Hello All and Welcome!!
I’m back today with a new tutorial for a vignette I created to celebrate spring. It’s been awfully cold here in northwest Ohio and I am getting very anxious for some warmer weather to get here. I made this little project to remind myself that without the rain we wouldn’t have the flowers. A reminder that better days are to come… I just need to be patient and put up with the rain… or in my case, the cold!
I was also inspired by the new Tim Holtz Distinguished Stamp Set (CMS371) and the umbrella that was included in the set. It blended perfectly with the new Eclectic Adverts (CMS372) garden ad. Recently my friend, Zoe, has been creating some FABULOUS cards with the Distinguished Stamp set. You can check out her blog right HERE. Her cards are amazingly detailed and have a more manly feel to them. I decided to challenge myself by using the same set, but wanted to create something with a more feminine feel… but it still had to have some lovely grunge, of course 😉
…that’s the beauty of rubber stamps, you’re only limited by your imagination!
I started out by stamping the umbrella and garden ad onto Mixed Media Heavystock with Black Soot Archival Ink, then I fussy cut them out.
I stamped the umbrella twice, then cut out the front section to make it pop out. This is the area that I added the beads to in the next step. I colored the umbrella with Tumbled Glass and Forest Moss Distress Markers and a Detail Waterbrush. Then blended the edges of the umbrella with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
The beads for the umbrella came from a Tim Holtz Assemblage Beaded Cluster that I found at Joann Fabrics.
They were the perfect size to add to the umbrella. I simply took apart the pendant and added the individual beads into holes that I punched with a needle.
The hand was fussy cut and then blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
I cut a piece of lace from the new Sizzix Crochet Thinlet Die Set, blended it with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then “gathered” it to fit along the wrist of the hand. Then I stitched it to the hand with my sewing machine and added a small vintage button.
The background… p.s.- this vignette started out as a card, hence the background paper…but then it morphed into something more and the background paper totally worked for behind the Lace Baseboard Frame! Funny how those things work themselves out 🙂 I was a happy camper.
I created the background with the new Glorious Garden Stamp Set.
This was stamped onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper with Black Soot Archival Ink and then colored with a variety of Distress Markers.
After I was done coloring, I blended Antique Linen Distress Marker with a Detail Waterbrush outlining the edges of the flowers. Then I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste around the edges and through the Mini Trellis Layering Stencil.
After it was crackled, I stamped the Entomology Handwritten Background Stamp randomly onto the background with Hickory Smoke Archival Ink…I’m so happy that the Archival line now has my favorite Tim Holtz colors..woohoo!
I stitched around the outside of the background with my sewing machine and cream thread. Then I set it aside and began working on the Small Etcetera Tag… I painted the edges of a Etcetera Tag (5.5×10″) with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
Then selected a couple sheets of paper from the Wallflower and Memoranda Paper Stashs. The papers were cut down and adhered to the Etcetera Tag with Distress Collage Matte Medium.
I added a layer of Distress Collage Matte Medium to the top of the tag and applied the Glorious Garden stamped background to the center. I blended the crackled areas on the Glorious background with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.
Then I added more Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the edges of the Etcetera tag. The crackled areas were then blended with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon with a tiny bit of water on my finger, then I worked the crayon into the cracks.
(This photo shows where the crackle was added and then where the crayon was blended into the cracks.)
Next up, I created the shelf for my little jars and flower arrangement to sit on…
Using the new Scallop Trims, I selected 3 of the longest and widest, and 1 of the longest and skinniest and also used an idea-ology ruler to create the shelf.
I painted the trims lightly with a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint and let them dry. The 2 pieces at the back didn’t need the full amount of paint because they would be sandwiched together.
Then, with my finger, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly to the front and edges. Then set them aside to dry.
The skinniest piece got the most crackle texture…the rest of the pieces only got a tiny bit added to the edges. These were then sandwiched together to create the shelf, I made sure not to add too much bulk to these sections.
After they were crackled, I sprayed them with Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Sprays, dried them with my heat tool, then blended Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and Mushroom Alcohol Ink into the cracks. The ruler was blended lightly with Antique Linen Distress Paint and water and then blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I sandwiched the trims together and adhered them with Distress Collage Matte Medium but left a small ledge at the top and front to add the ruler.
I ran a thin line of Distress Collage Medium along the ledge and then added the ruler and set it aside to dry.
The Lace Baseboard Frame…
I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste to a few areas of the frame then set it aside to crackle and dry. When the frame was dry I scribbled it with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon making sure to get the crayon into the recessed areas of the lace, then with a baby wipe, I removed some of the crayon.
With my finger, I lightly blended some areas of the frame and the shelf with Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Distress Paints and dried them with my heat tool.
I added cut pieces of an old book page that had been blended with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I adhered the pieces around the inner edge of the frame and added a few vintage buttons with collage medium. You’ll notice that the buttons were arranged slightly different on my final piece 😉
The reinforcement for the top of the tag…
I layered on a good coat of Opaque Crackle Texture Paste onto the Etcetera Tag Reinforcement, then when it was dry, sprayed it with a bit of Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint Oxide Sprays.
When it was dry, I blended Walnut Stain Distress Crayon and Mushroom Alcohol Ink into the cracks.
