I get excited about a lot of new products but when got the news about this new product I *may* have danced around my studio and fist pumped a bit. You see, I LOVE vellum. I use it on projects a lot, but then you probably have noticed that. What makes this one so fist pump worthy is that it is vellum from Tim Holtz and printed with the patterns from my most favorite Tim Holtz collection, Wallflowers.
Earlier this week Tim shared all the details about the new vellum paper stash and the vellum ephemera packs. You can check out his blog post with a tutorial here: http://timholtz.com/new-2014-products-idea-ology/.
Additionally, if you missed them, some of my creative friends shared some projects with the new vellum as well.
For my project I created a shadow box. I covered the inside and outside edges and the inside back of the wooden frame using paper from the French Industrial and Wallflower collections. I sanded and inked edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. To make the project a little more vintage, I added some curling and peeling edges. Each edge was also inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
I embellished each corner of the frame with a Box Corner. To create the enameled look, paint each corner with two coats of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Apply the paint in blotchy layers that allow the darker color of the metal to show through. Dry each coat of paint with a heat tool. Dip the hot metal pieces in clear embossing powder. Embossing powder will stick to hot metal. Heat the corners again to melt the powder.
The base layer inside the shadow box is a piece of Eclectic Elements Symphony fabric. I tore the fabric to size to create frayed edges. I layered the fabric with cotton batting with pinked edges. The two layers were sewn together. I cut a piece of mat board slightly smaller than the fabric. I adhered the mat board to the back of the fabric/batting piece. I adhered the assembled piece to the inside back of the frame using adhesive foam squares. The foam squares add dimension and keeps the assembled piece from looking flat.
Tip: When building a collage like this one, I add mat board and foam squares to almost every layer. I love the dimension they add.
The next layer is a piece of pattern paper adhered to a piece of mat board. I added machine stitching to the edge of the paper through the mat board. If you sew through mat board you will want to use a heavy duty needle, like one you would use for denim. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool. This piece was also adhered to the fabric layer below it using adhesive foam squares.
The top layer is a piece of pattern paper that has a mat board base that is slightly smaller than paper so that the edges can be curled and torn without the mat board showing. Before adhering the mat board I added Remnant Rubs and a Wire Pin to the pattern paper .
I also added dimensional vellum leaves and butterflies. They were so easy to create thanks to the Wallflower vellum and vellum ephemera.
To create the leaves, cut out the two leaves from the 12×12 piece of vellum that matches the background paper. After cutting out the leaves, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Color the center vein on the backside of the leaves using a Peeled Paint Distress Marker.
Coloring on the back of the vellum will add color without covering the printed design.
Remove the small and medium butterflies from the Thrift Shop Vellum Ephemera pack. Use a water brush to apply Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey Distress Markers. Brush the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Use a water brush to add color to the leaves on the pattern paper using Scattered Straw and Peeled Paint Distress Makers.
Dry the paper with a heat tool.
Place a thin line of clear liquid glue down the center of each leaf. You don’t need much, just enough to keep the leaves in place for sewing.
Lay the vellum leaves on the paper leaves, matching up the design.
Machine stitch through the center of the leaves.
Use an ink blending tool to lightly color the white thread with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Bend the leaves up by running your fingers under the vellum layer along the edge of the stitching.
The vellum is shaped easily and holds the new shape well.
Adhere the butterflies to the paper with glue and then stitching. Bend the wings upwards. (Aren’t they amazing? The color makes them so gorgeous!)
These leaves… I seriously love them. The dimension, the detail in the image, they way they look with color. They make this project something really special!
And the butterflies… can you believe how beautiful they are? And so easy to create with some quick coloring!
I always like to add something to a decor piece that has a sentimental element. On this piece I added the numbers 515 which are my address. I started out with a plan to add a small vintage photo of my house with the collage. I wanted to place this piece in my foyer. I ended up not using the photo but I love having the 515 in there anyway. To age the Stencil Mark, paint it with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Dry the paint well and then sand with a sanding grip. Dab the paint with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using an ink blending tool.
Around the lower part of the design I added a band to wrap around the elements. To create the band I tore a strip of natural colored Sticky Back Canvas slightly wider than vellum ruler die cut. I cut a strip of thick cardstock to adhere to the back of the Sticky Back Canvas to keep it from sticking to the layers below.
I added a Word Band to the top of the strap. I machine stitched a line along the center of the band. My plan was to sew the band in place by sewing over the loop in the band and then back stitching. One end worked well. The second end, not so much. My needle hit the metal and broke. I decided to leave it as is. I wish now I had added a couple of hand stitched loops. I decided that though have the piece was all glued and photographed. I decided against disassembling it to add a couple of stitches.
To finish the piece I added a few small twigs from my yard and a couple more vellum ephemera pieces under the strap. I adhered the assembled top layer to the previous layer using adhesive foam squares.
I just keep smiling every time I look at this piece, I really love it that much. I truly love the magic of vellum and I think this piece is a great example of the special touch it gives a project. I can’t wait to hang it up in my bedroom!