Hello there and happy Friday!!
I am so glad it’s the weekend and although it looks to be a mix of rain and sun, I am SO happy that the temperatures are warming up here in northwest Ohio. Spring is here and everything is brightening up!
Speaking of brightening up, I’m back today with a little project for a vignette that was created because I was playing around with the two Stampers Anonymous Professor stamp sets CMS373 & CMS395. It all started because of the little Edison lightbulb that is included in the 1st set. I had one of those “light bulb” moments (ya see what I did there?) and threw in an idea-ology string of tiny lights, and Voila!
So let’s get to it!
I stamped the lightbulb onto a piece of mica with Black Soot Archival Ink then embossed it with the Hickory Smoke Distress Glaze with my heat tool.Then I fussy cut it out.
I stamped the base of the bulb twice, one onto a sheet of metallic paper that had been embossed with the 3D Foundry Texture Fade and another onto a piece of scrap paper. I stamped them with Black Soot Archival ink and embossed them with Hickory Smoke Distress Glaze.
I also trimmed a little piece of the 3D background to add to the bottom of the bulb to create a more realistic attachment where the wire for the bulb would be coming out. All those pieces were then rubbed with Black Soot Distress Paint and set aside to dry.
When dry, I rubbed with my finger, the littlest bit of Translucent Grit Paste, and set the pieces aside to dry.
I bent a small piece of wire to add to the front of the bulb with pliers and painted it with a little black soot paint and added a few drips of Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative and Mushroom Alcohol ink to give it a bit more age.
Then I adhered all the pieces together with collage medium and added a piece of foam tape between the base pieces to give it a more 3D look.
The base of the bulb was then rubbed with some Distress Crayons to create the look of rust.
I cut 2 pieces of jute and applied a small amount of collage medium to my finger, then I rubbed the glue onto the jute and glued the two pieces together. While they were still wet, I twisted them together to create the look of an old wire. When it was dry, I attached it to the base of the bulb.
And this is when I had that lightbulb moment. 😉
I took a string of idea-ology tiny lights and trimmed the end off leaving only 6 bulbs on the string.
I twisted the leftover lights and wire to create a clump of lights and then the project took off from there!
The background papers for the vignette box…
I created a background using the background stamp from the Professor 2 Stamp Set.
I applied Rusty Hinge Oxide Ink to the stamp, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto a piece of Distress Watercolor paper.
I spritzed the paper with a combination of Iced Spruce, Rusty Hinge, and Antique Linen Distress Sprays, and water. Then I dried it with my heat tool. I spritzed on some drips of Rusty Hinge Oxide Spray and added a couple pinches of Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood Glazes to the drips, then I embossed them with my heat tool.
This became the paper for the inside of the vignette box.
This is the paper I used on the outside of the box.
I rubbed one third of a piece of Mixed Media Heavy Stock with a Distress Embossing Dabber and added Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze, then embossed it with my heat tool. Then I rubbed the dabber onto the middle section of the paper again, and applied Vintage Photo Glaze and embossed it. Then finally rubbed the dabber onto the third section of the paper and sprinkled it with Speckled Egg Glaze and embossed it with my heat tool.
When the glazed areas were cooled down, I rubbed them with a piece of steel wool and spritzed the paper with Gathered Twigs Spray Stain, then I rubbed a bit of Translucent Grit Paste onto the background. Then the areas were rubbed with a selection of Distress Crayons to create a rusted look.
Then I began cutting the papers to fit both the inside and outside of the vignette box.
I cut a porthole and its pieces out of chipboard from the Bigz Steampunk Parts, and trimmed the right and left side of the porthole to fit the inside of the box.
Painted the vignette box with a light coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint.
The steampunk parts and a couple more pieces of Metallic Paper embossed with the 3D foundry folder were painted with Black Soot Distress Paint.
Then Translucent Grit Paste was applied.
The embossed paper and porthole were rubbed with a selection of Distress Crayons and then rubbed with Gathered Twigs paint in a few random areas.
Here’s what we have so far.
The paper for the outside of the box was trimmed to fit and stamped with a couple stamps from the Professor 2 set with Ground Espresso Archival Ink.
I applied the papers to the inside of the box with collage medium and then adhered the outside back piece to the box.
Then dremeled a hole for the tiny light to go through.
The lights were added within the box and adhered with a hot glue gun.
The porthole pieces were glued together with collage medium.
I added some scrap paper to the inside bottom and top of the porthole insert and applied a piece of mica to the porthole window.
This made an area to adhere the porthole piece into the vignette box.
I stamped a scrap piece of metallic paper with the “choose to shine” phrase from the Tiny Text Stamp Set. I wanted the phrase to be very subtle, so it was stamped using black soot archival and embossed with gold embossing powder, then rubbed with Black Soot Distress Crayon.
This was then applied to the bottom lip of the vignette box.
