And here we goooooo! I am going to start working through all the projects I created for CHA. I made a lot this year so I have quite a bit to share. I am *hoping* to share a new project every other day until they have all been shared. That means that Tuesday Tutorials are on a bit of a hiatus. I am taking that time behind the scenes to work on the content for my upcoming 6 week workshop at Big Picture Classes. I have a ton of work to do for it, so I am going to get these post written and scheduled so I can dig into the class work.
This year at CHA I had the pleasure of working with the team from Vintaj to create some home decor samples using their new paper dies and embossing folders from Sizzix. I know most of you think jewelry when you think Vintaj, but trust me, Vintaj needs to be on your radar for home decor, mixed media, and paper crafts. Their newest collection features 6×6 embossing folders (that is a new size for Sizzix folders) had also includes Framelits that come with mini embossing folders, and Embosslits that cut and emboss in one pass. All of it works with paper or with their Arte Foils from Ranger. Vintaj Patina’s by Ranger work beautifully on the foils too. I will be sharing more with those soon. See the full Vintaj Sizzix Textured Impressions, Embosslits, and Framelits.
Now, onto the project today…
This project actually started out as a scrapbook page. The problem I have with pages is that I end up making them too lumpy and bumpy to ever go in a page protector. Instead, I mounted this frame into an open face 12×12 frame. I love this solution because I can now display this sweet photo of Emma in my house instead of tucking it away in an album. The frame was originally on my Ranger Designer Challenge project from 2011. It was sitting in my studio not getting much love. To give the frame new life, I sanded over the decoupaged vintage book pages until I had sanded most of it off. I loved how it looked with just a trace of them left. I brushed over the edges of the frame with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending too.
For the background, I used a piece of pattern paper from the new Tim Holtz Wallflowers paper collection. This paper is a neutral colored paper. I loved the pattern but wanted to add a touch more color so I applied Broken China and Scattered Straw onto the paper using an ink blending tool.
One of the layers behind the photo is one of the silver Vintaj Arte Foils sheets which I embossed using the Vintaj Iron Scrollwork Textured Impression folder. I painted the embossed foil with a combination of Agate, Ochre, and Marble Patinas. I used a Vintaj Reliefing Block to knock the patina off of the raised areas. I swiped a Potting Soil Archival Ink pad over the raised areas to add a bit of an aged and tarnished look. I added Mini Fasteners to each corner of the embossed foil tile. (Remember, there are links to all products listed in the supply section below.)
Under the photo and above the tile, I have a second piece of Tim Holtz Wallflowers pattern paper. This one is a great text print. I simply inked and curled the torn edges of it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, adhered it to a slightly smaller piece of chipboard for stability, and adhered it to the background using adhesive foam squares.
I inked the edges of my photo with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and adhered it onto the top of the text paper.
I used Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs randomly to the photo, the text paper, and to the background paper. I also mixed in some Label Letters to add the year of the photo.
The number 9 is a detail that I love!! I wanted to add a Mini Numeral (9 for Emma’s age) but it looked a little plain. I placed it into a Vintaj Sizzix DecoEmboss folder and ran it through my Big Shot. I wasn’t sure what would happen since the Mini Numeral was beveled and dimensional. The metal Mini Numeral flatted out and pattern from the folder debossed into the metal. Because of where it had been shaped, there are some cool striations in the metal that remained giving it some fun visual detail. I brushed Vintaj Moss Patina onto the metal. After letting it set just a moment I used the reliefing block to knock the paint off of the raised areas. I brushed over the design lighting with Potting Soil Archival Ink to add some aging.
The main embellishment of the piece is one of my crinoline flowers. I think it is no secret how much I love making these flowers! I had a flower left over from my Ranger Ink Designer’s Challenge and decided it would be the perfect addition to this frame. I dyed the crinoline with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paint and aged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I dyed the Crinkle Ribbon with Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence Distress Paint and aged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. (I will do a tutorial soon showing how to dye both of these materials with paints. In the meantime, check out my earlier crinoline flower making tutorials.) For this flower I used the largest flower on the new Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Florals Die.
I added a small fragment of vintage ribbon and vintage lace below the flower and leaves. I love the texture and feminine feel that they add.
I die cut crinoline leaves using the largest leaf on the Jumbo Tattered Florals die. I adhered them to green thread wrapped floral wires to make stems. The really fun accent in the leaves is the embossed metal leaves. To create these, I adhered silver Metal-pressions foil to manila cardstock. I die cut them using the Dancing Leaves Vintaj Framelits set. I embossed the leaves with the mini embossing folders that come with the die. I added Moss Vintaj Patina, sanded with the reliefing block, and then inked with Potting Soil Archival ink. I love the pop of color and shine they add nestled into the fabric leaves.
I love this little touch! One of the new Vintaj Sizzix Framelits dies released at the show are their new Bezels dies. These dies cut materials to the exact size needed to fit inside Vintaj’s bezel jewelry findings. (The bezel dies don’t ship until June, but you can get a sneak peek at them on the Ellison Retailer site: http://www.ellison.com/catalog#facets=special~chaw-14-vintaj.) I think these dies would be perfect for making small tags and blanks for papercrafting! Imagine creating Vintaj style metal blanks from paper and foil for a fraction of the cost. Emboss them with embossing folders or DecoEmboss or DecoEtch folders for amazingly detailed and unique accents.
For this label, I applied a piece of copper Arte Foil onto a piece of manila cardstock. I like manila for the base because it is sturdy but not too think to cut when combined with the foil with a Framelits die. I placed the die cut piece inside a Textured Impressions folder. I left a bit of the end of the label sticking out of the folder so that it would not emboss. The edge of the folder created a line where the label stuck out that I think creates a really fun detail. I used metal letter stamps to impress Emma’s name. I painted the top half of the label with Moss Patina and the lower part with Onyx Patina. I used the reliefing block to buff off the color on the raised areas. I love the way it turned out!
It was such a treat having this piece on display in the Vintaj section of the Sizzix booth. As I was there working for Sizzix I would look at it many times and smile. It helped me to not be quite so home sick for my sweet Emma.