Hi everyone,  just sharing a summer shadow box that I have created.  I started this way back in April or May and decided I better finish it off before Summer is gone!  

Loved using this Tim Holtz Planks Bigz Die with his Woodgrain Cardstock.  I know some of you are wondering what colours I used or products, but it's been awhile!  I usually start colouring my woodgrain paper with Distress Stain (a lighter shade of brown) and then add different shades of either Distress ink or Distress Oxide Ink.  I know I did finish my planks with a bit of Picket Fence paint splattered.  The Seashells are a new release this year, they are also a bigz die, but it comes with it's own embossing folder.  These were coloured with Distress Oxide inks.

The Seahorse and starfish(inner piece of the Sand dollar) are from Sand & Sea Bigz die and the small sand dollar is a retired Tim Holtz Mini Sand & Sea Movers & Shapers die (659582).  I think this seahorse is one of my all-time favourite dies!  The seahorse is embossed with Fractured Ice embossing powder (a few times) from Emerald Creek.  The sand dollar is Oxide Distress Inks and the star fish is painted or inked, Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy and then when that was dry, a small amount of gold embossing powder on the one side.

My Tim Holtz Typography letters were stained with Distress Spray Stain in Tarnished Brass, then lightly sanded.

The bit of clump of sand? is Tim Holtz Grit Paste with Embossing powder applied.  I used the heat gun after it had air dried.  The TH Baubles were coloured with Alcohol ink.  My sea foliage was die cut from cardstock coloured with Distress Oxide Inks and Tim Holtz gold cardstock.  I used Sizzix Holiday Greens and Mini Holiday Green Thinlit Dies.  I splattered a bit of Tarnish Brass Distress Spray Stain on these too.  Once I had all my embellishments finished, I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the back of my Tim Holtz Vignette box (9" x 4 3/4") and adhered the rest!

Here's another look at my shadow box!

I'm supposed to be working on some secret Christmas projects, but I am having a hard time thinking about Christmas when the temperature is 27C right now!  I better get back to thinking about snow!

Thanks for stopping by,



When I was trying out these new Tim Holtz 3-D embossing folders with dry-brushing different paint finishes, I was surprised how much I loved the Foundry one.  The Mechanic (Gears) folder was the one that first caught my eye, as I love anything with gears, but after using them all, I'm loving all four!  These were all used with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. 

My Distress paint colours for 'Mechanics' was Ground Espresso, Fired Brick and Walnut Stain.  I gave it a bit of shimmer with Perfect Pearls Copper and Prima Metallique Wax Vintage Gold.  'Botanical' was Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Ground Espresso.  For 'Lumber' I can't remember what I used (sorry, didn't write it down) but I think any of these, Faded Jeans, Evergreen Bough, Peacock Feathers, Hickory Smoke and Picket Fence.  The Foundry was Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick and Ground Espresso.

I've created this frame using the Foundry embossing folder and am going to show you my painting process.  I've also used a glazing medium on some of my layers.

I've used a Tim Holtz Framed Panel (TH93283) to showcase my embossed piece.

First emboss your cardstock.  I like a good heavy cardstock, usually Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock(TDA533842)  or Neenah heavy cardstock.  When I'm painting my layers, I dry brush (wiping most of the paint off my brush), which seems like it will take long doing all those layers, but the paint dries very fast.  That's how you create more depth to your project and also with the deep embossing, you don't lose any depth with thinner layers of paint.  I started with Squeezed Lemonade.

A layer of Cracked Pistachio.

Next, another layer of Squeezed Lemonade.

                      A layer of Lucky Clover.

This time I used a layer of paint, diluted with Glazing Medium.  On the Ranger blog, Dina Wakely has a short video on how to use this medium.  I used a combination of Ground Espresso and Black Soot paint with my medium.  You use a small amount of paint and more medium, about 1part paint to 3 or 4 parts medium, but just experiment for the effect you want. After mixing, apply over your entire surface.  Don't worry, you will be removing most of this!  Have a wet wipe (I prefer baby wipes) ready to lightly remove this layer.

You don't want  to remove all of this, so lightly wipe, leaving this darker stain in the crevices.

This glaze gives your paint that slight sheen to the painted folder and the subtle layers start to show through.

I wanted to introduce an orange tint to my paper, so I repeated the glaze mixture with Ripe Persimmon.

This gave my paper a rusted and aged look.  It's just a matter of repeating or using colours to get the look you're going for.  Even introducing a small amount of a different colour in one of your layers can give an interesting look to your finished piece.

I wanted to create a bit of a rust look to my piece, so I added some Tim Holtz Grit Paste with a spatula.

After this dried, I painted my 'rust' with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, and Peacock Feathers.

The Ground Expresso was used mostly around the edges to create dimension.

I've painted my Framed Panel with Ground Expresso (slightly diluted) and aged it with Distress Oxide inks (Frayed Burlap, and Antique Linen).  The paper is an old piece of Tim Holtz and the metals pieces are Tim Holtz Idea-ology (Index Clips TH93574, Gadget Gears TH93297, Hex Fasteners TH93268,  Story Sticks TH93680, Large Keyhole TH93678, Quote Chips TH93563,  Mini Gear Sprockets TH93012, Sprocket Gears Watch Parts TH92691 and Assemblage Charm THA20048.

The metal pieces have a light coat of Distress paint dabbed on with my finger and then Oxide ink (a bit of water spritzed on first) dabbed on top to give them an aged look.

I cut out two pieces of thick chipboard the same size as my embossed piece and adhered them to the back of my paper.

Adhere the paper to the panel, then the embossed piece backed with chipboard, and then the rest of your embellishments.

Here's another look at my finished piece!  Hope my explanation of my painting process made sense! 
Happy painting!

Until next time,


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