Friday, 9 January 2015

A Vintage Journey Challenge- Use a Portrait

A Vintage Journey’s new Challenge- Use a Portrait
Just as it's says, any portrait, any project 

With so many fabulous Vintage Portraits within Tim Holtz product lines I was spoilt for choice
But one of my favourites is the lovely little dog from Tim’s Found Relatives

 I started  by applying modelling paste through Tim’s Latticework stencil to a plain wood frame
Then coloured with Distress Stains, Rusty Hinge, Walnut Stain, Iced Spruce and Stormy Sky

 Finished the edges and sides with distress inks Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain
The internal sides were painted with the same colours

 The inside frame was covered with Distress Crackle Paint Vintage Photo left to dry followed by Weathered Wood and wiped back to show through  the base coat

The edges were distressed with Chipped Sapphire and Walnut Stain

 The outer centre die cut Spellbinders Majestic Elements - Marvellous Squares
applied Metal Magic Blue Marble and and Tim Holtz Distress Powder Tea Dye

The inner one was coloured with Distress Stains, Rusty Hinge and Iced Spruce and then applied DecoArt Media Crackle Glaze and Carbon Black Antiquing cream 

The small Infills were coloured with Iced Spruce Distress Stain and Rusty Hinge

The embellishments are from Tim Holtz Key Holes and Ornate Plates which were highlighted with Perfect Pearls Perfect Bronze
I stamped the birds on a wire from Creative Muse and  coloured with Iced Spruce and Walnut Stain distress ink

Assembled with Glossy Accents

I used a section of one of Tim’s Found Relative cards as my portrait
this little pooch reminds me of a dog I used to walk for a friend of my grandmas called Rusty after his great big spot marking just like photo!

I hope you have enjoyed my project, and hope that you take part in the challenge
for more details and to see all of the fabulous Creative Guides Design Inspiration
please click here

Jools : )


  1. What a beautiful framing within a frame here Jools - love the colors, patterns and textures - your design is wonderful!

  2. Such a beautiful Frame! I loved all of the textures and colors you have use and how nice to have a pet in there!

  3. I love this, and especially using a pet photo :-) Also love your frame treatments - thanks for the step-outs!

  4. A fabulous framed portrait Jools. I love all the textures and layers you have achieved with the different parts of the frame and wonderful colour combination too. A great way to display any precious photo. xxx

  5. Stunning Jools! Great paint and colour effects on the frame and I love what you did with the SB dies! Never has a dog looked so good!

  6. Just gorgeous - love the colours you've used on that beautiful textured frame, and the layered dies look amazing, crackle and all - perfect frames for the adorable dog!
    Alison xx

  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Jools !
    Corrie x

  8. Wonderful frame Jools, I must get some more of Tim's crackle paints. Love your techniques used and finished result.
    Julie x

  9. I love that you chose a dog's portrait, Jools, and he is just that--adorable! Great color palette to age the (now) textured frame. Well done!

  10. Had to jump over here and leave a comment. I love this piece! So interestingly textured and layered. Totally inspiring! TFS! ~Niki

  11. Oh my Jools - just fabulous!! The colours on the outside frame and the crackle are just stunning. Love it! Jennie x

  12. As ever you amaze me with the layers of texture and deep, rich colours which frame the little dog perfectly. Jenny x

  13. Wow! What wonderful textural layers! And love the colors you chose to put it all together for that sweet puppy! Wonderful inspiration!

  14. What a great choice for your photo. So many are pet lovers and this is another way we can showcase them. Your artful additions are just lovely. I appreciate your participation in this challenge.

    Hugs, Sandy xx

  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I just love everything! The textures and colors are fabulous!