It has felt so good to get our As You See It Challenges blog up and running again and today is time for the second challenge since getting back. It's a sketch challenge, designed by Amanda, and it looks like this:
I've been experimenting with a new (to me) technique called Tarnished Foil technique from a tutorial I got from Melissa Kerman from Melissa's Crafting Treehouse. I've had a lot of fun with it and for a successful project you need an embossing folder with rather a lot of repeating largish designs and not a lot of empty, unembossed spaces. I didn't have a lot of them that would fit the bill except for Fluttering, maybe Happy Heart, and this one, which is an old Tim Holtz folder that I've been keeping for awhile to use with my steampunk attempts when necessary! Once I settled on this watch face folder, all sorts of ideas came to mind and here's what I came up with:
- For the Tarnished Foil Technique you cover a panel of cardstock with aluminum foil and emboss it. You apply StazOn and dry emboss as well as heat emboss with metallic embossing powders. You finish by rubbing on more StazOn to give that tarnished look. It's a very effective technique. I used a Tim Holtz Embossing Folder called Pocked Watches.
- I used it to illustrate the passage of time and travel as well as the anchor that brings you back home. Stampin' Up's Guy Greetings provided the Sentiments. Traveler stamp set provided a couple of travelling images that I stamped in Basic Black Archival ink and added a hint of Gold and Copper embossing powder to them. I brushed most of it off because I wanted quite a bit of the black to show through the suitcase and passport. I did the same with the sentiments.
- It's been ages since I used Always Artichoke cardstock, but it looks so good with vintage type cards, especially masculine ones.
- A couple of Tim Holtz Timepieces that I've had for ages took the places of the doilies in the sketch. Only problem is, I'll need a bigger envelope because they extend beyond the card. No problem! I can make one with my handy Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!
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Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz: Alterations: Pocket Watches
Clock Faces: Tim Holtz: Ideology: Timepieces