If I remember rightly, I spent much of the making of this not being sure about it, and wondering where the heck it was going, but ended up fairly happy. I hope you like it!
It grew into being a piece about what we hold on to, what we preserve in the face of time's onward march, how we keep hold of memories and mementos... with a play on the words "Keep Time" - about a clock keeping good time, and also how we try to keep hold of time, not letting it run away from us too quickly.
I started with one of the little specimen trays, but did away with the sliding lid...
... or rather, did away with the acetate and glued the extra bit of frame into place.
... and more paint...
I lined the rear wall with one of Calico's large vintage collage sheets. These are amazing - really huge and great quality.
Although I liked the weathered paint all over the frame, I decided to go for a papered exterior, to match the rear wall of the interior.
And I've still got about 2/3 of the sheet left to use!
I added yet more paint, as well as ink and Treasure Gold white fire...
... to create my weathered look on the frame and within the compartments.
I stamped the Kaisercraft Tic Toc texture stamp onto the paper for some extra "time" texture.
I also stamped it onto the large rusty heart using Coffee Archival ink.
I cut out part of the paper to use in the little round frame from my stash, covering it with Glossy Accents and leaving it to dry overnight.
All the embellishments and doodads have had a touch of Treasure Gold in White Fire so that they all tone in with one another.
I put some of the fabulous Steampunk Watch Parts into a tiny corked vial - how's that for another way of "keeping time".
And there's one of Artemio's Oldies Vintage clock faces, gilded with the Treasure Gold. I love the antique-y look that gives it.
On the back of the tray, also papered, stamped, inked and gilded, I decided to add the phrase KEEP TIME.
I cut out letters from the scrabble tiles sheet from the Kaisercraft Timeless Classics collection, stuck them onto card, and inked and gilded them.
Very happy with my homemade scrabble tiles!
I cut the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock out of Grungeboard ready for some hefty treatment.
The joy of Grungeboard is it will take any amount of paint, medium, texturising and inking without falling apart - in fact, it stays completely flexible throughout - amazing stuff.
I patted on some DecoArt texture paste with my finger tips, so that it would have lots of texture to it.
Then it got some paint and some gilding, some more paint, some more gilding and some inking until I was happy with the look.
Everything was glued in place using Glossy Accents...
... and the whole thing got a sealing coat of Studio Extra Time Medium.
(It didn't need to be Extra Time, but I'd run out of all the others!)
A final dusting of White Fire Treasure Gold, and we're done!
I had a wonderful time again with the amazing Calico Crafts goodies. Huge thanks to Helen of Calico Crafts, and the fabulous Louise (a.k.a. Zuzu) who co-ordinates the team, for having me back.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today. I'll see you very soon, somewhere out there in Craftyblogland!
How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?
Ingredients available from Calico Crafts:
Small Wood Specimen Tray with Sliding Lid
Treasure Gold - White Fire
DecoArt Americana - Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Whitewash
DecoArt Weathered Wood Crackle Medium
DecoArt Decorating Paste
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Extra Time Medium
Kaisercraft Tic Toc Texture Stamp
Steampunk Watch Parts
Kaisercraft Timeless Classics paper pad
Artemio Oldies Vintage Style Metal Clocks and Cogs
Tim Holtz Grungeboard
Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears
Tim Holtz Corked Vials
Tim Holtz Trinket Pins
Large Vintage Collage Sheet - Postcards (discontinued, but there are lots of other lovely ones)
Antique Ivory Cotton Crochet Lace
Ranger Glossy Accents
From my stash: Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Weathered Clock Die, various embellishments and doodads