So.. we are on spring break... the kids are off.. I am off.. the weather is beautiful... I should be outside, however, last night at 12:30 am.. I noticed that Tim Holtz had posted his April tag. Now, I am BRAND new to the whole Tim Holtz world, but I've fallen fast and hard. I've really been collecting things but haven't really started to use them, however last night I was so inspired I wanted to get working on it right away, however, I didn't have the distress paints... something I'd been "saving" for. Well, it is a good thing I work for our local scrapbook store, and even better that I have a key (the store is closed Mondays) because I couldn't wait and first thing this morning I went and picked up some of the paints. Sadly we were all sold out of the metallic distress paints, but I picked up what I could. I already had the metallic distress stains at home and figured I'd be able to make something work.
Once home, and got a few things done around the house - it can't be all play (can it?!) I sat down and started creating. Tim Holtz has done an amazing tutorial on how to get the fantastic patina look so I followed it as best as I could. The big difference for me was using the paint without the metallic paints and then adding an extra step by adding the metallic stains.
I also didn't have the gorgeous dragonfly stamp - or really anything that allowed for me to stamp the image on the tag and then stamp on to the "clearly for art" (which I didn't have either). So I chose the typewriter from one of his new sets and just stamped right onto some upcycled plastic - it was actually the cover from a set of Tim Holtz embossing folders that I had recently purchased. I heated it to dry - just like he did - and it worked perfectly.
So, here is what I came up with... I am so happy with how it worked!!
Distress Paint - vintage photo, peeled paint, salty ocean and broken china
Distress Stain - antiqued bronze, tarnished brass
Distress Ink - evergreen bough, broken china, vintage photo, peeled paint
Tissue Tape - Commute
Stamp from Mini Blue Prints 4
Gears were from bead landing from Michael's
Brads were from my stash
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