I trimmed thin pieces from the 3D Foundry embossed paper to fit the other three edges of the box, then they were adhered with collage medium.
I created a small indent on the inside top of the box with a hammer and awl, for the lightbulb to “hang” from.
and created another indent for the additional “wire” and added an old token to keep it in place.
I painted an idea-ology mini hardware pull with a combination of Black Soot, Tea Dye and Gathered Twigs Distress Paint. Then cut two longer pieces of jute (approximately 15″ long) and twisted and glued them together as I had done for the bulb piece. Then it was wound around the pull. I painted two small Hardware Heads with the same treatment and added those to the pull.
A Thought Token was painted in the same way and rubbed with Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon.
The token was then strung onto the jute.
I painted up a few more Hardware Heads and applied them to the porthole and 4 outside corners of the vignette box.
With that, my vignette was complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by today..have a fantastic weekend!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- The Professor CMS373, The Professor 2 CMS395, Tiny Text Phrases CMS394
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Steampunk Parts Bigz
Tim Holtz/ idea-ology- Thought Tokens, Hardware Heads, Mini Hardware Pulls, Metallic Paper Stash 1 & 3, Tiny Lights
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Distress Sprays- Gathered Twigs, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce Pumice Stone Spray Stains, Rusty Hinge Oxide
Distress Paint- Antique Linen, Black Soot, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs
Distress Ink- Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge Oxide
Distress Embossing Glaze- Speckled Egg, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
Distress Crayons- Rusty Hinge, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, Iced Spruce, Anitqued Bronze
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Foam Tape, Gold Embossing Powder, Black Soot and Ground Espresso Archival Ink, Translucent Grit-paste, Distress Watercolor Paper, Mixed Media Heavy Stock, Gold Mixative, Mushroom Alcohol Ink
Other- vintage token, jute, mica tiles, wire
Jan Francis says
Just AMAZING! HOLY COW!
Vickie Swanson says
Stacy, this piece is absolutely beautiful! So many steps but end result is perfect….I love how you go through each step. Nice for those of us that are still learning some of this new techniques that we can apply to some of our own creations. I have been a stamper for almost 30 years and have now become obsessed with Tim Holtz!!! How the market has changed over 30 years! Thanks again, love your blog!
Unbelievable! I really thought it was a lightbulb at first glance! Amazing!
Stacy you know how much I love your work…that being said…I am in AWE with this project, being a Steampunk addict. The amount of details is incredible…Kudos my friend!!! Huge hugs.
Debbie F. says
Holy Cow!! I’m not into steam punk, but I absolutely love this project! Everything looks so real! Brilliant idea with the light bulb. I’ve never heard of mica as a substrate. Thank you so much for sharing this phenomenally creative project.
Christine O says
Wow! I’m so impressed & inspired! I too thought it was a real lightbulb.
This is so incredibly clever! Great job. So much work, but totally worth it. A great gift for the man in your life. You do an awesome job of going through all the steps. I always look forward to reading your posts. TFS
Paula Cheney says
Absolute GENIUS Stacy. The faux wire, the embossed metal sentiment…just WOW!
Thomas Edison light bulb vignette. Very clever and so one of my favorites. Cant wait to start making my version.
REALLY, STACY? NO, REALLY, HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH SUCH 💡 “brilliant” 💡IDEAS? This Is so absolutely stunning and way beyond amazing, I just don’t know how you do it! I am in love with this particular project… Thanks for sharing the tutorial and inspiration ❤️ Happy crafting!
Jacqui Blondel says
Fantastic so much work, and worth every second. Love it 😻
I really love how you make things look so old and rusty!! I am relatively new at trying that technique. Practice makes perfect they tell me. Great piece Stacy! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent.
Tammy L Davis says
WOW! This is amazing! I really want to make this. You are so creative! Thank you for writing out these instructions.
WOW, WOW, WOWZERS!!! I love your light bulb moment…LOL. This is brilliant, amazing and just plain grungy, yummy goodness at it’s best…Blown away by this one…now I have to go back and read it again…LOL…so much to take in and this is an amazing tutorial, too! thanks a bunch…
Kym Maraldo says
Wowza! That’s amazing. Thank you for sharing your talents & skills.
Anne Jackson says
Absolutely brilliant!! Please could you say which size vignette box you used. There are 2 sets so need to know which to buy, thanks
Hi Anne, I used the second largest vignette box in the set of 4 I hope that helps 😁 thank you! ♥️. https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology-VIGNETTE-BOXES-Structures-TH93279-TH93279RI/0
Nancy Wethington says
So very clever to hang that light bulb! Wish I knew how your mind works and could borrow it for a couple of days ; ) You are so talented and love every single thing you create.
Wow, everything about this, every little detail is just Fabulous!
Wanda Hentges says
An phenomenal project, Stacy!!!! Wow!!!!