Tim Holtz Design Team | The Creative

I should have been working on writing a class yesterday but really felt the need for some creative time.  I decided to just sneak over to the other side of my studio for just a few minutes to make something really quick and then get right back to the computer side.  It seemed like a good plan, but one I didn’t stick with.  Instead I spent the better part of the day playing.  I decided I wanted to challenge myself to create something using one stamp set and one, maybe two ink colors and see where it would take me.  I grabbed the Urban Tapestry stamp set, Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress inks and got to work.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

The base to my project is a vintage cabinet card photo like the one I used HERE.  I used an ink applicator tool and applied Wild Honey Distress Ink to the surface of the card.  I added Vintage Photo to the edges.  I layered on paper from Tim Holtz’s Lost and Found Paper Stash, Sticky-Back Canvas, and lots of flowers.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I used the Alterations Tattered Florals die to cut crinoline for the large main flower.  I colored the crinoline by making a mist using Wild Honey re-inker, Perfect Pearls Perfect Gold powder, and water in a Mini Mister.  The crinoline gets really soft when wet but re-gains its stiffness when dried making it a really nice material for making fabric flowers.  After drying the diecut flowers, I added more Wild Honey with an ink applicator tool.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I used the steps shown in my Shaped Roses tutorial that you can find HERE.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I made a second rose using the second to the smallest flower on the die, this time cutting it from Sticky-Back Canvas.  As before, I sprayed the flower, dried it, and then added more Wild Honey with the ink applicator tool.  When making flowers with Sticky-Back Canvas, I leave the paper backing on.  I like the added weight it adds to the fabric.  I also like that it allows me to ink the back of the petals so that they have color on them in case they show.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I embellished other areas of the project with layers of Grunge Paper, assorted fabric, and mica flowers, all cut from the small flower on the Tattered Florals die.  They are all layered and mixed with metal pieces from the Idea-ology Foliage set.  I added a scrap piece of Hanah Silk Ribbon in Midas Touch.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

For the centerpiece, I used the ink applicator tool to lightly brush on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to a piece of Sticky-Back Canvas.  I wanted to knock down the brightness of the white while not adding much color.  I then stamped the phrase stamp stamped in Ranger’s Archival Black.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I wanted to add extra emphasis to the key words, so I stamped the image on a piece of scrap pattern paper (the yellow side of Pink Paislee’s Bees Wax).  I cut out the words and inked the edges with Vintage Photo.  I used a Ranger Cut & Dry Nib to pick up color from my Wild Honey inkpad and then used it to color in the word “Risks”.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I glued the cut out words in place using liquid glue (Helmar 450 Quick Dry).  I added a thin layer of batting under the word before stitching it onto the layer below.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

Just under the word piece is a layer of grosgrain ribbon topped with a strip of Tissue Tape.  Both were lightly swiped with a light layer of Vintage Photo using the ink applicator tool.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

I think my favorite part of the whole project is the background fabric I made with Sticky-Back Canvas.  I brushed the surface with Wild Honey using the ink applicator tool and then stamped the piece using the floral stamp in the Urban Tapestry set using Wild Honey.  I added another layer of batting and then sewed it to the piece of pattern paper from the Lost and Found Paper Stash.

Tammy Tutterow | The Creative | Altered Vintage Cabinet Card

Before adhering the assemble piece to the board, I added a bit of random stamping in Vintage Photo to the board using the speckling stamp from the same set.

I think what I really love about this project is that it demonstrates how versatile one ink color can be and how different it can look applied to different surfaces.

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  1. Erin Glee says

    Oh, this piece of art is to die for! So many layers and textures! I love how you only used three inks… really keeps it pulled together (ALONG WITH YOUR ARTFUL EYE AND AMAZING TALENT)! Lovely : )

  2. says

    Oh my goodness Tammy this is just beautiful!!!
    I just love the colors, and all the fun details, you always inspire me to want to learn more and I so admire your style.

  3. Kathy says

    It’s just wonderful, Tammy. I’m especially in love with your roses! I just got that die and haven’t had the chance to play with it yet!

  4. says

    WOWWWEEEWOWWOWWOW!!! Definitely worth a day of play to get THIS result! STUNNING! Love the crinoline/mica flowers especially! And the “puffy” canvas quote. Actually… just love the whole thing… awesome!!

  5. says

    This piece is just amazing! I’ve been waffling on that floral die for a while now, but you just made my decision for me. It shall be mine soon! I always love seeing the beautiful things you create!

  6. says

    This entire project rocks and hope you add it as a c&*^s at For Keeps Sake . . . but those mica flowers are to die for. Whoever would have thought – except you Miss Talented Tammy. There, you have a new first name: Talented. Middle name now Tammy. Hope your sweet Mom doesn’t mind that I renamed you!

  7. Sherry says

    More and more lovely techniques to try. So excited about the crinoline flowers. After class went out and bought some so now i have a stash to play with later this week. Thank you as always for sharing.

  8. dena redfern says

    Tammy, you should really teach us this in class at For Keeps Sakes.
    Would love to learn how to do these things. Think about it. Beauty-licious work

  9. Amy Smith says

    Absolutely gorgeous!! You have inspired me to get some crinoline and makes some flowers! Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. says

    I saw this in your album on ATT, and THIS is why I originally came to find your blog – it’s taken me several posts and comments along the way to GET here…but I finally did! Wow. I am in awe. This is truly a beautiful piece of art. I agree with you – it is amazing how one color can look so different when used in so many ways. (And Wild Honey has been on my wish list for a while now…after this post, it will be coming home with me ASAP!) Can I ask where you get your vintage cabinet board photos? Those are really awesome starter pieces!

  11. Reggie says

    WOW! I LOVE those colors!!!! is this the one Nancy is gaga over? So am I!!! I want a class! Sign me up!

  12. Bonnie Heggemann says

    WOW Tammy!!! I just LOVE this. You are such an inspiration to me. Had my knee surgery and hopefully will be able to go out into the world tomorrow. When is your next class at Keeps Sake? Can’t wait.
    Bonnie Heggemann