28 January 2013

Time is running out...

for anyone wanting to enter the first Tim Holtz tags of 2013 challenge - that would be me then!! Thought it would be sensible to team this up with the Artful Times Challenge - Calling Time on ATC's. There are a lot of piccies for this one so feel free to scroll through if your own time is running out:)

So much for saving time, this one had me in knots for some reason! Looking at the 'tag' firstly, you will notice it's not strictly a tag - reason? This year I am going to make panels because they are so useful for putting onto tags or cards or presents or... well the list is endless really!!

It should have been a doddle as Tim is kind enough to provide a detailed step by step. However, that does assume you have all the required stash, and I didn't this time.

So my background used a Creative Expressions embossing folder on top of the blended/spritzed Distress Inks. Layering different colours made a real difference to the depth of colour, especially when using lighter colours like Bundled Sage and Tea Dye. I went for Stormy Sky and Rusty Hinge over the top, with a large dose of my favourite Walnut Stain used for edging and catching the embossed elements.

These grungepaper gears and sprockets were given a touch of metallic charm using my secret recipe. Actually it's the one I forgot recently and had to mess around to recreate (it's written down in my notebook now, phew!) I will be sharing the secret soon on another Frilly and Funkie step by step.

The seam binding was smooched in water with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Stormy Sky Distress Inks. When dry I stamped an Indigo Blu ruler in Black Archival Ink to measure my time.

I was lucky enough to get a Melt Pot at Christmas after I oohed and aahed at Hels Sheridan's demos on C&C. It's going to take practice methinks, but I did have fun using my favourite Indigo Blu watch stamp into well cooked clear UTEE.

Once the UTEE mixture had dried I dusted some Dark Bronze CS Mica Powder onto it and then restamped the clock with Black Archival Ink. For a final flourish to it I stamped the same image on gold cardstock, cut out the outer part, and added it to the moulded image.

These are the last two close ups showing more of the metal work and the scroll, resplendent with it's Tim Holtz sentiment and Indigo Blue hand covered in Glossy Accents. I used a pin and plenty of ink to distress the scroll. You might also be able to see the filmstrip? This was stamped on shrink plastic, colour added with Promarkers and added to the panel with that red tape - I will use Glossy Accents in future.

Now for the ATC's - oh yes, not one but two! Well I was on a roll by this point. The principles are the same as those explained above so I won't bore you by repeating them. At least in this shot you can see that filmstrip more clearly. I didn't add any colour to the one on the ATC's because these had a lighter feel to them. A spot of matting and layering also helped to frame both these and the panel above.
Here's a few close ups on the first and second ATC's to show more of the detail.

So there you have it. Time now (like that!) to welcome my newest followers - thank you for choosing to spend some of your precious time with me - and say to everyone else I hope this week is a great one for you. Think I'm gonna be chained to this laptop for a few hours (more posts to write and a million(ish) peeps to catch up with). Huge hugs to you all, Jenny xx


  1. Wow what a lot of effort you've put into these Jenny, they look stunning. especially love the backgrounds.

    Sam xx

  2. Ww and wow, lve the clock stamped into melt poet ute, and great minds with the ATC's. I love all the elements that've pulled together here to make amazing creations ! Hugs Trace x

  3. What amazing ideas--I didn't know what to look at first.

    Thanks for the inspiration

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. Hi Jenny, I'm loving all the texture going on in these - they seem almost sculpturelike. Fabulous crafting. Nicola x

  5. OH my gosh...these are all so fabulous. You have accomplished beautifully aged metal srockets and the patina is excellent.
    I will be looking forward to that tutorial!

    I think that is a great idea to do panels rather than tags...The panels will come in handier, I think!

    Your take on Tims is just great. I don't like to look through when they all look like a mirror of each other.

    I think his should be an inspiration.

  6. Stunning beyond words Jenny, I absolutely love them and also how you managed to get over the lack of correct stash!

    I have three days left to get it done as I'm wanting to do it too and keep it up this year. Love your idea to do panels, I'm going to do all mine as ATCs as I have an ATC tray that's been hanging around for far too long and it'll be good to use it.

