bow and the crinkle ribbon!  What fun!

The stamp I used as part of the tinting technique is from Stamper's Anonymous.  I think it fits perfectly and is a wonderful reminder to never stop playing!  

I hope my project will inspire all of you to pull out those vintage photos of  your family or look for "found" relatives to incorporate into your artwork.  All of us at the Curiosity Crew look forward to seeing all your beautiful and inspirational pieces!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delightful Distress Effect Powders!

As I am currently traveling with my mother in her home state of Washington, I must confess to getting this blog post in right under the wire for the announcement of the latest CC3C challenge, Distress Effect Powders.  However, I certainly was not going to be left behind on this challenge as I was really excited about participating in this fun one!  I finished my project before I left.  Here it is:
Here's another confession...Can you all believe I have owned Tim's fabulous hot air balloon stamp for awhile and I hadn't used it yet!  I know, I know!  I do believe I am hearing audible gasps right now!

Well, I was playing with stamps and saw my Fabulous Flourishes stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to put the Fabulous Flourishes with the Hot Air Balloon, which, in my imagination, created a "time machine".  Thus, the theme for my tag was born!

I started by stamping and embossing the Fabulous Flourish with Verdigris powder onto paper from Tim's Destinations Paper Stash cut into a tag shape.  I then stamped the Hot Air Balloon over the flourish and again onto a piece of scrap cream cardstock and watercolored it with Distress Inks.  Using a stamp positioner, I lined up the Fabulous Flourish onto the balloon and then cut apart the balloon and the basket from the stamped image.  I used foam tape to adhere the balloon and basket over the top of the stamped image on the tag.

I had some lovely thin fibers that I decided to adhere to the balloon to accent the "ropes."  I adhered them all using Matte Medium.  I finished off the hot air balloon by adhering the flag attached to the basket with foam tape..

The three gents is truly one of my favorite stamps and I knew they would work well with my Time Machine theme, so I stamped them on a separate piece of cream cardstock, colored with Distress Inks and cut out.  Once again I used foam tape to adhere the image below the hot air balloon.

This piece would not be complete without the use of my favorite Ideology.  I dyed some Crinkle Ribbon with several colors of Distress Stain and placed a finished bow I created at the top of the tag, placing a Custom Fastener with the word Traveller in the center.  I also added a sproket gear to the center of the balloon along with a game spinner and as Chit Chat Stickers that spell "Journey Through Time".  The last accent piece was a word band with embossed Verdigris powders around the edges.
To complete this project, I used the technique described on Page 52 to create a "rusted" look around the edges of the tag.  I used Vintage Photo Distress Powder.  I was pleased at how well this technique finished off the project.  Lastly I adhered the entire tag over a black tag.

The  gift certificate for this challenge is generously provided by Inspiration Emporium to one lucky randomly selected winner and the creator of the winning CC3C judge's choice project will receive a fabulous prize package from Tim and Mario.  Another big thank you to them for providing these incredible prizes!

Good luck to everyone