Friday, 4 July 2014

Water colouring an ATB

The latest challenge at the compendium of curiosities blog was to use Tim Holtz' Distress water colouring technique. A couple of days ago I had a delivery of different papers and stamps and I decided to have a shell theme for this project, which I intend to enter into the challenge. I am also going to enter it to the That's Crafty challenge which has the theme of Beside the Sea.

I have been wanting one of the Sizzix ABT dies (that's not what they are called, but their proper name escapes me right now), but I haven't managed to track down a stockist here in the UK who have any in stock. So, I decided to make a template of my own and then cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo. I was really pleased with the results, although next time I think I will add some tags along the edges to give the cube more stability.

My box was made out of thin card and I went around the edges with some washi paper, which I then covered with a layer of patina coloured Rub and Buff. Then I covered that in an uneven layer of antique cold Rub and Buff, which I then sanded so that some of the patina colour was showing through and some areas looked as though they had been missed out.

I stamped various shell stamps in archival inks, including Watering Can, Tree Branch and Saffron onto watercolour card (sadly I didn't have any of the TIm Holtz one, so just used what was available). I then cut the shells out and used Tim's technique for the watercolour effect.

I used some paper from Prima for the background. I cut 3 inch squares of paper and put a light layer of Vintage Photo DI along the edges. These were then glued onto the ABT. I added the cut out shells and the sentiment, along with a few embellishments and "Hey Presto" here is my completed project.

I am going to enter this into the CCC 3 challenge