    Not sure how I'm going to attach this one, same as you, hardly any of the stash used but any how it'll be fun.

    Look forward to seeing your rust recipe, it looks amazing!

    Chris xx

  7. I love how much goes into your art, Jenny, and with such wonderful results. Sadly I am far too impatient so I just admire it from afar :-)

  8. Hi Jenny, love your Tim tag and great job with the melt pot. The IB watch looks fabulous with all it's layered elements giving lots of dimension. Love the film strip on the ATC too. Can understand the 'knots' comment, am tying myself in knots over my last few failed efforts......... Hugs, Anne x

  9. Love this make Jenny. The colours are amazing and I love the well cooked and stamped utee. Melting pots are such fun x

    The background is brilliant too and I love all your other embellishments.


    Crafty Hugs

    Annie x

  10. Panels - now that's a good idea. I love the way these came out, and boy, did they deserve to after all the work you put in! XXX Keren

  11. Ooooo loving that clock! Fab!

  12. Gorgeous steampunk Jenny...so many nice details on it...great use of colours!

    greetings, Alie :-)

  13. Stunning tag Buttons, So much detail has gone into this... a masterpiece.. Simply amazing work! Hugs May x x x

  14. Hi Jenny, What an excellent idea doing panels instead of tags. I love what you have done here especially the stamped watch into the UTEE. Hugs Mo x

  15. I like to look at beautiful things

  16. These are great Jenny and whats the bets we see more of you useing the melt pot :)
    Thank you for joining us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

  17. Stunning "take" on Tims 12 tags - loving the meltpot watch along with the colours, texture and everything else.

  18. Fabulous work on these pieces jennie! I love the metal effects you've achieved, the colours are perfect. The stamped UTEE watch adds gorgeous texture and dimension, wonderful x

  19. Very cool take on Tim's tag. Love everything you have going on...

  20. Jenny, again you have truly inspiring pieces to look at. Love the colours, textures and techniques. So much to look at. Fantastic.Have a great week, cheers, Di

  21. Wow This is so stunning Jenny.
    I love to look at all the details,absolutely beautiful.
    Well done.

  22. Good morning Jenny,
    Oh! My! Word! You have done it again................"Works of Art"
    I really love the things you do everything is so textured and of course so very different.
    Keep up the great work

    Patricia. xx

  23. Put together perfectly Jenny. You have created a magnificent and unique panel using Tim's piece as inspiration. I just love the vintage colours and elements you have used.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  24. Love these works of art!! Great colour scheme and detail and good idea to make things that can become cards. I'm sure we've all got piles of tags we don't know what to do with!!

  25. A Fabulous work of art so much detail and techniques your secret recipe looks awesome. Wow. Wonderful hugs Sandra X

  26. Wow, love this work Jenny! As usual your work is full of detail and technique which I so love - just fab! Haven't been caught by the melt pot bug yet but seeing this. . . .it may not be far away!

  27. Oh, my! Every bit of grungy goodness is pulling my attention... LOVE all these amazing details!!!

  28. Wow Jenny, these are just wonderful. I love your 'cooked' UTEE, it reminds me of Amber (and Jurassic Park lol)Great idea to make panels too xx

  29. Oh my grunge done at it's best these are so fantastic and so lovely to look at

  30. Wowzer... and if I'd gone to bed at midnight like I planned, I might never have got this far and I'd've missed this - aagh!! What an absolute triumph - the details on this are sensational, Jenny... the clock stamped into the UTEE, then with it's additional frame, the amazing finish on the cogs, the ruched ribbon - it's all just wonderful!
    Alison xx

  31. PINNED!!! Gorgeous take!!! The best! Love this!

  32. Wow, I'm missing words, these are gorgeous pieces of art.

  33. How I enjoy seeing what you make and these are no exceptions. Such an eye for detail. This work is stunning as always. I find it quite evocative. Love every single part you have done.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Artful Times once more.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  34. Hi Jenny, just doing a catch up. Fabulous 'panel' and ATC's love the UTEE clock.
    Avril xx


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