Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A New Cast of Characters

Hi everyone!
I'm excited to be here today sharing a fun project using one of my favorite products, Found Relatives.  Many of you might notice something just a bit different about the pack I'm using today.  Can you figure it out?  
Well, about a year ago we started collecting new pictures to update our cast of characters...15 new cards have been added to the pack of 24!  Of course we kept the lady with the red lips, the boy with his dog and the sailor boy and his sister.  So how do you know if it's a new pack?  It has a new cover (seen below).  If you have a pack of Found Relatives with the lady with red lips, then it is the original pack. 
Here are just a few of the new photos included in the box -
Now on to the project...
I am using a small size Etcetera tag as the base for today's project.  It is 5 1/2 x 10" (three tags come in each package).  I used College Medium to adhere paper from the French Industrial Paper Stash.  I added a thin coat over the top of the paper as well (don't skip this step).
I used the new stencil Crossed, which came out in the Halloween release, but really you could use this one any darn day! Distress Grit-Paste was pulled across the stencil with a palette knife and just like that, great texture!  Now to let it dry.
About 30 minutes later I came back and rubbed the surface with Distress Collage Medium "Vintage".  This creamy goop will add a vintage vibe to any surface.  My one word of warning is that like regular Collage Medium, it dries fast so once you start rubbing it over the surface don't stop. 
I finished off the surface by using my Gathered Twigs Distress Crayon that is part of set 10.  I scribbled it on the edges of the tag, then rubbed it with my finger.  This is one of the reasons I sealed the surface with the Collage Medium at the beginning.  Distress Crayons need a slick surface and a touch of water to move freely.  Sometimes as little as just touching your finger tip on a wet wipe will help move the crayon around.
I love letterpress.
Today I decided to paint the top of the letters Antique Linen Distress Paint.  Once dry, I used the Gathered Twigs to add a bit of grunge to each letter.
Now to start putting everything together...
I covered a large Vignette panel with paper from the Memoranda Paper Stash.  I decided to use this panel because it is the exact same size as the Letterpress word.  A perfect fit!
Now for Found Relative (don't you just love her?)...   I like to add a VERY thin coat of Media Clear Gesso over the card to create "tooth" which will allow the Distress Marker ink to adhere to the card.  This technique works well but is not without it's challenges.  The biggest being "streaks" if you leave too much of the Clear Gesso on the card...never a good thing if you are wanting to have smooth color.  I would also mention that the Clear Gesso holds the color much more than if you tint the photo without it.  On one hand I think the color lasts longer but on the other it is not quite as realistic of a tint.  Anyway, something to think about and try.

Before I added the photo I needed to get some metal ready.  My trusty go-to technique for metal is Picket Fence paint wiped on and left to dry, then Mushroom Alcohol Ink pounced over the top.  Tried and true!
I also sprayed some Bouquet flowers with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.
I tied the flowers to the key with Craft String that has been dyed with Distress Ink.
You will need a double stack of foam squares to hold up the top of the key.
Clippings Stickers are great for finding the perfect secondary sentiment.  Can't get enough of these.
I added some vintage lace to the Hinge Clip and added it to the top of the Vignette Panel.

I love the way this piece turned out and I love the new Found Relatives.  I hope you check out the new cast of characters and that you find a few projects to use them on.
How do you find a pack?  
Call a local retailer and ask them to order it for you!  If you don't have a local retailer, you can click on the link below.  Just remember, it has to have the right packaging to be the new set of cards.  Either way, this new cast of characters is a definite must have!

carry on,
paula


66 comments:

  1. Love this, Paula! thank you for the taking the time to do the tutorial.

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  2. Beautiful, love the vintage tones and accessories. Tracy x

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  3. Such a gorgeous tag Paula, I love the tones you have created. And how lovely that there is a new pack of Found Relatives to collect. Jennie x

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    1. You will love it Jennie! Super fun pictures!

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  4. beautiful tag paula, and i'm loving the soft monochromatic scheme to showcase that photo tint - you are masterful. vicki

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  5. Love the new friends Pictures! Thanks for the tutorial on your beautiful tag.

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  6. This a beautiful piece Paula. TFS!

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  7. WooHoo!!! New people. I must find a pack!! Totally fabulous project!!! Love every detail!!

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  8. LOVE!! this so much, paula!! thank you!!!

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  9. That's a beautiful tag. I love the way you have colored the girl and letterpress. Great step by step and the fact that it comes with news of new found relatives characters, tops it all off perfectly!

