Wednesday, 3 February 2016


Welcome to my monthly piece for Eileen Hull's Art With Heart Challenge. This month we are doing something a little different; all the designers have been challenged to create a simple project that is simple to create and not too time consuming.
I already had the Passport Book die cut from kraft card on my desk so this was my starting point. The next step was to add simple decoration and technique. I began by tearing masking tape randomly and then adhering to the front cover. I then used a blow torch (one you would use for cooking) and hovered over the masking tape to burn (a technique from Andy Skinner); it works perfectly and is so simple and adds a lovely aged feel to the project. I then added a Prima Relic piece from Sandra Evertson which I coloured with a touch of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic; dabbing off the excess paint with a piece of kitchen towel. I added a circle of rusty wire behind the Relic piece and then added delicate splatters of Gathered Twigs Distress Spray stain along with scratchy lines using an old credit card and DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic. I also added a couple of pieces of masking tape to the Relic piece, again burning with a blow torch. "dreamer of dreams" has been added to the face using Remnant Rubs. A touch of simple stamping completes the front cover.
The inside pages have been decorated very simply. A couple of strips of burnt masking tape, a few delicate splatters of Distress Spray Stain and some simple sentiment stamping.
Continuing with the simplicity throughout the book.
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink has been applied to all the edges to add to the aged worn feel of the book.
Continuing the theme to the back cover.
A couple of close up shots to show the detail!
The rustic tones, monochromatic colours, splatters and torn burnt paper all add to the rustic aged feel.
A simple dream kraft Chitchat sticker has been included for added interest.
To join in our challenge simply pop along to the blog HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x


Unknown said...

What a beautiful mini album! I love how you used the blowtorch to create an aged look on the masking tape. Simple yet stunning!

Corrie Herriman said...

So wonderful, Tracy !
Corrie x

Redanne said...

A blow torch!!! Yikes Tracy, you are brave... but wow, what a fabulous look it creates on the masking tape. This is one amazing project! Hugs, Anne xx

Unknown said...

Oh my Tracy - only TALENTED YOU would do something so amazing and call it simple and fast!!! I can't even imagine doing this at all... let alone quickly. YOU just put me in AWE.... this is just FABULOUS. Wow. j.

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow Tracy, - you call that quick and simple? It looks amazing, what a stunning little book and I just love what you did with the cover! Brilliant make!

Marjie Kemper said...

Fantabulous, Tracy! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous project.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous Tracy - simple? Mmmmm still trying to get my hesad round that one - but I know what you mean, regardless it is a gorgeous little album.
hugs Brenda xxx

butterfly said...

Brilliant burnt distressing to create a fantastic album. I love the DD words - must get them out more often. Gorgeous work.
Alison xx

Tracy Welham said...

A really fantastic piece. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Pamellia said...

Wow Tracy, this is amazing. I love your creative use of masking tape, what a unique way to decorate. Such a wonderful vintage feel to this, love the angel focal point on the front too! hugs :)

Deb said...

Oh my gosh Terry, this is anything but simple! Absolutely stunning use of products and techniques, a true work of art. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Julia Aston said...

Wow - I think I might burn the house down trying that torch burning (!) but what a great affect - love the grunged angel, the twine bindings and lovely decoration of your pages Tracy! Julia xx