Friday, 3 October 2014

Heavy Metal

Happy Friday everyone! Today we launch a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey and the theme this time is chosen by the wonderful Terry. She has chosen 'Heavy Metal' - to use any metallic product - be it foil tape, metal embellishments or paints and sprays in your Tim Holtz inspired creation.

I adore how Tim has shown us to use foil tape sheets in a variety of ways and have combined the use of alcohol inks and distress paints on my embossed foil to create this little piece. The frame was cut using his postage stamp and rectangle and then embossed. I then partly coloured randomly with black soot distress paint and once dry added my alcohol ink to the other areas. I also lightly sanded the surface to reveal a bit more metal.

My flowers were created in a similar way using a combination of Tim's tattered florals die and stampin up punches to create my layers. They were shaped and a stained pearl added to the centre.

For my background I embossed a piece of black card and then lightly inked over with a blue, chalk ink pad. I then took one of Tim's ideology pieces and coloured it in the same way as the metal foil before adding a remnant rub to some plain foil tape.

I used some glue gel to create a little space between my frame and base card to create a shadow box effect and also to add the flowers as I wanted to create additional dimension.

I hope you like it - do pay a visit to A Vintage Journey where you will find heaps more inspiration from the team.

I would like to enter this into:
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything but a card

Thanks for looking


  1. Simply fantastic Nikki - I just love the touches of blue on the Heavy Metal. The flowers in the corner are so well done as is the entire piece.

  2. Stunning Nikki-everything about it is wonderful

    Love Chrissie x

  3. You have managed to create something which looks grungy on the one hand but very beautiful and elegant on the other - how clever is that! I love this beautiful creation Nikki. Anne x

  4. I agree with Anne this is an elegant piece with a real grunge feel to it. Fab Nikki. And I do love those flowers.
    Have a great weekend, Julie x

  5. Wonderful frame and bookplate centre piece Nikki, everything ties in wonderfully with each other as well as the challenge theme, you certainly went heavy metal with this gorgeous creation. Love it.
    Have an enjoyable weekend.
    hugs Brenda xx

  6. Just gorgeous Nikki! Your metal all looks so real! Love the textures and your flowers are to die! Happy weekend! hugs :)

  7. Nikki, this is really great inspiration for Heavy metal challenge. Love the frame and flowers!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  8. What a gorgeous framed project, Nikki! Love the metal postage frame and that embossed background is so rich! Finishing off with the beautiful floral corner is incredible! Wonderful Heavy Metal! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Hi Nikki :-) .....great minds think alike eh!!!!!! Like you I love the postage stamp die and i love your fabulous frame and background. Great idea to use the ornate frame in the centre it looks so good and I love the florals

    Have a great weekend
    Annie x

  10. Such a wonderful creation, great texture and heavy metal look.

  11. Fabulous make Nikki, great textures on the metal and I love the way you finished it, wonderful make!

  12. Wonderful metallic look Nikki,you have made such a fab creation always of course :)

    Have a great weekend

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  13. Awesome metal details its a super project.

  14. So beautiful - cool ice like blue diamonds.
    Sandy xx

  15. Amazing colour and metallics, the rivet frame is stunning love that total distressed look and fabulous flower

    Love it!

    Jools x

  16. Dramatic, elegant yet grungy - that's quite a feat to achieve Nikki and you've nailed it here. Jenny x

  17. Wonderful colors on this Nikki! love that embossed frame and beautiful bloom!

  18. Love those colors! Thanks for joining us at DCD this week for our Anything Goes Challenge
    DCD Co-Host and Sponsor Coordinator

  19. Awesome! What fab colours, so original and this piece! Ruth x

  20. This is so cool, Nikki - love the frame and the finish on the ornate plate. Fab!
    Alison xx

  21. I love this and so looks like metal hun - ​Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month and hope to see you in future challenges.
    Hugz and love Elaine aka Ellapu​

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  22. Wow, just love your project...the colour palette is fabulous....
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x


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