Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Worn Covers

Doesn't this sound intriguing?  How about a nice, cuddly blanket to keep you warm on this cool, damp night?  Well think again because it's all about using Tim Holtz's 'Worn Covers' as seen in his book on p. 31.  Which means it's time for another challenge over on Linda Ledbetter's blog!

A few rules to follow but they're easy peasy.  And some from Tim and Mario that will be chosen by the Curiosity Crew and a $50 gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium to a randomly selected winner.

First I taped off the spine's edge and label.   I dry-brushed Old Paper distress paint across the front.  Mustard Seed distress paint was pounced through the Clockwork Stencil on 2 corners.  Texture Paste mixed with Wild Honey distress paint was worked through the Schoolhouse stencil.  Peeled Paint distress ink was smushed through the Speckles stencil.  'One of a kind' (Simple Sayings CS155) and the heart (Artful Things CSS27829) were stamped in Red Geranium archival ink.  Metallic Decor red dots were added to the sentiment to replace the 'o'. Dry-sponge Brushed Corduroy and Frayed burlap distress paints over entire cover. 

Uncover the label.  Run a strip of Terminology tissue wrap through the Xyron; ditto for a piece of white card stock.  Swipe Barn Door distress ink across the tissue wrap.  Using the Alphanumeric Thinlits dies, cut out the words 'tag art' from each.  Because there are repetitions of the letters I was able to cut out both words at the same time!  Haphazardly paint Barn Door distress stain over the white letters; add a touch of brown distress ink to the edges.  Using a black Fude Ball pen and white marker, draw lines indicating shadow and light.  Place the solid letters on the label; offset the tissue wrap letters.  This looks quite dimensional IRL.  Coat with Multi Medium for better adhesion.

A few Botanical Remnant Rubs were strategically placed on the cover.  These were also given a light coat of Multi Medium.  The Industrial Sticker strip was painted with Barn Door distress paint and dried.  Sand lightly; tap Tree Branch and Jet Black archival inks over the strip.  Remove the tape on the spine's edge.  Place a narrow strip of red-line tape for better adhesion.  Add a dab of Multi Medium to each pointy bit; press down firmly.

On the spine I created a 'tag art' stencil.  I pounced on Old Paper, Barn Door and Wild Honey distress paints and again used the black and white pens to create shadow and light.  IRL this looks raised, not flat.

I attached the large binder ring with brads that had been coated with embossing liquid then covered with Chinese Red Antiquities embossing powder.  Sand lightly; tap on Tree Branch and Jet Black archival inks.

Inside are 12 page pockets.  I created my own divider pages using plastic packaging cut to size.  At the bottom of each is the new ShadowPress Months set.  I hope to be able to use this for the 12 Tags of 2015 (please, Tim, keep up the tradition!!!!!!)

I opted to keep the cover rather flat so that I could store it, with others, on my shelf. IRL the yellow in the corners does not stand out at all but is rather muted. 


  1. Love it Susan! Great way to use the worn covers!

  2. Hi Susan. I love your Worn Cover! Your embossed and colorized letters randomly spread on the front look great! I also love the red tinted metallic boarder that you have running the length of the spine. "Tag Art" is a great title for your book and what a great place to store your 12 Tags for 2015 tags! Great idea! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  3. Brilliant art Susan love the red border

  4. Very cool Worn Cover, Susan. You'll "wear this out" in 2015!! I love those Alphanumeric dies, too. Great entry, thanks for sharing! <c <c <3 <c

  5. Funny how the camera distorts colours and intensities! That has happened to me before too. Your cover has come out really well and I like the fact that it is flat and can go on a shelf.

  6. LOVE the use of an album for tag art!!! So cool! Great embossing! Thanks so much for joining us on the Worn Cover Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  7. Awesome worn cover Susan! Love that you made it for your Tim tags!

  8. What a great cover, Susan. Love the way you've stenciled on the cover - it looks like graffiti to me! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C!