The Button and Flower Jars…
The button jar- I gathered several small vintage buttons that fit inside one of the Corked Vials and tied on a scrap of ribbon. I painted one of the small Adornments Flowers with Distress Paint and added some Mushroom Alcohol Ink to give it some age. Then I adhered the flower with collage medium. I painted an additional Adornments Flower with Distress Paints and Mushroom Alcohol Ink that was then adhered to the shelf.
The flower jar- I colored a small clump of the idea-ology Flower Bouquet with Antique Linen Spray Stain and dried it with my heat tool. I added a few small vintage beads within the jar then added my bouquet. I wrapped a small amount of string around the jar and tied on a small vintage button. I typed out the verse, “no rain, no flowers” onto a scrap piece of typing paper, blended it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and adhered it to the jar. Then I added a few greens that were cut from the Sizzix Funky Florals #2 Set.
I cut several greens from the Sizzix Funky Florals #2 Set out of a scrap of green distress sprayed paper. These were used to embellish the shelf on my vignette along with some twigs from my yard and some floral moss.
Then I began adhering all of the parts together onto the Etcetera Tag with Collage Medium to create the vignette. I topped off the tag with the crackled reinforcement for the tag and tied on a piece of crinkle ribbon that had been dyed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and a bit of Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Spray.
With that, my spring vignette was complete!
Thank you so much for stopping by…have a great day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous- Distinguished (CMS371), Eclectic Adverts (CMS372), Entomology (CMS328), Glorious Garden (CMS366), Trellis Mini Layering Stencil, Small Etcetera Tag (5.5×10″), Scallop Trims
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Crochet Thinlets Set, Funky Florals #2,
Tim Holtz/ Idea-ology- Lace Baseboard Frame, Flower Bouquet, Wallflower and Memoranda Paper Stash, Floral Adornments, Corked Vials, Crinkle Ribbon
Tim Holtz/Assemblage- Beaded Cluster (from Joann Fabrics)
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Mushroom Alcohol Ink, Opaque Crackle Texture Paste, Black Soot Archival Ink, Hickory Smoke Archival Ink, Mixed Media Heavystock Paper
Distress Ink- Antique Linen, Walnut Stain
Distress Spray Stain- Antique Linen
Distress Oxide Sprays- Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint
Distress Crayons-Walnut Stain
Distress Paint-Antique Linen, Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint
Distress Markers- Forest Moss, Tumbled Glass, A Variety of Colors
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium, Detail Water brush
Other- Vintage Beads, Typewriter, Vintage Onionskin Typewriter Paper, Vintage Buttons, Cotton String, Vintage Book Pages, Twigs from my yard, Floral Moss
kari leach says
THIS IS FABULOUS! Thanks for the tutorial. All your work is amazing.
Thank you so much, Kari!
ABSOLUTLEY FABULOUS! I LOVE every single thing about this piece Stacy!!
Thank you so VERY MUCH, Paula! It truly means the world to me that you love it! Thank you my friend!
patricia fitzgerald says
this is absolutely gorgeous!! I LOVE collages and I LOVE the aged look! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!
Thank you so much, Patricia..I’m so happy that you like it!
Rosann Barnes says
Stacy SERIOUSLY … this is incredibly, amazing, fabulous, gorgeous !! EVERY DETAIL ( this kind of stuff makes me giddy)… YOU DID THIS ( as the kids would say ) ! MY WORD … just GORGEOUS; VINTAGE TIM HOLTZ GOODNESS !! Techniques are FABULOUS … ok I’m gonna stop now !!!
Dear Rosann, you are the sweetest and so hilarious…I’m so glad that you like it and that it makes you giddy. It was a super fun project to make. it makes me giddy to know that you got giddy over it…THANK YOU!
Phoebe Pereda says
Oh Stacy every project you do makes my heart so happy! Absolutely lovely as always. I especially love the beads on the umbrella and all the tiny vintage find additions that add the perfect finishing touches.
YAY! I’m thrilled to hear that… that makes my heart happy!! Thank you so much!
Sherry T. says
What a fabulously detailed tutorial…and how you made the shelf with the ruler below the tops of the others, brilliant! and so easy to extend the width of the ruler. Detail after detail, technique after technique, love it…now I have to go back and really read it, and not just go through the pictures.
too funny…I’m so happy you like it Sherry!! those trims from Stampers are going to be addictive!! Thank you!
H. Saveur says
Stacy, totally worth the wait over the last few days (and glad you are feeling better!); every time I see one of your tutorials, I hear my bank account going cha-CHING, wondering why I didn’t order this or that stamp! But seriously, your projects and tutorials are so well done and have so many tips and techniques; they are priceless… I love your “special brand” of grungy chic! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
joy meadows says
What a wonderful and beautiful collage piece! Love it!!!
DeeDee Bryans says
What can I say but WOW! I love your creativity! Wish I could take a class. Love this style! 😊
Beulah Bee says
Really a beautiful piece. Looks so amazing with all the embellishing, all the textures and layers of yumminess. Just beautiful.
Kathi R says
Thank you so much for the clear instructions and step-out photos!
Love the fabulous work you have done here, such a wonderful creation, love the vintage feel, pretty flowers, great old buttons and love the dimension and beads added to the umbrella!