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Friday, 9 January 2015

A Vintage Journey - Use A Portrait

I know that Christmas is now a distant memory but it is still winter and I love the Found Relative portrait of the boy with skates, so I have used him in my piece for S@ndy's wonderful challenge at A Vintage Journey - Use a Portrait.

The piece is quite dimensional, I wanted to create a proper frame that would stand up.  I used Tim Holtz's Pocket Watch Frame die for the base and cut several more but adding the Sized Circle die to the middle so that it created an actual frame that I could glue to the base.

The layers were stacked up, glued and I covered the whole of the frame with Gesso and then a layer of  Picket Fence Crackle Paint.  Once the paint was dry I sprayed the parts with Broken China Distress Spray Stain.  I brushed it lightly to ensure it that the stain got into all the cracks.

The snowflake was made using Tim Holtz's new Stacked Snowflake die.  These were coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  I added a gum drop which had been coloured with Alcohol Ink.

After mounting the Found Relative card I added a layer of acetate and rubbed some Christmas Remnant Rub snowflakes.  I also added my favourite embellishment from Tim's last release, the fabulous Idea-ology vintage Ice Skates.

I did add lots of layers to the frame and to finish off the edge I cut a piece of card to 1/2", gave it the same treatment as the rest of the frame and (painstakingly) glued it all around the edge to give a neater finish.    Tim's Easel die was a little too big for the stand so I just folded some extra thick card and made a little stand.  The finishing touch was an Idea-ology snowflake which had been dabbed with Picket fence Distress Paint.

We hope you come and join us at A Vintage Journey for this latest challenge and please do pop over and see what my talented team mates have created - you will not be disappointed!

As always, our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 Voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  With all the fabulous goodies that Tim has been introducing to us this week who wouldn't want another £10 to spend!

Edited:  I would like to enter this piece into the lovely Darnell's NBUS challenge which you can find HERE.   Darnell is a very talented and generous lady and is offering 10, yes 10 $25 gift vouchers in prizes for randomly selected individuals!  How fabulous is that!  If you have not visited Darnell's blog before, please do so, you will feel uplifted after reading her always amusing posts!

Thanks for looking and a special thank you to all of those who leave a comment, each one is much appreciated!  Hugs, Anne xx

39 comments:

  1. Wow Anne! I can't believe how thick you made this pocket watch! Love the light blue crackle - it truly makes it seem 'shivery' with the cold snowflakes! The skates are the perfect adornment for this wonderful vintage skater photo!

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  2. Seriously amazing Anne! I love it! I just ordered this Pocket Watch too. I'm thrilled to see you using it. Love all the texture. Skates are soooo cute too!

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  3. Love your pocket watch picture frame Anne. You have given it a real wintery look with the crackle paint, it looks just like a layer of ice crystals.I like how you added the rub on snowflakes to the acetate and the stacked snowflake embellishment too.Hugs Lottie x

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  4. This is stunning Anne. Such a beautiful image and way you have used the Pocket Watch frame showcases it perfectly. The colours and detailing are gorgeous, I especially love the tiny vintage ice-skate.
    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog yesterday, it means so much to me.
    hugs Sue xx

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  5. Your frame is spot on for a winter freeze look. Having never been in snow myself, this makes me feel the cold with the flakes and the colours. I particularly love the chain holding the snowflake which links to the metal of the skates at the bottom, such a well balanced and beautiful project!

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  6. So clever of you Anne. This piece of work is wonderful, Such a clever use of the pocket watch using it this way, Love the colours you have used. its such a lovely project, x

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  7. This is utterly gorgeous Anne. I love the dimensional pocket watch frame, the fabulous crackle effects and the clever way you have edged it to finish it off. This is a perfect way to display a winter themed portrait. xxx

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  8. Anne this is beautiful. What a super project and those skate are just so cute.
    Toni xx

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  9. Love your gorgeous winter themed portrait Anne! The pocket watch and how you used it to frame that lovely young man looks fantastic. I am ready for Spring, but I still love wintry projects and this one is stunning!

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  10. This is just adorable Anne .... Love how you've made the frame, and the wintery look is fab. Have a great weekend .....hugs Linda xx

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  11. You've done it again! Another wonderfully inventive 3d piece. Perfect crackle and colours...but the skates, just too cute..they are on my list now. Gorgeous project Anne. Ruth x

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  12. Fantastic Anne! What a wonderful idea for a frame and I love the frosty icy look of the blue crackle finish! The snowflake charm and skates are such great details! Another amazing project that I adore! hugs and smiles :)

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  13. What a fantastic pocket watch frame you've created - sparklingly frosty and with the perfect embellishments for the photo... just love the skates and the skates!!
    Alison xx

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  14. A brilliant project with the icy crackle effect and the ice skates. I'm off to see if I can find a portrait can I can join in !! Elaine x

