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Friday 16 October 2020

Numbers Tutorial

Hi everyone, Annie here to share  the tutorial for my 'Numbers' Shadowbox, using Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Trays. I really did enjoy creating this home decor piece and as there are lots of pics you may wish to grab a cuppa of your choice x

Believe it or not my first thought was to create a project using Tim's Artful Dwellings, however, as often happens, another idea  came in to my head, taking me in a very different direction.

Below you can see many of Tim's products, including his Distressable Papers that I found whilst having a  craft room clean out several months ago !! These papers, together with Tim's Distressable books ,were purchased many years ago (possibly 16 years or more !)


The distressable paper was cut to fit the inside of the small vignette tray then stencilled using gold texture paste as seen below.

While the texture paste was drying I applied some colour to the chipboard doll using Distress Marker's.
The butterfly below is a Tim Holtz Sizzix die and once cut it was placed in a Bingo Ticket embossing folder prior to running it through my Bigshot.
Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks were applied to the butterfly and I just love the bold colour on the numbers.
Tim's Idea-ology pieces were covered with Speckled Egg paint, which I applied with my fingers
Crackling Campfire and Speckled Egg Distress Inks were applied to the background paper, together with  Vintage Photo. Water was spritzed on to my hand and then flicked on to the paper too.  Numbers were applied to Tim's  Idea-Ology Film Strip  and dominoes from my stash were adhered together, creating a platform for the Chipboard Doll.
Some close ups:
The die below enabled me to create  some bunting to which I applied rub ons.

The timepiece was given a wash of Speckled Egg and Picket Fence Distress Paints,  both paints applied with my fingers.
Below is the bunting and rub ons
Another pic of the finished make x

Thank You so much for dropping in and I hope that you have enjoyed the tutorial and maybe even be inspired to create something for the 'Numbers' challenge, which runs until 5th November @ 18:00 hrs. 

Would be lovely to have you hop on board with us x 

Have a great weekend and Happy Crafting

Annie xx


  1. What a brilliant way to make use of all those ancient (!) goodies unearthed from your stash. I love the distressable paper with those golden crackled numbers over it, and it makes the perfect background for your numerical little girl. The bunting is a wonderful touch... great tutorial for this fabulous little shadow box.
    Alison x

  2. Loved seeing and reading how your fabulous 'numbers' shadow box came together, Annie. Such a wonderful way to bring all those terrific number themed elements together in total harmony. Love this Annie - tfs.

    Have a lovely weekend
    A x

  3. Oh Annie, this was such a fab project and this is a brilliant tutorial! Love the Distressable paper, never even heard of that, and the gold numbers really make it pop there in the background. The numbered wings are such a brilliant touch too as are those dominoes, - genius, really. And it all came together beautifully, absolutely love this vignette box!!

  4. This is so very cool! Thank you for visiting my blog!