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I made this card for my husband to celebrate Father's Day. He collects old clocks, so I knew I wanted to include clocks on his card. (And I really wanted to enter Try It On Tuesdays Watches and Clocks challenge.) I made this card with an old vintage feel to go with his steampunk/John Wayne box I made for him.
Linda Ledbetter at Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #30 challenges us to use Tim Holtz Faux Cracked Glass technique found on page 54 of his inspiring book Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3. If for some reason you still don't own a copy you may order your own autographed copy here. Linda Coughlin, owner of The Funky Junkie Boutique has generously donated a $25 shopping spree to her wonderful store to the lucky winner of this challenge. And if you are the Curiosity Crew's Choice, you will win a brimming boxful of Tim's goodies compliments of Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi. But everyone who enters is a winner, because we get to practice this rewarding technique!
It just so happens one of my favorite Mixed Media challenge blogs Mixed Media World, is hosting a Masculine/Father's Day challenge, so I get the pleasure of joining in with them, too! And of course, Sandy is hosting a Celebrations challenge at A Vintage Journey I wish to play along with.
I can't tell you how I did the Faux Cracked Glass technique, but there are full instructions in Tim's book. I can tell you I had so much fun with it that I used it on 6 elements on my card! Each one was done just a little differently, thanks to all the inspiration from the Curiosity Crew at CC3C. Be sure to visit each of their blogs for a real treat in glass!
My large clock is an acetate clock face from my stash. This really is my favorite element, and I love how it appears to be illuminated from within. I gave the face some dimension by making a cardboard ring for it to sit up on. This was given it's grungy look with texture paste, Wow! embossing powder, Black Glint, and Distress Paint, Black Soot.
The clock and hands are Tim's Weathered Clock die and 3 layers of chipboard. I used texture paste, Tim Holtz Ranger Crackle paint, Black Soot, various Distress paints, and metallic wax rubs to get a different grungy look.
I used the technique on a glass watch crystal for the larger watch face. The image is Tim Holtz--The Journey, inked in Archival on white paper, and distressed with Distress inks. I edged it with an altered neck chain from my stash--alcohol ink and paint to age the chain.
The small watch also got the treatment, and I added some Ranger Stream alcohol ink to the reverse side. This is a plastic watch crystal, and I found it did not take the technique as well. But I still love the time worn result. The clock image was given to me by a friend, and inked with Archival and stamped on white paper distressed with Distress inks. I used yet another smaller bead chain from my stash, also altered as before.
I used Tim's Faux Cracked Glass technique on two vaccination bottles from my stash. These don't come with corks, so I topped them off with a metal bead from yet another ball and chain from my stash after filling the altered bottles with clear seed beads. To get the bluish cast, I put a drop of Stream alcohol ink and a squirt of Ranger Blending Solution in the bottle and swirled it around 'til it finally dried or evaporated 2 days later! Yet another look from the technique! Clue: I tried a different base ingredient, and it gives a wonderful chunky and bubbly glass effect like really old glass!
Lastly I tried the Faux Cracked Glass on Tim's filmstrip ribbon. Again, plastic, and it doesn't take as well. But I still love the old grungy look. Afterward, I used my heat gun to give the filmstrip a little flair, and then decided to stamp a Cloud 9 sentiment on it. Note to self--it is easier to stamp on a flat surface than a curled one!
I used "Great Things Take Time" from Idea-ology Small Talk, because as a father of two 16 year-olds who are a work in progress, I wanted to remind my husband they are not "finished" yet. As any parent of teenagers knows, it is very frustrating at times when you think they should "get it" by now. So not a traditional Father's Day sentiment, but he will understand the underlying meaning.
I was inspired by Deb Riddell of Paxton Valley Folk Art with her stunning Flower Garden Thank You card, and her use of Tim's Crocodile Layering stencil, in making my black background paper. I broke mine out and used it with texture paste, Stampin' Up embossing powder, Midnight Black and Distress paints to get my faux leather look. Thank you, Deb!
My wood textured background was made using the wax paper resist technique and a Tim Holtz Woodgrain Texture Fade, and Distress inks and paints. Then I used a TCW Woodgrain stencil, texture paste, and Distress paints, stains and inks. I gave it a splatter of water down Black Soot Distress paint.
The Hardware Findings and faux iron bars holding the bottles are made from card stock (3 layers for the hinge), texture paste, Distress paints, and metallic wax. I used a tiny bit of Meadow alcohol ink and Cloisonne granules on the hinge. The "galvanized screws" are hole punches and Brushed Pewter Distress paint, and the indention is made with my nail. The "iron nails" are card stock, texture paste and Tim's crackle paint in Black Soot.
I would like to enter my card into the following inspiring challenges:
Mixed Media World MMW#4 "Masculine/Father's Day"
Try It On Tuesday "Watches and Clocks"
Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #30
A Vintage Journey "Celebrations"
SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges "The Ravages of Time" June Challenge I hope my metal clocks will be considered Steampunky enough!
Craft Stamper Take It Make It June Challenge 'Take a Technique' Texture
Mixed Media Card Challenge #12 "Collage"
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