Friday, February 7, 2014

"Precious" Altered Clock

Good morning once again fellow crafters!  Kay here with my very first altered clock!  I had so much fun creating this little clock & I chose Authentique's 'Precious' collection to give it that soft & delicate look I wanted since I was planning on using this clock as a frame for one of my son's photos.
As soon as I got the concept for this clock I knew two things--that I wanted texture on it & I wanted something hanging off to the side from it.  Either it be charms or mini photos, ribbons, chains...something!

So I dug through my stash & found several glass fragments by Tim Holtz.  I placed these fragments over a couple of elements from the 'Precious' collection by applying a bit of Glossy Accents to them.  Glossy Accents dries clear & makes for a strong adhesive when applying acrylic items such as these fragments to paper.  Next, I attached all the fragments onto a Tim Holtz swivel clasp with metal jump rings--added a tiny silver teddy bear charm on top & done!
All the flowers plus the die cut butterfly & hot air balloon were made with papers from the 'Precious' collection.  The soft greens, reds, creams & blues of this paper line are excellent for both boy or girl projects. 

NOTE:  If you plan to alter your own clock, my advice is to take this clock apart if planning to paint it or add some kind of texture to it.  I stole--excuse me--'borrowed' some of my husbands tools to unscrew the bells from the top of the clock in order to be able to comfortably apply my mediums.  :-)

To give the clock surface it's texture I first primed it with gesso.  When dry I applied a heavy coat of texture paint.  Finally, I gave it a bit of color by randomly applying a light blue paint by Shimmerz with a medium sized paint brush & I finalized it all by sealing it with a glossy sealant.  In person, this clock has a shimmery almost frosty looking surface.
To create this large flower I used three different kinds of paper.  I used acrylic, vellum & designer paper.  You can use different elements in one flower to give it a different look & design.  Personally, I love incorporating layers of acrylic into my flowers.   
To make these transparent layers stand out more I go around all the edges with a black Sharpie oil-based paint marker.  NOTE: To use markers onto any non-porous surface, you must use a permanent type of marker such as a Sharpie or your image will smear.
Finally I further dress up the border by adding white dots with a white ball point gel pen.  Then just layer your flower with paper, vellum, fabric, burlap etc...& voila!  You have a multi-element flower.

Thanks for stopping by--for those of you in the middle of winter such as me & on their 100th snow storm...stay warm!  Enjoy the rest of the week...

Products Used:
Authentique Paper: Precious Collection, Precious 6x6 Bundle
Paint: Martha Stewart Terra Cotta In White, Shimmerz, Mod Podge Glossy Sealant
Tim Holtz: Clock, Fragments, Tattered Floral Die, Swivel Clasp, Jump Rings, Memo Pins
Ribbon: May Arts
Other:
Mini Wooden Fence, Mini Flocked Bear

4 comments:

  1. i love the vellum, I am trying to get into it more, Thank you for sharing, great idea

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  2. What a pretty frame for the cutie pie you made! Love the advice about the sharpie on the acrylic and even using the acrylic for the flower base.

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  4. Great tip for the acrylic...I love how you did that! Just adorable!

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