Recycled And Cracked For Creative Expresssions

Time for a proper bit of vintage for my Creative Expressions DT make this week. Well, I don’t know, maybe it isn’t that vintage-y but it does have a crackle effect layer and some distressing so that must count towards the vintage-ness of today’s offering right?

And of course the vintage-style stamps from the Umount Antique Dressform stamp set also help don’t they? There is a little bit of book page collage going on but would you believe that the tag and the crackle layer are all made from a cereal box? Oh yeah! They certainly are – Mmm… knew I should have photographed the back so that you could see.

Ok enough of this week’s recycling news and on with the make itself. Well the colours are all from the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stains range, mainly because they are the only items that I can get to at the moment. My workspace is in a kind of limbo state and has been for a few months now. I spend most of my time climbing over things to get to other things. 

I’ve used my two favourite colours of stains – Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade – and the vintage tints come from Gathered Twigs

I have to admit that I would not have picked the Gathered Twigs colour if it hadn’t had been for stock availability issues and a demo I was doing. My usual inclination is towards bright colours and not so much towards the Earth Tones, well other than the Ranger Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain in the distress range which I usually use a lot when distressing, if I can get to them!

But I am really glad I now have Gathered Twigs stain in my collection, it has turned out to be a really useful colour to have as you can see. Not only did I use it to distress the tag, but it is also the colour I used in the cracks of the crackle layer.

The crackles come from a layer of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint – Rock Candy over the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade painted die-cut label. Then when the paint was dry I sponged on some of the Gathered Twigs Stain and let it seep into the cracks.

All the stamping was done on cartridge paper with the Ranger Archival Coffee Ink Pad.

Not bad for an old cereal box!

Thanks for popping by.


Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Lovely piece Kim, love the touches of book pages and the colour is fab and so is the amazing crackle. Tracy x x

  2. butterfly

    Wow – that crackled panel is just stunning – and I love the book text strips in the background – beautiful!
    Alison x

  3. Lucy Edmondson

    This is lovely, Kim. Love that turquoise crackle!

    Lucy x

  4. Brenda Brown

    Love the texture and visual appeal of the crackled layer. A beautiful tag Kim xx

  5. coops

    so stunning kim.i love the dressform and your crackled backing is fantastic 😀

    xx coops xx

  6. Cazzy

    Amazing and saving the planet.
    Cazzy x

  7. Angela Radford

    Love this Kim, it's just gorgeous.
    Your choice of colours is very special, thank you for allowing us to share it with you, Angela x

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