Hello and Welcome!
This is the third week of my time in the Designer Spotlight at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and it has been a blast!
This weeks Challenge theme is Grunge it Up. I decided to dig out one of my vintage family photos of my Grandfather. He was born in 1902 and when he was 15, went to work in rural Canada at putting some of the first electric lines in across the country. It amazes me that he would have left home to work at such a young age..times were so much different then.
I was inspired by his photo to create a vignette with a Tim Holtz 6×8 Burlap Panel, one of the new Etcetera hardboard #8 tags and some lovely vintage items that I’ve collected that related to him and his adventure. Grunge it up was the perfect theme for all these lovely grungy goodies.
As always, Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to use in their shop! Good luck!
First I began by creating a tag that my photo would be displayed on. I blended Distress Oxide Ink in Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain onto the tag and then smushed those same colors onto my craft mat, sprayed it with water and then dipped my tag into the ink. With each new dip into the ink I dried in between with my heat tool until I had the tag to my liking.
Next I used my sewing machine and some cream thread and stitched around the outside of the tag. I blended a bit of Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges and thread with a blending tool.
I then stamped a couple of images from the TH Stampers Anonymous Distress Damask set using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide, and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.
I then decided to add the tag to one of the new TH Etcetera #8 tags to give it some more stability. I knew I wanted to make the tag into a “clipboard” so that I could just clip my photo on and not make it permanent. (I only have a couple copies of the photo but wanted to use the actual photo and not a copy because of the color and delicious wrinkles. Natural distress is the BEST!!!) The Etcetera tags are made of a thick sturdy surface called thickboard. They are an awesome base for embellishing or for photos.
To make the clipboard I added some of the TH ideaology Merchant Design Tape around the edges of my Etcetera Tag. Then I adhered my inked tag with Multi Matte Medium on top.
I distressed my hinge clip by painting it with White Gesso and then added a bit of Mushroom Alcohol Ink. Then it was sewn on through the hole of the tag with some string.
I then sat that aside and began working on the burlap panel. First I painted a bit of White Gesso around on my panel, then sprayed it with Distress Spray Stains in Faded Jeans, Frayed burlap and a bit of Rusty Hinge. I then added some grit paste through the TH Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil – Rosette. I let that dry then added some Distress Paint onto the areas with the grit paste with Broken China and Ground Expresso just to add a bit more grunge.
Then I found a piece of scrap watercolor paper that had been inked with various Distress browns, added a couple of borders with Black Soot Archival Ink onto the scrap with the new TH Stampers Anonymous Ornate Trimmings Stamp set (CMS326) and made a background for my vintage knickknacks.
I then cut an old leather belt and distressed the leather a bit with my TH sanding block. I then colored the indented writing with a Black Soot Distress Crayon onto a TH Word Band, rubbed off the extra crayon with a paper towel and then the band was sewn onto the belt. The word band fit perfectly in-between a couple of the holes that were already punched into it.
I typed out onto watercolor scrap paper “grandfather” and “inspire adventure” and inked then with a bit of brown distress inks. I stamped a label frame from the TH SA Stamp set and stamped it with a couple stamps (Star, Postal Telegraph, Leaves Emblem) from the TH SA Correspondence Stamp set with a couple of the previously used distress inks.
After I decided the layout I added the belt. I borrowed my husbands heavy duty staple gun and stapled the leather onto the back of the panel. I then added all of my vintage pieces to complete my project.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! This project has got to be one of my absolute favorites so far!
Thank you so much for sharing the journey of it with me!
Gather your supplies:
Distress Crayon- Black Soot
Alcohol Ink- Mushroom
Other: Canson Watercolor Paper, Sewing Machine, Thread, Crochet Cotton, Staple Gun and Staples
Vintage items: Postage Stamp, Buttons, Star Charm, Compass, Belt, Stick (I’m a bit of a pack rat and have picked these items up at estate sales, garage sales and junk shops throughout the years.)