Monday, February 9, 2015

Valentines Shrine - #21 Rock Candy Glitter Compendium of Curiosities iii Challenge and Feb. Tim Holtz Tag

I am participating in Challenge 21 of the Compendium of Curiosities iii Challenge on the Studio L3 blog by Linda Ledbetter. For Challenge 21 we are using the distress rock candy glitter technique as found on page 55 of Compendium of Curiosities 3 by Tim Holtz. Challenge 21 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who will provide a $50 shopping spree for the winner of the challenge, with more prizes courtesy of Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for the fabulous Curiosity Crew's choice winner!

Combined Projects
Before starting this challenge, I was really liking the February Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 collage background technique! I decided to use the collage background for my Compendium of Curiosities iii Challenge project along with the distress rock candy glitter technique!  So I combined the two projects!

Old World and Vintage
I wanted to make something old-world architectural so I stuccoed my rock candy glitter panel to the background with crackle paste. For the background I followed the February Tim Holtz tag almost exactly using Tim Holtz Ephemera.

The Shrine Panel
Here is a close up of the Rock Candy Glitter Technique on the shrine red/pink panel background. To find out how to accomplish this you have to read page 55 of Compendium of Curiosities by Tim Holtz.

All I can say is I started out with this.

The Heart
I can tell you about the heart as it doesn't use the Rock Candy Distress Glitter technique. It's just a thick foam heart. I cut the edges of the foam heart with scissors to make it look carved then painted it white. I stamped it with black archival ink. Then I used distress stain and paint to antique the heart. The cherub is a resin doll head painted with alcohol ink and antiqued with paint.

Background Embellishments
Here are some of the embellishments. The arrow and heart charm is from the February Tim Holtz tag.

I used a Tim Holtz Industrial Frame Sticker. Instead of a felt heart I created a heart cut out of 2 sections of lace. I created a patina on the crown charm with distress paint.

This 14 charm is a metal jewelry finding that I added a paint patina to. For the number 14 I used plastic clock face numbers. I put gold stickles into the little gem cups on the jewelry finding.

This "V" (for Valentine and Vic) embellishment is a jewelry charm along with a paper rose in a tussie mussie jewelry finding. I like how the charm looks like a wax seal. There is a chit-chat sticker and some lace and burlap ribbon.

Here's a side-view of the Tussie Mussie so you can see the dimensional objects and the crackle paste stucco. I made the chain tassel out of jewelry supplies.

I used a Tim Holtz clock key on the side of the tomb panel. There is a small glass bottle that I decorated with a round brad that I cut the top off of and glued onto the bottle. I filled the bottle with some glitter.

Here's top view so you can see the dimensional objects better.

All Framed
I had a lot of fun making this old world project. I like the combination of old world and the new vintage like the old cathedrals I visited once on a trip. There were many layers of history as the old and new were combined over the years. I decided to frame it so I can hang it up. All of the elements are symbolic to me in some way and tell a story. I could tell you my story, but it's better for you to find your own story in the project. =)

Fueled by your projects
Thanks to Tim Holtz for the awesome collage background and embellishments from the February tag tutorial! Since I have been participating in the Compendium of Curiosities iii Challenge, I am delighted now to have taken the time to create many interesting projects practicing so many different techniques! Thanks to all of you who have inspired me to keep going when I can't think of anything to make or when I'm just too pooped to be creative!!! I see your projects and they give me the will to keep on!

Eat some chocolate
Now go eat some Chocolate in honor of Valentines Day! The first rule of Valentines Day is to love who you are and eat some chocolate! Only then are you free to share!


  1. Wow! Vic! Gorgeous collage. I'll be back to your blog to continue checking out every element. Nice work with Tim's technique, it makes a great layer for your work. I especially love how you've woven meaning into each bit. It's a work of (he)art. ;-)

  2. Beautiful work Vic! So rich and full of interest. Love it! Karen.x

  3. I really like this project. The dimension is so cool. It makes me want to touch it! My favorite part is the clock key. I want to wind it and see your creation "go." The jewelry elements are really cool too. Thanks for inspiring me to make stuff!

  4. So many layers... love them, especially how you did #14. Thanks for sharing this with us at CC3C!

  5. *thud* yep, that was the sound of my jaw dropping, wow such a lot of work and like Marjie said, so many layers... thank you for joining in and sharing this fabby piece of art with us hun... bravo! x

  6. You wanted to make something old world architectural and you did a fabulous job of it! This is such a cool many wonderful layers of gorgeousness. I love detail and dimension so obviously, I was really drawn to your piece when I saw the thumbnail of it. Thank you so much for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  7. Stunning make! I love all your layers and texture - I am off to check out page 55! xx Lynn


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