Friday, 6 February 2015

Tic-Tac-Toe for AVJ

What is tic-tac-toe?

Wikipediea says -
Tic-tac-toe, or Noughts and crosses, is a paper-and-pencil game for two players, X and O, who take turns marking the spaces in a 3×3 grid. The player who succeeds in placing three respective marks in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins the game. So this is how this challenge title came about.

Annie is our lovely hostess this week at A Vintage Journey and she has described your challenge thus-

With so many Tim Holtz/Ranger and any other similar products we would like you to choose at least three items from the grid below and incorporate them in your projects. You can choose items horizontally/vertically or diagonally, it's your decision. Please, please include the name of the items you are using within your post, not just in the link to the challenge.

Idea-ology or any metal embellishmentSpraysRibbon/twine
PaintEphemeraDie cuts
Foil tapeTexture fadesStains

For my Creative Guide sample I have taken the diagonal line from top right to bottom left. My Idea-Ology component is the ‘Found Relative’ photo, to embellish the collage I used Tim's Expedition ephemera pack and I used distress stains on the background (see below process steps).

Get yourself a cuppa and have a wander through the post, be warned there are quite a few photos.



Process steps – I dipped into Tim’s background technique as demonstrated on his July tag of 2014



To bring the piece together and add details -


 Alter the bookplate, this simply has some antique linen distress paint dabbed on it. Simple but lovely effects.

Ink the edges of chosen ephemera pieces ....


... and know exactly where you are putting them on the collage.


 Add some sewing and die-cuts......


..... and make charmed embellishments.



As this is such a large collage I built the lower with the large layers first and put it to flatten under a heavy box. When it was dry and flatter I added the next level of smaller elements and flattened it again. 
Finally I adhered the bulky elements to finish it off.

The altered clip board was made quite quickly -


I covered it completely with tissue wrap - this paper is so forgiving


I again used distress paints to alter the look of the clip (which was bright silver to start with).


Finally I glued the collage to the board - I couldn't resist taking a picture of the other bulldog clips all round it.

 The little charm was added to the clip.



Finished.



I've just noticed I haven't shown you how to get the exra mile out of your Found Relatives cards. Can you see the gorgeous patterned piece that looks like a playing card. Well carefully peel the back off your relative card and you too can have an additional element to add to your projects.

I am really happy with the way this turned out and have bought several more clipboards so that I can experiment with other designs.

I hope you will pop over to the AVJ blog to see all the amazing creations from the Creative guides and hopefully find some time to join in the challenge.

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend, I am off to London tomorrow to see 'Memphis' at the Shaftesbury Theatre and we are going to stay overnight, this is our Christmas present from our gorgeous kids Ben, Bev and Maddie.

hugs Brenda xxx




57 comments:

Lynn Price said...

Thank you for all the great photos, including your flattening/drying process! Love all of the detail in pattern and texture, and the pops of red - fabulous make! Would you reveal how you did the all-in-one picture tutorial bit, please? Such a great step-out, but compact. Hoping you have a wonderful stay in London! xx Lynn

Julia Aston said...

Love the colors you used on this Brenda - your clip board looks so nicely weathered - your background is beautiful with the stains - and your layering and overlapping of ephemera is wonderful!

Annie said...

Wonderful alteration and background Brenda. I love all the layers and that stunning embellishment on the clip.
Thank you for the tip regarding the back of the Found Relatives...... genius

Huge hugs and thank you for a very inspiring step by step

Annie x x

Sue C said...

Fabulous project Brenda! Love the many layers and the distressed metal is wonderful! Sue C x

Sue said...

Wow this is amazing Brenda, your distressed clip is stunning xx

butterfly said...

Brilliant collaging as always, and I just love the distressed look on the clip - amazing! A beautiful tic tac toe creation. Hope you enjoy the show!
Alison xx

Maggie said...

Wow gorgeous altered clipboard Brenda love all the layering and ageing you have achieved - you have inspired me to go and find my old clipboard haven't altered one for ages!

MaggieH

ps. have linked my project for challenge and it isn't showing on blog - it was now has vanished??

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous! I just love your treatments of the metal elements, so rustic and vintage! What a great project! hugs :)

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wow Brenda! this is just stunning. The background is fabulous and such a shame there is not much to be seen! however, your collage and layering of elements is just so beautiful - the red is stunning. A fabulous piece for this great challenge. Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

Ana K. said...

Well, this is project with big P...gorgeous layering...really awesome dear Brenda!

Aspiring crafter said...

This is stunning Brenda , so many elements and techniques but not overwhelming .
Just beautiful,
XxxRuth

Kelly Neis said...

amazing! I love your board and all the steps to make this! Your design and colors are gorgeous, I really love it!
Hugs Kelly

Terry said...

Layers, layers and more layers of gorgeousness, Brenda! Your attention to detail is so amazing! Wonderful clipboard art and that clip is to die for! BTW, I tried with no success to copy the TTT board. Have a great weekend! Hugs!

Redanne said...

Your design is wonderful on this stunning piece of art Brenda! Hugs, Anne xx

Anita Houston said...

BLOW ME AWAY!!! PINNED! LOVE every single thing about this!

Buttons said...

Simply incredible Brenda!!! LOVE the whole spray/ink mottled background, your placement of the ephemera, the altered metal detailing and the whole idea of sitting it on a clipboard this way. Must keep my eyes peeled for clipboards! Jenny x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Wow, what a stunning collage! Every piece contributes to the story perfectly. Thank you for your step by step and for sharing your beautiful clipboard.

crafty creations said...

Wow Brenda this is stunning love all the attention to detail

Astrid Maclean said...

