Hello everyone!  Hope you are all safe and doing o.k. during these difficult times.  I am so grateful I have many hobbies and interests(and supplies!) that will keep me going for a long time.  I'm sharing a  tutorial today on a project I created for Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 at Creativation.  Who doesn't love distressed bricks and suitcases!

Love this Brickwork 3-D Texture Fades embossing folder!  I know this is going to show up a lot in my future projects.  Then there's the Baggage Claim Bigz die!  Those little detail elements make these suitcases so dimensional.  I've also used a frame from the Chapter 2 Decor Frames Bigz die for my sign.  There's this rectangle shape and an oval shape on the same die.

Using the back side, I painted my Tim Holtz Vignette Tray with white Gesso.

Starting with the background, I embossed a piece of Tim Holtz Mixed Media Heavystock.  Spritz your paper lightly before embossing to avoid cracking.  I chose a paper that would withstand my paint.  I also embossed an older 3D Texture Fade, Foundry.

I didn't take any photos of my painting process for the two embossed folders, but if any of you have visited here before, it's the dry-brushing method with Distress Paint that I use a lot.  A few examples where I've used this are herehere, or here. I started with Ground Espresso(dark brown), then reds, ambers, etc. The main colour is whatever brick colour you choose, but add in some brighter colours in the layers, to give it interest and depth.  After my two pieces were painted, I cut the brickwork piece, following an uneven pattern where the bricks are separated. I wanted the top half to show more bricks, so I cut that part wider. With the remaining piece left over, I flipped it and added it to the bottom part of the brick piece.  The Foundry piece is adhered first, then the Brickwork to the wood tray.  I left a small piece uncovered at the bottom, as my little base is adhered there and I wanted a flat surface. 

 I did go back and add some black flecks of paint to my bricks with my Splatter Brush(Ranger Tim Holtz TDA47841) and I stamped little bits of the graffiti writing on the Stamper's Anonymous Evolution CMS262 stamp.  I just inked that part of the stamp I wanted to use and pressed it onto the brick with my hand.  I wanted the writing to be random and not perfect.  I would do this before adhering your Brickwork to the tray (so much easier).

I used two pieces of Tim Holtz Etcetera Bracket Trims, one wider than the other.  Adhere these together and paint with white gesso.

Paint this piece with a dark brown (Ground Espresso) let dry.  Add Ranger's Opaque Crackle Texture paste to random areas.  Let this dry, then highlight the cracks with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, in darker brown tones.

Before Adhering the base, I adhered Tim Holtz Travel Collage Paper (TH93950) to the sides with Distress Collage Matte Medium.  Also apply it to the top of your papered sides, to seal it in.  Adhere your base to the bottom front of your tray.  This also helps your tray stand better without falling over.

Die-cut your Baggage Claim  suitcase pieces with chipboard.  I painted them with white gesso before dry brushing my colours on.  This gives the paint colours a white base to start with and the colours are more true, but also it adds some texture to your pieces from the brush strokes. Start with your darkest colour and dry brush the lighter colours.  Die-cut your straps and handles with Tim Holtz Metallic Kraftstock and Black cardstock.  Distress these by sanding and adding a small amount of Distress crayon.  Adhere to the suitcases.

Your suitcases are ready to add to your piece.  

I've added in some moss, and Tim Holtz Ephemera under and around the suitcases.  A large Paper Doll (tinted lightly) sits on top of the suitcase.  I cut a slit under the one hand and stuck a Tim Holtz Snippets(TH93564) Ephemera ticket in the slit to add more dimension.  I used foam adhesive squares to adhere him so he isn't flat against the brick.

For my sign, I die-cut the letters with adhesive backed black cardstock using the Tiny Type Upper Thinlits set(664406).  I have been using this set and the lower case set so much lately.  Perfect size for cards or anything else and because the letters are small, you can actually spell out longer words! 

I adhered the letters to a piece of Woodgrain cardstock that had been coloured with Distress Oxide Sprays.  This was cut to fit behind the frame.  The frame was die-cut with chipboard, and Tim Holtz Black Metallic Kraft Stock, using the new Decor Frame Bigz Die.  I adhered the Black metallic frame onto the chipboard frame, then distressed it with sanding and brown distress crayons.  This frame was then adhered to my tray.  I also distressed a piece of ephemera(a sign) with Distress Oxides, sanding and inking, then adhering it to the edge and around the corner of the tray.

And that my friends, is the end of my tutorial!  Here's another look at the tray!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and  it inspires you to create your own scene with these amazing new dies and 3d embossing folder.

Thanks for visiting, hope you come again. 


Please stay safe and STAY HOME, craft away!  

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