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  15. Just love the versatility with this die and what a great idea to have a 3d frame, love the chilly frosty feel and the ice skates.
    Julie x

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  16. To the lady who loves and has everything TH! Wonderful make Anne - love those skates!
    Christmas seems to have come and gone all too quickly. But the world keeps turning and sometimes not too pleasantly. We have been watching the drama unfold in France. I am sure world leaders are watching too.
    See you later sweet friend!
    Sandy xx

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  17. Oh, man. Annie, every time you post, I just stare wide-eyed and my tense shoulders (from typing) relax and I just melt. Every time I say "this" is my favorite because each one seems better, in the moment, than the one before!! I don't seriously know how you do it! Do you lay awake at night thinking of these incredible 3D creations?? You are a ROCK STAR in my world!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  18. Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said?! I 'ditto' all the above wonderful words and compliments. You are a true artist. ((hugs))
    I have been following Tim's sneak peaks and man oh man there are so many 'must haves' aren't there. I'm looking forward to watching some demos. xox

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  19. Oh! My! Word! Anne,
    I just LOVE your interpretation of the ask. Brilliant project
    Have a great weekend

    Patricia x

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  20. Blogger not behaving so I hope this third one takes!
    Stunningly crisp and frosty Anne. Your design is amazing and it's fabulous how you have propped the watch. Love those sharp stacked snowflakes and the rubons on the acetate are brilliant. Superbly cool make!!!. Nicola x

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  21. What a fabulous make Anne, love the frosty blue & the snowflakes..now I have the book I aim to enter this time! Hugs Carole Z xx

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  22. Wow Anne! I am amazed how deep you got that pocket watch! I love the colours and the frosty feel and those skates are just amazing - I must have missed those! Love it! Jennie x

    PS Sorry for late comment - we have had lots of power cuts!

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  23. Love the icy colours Anne, the picture is showcased perfectly inside the pocket watch frame, love it x x x

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  24. Firstly wow... I love this as a frame and what you've done, the crackle is just divine, along with the crisp, cool wintery feel it gives. Secondly, I'm so glad I bought this die before Christmas in the CVC sale. This was the reason why I wanted it, to do a frame. Thank you for more inspiration, you've made me want to pull it out and try right away xxx

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  25. This skater boy looks so at home in his pocket watch frame surrounded as he is by beautiful snowflakes. Jenny x

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  26. This is just brilliant, with those adorable metal skates as embellies. I always enjoy reading your creative journey nearly as much as I love seeing your final result. The way you approach the project, thinking of how to use your supplies to create the piece, just astounds me. And then your skill at following through to the last finishing detail (gluing on the round trim would have had me in fits!). What a terrific use of the 'old photo' to display it in the watch stand! WTGo. Stay warm. Off to see the earlier post that I missed. TFS & Hugs

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  27. This is so cute and I love the photo, matching skates. I love the crackle and color so pretty and this was a perfect frame to use for the theme. Great job and I love it!
    Hugs Kelly

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  28. A fabulous crackle frame to highlight the photo. I love the texture and this icy colour.

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  29. Love the icy blues and frosty snowflake on your pocket watch Anne, perfect for framing this image. Mo x

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  30. Hi Anne! I'm sorry I haven't been by lately :( I think all of the end of year/first of the year excitement had me a bit frazzled, but I've gotten myself under control now ;) :) -maybe :)
    This pocket watch creation is super darling!! And yes--it is still winter!! We're covered in icy snow here and our local ice rinks (lakes/ponds) are finally freezing over for ice skating!! This young gent would certainly be invited to bring his skates over for a twirl or two :) Just darling and a wonderful inspiration project for AVJ :)
    XOXO-Shari

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  31. Precious!!! Love the image inside too, and great idea adding the skate pieces! LOVE the white!!!

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  32. What an amazing frame you have created for such a lovely portrait
    Love the winter skater and the lovely embellishments

    Jools x

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  33. You captured a frosty appearance and didn't you pick the most perfect image to work with. The skates are a sweet addition.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  34. Winter can stick around for a few more months and this is just gorgeous! I love the pocket watch crackled and just perfect for framing the young lad! Hugs!

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  35. So creative Anne! I love that your watch stands up, the crackle is gorgeous but those tiny skates are divine!
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  36. I love this pocket watch frame you've made, especially that icy blue crackled finish you put on it! That die is going on my list!

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  37. Love all the different elements to the frame Anne such a sophisticated make.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  38. Great use of the Pocket Watch Die and thanks for sharing how you made it stand up. I simply love the way you have used the remnant rubs as well. I appreciate your participation in this challenge.

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  39. I'm popping back to thank you, Annie, for editing your post and linking your stunning creation to my NBUS Challenge #3! Thank you, too, for your very kind compliments!! MWAH! Darnell xxoo

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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