Today I want to show you a mixed media collage featuring Heartfelt Creation’s Once Upon A Time Collection. It would make a great Fathers’ Day Gift. The Once Upon A Time Collection features timepieces and is a very versatile collection. There is quite a variety to choose from, and the collection is perfect for a mixed media project (featured today), card making or scrapbook layouts.
Sometimes its difficult to begin a mixed media collage project. I usually begin with a theme (here time/timepieces), and decide whether the project is for a guy or a girl (or both). I look through the “treasures” I’ve collected and pull anything that might fit the theme and then I may go shopping to find a few more elements. I always gather way more than I need — that’s okay, because you don’t know exactly what will fit until you do the project.
For this project, I used a frame that my Sister found at a garage sale (25 cents, yay!). It was a little beat up and needed some restoring using a tinted furniture wax and some Copic markers. With just a little effort (mostly hers – yay for sisters!) it was perfect.
I knew that I wanted to use some of the timepiece elements from several of the Once Upon A Time Collection stamp sets. I stamped them onto ivory cardstock using my Impression Obsession Mega Mount (works great with large stamps), and several colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I like to vary the colors a little to add some interest. I also used the same basic ink colors to distress the edges of the timepiece elements to make them look a little more vintage. I cut the timepiece elements using the Once Upon A Time die that is a part of the collection and my Sizzix Big Shot.
I began to assemble my collage by choosing a background paper. I liked one in the collection — it already looked a little vintage, and was framed nicely. I wasn’t sure if the edges of the frame, etc. were straight, so I fussy cut it out of the center of the 12×12 paper. Then I made a diagonal cut into the frame (be sure to leave the corners intact), and fussy cut the center piece. Both were just a little large for my frame, but I knew I could trim them to fit. I had a vintage lace in the pile (I know, lace for a guy project?? But it worked!) that I used between the background paper and the frame. I distressed all of these (including the lace) using my Tim Holtz Distress inks.
The Tim Holtz pocket watch comes empty, so I used one of the Recollections clock faces and a Tim Holtz game spinner to add a clock face and hands. I thought it would be fun to add “tick tock” to the front glass using the Tim Holtz Label Letters. The Label Letters are just so much fun to add a quick word or two to a project! I distressed a piece of the Linen Ribbon and used it to suspend the watch just slightly off-center on the project.
With the major pieces in place, it was time to begin to arrange some of the smaller elements. I missed having something floral in this project, but thought it would take away from the masculine nature. I used a couple of feathers instead, and I thought they added the missing textures, etc. and a little interest. I selected a few of the time pieces I stamped and placed those on the collage with a couple of timepieces (and parts) that I cut from the piece of cardstock I selected. I added the metal timepiece to the lower right corner, and added traditional corner pieces to the other corners. I used sticky wax to attach most of the elements, and Scor-Tape where I thought the sticky was might not hold. My last element was the clock key — I initially thought I would suspend it from the glass side of the frame, but that didn’t work as well as I anticipated. I found it better to just mount it with all of the other collage pieces. Please see the short video for a look at the Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection, and how I approached the project.
Here are some close-up pictures and the finished project.
This is a fun collection, and there are lots of different projects that can be made with it. It isn’t just a “guy” collection — several pieces incorporate flowers, etc. and would be nice for other projects. I know that you will enjoy using it.
Heartfelt Creations Once Upon A Time Collection — I used a sheet of cardstock from the paper collection; 3 stamp sets (Time Sentiments, Numeral Clocks and Timeless Clock) and the Once Upon A Time die
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Impression Obsession Mega Mount
Tim Holtz Distress Ink — I used Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Wild Honey
Display Frame 5×7 (opening is approximately 4×6) — garage sale find
Tim Holtz Pocket Watch, Timepieces, Clock Keys, Game Spinners, Label Letters, and Linen Ribbon
Prima Engraver Brads
Darice Hemp Twine – brown
Sticky Wax (this is a product sold primarily to hold a candle upright in a candlestick — the packaging will indicate whether it is safe for scrapbooking projects, etc.)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Recollections decorative corners and mini embellishments (clock faces)
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’