Another wonderful collage piece Brenda, love the colour combo of the strong red with those brown tones, really drama in this and beautifully put together!

Joan Heath said...

Wow this is stunning. Love everything about it. The colours are great and the embellishments, love the way you have altered them. xxx

Shari Trumbull said...

WOWIE, Brenda!! Simply amazing!! There's so much to look at here--I just wish I could touch this, too!! :) OK--you've got me wanting to go out and purchase a bunch of clip boards!! You've done your job well!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

Nikki Acton said...

Wow - both the project and the photos! How are you getting them so bright? - I am really stuggling - LOL!
Brilliant step by step of the background technique - TFS and wonderful collaged project. Nikki x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous project Brenda, awesome layers and details.
Yvonne

Juliz Design Post said...

Stunning way to display your collage on this altered clipboard. Must try and get one of these. Would make a great Fathers Dat pressie for an office. Love your aging of the metal on your clip and Tim techniques used. Great piece.
Julie xx

Paper Profusion said...

You are Queen of collage Brenda with exceptionally perfect placement skills! This is awesome indeed. Thank-you for fab step x step. Photo with all the bulldog clips made me smil. It reminds me of old fashioned curlers in situe whilst a perm is taking hold! Nicola x

Danee said...

I love this project. The colors are gorgeous, the little details you added throughout are fun and clever and really add to the piece and the overall effect is just stunning .

gaylemontayostudio said...

Love it Brenda~!

Buttons said...

Huge congrats on your Blogworthy!!! Jenny x

Kath said...

absolutely stunning...so much gorgeous detail...well deserving of a blogworthy link from the Professor...big congrats hugs kath xxx

Jan Hill said...

This is beautiful Brenda! I love all the details you put into the collage. I must get a clipboard and have a go. This is a truly inspirational piece. I saw Tim picked it as a valentine blog worthy, congratulations. Jan x

Nan G said...

Amazing details in your collage! Congrats on being a Blogworthy valentine!

Suzanne C said...

Stunning design! I love the close up photos as I could see all the beautiful details!

Dodie said...

Beautiful! Love all of the details. If it was mine, I would spend hours looking at it while oohing and aahing over it.

Sara Barker said...

Well, I just left you a nice long comment, but it's gone! So if it should happen to show, please forgive the echo!

First this is a lovely composition using all those fabulous Postal elements with my favorite Found Relative! I am amazed at your ability to add so much and make each piece compliment the others. Need to study Brenda's Comp 101, 102 , etc. And the way you have transformed that clip is genius!

Secondly, a huge congratulations on your Blogworthy!!!

carol watson said...

Wonderful piece, thanks for the walk thru your lovely piece.

Marci said...

This is beautiful. My eyes went straight to the photo even though it has lots of details. Then I noticed the other details. To me, that is the objective. Congratulations on your blogworthy. That is where I saw this.

Annette Green said...

Brenda, this is SO amazing! Congrats on your nod from Tim himself. Well deserved!

craftylyn said...

Well done you, love this piece as always.....perhaps something like this for one of our workshops? Lyn xx

Roxanne Pafundi said...

love all the details and the way the red stands out against the sepia tone of the whole project! Thanks for sharing this great technique and project! love it!

WendyK said...

A fabulous piece of work, with a very helpful tutorial. Just love the colours you have used, love all of it in fact.

WendyK said...

A fabulous piece of work, with a very helpful tutorial. Just love the colours you have used, love all of it in fact.

Judithann Illingworth said...

I really loved this project. Great embellishments. Very inspirational. Thank you.

Ana K. said...

I told you before, this project is awesome!! Congratulations on Blogworthy link, dear Brenda!
hugs

Yvonne Garner said...

Just lovely Brenda! Congratulations on Tim's shout it. Well deserved!

Shari Trumbull said...

OMG!! BRENDA!! CONGRATS on your Tim Holtz Valentine Blogworthy Link!! How Cool Is That!! :) This clipboard is Amazing and isn't it cool to know that Tim must love it as much as all of us!! Big Congrats!! XOXO-Shari

Julia Aston said...

Congrats on your blog worthy posting at Tim's Brenda! a wonderfully creative project worth the accolades!

Rea' said...

I LOVE IT ... this is so AWESOME... love the colors, love those found relatives ( great tip too ! ) your "composition " is just amazing... yes very Blogworthy :) <3

Maggie said...

Congratulations such a lovely project very blogworthy Brenda.

MaggieH

Susanne said...

Wow what a wonderful project! Awesome!!

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Brenda! A huge CONGRATULATIONS on the blog worthy too. Karen.x

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Brenda! A huge CONGRATULATIONS on the blog worthy too. Karen.x

Bobbi Smith said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love all the layers and detail!!! Congratulations on your Blogworthy Link! :)

stampsandscrapbooks said...

You've created a fabulous collage piece, Brenda! The clipboard is gorgeous all by itself! I love all of your pieces and elements - especially the charm & bauble! Really great job - Congratulations on your win at A Vintage Journey. I'm truly honored to have been mentioned anywhere NEAR your project! ;)
Hugs,
cathy

barbarayaya62 said...

Brenda this is one of the most beautiful project that i've ever seen! The details are stunning, the design is amazing, color palette so sophisticated , congrats to you to be on Blogworthy links, it's so well deserved! BArbarayaya

SierraDeb said...

Where did you get the tissue wrap you used to cover the clip board, Brenda?

Lagene said...

WOWZERS! Gorgeous collage clipboard!

Candy C said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Brenda. Your collage work is perfection. Well, ALL of your work is! Thank you for sharing all of the steps you did in creating this masterpiece.