Saturday, June 3, 2017

Saturday Step by Step - Salvaged

Hello friends and welcome, Zoe here and I'm delighted to be hosting this Saturday step by step. A year ago today my dear husband and I arrived in Copenhagen to begin our new adventure by the sea. I thought it was very fitting to create a card using Tim Holtz new Sea Life stamp set.
Here's how...

 (click on each set of images for a closer look)

Step 1: Pick up picket fence distress paint with a brayer and roll onto background stamps from the Etcetera stamp set by Tim Holtz.
Step 2: Stamp onto distress mixed media heavystock and set aside to dry.
Step 3: Squeeze stormy sky and frayed burlap distress stains onto a non stick craft sheet. Spritz the heavystock with water and pull through the stains. Dry with a heat tool.
Step 4: Blend vintage photo distress ink into the edges.

Step 5: Randomly stamp background stamps from the Etcetera set with watering can archival ink by Wendy Vecchi.
Step 6: Die cut numbers from the stencil numbers thinlits die set by Tim Holtz.
Step 7: Stitch the edges of the background with a sewing machine.
Step 8: Swipe the edges of the background and the stitching with potting soil archival ink by Wendy Vecchi.

Step 9: Die cut 4 x frames from mixed media heavystock and 1x from classic kraft stock with the stitched rectangles thinlits die set.
Step 10: Stick the frames on top of each other and adhere with collage matte medium, mounting the black frame on the very top.
Step 11: Using a sanding grip, sand the top of the frame exposing the kraft core.
Step 12: Blend in vintage photo distress ink.

Step 13: Adhere the frame over the background and a piece of black clasic kraft stock under the die cut numbers to make them pop.

Step 14: Using the new Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, (yes I have used others and yes this is by far the best and easiest I have used) I LOVE IT!
Step 15: Position your stamp on top of the heavystock and press the lid down.
Step 16: Open the lid and ink up the stamp and close the lid again to stamp.
Step 17: Remove your perfectly placed, perfectly stamped image! No fuss, no waste!

Step 18: Scribble rusty hinge distress marker onto a non stick craft sheet, spritz with water and pick up with a paintbrush to watercolour.
Step 19: Repeat the previous step using faded jeans distress marker to watercolour other parts of the octopus.
Step 20: Scribble some more faded jeans distress marker onto a craft sheet and spritz generously with water, pick up with a brush and create a wash for the background.
Step 21: One final spritz of water over the heavystock surface and blend with a brush.

Step 22: Stamp and fussy cut an octopus and use as a mask. Ink a background stamp from the Etcetera stamp set by Tim Holtz and stamp over the background, making sure the mask doesn't move.
Step 23:  Remove the mask. (I usually use mask sheets by Tim Holtz and then store them on the top of the stamp set, but I can't lay my hands on them so I used scrap paper.)
Step 24: Edge with potting soil archival ink.
Step 25: Mount the octopus onto a gold deco sheet and then onto black classic kraft stock.

Step 26: Mount over the die cut frame with 3D foam. Now it's ready for embellishments...

Step 27: Alter an idea-ology adornment index clip by dabbing on mushroom alcohol ink and then potting soil archival ink. Add a number remnant rub from the special delivery set.

Step 28: Alter an idea-ology quote chip by dabbing on mushroom alcohol ink. Run a sanding grip lightly over the top to further age and scratch. Edge with potting soil archival ink. Adhere with collage matte medium.

I hope you have enjoyed the step by step. Be sure to pop over and take a look at the current 'Something Old' challenge.

Have a great weekend.


  1. Quite simply awesome! I LOVE the way you've layered the octopus on the distress background and used framing to such effect. Thank you for sharing xx

  2. Fabulous i love it and i have the stamp set too ;) xx

  3. So awesome Zoe! Another masterpiece my friend :-)

  4. This is amazing Zoe! Your pieces always inspire me. TFS!

  5. Oh ZOE!!! How have I missed you!! I cannot even begin to tell you. Thank you for this amazing step by step!!
    This is exactly what I needed to help me think!!
    I am doing ICAD and you have given me things to think on!!
    Love and hugs,
    Liz Walters
    Prescott, AZ

  6. This is wonderful Zoe! I am also doing ICAD and today's prompt is "Vintage", so I thought I'd pop over to your lesson for inspiration. I am definitely inspired! Beautiful work.

  7. Wonderful tutorial, Zoe! And your finished project is gorgeous with it's vintage/grunge vibe! Thank you for sharing your techniques!

  8. Zoe, I always love the harmony I find in your gorgeous creations. The tutorial is fabulous, but what I love the most is the clever way that you used that frame! So effective.

  9. Amazing piece of art! Love this!

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