Friday, May 6, 2011

you hold the key

Hi my friends. It's time for another grungy Monday, celebrating the techniques and products of Tim Holtz. I've had two weeks to do this one and I'm almost down to the wire. I couldn't decide what I wanted to put in the opening, so I didn't start until Thursday. But, I finally got it finished. You can play along each week. Just check out Linda Ledbetter's blog, StudioL3, each Monday for the new challenge.

The deets for this week's challenge can be found here. I stamped some swirls from Pollen Dust (Fancy Pants) with vintage photo distress ink on the background paper, which is from my stash.

I'm not sure why this looks blue. The background paper is more greenish. The joys of my lack of photography skills.

The keys are some from my dad's old collection. I made the flower with the tattered florals die, using 2 of each flower. The cardstock started out white, but I swiped the ink pad over it before die cutting. Then I spritzed the flowers with water, crumbled them up and then uncrumbled them, stacked them and put them together with a brad. Then I played with the petals to get them shaped how I wanted them. The center is chocolate cardstock with glossy accents on it. (It looks like a small m&m - *grin*)

The butterflies were colored the same way as the flower. After die cutting, I stamped them with various background stamps.

The leaves and flourishes were die cut from some green paper from a Sizzix stack. I folded the leaves and ran them through my crimper and then added some vintage photo ink. I rubbed some diamonds stickles on the flowers, leaves and butterflies with my finger, since I wanted just a tiny bit.

The sentiment is computer generated, printed on cardstock, inked with vintage photo and backed with black. I used dimensional tape to pop up the sentiment, flower and butterflies.

I like how this turned out. I think I want to add some sort of hanger, but that can happen later. I'd love to hear what you think of my project. Thanks for stopping by.


B-Jo said...

I ADORE the flower, and I am so glad you said it was with the tattered flowers die, I have that, so how exciting. I recently made some flowers with tissue paper and that die. I also love that the keys were from your dad's collection, much less expensive than buying new keys, although I do like the ones Tim has, as well as the 7 Gypsies and such... Thanks for sharing, I want to create so much, but have been barely dragging along, so it is nice to see other people's work to help me get inspired.

sasa said...

Flower and swirls looks great! Try Adjusting white balance on your camera if you can for better colour.
Sarah at 54

Rachelle said...

Beautiful piece. I love your butterflies.

Starla said...

What a cool way to use your dad's keys!! Love your flower, so much dimension in it!

Marjie K said...

This is great Melody. I love the sentiment and the fact you used your dad's keys makes it all the more special.