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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Moments Are Special

This fortnight, the challenge at Try it on Tuesday is to 'Show Us Your Metal'.  Another great subject as it's so open to interpretation and most of us have something metal in our stash.

My DT piece is a little different from the image on the site as I to confess that I have tweeked it a bit (not sure that's really allowed but needs must!!).  

I had the basic idea of what I wanted to do (which frankly is a rarity for me!!).  I made time last Friday to get myself organised so that I could attend my local crop run by David and Brenda of Craft Obsessions.  I had such a nice day with some really lovely ladies so I hope to try and become a regular attendee (it's my pesky kids & all their sports that get in my way LOL!!).

So, I got my photo blended into the paper and was very happy with how it all came together until I photographed it!!  Aaagh!! Due to the way cameras flatten your work and lose the dimension, coupled with the colours, my piece suddenly looked like Halloween had come early ...  not what I wanted at all.

Too late to change the upload but I decided the best option was to add some softer elements ie flowers to hopefully break the spell.  It definitely looks less halloweeny and I am happy with it as it doesn't have that look in real life.

I used a background paper from the Tim Holtz Lost & Found range and a main paper by 7 Dots Studio.  I dyed my lace using Dylusions sprays and arranged it to peep out around the edges and between the torn areas.  I used distress inks and paints on all the curled areas to highlight them.  The doorways were stamped with a Lost Coast stamp which I tried to line up a little with the background of my photo.  A few drizzles and drips of acrylic ink to add some interest and a bit of lace stamped in the corners finished stage one of my page.  

For stage two, I used light molding paste to blend my photo into the background with either smooth finish or with a brickwork mask.  Once dry, I dry-brushed acrylic paint over the areas until they blended in.

I created my bookplate from grey card which I painted with acrylic paints and rubbed in gilding wax to make it look like a patina.

I painted the lovely railings with acrylic ink and arranged the other elements around the page.

My metal elements are the key (tinted with black and blue alcohol inks), the clock face (caramel and lemonade alcohol inks used on this), a small cog from a pocket watch, the letter charms and the brads on the faux metal bookplate.

Pop over to have a look at some of the other metal projects the TioT Team have come up with and get inspired to delve some metal out from your stash and join in the fun!

Hope to see your take on this challenge.

Have a great week ...



  1. I really adore your LO, Alexa!

    Awesome colour choice and texture!!! Stunning and very inspiring!

    Claudia x

  2. Hi Alexa,
    What a wonderful LO, so much detail and dimension.

  3. I love the way it ended up Alexa - what a lovely idea.
    Hope to see you again soon.

    Brenda x

  4. Love that, the way you have incorporated the photo into the background has worked really well. x

  5. Fabulous Alexa, I just love the way this has come together with all the imagery and texture that fits with the photograph. This has to be one of my most favourite pieces of yours.
    hugs [brenda] x0x

  6. A beautiful scrapbook page. Hugs Bee

  7. Oh Alexa wow wow wow!! When I saw the original picture I didn't quite twig what you had done. It was only after reading your post and viewing the 'revised' version that I realised how gorgeous this was! (The boys would probably hate me to say beautiful but it is in my book). Particularly love that brick masking. Absolutely fantastic page!! Hugs Cindy x

  8. That's a fabulous page, love how you've included the photo.

  9. A fabulous layout, Love how you have blended the photo into the background, and such wonderful details.
    Avril xx

  10. Wow, really cool canvas and all the texture. I love the brick stencil for the stairs, fabulous.
    Hugz, Z

  11. Alexa, this is incredible! That background and the blended photo are amazing! I love all the details! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs!

  12. So completely fantastic how the photo blends into the page... and I love the colours - doesn't look Halloweeny to me!
    Alison x

  13. Have a great week! Thank you for your photo.

  14. totally awesome, love it all!


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