Sunday, 14 August 2016

To everything that must be done...

There Is An Element Of 


During my summer work and holiday schedules, I was only too excited to cram in all 3 sets of Creative Chemistry by Tim Holtz, (offered at Online Card Classes). But I had NO IDEA his classes would have so much technique and test samples, that I would be spread so thin. So in Creative Chemistry 103, I decided I needed to find a way to double up the class assignments with projects I also needed to be making.

I pulled out some Emerald Creek stamps, a couple of Sizzix dies, and added them to the bunch of Ranger Inks, Mediums (most were from the Tim Holtz Distress line, with a couple of Wendy Vecchi, Ranger, and Dina Wakley items tossed in) and tools that were already sprawled across my work tables.

I have been dying for a year now to make the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man a chimney sweep for a Mary Poppins inspired card for my sister. So, I set to work. I die cut him out on several types of Recollections coloured cardstock that I had purchased from Michaels (not my favorite for many projects but works well for matting borders, using for the kid's crafting, but perfect and affordable for playing with ideas and layering with paste). Next, I popped open the new Grit Paste and went to town pasting the negatives from cut out Umbrella Man. 

Loving it, wow that's a wet product and took a while to dry. 

While it was drying, I used Blueprint Sketch paint on my craft mat, with some Lucky Clover Distress Ink re-inker and Fired Brick Distress ink placed on the mat too. Then, I grabbed the spritzer bottle and misted. Next, I grabbed my background piece and began dragging and blotting it on the messy craft mat. To build up layers, I dried that layer and repeated the process. 

To finish it off, I hit it with a couple spritzes of Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Mica spray. The effect was wonderful; however, when I layered it up, I felt the background needed more pop so I added Pearl and Viola  Mica sprays and then it was perfect.

 Now that the paste for the top piece was dry, I went to work using Cracked Pistachio and Forest Moss stains to ink right on the paste and blending to smudge it around, while lifting off the excess. Then, I added a touch of Blueprint Sketch stain and Wilted Violets around the edge to bring the focus to the image. But it was still not quite right. So I left it to go ponder and decide just what saying I wanted to use before I trimed the umbrella.

Google here I come...I typed in 'words to chim chimney' and up came some Mary Poppins images, so I switched and searched 'popular Mary Poppins images', and the quote 'to everything that must be done, there is an element of fun' popped up right away as well as loads of Mary Poppins silhouettes. Well, that couldn't be more perfect for me to give my sister for her birthday! So bye-bye Bert, Hello Mary! Instead of cutting the umbrella into a chimney sweep, I sketched the shoes, bag; and dress on my already-mostly-finished project, grabbed my scissors, and cut. Then, I ran through several markers attempting to write the phrase at the bottom. The only one that worked for this was the Tombow Black using the fine side.

No more Umbrella Man, now I had a Mary Poppins die cut! :)

When I was done layering it, it was close but not quite "dirty" enough for old England. Also,  the background was just too even, so I grabbed my spray bottle and misted the whole project. Then, I used my fingernail to scrape the edges of the silhouette image, re-inked lighter areas, and used a dry paper towel to create a more mottled look by blotting up the water in a slight twist/push moment that moved the mica powders. Oh... DARN..., I has to grab the Tombow again and rewrite the bottom. Next time, I think I will test out some Sharpies since they are permanent (wink, wink...  Ranger and Tim).

So there you have it!

Have fun and don't miss out on these classes the next time they are offered. They are absolutely worth every penny paid. Just REMEMBER, they take time. Each lesson day had several techniques and tags, each one took me at least an hour of practicing and creating, and I have yet to polish up and complete pieces to post.

Happy Crafting Everyone!

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  1. This is so amazing!! I love the background and I love love love that umbrella man is now Mary Poppins!

    1. Thanks Cathy! It was so fun. I still want to make a Bert though

  2. Kim, you did a fantastic job of transforming the Umbrella Man to Mary Poppins! hen I saw your first photos, I thought to where did she get that die?? Your background is supercalefragelistic, too! Well done, and your sister is going to treasure this! Are the Grit Paste and Wendy Vecchi mists available in your shop? If so, they need to go to the top of my shopping list! Hugs!

    1. Thank you Sara! I do have the product it's just not on the site so leave a note when you order for the fall ;) ;)

  3. So cute! You did a beautiful job and I'm sure your sis will love it. I will have to do the Creative Chemistry classes soon, they look awesome!

  4. This is a fantastic project! I love the details, and I agree, these are fabulous classes. I'm still working through them!

  5. This is a fantastic project! I love the details, and I agree, these are fabulous classes. I'm still working through them!

  6. What fun Kim and how inventive to turn the Umbrella Man into Mary Poppins! I hear what you are saying about CC103, I've watched the videos but have only had a chance to try a few of the techniques. But that's what is great about the Online Card Classes,they'll be there whenever we can get to them. Hopefully it will be soon! Deb xo

  7. So creative Kim! Great way to see things in a new light and get more from your supplies. :)

  8. So creative Kim! Great way to see things in a new light and get more from your supplies. :)


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