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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tim Holtz Tag for October Done!

Hi. Just a quick blog post.  It is almost midnight, October 31 and I'm loading the Tim Holtz tag for this month.  It's been finished for 2 weeks, but I did not have a chance to load it until now.



Lots going on. I've finished my remodeling and had an Open House.  More about that in the next post!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Tim Holtz Altered Configuration Book for Brother's 65th Birthday

Hello All.
It's been a long time between blogs, but remember, I warned you!
I really don't know what to call the piece I'm sharing with you today.  It is supposed to be a birthday card for my brother Patrick's 65th birthday.  Since it is for a significant event, I wanted it to be something special, so I chose to alter one of Tim Holtz's Ideology Configuration Books. I've wanted to do one of these since they were released last year.  Tim taught classes at Stamper's Ink (see Side Bar for LSS info) in 2011 and in one of them we made a configuration box.  I figured the TH Configuration Book would be perfect for what I had in mind--it just got a little out of hand.  My brother is a genius and mathematically inclined (good with numbers) and we share a love of science fiction.  This should explain some of the more eclectic elements on the piece.

This is the front of the Configuration Book.  I used a combination of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky Ranger TH Distress Paints to paint the undercoat of the whole book.  All The grungeboard letters are from the big set of alphas and numbers from TH.  

I colored "Birthday" with a combination of Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I used multiple layers, drying in between, and fussed a lot until I got something that matched the clock.  "Time" was colored with just Broken China and a little Antique Linen to shadow.

I used Shelly Hickox's Faux Tarnished Silver technique for the "WARP" letters.  You can find a tutorial for her technique HERE.  She has a great blog; check it out HERE.

The clock is TH BigZ Weathered Clock die and I use Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  I used the same on the numbers "2013" but these are the TH Alpha Parts as is the "65" which was painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint.  The cute little pocket watch is from Prima and I covered the Graphic 45 sticker letters with Glossy Accents.  Here are some closer shots of the front of the book.







Now, for the inside.  As I said, my brother and I share a love of science fiction, so the inside cover is meant to depict the universe opening up and depositing the Dr. Who Tardis and the Star Trek Enterprise.

I used Golden Pearl Mica Flake (small) mixed with Brushed Pewter, Stormy Sky and Gesso to create the universe effect.  The Tardis is a stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and can be found HERE.  I enlarged the image to accommodate the photo I wanted to frame.
The Enterprise is an old 1995 Stamp Oasis stamp.  The number is ST20-G and I bought it when I first started stamping in California and haven't seen many since.




The saying is a TH stamp from his set SCF005, Classics #5.  The Grandfather Clock is a stamp from B Line Designs, ZHC218E.  I got it at Ink, Paper, Rubber.  (See Side Bar for LSS info)