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    1. thank you Ann! You care going to love them

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  10. Oh happy day! I'm so happy that the family is growing. He he! I just love working with these and building little stories around them. Your tag is perfection! Amazing details. Hugs, Autumn

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  11. Love the new friends Pictures! Thanks for the tutorial on your beautiful tag.

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  12. Beautiful Paula. Love those flowers wrapped around the key. New found relatives! You keep the best secrets ;)

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  13. Such a pretty project Paula!! And how fun with new found relatives!

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  14. Oh so gorgeous Paula, adore the new family members added to the Found Relatives pack (another shopping trip is in my very near future I see!) and love how you have assembled your beautiful tag, vintage perfection as always. Thanks so much for the clear gesso tip as well, will have to give that a try! Thanks so much for sharing, Deb xo

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    1. thank you Deb...let me know how it goes with the Clear Gesso! - paula@timholtz.com

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  15. Absolutely Gorgeous! Paula A real vintage beauty. Tfs x

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  16. Beautiful project! Squealing with excitement at more found relatives... fantastic addition xx

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  17. WOW! WOW! WOW Paula!!! The new Found Relatives look fantastic - what you've done with this one is superb, with so many hints and tips along with way. Thank you for sharing your talents and these new beauties xx

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  18. ooo, I love the new photos and your project with them is fab!

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  19. This tag is so beautiful Paula and has so many "wow" factors that I could stare at for hours! Well done on keeping the secret about the new relatives, they look fabulous... x

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  20. I love the new family members! Thanks for the clear gesso tip. Now off to get gesso and find the new pack of relatives.

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  21. Very cool project! Thank you for the steps too! :)

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  22. Very much the WOW! I appreciate the tutorial too. Gotta het that grit!

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  23. Vintage cuteness galore! This is a delightful tag!! What a great way to share your new secret. Love the tutorial. I need to put this on a list of projects I want to make. I have several of each tag size and I haven't made one yet. This would be a great one to start on!

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  24. Paula your tag is fabulous, you know how I love your use of neutral colors! design and details are spectacular! can't wait to have new Found Relatives in my hands!

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  25. beautiful project Paula and great tutorial xxx

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  26. GORGEOUS project, great tutorial (as usual) and super helpful tips to try out, thank you!!! LOVE that you added a tiny bit of vintage lace ;) The new lil sailor boy found relative is too cute for words! Can't wait to use him in a ocean themed project.....coming soon to a wall near me...LOL
    TFS :*

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  27. So very awesome Paula!!! TFS :D

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  28. This is absolutely fantastic wonderful - so love it!

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  29. Your tag is beautiful Paula, love those vintage tones.... and thanks for the great tips! Just when I thought I had enough Found Relatives....hmm! Anne x

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  30. Oh, Paula!!! 👆🏻 Ms. Anne 👆🏻 totally said it! The vintage tones, to this project, are exactly what I love most! Just over the moon about the new Found Relative peeps! (I absolutely have to "think up" a story about each and every one of them!) ♥️♥️♥️

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  31. Stunning as always Paula. I really love this piece, especially the new relative with her pup! Maybe next on the list a set of found pets????

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  32. This is completely, utterly gorgeous! It could have come from an old steamer trunk in a vintage flea market booth. I love the coloring on the sepia print, and thanks for the tip about the clear gesso. Also, loving the new found relatives. I'm inspired to create today! Thank you!

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  33. I love all the detail of this project and I love all the techniques you shared!!!

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  34. Beautiful work / tag. Love all the intricacies. I haven't scrapped in two years. I really need to pull out my Tim Holtz supplies and use them.

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  35. Your work always makes me feel good. Lovely piece!

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  36. Wow.. all the details are so fabulous! Love this gorgeous tag! :)

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  37. One of your best! Thanks for sharing your creativity Paula. Hope to see you soon. ~Lorraine

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  38. Amazing details on your tag, and I'm loving the new relatives! Welcome to the family! But I've got a ton of old relatives to use! Thank you for all the tips!

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  39. Heidi Gauvin: Love, love, love this Paula!

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  40. I have yet to try these etc. tags! I think they may be calling my name for this Christmas season. Beautiful job! Love our new found friends.

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  41. Paula, I love this. I was so inspired by you today, just had to make something. If you get a second... https://handstoworkhearttolove.blogspot.com/2017/09/today-is-full-of-possibilities.html
    Big hugs!

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  42. This is such a gorgeous tag, Paula. Love the beautiful vintage design and all the embellishments are fabulous. :)

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