Friday, August 23, 2019

ATC Suitcase

Hi Everyone,
I am sharing a little treasure I stumbled across when doing a bit of online shopping.

 I found this kit from a class Tim Holtz taught back in 2011.  The kit was never used and it was a screaming deal.  It has been sitting waiting for me to jump in. 
The little suitcase is the perfect size for this ATC booklet.    The suitcase was brown and green.  I painted it and then sanded it to expose a bit of the original brown.  I wanted it to look like it had been carried for many years.  The inside was cream colored velvet that I sprayed with Pumice Stone and Vintage Photo Oxide Sprays. 

This post is super picture heavy, so grab a cookie and get ready to scroll. 
The cover is made with grungeboard.  Anyone else love the smell of grunge board? I love how it can really take a beating and still look amazing.  I painted it black, then ran it through the vagabond using the botanical 3D embossing folder.  I spritzed it with several colors of Distress Oxide and then added Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass.  
The pages are a mixture of little pockets made from paper, plastic photo sleeves,  and journal tickets. 
In a couple of the paper pages I made artist trading coins to fit inside the pocket.  

The photo of the couple is the back of the first page holding the trading coin.  The little fairy is inside one of the photo sleeves.  The small journaling blocks from Tim fit right inside the sleeve. 

Lots of paper dolls, clipping stickers, and ephemera in here.  

Every page has a bit of gold on it.  If you look closely you can see little dots of gold.  

Some of the large paper dolls got a snip and I just use their busts on the coins.   

I think this little block front and back is my favorite in the bunch.  Of course, that could change with the next flip through. 

Some of the pictures look cloudy because of the photo sleeves, but in person they are crystal clear.  

I cut a little slit and slipped this ticket in his hand.  He looks excited to go tot the show.  

The best part is because my journal is so chunky I have enough to make a second album.  I would just have to track down another suitcase.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing my take on this kit and thanks for looking at all of the photos!

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- ATC

Monday, August 12, 2019

One can be both weird and fabulous

Hi Everyone,
I know it's been quiet on the blog, but I do post a bit more on Instagram if you want to follow me over there.

 I have been really into creating oversized cards lately.  This one measures just over 5x7.  I started with a piece of precut mixed media heavy stock and used Distress Oxide Sprays in Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, and Peacock Feathers.
I misted the paper first to get the blend.  Once that was dry I added a bit of Frayed Burlap ink to the edges.  The Oxide colors mixed and made a bit of brown,  so the touch of Burlap really tied it together.  I used a bit of embossing powder and a stencil from the Studio Light Grunge Collection to add the yellow numbers in the background.

 It's pretty cool that they blend in even though I didn't use any yellow for the original background colors.  I went back in with the stencil and using Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy added more of the numbers.  I finished the background with a touch of DecoArt Metallic Lustre Paste in Brilliant Turquoise on the every edge of the paper.

The focal image is from the Steampunkesque set from IndigoBlu.  I stamped the lady using Black Soot Archival Ink and then colored her using Distress Inks and my waterbrush.  I added glossy accents to the glasses and light bulb.  Once everything was dry I fussy cut her and added a halo behind her using a 3d impresslit.

I had to position her on the paper to see how I wanted to add my sentiment and just decided to stamp it right on the background using Black Soot Archival ink.  The ink goes right over the embossing powder.  I used my stamp platform to be sure I got a good dark image.  The sentiment stamp is also from the Steampunkesque set.

To complete the card I used used plain brown card stock and a couple sheets of Distress cardstock.  A bit of scribbling with my gel pen in random spots made it feel finished.

I hope you enjoyed my card.

Happy crafting,

Disclaimer Notice

I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.