3 September 2018

Shine Brightly...

Hi everyone and welcome. I have a little something to share with you today that features Tim Holtz' new 'Lace' Background stamp (part of the 'Ornate & Lace' set from Stampers Anonymous). It's a real favourite of mine from Tim's latest releases, having a delicate look that coordinates beautifully with the rusty keys and autumnal leaves from Tim's new 'Nature's Wonder' stamp set.

The Tutorial

I'm sure you don't need lessons in stamping and cutting so let's stick to the essentials for recreating this project. So to start, that lace background is super easy. Smoosh watercolour paper into Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink spritzed with water to get that familiar 'wrinkle free distress' look. Stamp the Lace background and emboss with white embossing powder - just look at the detail you can achieve! Finally add little drips of brown Alcohol Ink to create 'age spots' (I used Latte but Mushroom or Sepia would work equally well).

Cover the frame, back and sides of the panel with Distress Paints, starting with a complete coverage of Ground Espresso before dry brushing over the Weathered Wood, Picket Fence and Brushed Corduroy 'flavours' in that order. I added more Alcohol Ink 'age spots. to the dried paint before flipping the panel over and sticking the embossed lace background to it. Then stick the frame over the top and it's ready for decorating.

The roses are made using Tim's Tiny Tattered Florals dies - I used the largest of the rose dies in the set but you could use both sizes and mix it up a little. They were cut from Dina Wakley's Watercolor Paper which had been painted with a coat of water and drops of Barn Door and Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Allow the paints to mix and blend together as they dry to get that 'end of the season' look. Again I added those Alcohol Ink 'age spots', this time into the drying mix of water and paint so they had chance to move too. This combination gives such a realistic look and it was almost a shame to die cut it... almost!

And finally the leaves were also cut from Dina's Watercolor Paper, this time coloured with a blend of water and Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Paints. I chose to use Dina's paper as it has a fabric quality to it and a 'woven' surface. This does mean I would highly recommend using the Stamp Platform to stamp the leaves from the Nature's Wonder stamp set as a couple of applications of Black Archival Ink may be required to get a clear image. Cut around each of the leaves allowing an uneven border so you don't cut through any of the delicate stems.

With these elements complete it was time to add them to the framed panel with some rusty keys from my stash, a Vignette Accent and a Jeweled Charm, all given a matching faux rusted look. I've come up with an effective mixture to achieve this look which I will share soon. The only other things included in the finished panel were some white muslin and a Quote Chip, cut to fit the panel.

The Close Ups

Here are some close ups so you can see more of the details;

That's it for today. I'll be back on Wednesday with another new project which includes the Lace background. Until then, take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


  1. I really need to stop looking at your work Jenny, I am always so tempted to go shopping 😀 This project is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the detail and the alcohol ink age spots work so well xx

  2. Jenny, this is one of my all-time favorites from your creative hands! That 'lace' background looks so realistic! And the same goes for your rusty keys. The leaves look so brilliant against the white of the lace. Really a treasure! Sending hugs!

  3. Gorgeous stamping and layering on this frame!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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