Hello everyone!  I think we can all agree that this first Tim Holtz release for 2021 Sizzix  Chapter 1 was full of amazing dies.  There is something for everyone; botanical, steam punk, whimsy, retro, and can't forget Colorize! 

 The Gent clipboard was my first make; I was drawn to that umbrella and of course you can't have a steampunk looking gentlemen without gears!  The Mechanical Bigz L die has 9 gear/sprocket shapes on it and as a Bigz die, can cut chipboard or heavier mediums. I used as a background, the new Typewriter 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder.  Here's a short tutorial on how I created my mini clipboard!


I first removed the clip on my Mini Clipboard(TH93278).  Using Metallic 2 Kraftstock(TH93780 Rose Gold/Copper) in the Copper colour, I covered my clipboard and sanded the edges.  I sand quite heavy near the edge in some parts to get down to the kraft backing.  I did cover the top part of the clip with the same paper, but because it's not a flat surface, I needed something a little less thick.  The metallic and kraft in this paper are two layers, which actually peeled apart pretty easy, leaving me with a very thin metallic layer to work with.  Using Tim Holtz Collage Medium, I adhered this to the surface, pressing it down with my fingers to adhere to all the curves and edges.  I just trimmed the edge with a craft knife and/or sanded the excess off the edges.  Distress this piece too and grunge the sanded areas on both with a Walnut Stain Distress Crayon.

For my Typewriter folder, I used Mixed Media Heavystock.  The colours I used were, Gathered Twig and Vintage Photo Distress Spray and Broken China, Pine Needle Distress Oxides.  I also used Cracked Pistachio and Tumbled Glass Distress Crayons to highlight some areas.  After your embossed piece is finished, cut out a mat slightly larger from Black Soot Kraftstock. These are adhered to the clipboard. 

Die-cut your pieces you want to use with chipboard.  Depending on how thick your chipboard is and how thick you would like your pieces, use 1 or more for each gear.  I usually paint my chipboard pieces with Gesso first, so the paint covers better, I used Black Gesso on these.  Apply Ranger's Translucent Grit Paste (TDA71730) or white Grit Paste, let dry and then paint your first coat of dark paint.  I'm pretty sure I used Black Soot, but it could have been Ground Espresso.  

 Once that has dried, add in your brighter rusty colours.  Usually I use a yellow, orange, and a red combination. Any of these work well; Rusty Hinge, Crackling Campfire, Ripe Persimmon for an orange shade first, Fossilized Amber for a yellow next and a light application of Candied Apple, or Fired brick for red tones.  In this set, I used a blue/green paint to match the embossed background. For those coloured layers, I just dry brush or even dab with my finger as you just want to add colour to the raised grit areas and the flat areas, I dry brush.  At this time I also added a bit of grit paste to the clip on the clipboard and painted those areas in the same way.  After this has dried, you can re-attach the clip.

For my 'Gent', I used Mixed Media Heavystock that was coloured with Distress Oxide sprays and inks and Distress Sprays and Inks. The Umbrella panels were die-cut from Tim Holtz Abandoned paper(94022).

Before adhering the gears and gent, I added a few bits of Ephemera (Field Notes TH94051).  Add your gears, Gent, and umbrella, using adhesive foam dots where you would like the piece to be raised.
A Tim Holtz Machinery Head (TH94038) was added to the large gear and you're done!

Hope all of you Tim Holtz enthusiasts are enjoying watching Tim's Saturday YouTube  lives!  He has so many tips and techniques he shares.  This Saturday(February 27th) will be his Idea-ology Live Release, where he shares all his new products and the projects from his makers.  I am very honoured to be asked to create for this, can't wait to see what everyone else has created!  Hope you join in the fun!

Thanks so much for visiting here!
Until next time,

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