Ever feel like there are just so many projects you want to try and just not enough time? I think most of us feel that way. I think the key is prioritizing and making a list of what you want to accomplish.
I've been keeping a crafting-must-try list lately and at the very top of it was the Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock. When I first saw it in the CHA Winter release previews, I gasped and knew it was going to be going into my shopping cart. I love all things to do with clocks and this clock/altered display item...well, it had me at hello.
When I first got my Assemblage clock, I was really impressed with how well made it is and how large it is. It's 7 inches tall. For some reason the photos I'd seen of it made me think it would be more like 5". I was thrilled with the larger size as it gave me a larger work area.
The back panel easily snaps on and off for altering. I decided that it would add extra dimension to alter the glass front of the clock as well as the inside and started off by adding rub-on transfers to the clock face. To apply the rub-ons, cut out the designs you wish to use and remove the backing. Apply to the surface you wish to transfer them to and then rub them on using firm pressure and a popsicle stick or the Basic Grey Rub-on Roller.
To create my background, I removed the back panel and traced the circle onto a piece of Craft-a-Board. You need something sturdy to support the embellishments and this does it well. After cutting the circle out, it was then covered with a piece of patterned paper. I went with a neutral paper and that works well as most of it gets covered up with the layers.
Next step is to add some layers. The kraft tag was stamped using some Shell Pink Paint Dabber and a Hero Arts Background stamp. I've used the same paint to coat the chipboard butterfly.
The coordinating solid butterfly from the same set was covered with patterned paper and the edges filed with the Basic Grey Precision File Set.
I like to keep adding layers until the design is balanced and it just feels right. The left side of the design is fairly simple, a large flower, as the rub-on on the front glass covers that area. I find using a hot glue gun works well for adding in all these heavy embellishments, especially when the design is going to be upright when on display.
You'll notice that I've repeated the rub-on transfer motifs throughout the design. You can see little butterflies and postage marks on the back layers near the top of the design. My favorite use of them is to embellish these sweet little wood spools.
Rub-on transfers are so versatile. This project uses them on glass, paper, paint, wood and even fabric. The little linen tag took the rub-on application perfectly and makes a sweet final accent.
Hope you've enjoyed this sweet timely project and that inspires you to make your own. Thanks for joining me today in the CLASSroom and have a wonderful weekend!