The base layer is a folded piece of Kraft card with a small spine to give room for the pocket. I am lucky enough to have some A3 Kraftcard which was just the right size, but you could easily create a spine with a separate piece of card. However, for this post I will concentrate on how I built up the main part.
I started with a piece of square Manila card stock and inked all around the edges with a mix of Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
When the texture paste had dried, I added some colour with three different colours of Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Weather Wood and Frayed Burlap. I used a brush, my fingers and most importantly a baby wipe and a water spritzer to blend the colours until I was happy with the effect.
Time to slowly start to build up further layers:
So far so good on the background, - now to the collage:
Most importantly, a vocal image, this could be a stamp, a photo or whatever you choose. For the front of my piece I decided to use the sweet girl from the Found Relatives and then I collected various bits and pieces, some tickets, stamped and fussy cut images, some bits of various paper stashes etc. I inked and coloured them to fit in with my overall colour theme:
Before committing to anything definite, it is always a good idea to play around a bit and see how things might work out, below is a picture where I am just playing like that, as you will see, there will be various changes still along the way...
- vertical and horizontal lines
- arranging elements so the eye can move easily around the page
- balance between darker and lighter elements etc.
Right, time to start gluing down, I always like to have my vocal image with some layers behind and some on top, so this is what I landed up with first of all:
I know, - no collage Tim Holtz style is quite complete without some Ideaology, so in the end I land up with this:
Are you still with me? Onto the inside of the card, I'll go a bit quicker this time round as this post is pretty endless already.
A basic sideways pocket created with bits from the French Industrial paper stash. As you can see, I stitched both the front and the back to the base card with some messy stitching.
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Now all that is left to do is the tag:
So here you can see the tag in the pocket:
All the principles of this tutorial can be followed on both large and small projects, so why not join in our ATC challenge and give it a go?.
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