Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My First Acrylic Album

Are you sick of hearing what a HUGE fan of Tim Holtz I am yet? The other company I absolutely LOVE is Close to My Heart. So, when I set down to figure out what to do with the pics and memorabilia from my Tim class, it seemed only natural to combine the two and work on this awesome album. This is the first time I have played with an acrylic album and I ABSOLUTELY heart it huge!

The book is 14.95 from CTMH. The paper and ribbons are from the Silhouette collection (level 2 kit is 12.95 and ribbons are 9.95 for 6 different patterns). Rub Ons are part of a collection of 3 6x12 sheets. You get 1 each of white, brown and black for 9.95. (Plus shipping and handling on all)

Without further ado:

(The Grunge Girl is hand written, I stole a tip from Tresa Black's blog and printed it off using the the Deja Vu font from the CTMH font disk. Then, I used a permapaque marker by Sakura and copied over it since the book is clear! How cool is that?!)

The White Rub on is CTMH as is the paper (I love the Silhouette collection), Bazzill black flower with a CTMH Just Bloom with liquid glass covered in microbeads over that)

Open to second page:

Okay, this is SO my new favourite alkie ink combo! On the acrylic IRL it looks like a mica piece! It is slate, silver, ginger and caramel mixed together. Heat set carefully (remember you are blowing hot air on can melt) and then the pic is from the post card Stamplistic sent out announcing Tim coming (thanks for this Khrystie!)

Third page:

Just wouldn't be a grunge class book without a page made of grunge would it? Just a sheet of striped grunge I trimmed to size, then I painted it with black acrylic paint. Sanded it and then rubbed over it with a silver metallic cat's eye ink (yeah, don't do that....I wasn't willing to be patient and wait for my silver dauber. My ink is in pieces now. Then I wiped it all down so that the ink was subtle.

Page 4-5

The back of the grunge page, painted black and sprayed with copper glimmer mist. The blurb is copied from Tim's blog about the class. And then Tim (didn't catch him at the best second obviously) showing off the distress stickles. Cannot wait to get my hands on these! Another CTMH rubon as well.

Page 6 and overview of the next several pages

I also cut up the sheet he gave us with the how tos on the different ways to distress. This is one, along with a leftover strip from the previous grunge page. Once I get the rest of the stuff I ordered I'll do the technique on the strip.

Tag page:

My all time favourite Nietszche quote and it works in nicely.

Page 8:

My ink stained fingers after class

Page 9:

So, you could see the adhesive along with writing from the printer on the photo. This is what I came up with to disguise it. Just freehanded in some doodling with the permapaque marker again.

Page 10

Another technique and piece of grunge to be finished.

Page 11-12

Tim and assistant during class and my finished project

Page 13-14

Another technique and a piece of grunge waiting to be inked and distressed and the photo of the adage tag book Tim signed for me and the bag we got.

Back cover:

Which is not too darn exciting, but I just found some great felt ribbon in my stash and I will be adding a couple stamps.

But, my camera battery just died on me. I also need to add ribbon to the binder the heck did I forget that?!


  1. Way cool Album. On the page that looks like gold, is that heat embossing?


  3. Lissa:

    Are you kidding me? I never knew you had such talent! You need to be submitting artwork to CTMH! Your stuff is FAB!

    Tina Sutton

  4. Love it Lissa! The hand is way cool. Where do you get those markers from. Will sharpies work the same. Now I gotta get my sweaty hands on some of them! Love the whole album though, awesome job!