Happy Thursday! On Thursdays I like to do a little thing I call Crafty Throw Back Thursday where I take a look back at a past project or tutorial. It is a great way for you to see some older tutorials you may have missed or revisit one you may have forgotten about. This week, though, I am mixing things up a bit and showing you an older project that I have never shared before.
This burlap panel project was from CHA winter 2013. I am not sure why I never got it blogged, I liked it a lot but it just never happened. This project features a special photo.
When my dad was a boy, his grandmother ran a small town hotel and restaurant. This framed photograph of his mother Stella was hanging at the hotel. My dad remembers admiring the photo as a boy and how beautiful he thought his mother was in the photo. Even as a boy he told his grandmother that someday he would like to have that photo. Years later after the hotel closed, his grandmother made sure that he got that photo. I too have always loved this photo of my grandmother Stella. I love the soft hand coloring of the photo. I wanted to feature a copy of the photo in a project that accent the vintage image and soft coloring.
The base of the project is a 6″ x 8″ Tim Holtz Burlap Panel. I applied white gesso on the canvas randomly to add some touches of brightness to the brown surface and a second texture. I brushed the dried gesso lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
I added Corners to the burlap panel painted with Snow Cap paint dabbers.
I adhered a piece of pattern paper to the burlap panel using Ranger Glue n Seal. After the glue was dry, I tore and peeled the paper so that it would look like peeling and old wallpaper. I brushed the peeled paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I lightly sanded the edges of a Tim Holtz Cabinet card and then applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges using an ink blending too. I adhered the cabinet card to the front of the burlap panel. With the open top of the cabinet card, you can easily add a photo later and even change out photos after some time. This type of interchangeable display is so versatile!
I wrapped the panel with a strip of Tim Holtz Tissue Tape that features a black ruler print. I die cut four branches from grunge board using the branch from the Tim Holtz Bird Branch die. I colored the branches with Walnut Stain Distress Stain. I adhered the branches over the lower right corner of the cabinet card.
I die cut leaves from pattern paper using the Tim Holtz Flower Garland die. I used an ink blending tool to apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the leaves. I also die cut pattern paper with the Tattered Pinecone die. I rolled the pinecone die cuts into roses. I inked the edges of the leaves and flowers with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. I love the way you see the pattern from the paper on the die cut pieces. I think it adds a really fun touch.
I added a Tim Holtz Word Key and Label Tag to the cluster of flowers and leaves. I used Hero Arts Printers Type Alphabet Stamps to add “Stella” to one of the blank labels included with the Label Tag.
For a final touch, I dyed Crinkle Ribbon for a bow with Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Distress Stains.
I think the finished piece is a very fitting piece of art worthy of the cherished photo. I think it compliments the photo without competing with it or overshadowing it.