October 9, 2014

CC3C Challenge 12 - Distress Photo Tinting

Hello again, I settled back into the studio for a few days this week to finish my offering of the latest Tim Holtz CC3C challenge, a multi-layer combination of several surfaces using the Wallflower paper stash. Thanks to Tim, Linda Ledbetter at Studio L3 and the Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring a showcase of our creative endeavors - I hope you enjoy:

"In The Garden"
My vision for this project was a little girl looking out a window into the backyard to see her siblings in the garden.  I used the Found Relatives cards from both the original "deck" and the new Occasions edition.  Photo tinting goes back generations and was first done with oil paints - one had to go to school to learn how - today using Tim's Distress Ink Markers to colorize, make it easy and fun!

To get started, trim cards (or photos) to desired shape and color to desired shades with ink markers.   I used lighter shades on the big photo in the background and stronger color on the images in the foreground. OPTION - cut along the chin line of the larger photo, color the paper edge with the Pumice Stone ink marker and insert foam dots to elevate the face - why - I wanted allot of dimension on the overall project and this just "added to".

To prepare burlap panel, cut a piece of Wallflower vellum to fit top, then trim edges with deckle edge decorative scissors (or trimmer).  To secure vellum to burlap without adhesive showing through or peeling back, I used a Xyron machine - peel and stick.  I LOVE how the burlap shows through the vellum to give an extra dimensional layer.  Use Distress Ink pads to rub and tint the burlap edges, matching ink colors to those found in the papers.  This example is not the piece I used because the image was hidden too much so I saved it for another project another day - use one of the smaller prints:

Now, carefully separate the cabinet card along the top and side seams with a craft knife - this will open up the card to insert the window.  Use recycled packaging OR Bazzil Plastic Paper to cut and shape the window "box":
Measure window size and add 1/2" to all sides - cut out - score all sides at 1/4" and 1/2" - cut out corners.  Turn cabinet card over to inside and place adhesive tape around opening - insert window and press to secure in place.  Photo shows that tape can also be placed on the outside window edge and inserted into the card opening - either way works well.
Prepare the garden flowers and greenery by "fussy" cutting flowers from both the Wallflower paper and vellum pads in the quarter page and smaller sizes. I also LOVE the way vellum flowers blended into the overall garden and accented the paper ones.  I diecut Tim's Sizzlits Tapered Fringe (Core-dinations card stock) for grass and Spring Greenery; the Butterflies were cut from paper.  I learned in my days of decoupage to color the edges of ALL paper cutouts with matching colors of ink markers to unify and blend - white edges are just not my thing and very distracting.

Measure matching paper piece to fit inside the cabinet card and attach large photo, flower, greenery and butterfly elements - use foam dots to elevate.  Add a word band tied with inked crinkle ribbon (try the new Distress Stains to ink ribbons faster) and add heart charm to top - place inside the OPEN cabinet card then glue or tape the card top down on top and sides - use small binder clips to hold in place until the glue dries. Glue the finished cabinet card collage to the burlap panel:
Now position the smaller photo images and glue onto the background with foam dots - I use either Glossy Accents or a hot glue gun to do this - the "level" of this element should be as high as and rest on the window box corner.  Arrange and glue on the remaining greenery, flowers and butterfly to finish. 
The finished panel can be framed or a custom box made to fit and display.  

SUPPLIES: (Thanks to Anna Karin for listing at each project - its a great idea I hope to remember.)
Surfaces: Tim Holtz idea-ology Wallflower paper stash, Wallflower Vellum stash, Bare Burlap panel, Core-dinations card stock
Dies: Sizzix Sizzlits - Spring Greenery, Tapered Fringe, Butterflies
Ink: Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo
Ink Markers: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Pumice Stone
Adhesives & Mediums: Ranger Glossy Accents. Xyron for vellum, 1/4" Scor-Tape, Foam dots
Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology Cabinet Card, Found Relatives cards, Adornment - Heart Charm, Word Band, Crinkle Ribbon

Many people have asked why I do so many projects in shadow boxes or "protected" elements - fact is - I have three beautiful cats who like to pick at and get into my projects so I try to protect them once they are finished.  Thanks for coming by and following my work as it evolves, I hope you will share this site with like minded souls!   Bye for now - K


  1. A stunning piece of work - all the layers are amazing

  2. I love what you did here. Great idea for repurposing and have to say this is really a lovely piece.

  3. Beautiful creation, love all those little details that catch the eye... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge, hope to see you again soon x

  4. Blown away!!! LOVE this! The vellum, the flowers, and the perfectly colored blonde hair! Every gorgeous detail is wonderful! Thanks so much for joining us on the Distress Photo Tinting Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  5. Absolutely beautiful project. That little girl in Tim's Found Relatives is one of my favorites! I also love your darling little duo of children in the foreground. Beautiful flower images and papers that you've used on this. I love your use of the Cabinet Card and the word band, too. Beautiful photo tinting. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  6. Very pretty canvas! Love that Wallflowers paper, it works beautifully with your photo. Thanks for sharing on CC3C!

  7. beautiful job Kay! Love all the layering!

  8. This is really special and incredibly beautiful. Thanks for sharing the how-to, and for joining us at CC3C with this amazing project!

  9. This is so pretty! The whole thing is pulled together beautifully! Great job on the tinting! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C!