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Friday, 3 October 2014

Vintage Photo Cube

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Hello and thanks for stopping by today and a warm welcome to my new followers, I have made it to 100 now Yippe !!

We are now onto Challenge 12 over at Linda Ledbetter's CC3Challenge. This fortnight sees us using the technique Distress Photo Tinting on Page 41 of Tim's new book. I can't demonstrate how to do this, but you will find all the info when you purchase Tim's new book, Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3, so you can do this amazing technique too. There is also plenty inspiration from the super talented Curiosity Crew, so make sure and pop over.


This fortnight the challenge is sponsored once again by the super generous Linda Coughlin to have a shopping spree with $25 at her shop The Funkie Junkie Boutique for one lucky winner. And if that's not enough you also have a chance of being chosen by the Curiosity Crew to win a bumper bundle of Tim's products, kindly donated by Tim and Mario.


When I read what this fortnight's challenge was, I immediately had an idea. Don't you just love when that happens ! Do you remember the photo cubes we all used to have in our houses in the late Seventies ? This is where my inspiration came from, but Seventies look.....not for me....I put my Shabby Vintage twist on it.

I unfortunately don't have the Artist Trading Blocks die yet, it is on my ever expanding wish list. However I remembered I had asked my daughter to bring me home some beer mats when she used to waitress a couple of years ago.


Although the beer mats are thick when you apply any fluid to them they go rather soft, so technically not the best to work with but they had the shape I needed. So I decided to line my mats with Coffee stirrer sticks, this way I could add glue and pressure to them to give my cube strength.



Once my cube was assembled I added Victorian velvet distress paint to the edges of all the sides and once dried I put tissue tape around all the edges. This also helped to cover up the angles on the beer mat. I finally rubbed a little vintage photo and black soot onto the edges.


My photo mats I cut out squares of black Kraft co ordinations paper. I then stamped with Versamark, embossed and rubbed with a baby wipe some tattered rose distress paint over the card. I then buffed it to show my embossed areas and distressed the edges to reveal the kraft, and mounted onto a little tattered rose coordination paper which was also distressed at the edges.




My photos are all pictures of me as a child, but that's all I can tell you about this bit, apart from I followed all instructions in Tim's book.


On the top I decorated my little wooden frame with distress powders. My metal embellishments I added distress paint to and a little gilding wax.



Hope you have enjoyed looking at this post as much as I did in making it. My daughter has already asked me to make her one for her bedroom, which is nice.

Happy Crafting,

Julie x

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39 comments:

  1. Woew Julie, I am sitting here with a big smile on my face, because I am totally surprised by this GORGEOUS box. It's amazing! And thanks for explaning how you made it.
    Lia xx

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  2. Good Morning Julie. This is one fabulous box. Love the idea of using the beer mats. The excellent way you have achieved the vintage look is perfect too. Love all the embellishments you have used on this piece. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. Brilliant box Julie and how clever to make it out of beer mats! Love the photo tinting, but what really makes it for me is how you have decorated it, stunning all round!

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  4. Hoi Julie,
    Wat geniet ik weer met volle teugen op je blog en wat heerlijk om dit met ons te delen met een tutorial! En ja .... dit is helemaal in de Tim Holtz sfeer!
    Geweldige nostalgische uitstraling!!! het is weer schitterend gedaan!!
    Ik heb deze opgeslagen en ga ook vast een keer van bierviltjes een mooie kubus maken! Ik wens je een mooi weekend!
    Liefs Gerie

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  5. Oh what an inspirational piece of work....This is absolutely fabulous.xxx

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  6. Just fabulous Julie! You have really accomplished a vintage look and feel! The frame on the top is amazing, so much texture! Love it! Happy weekend! hugs :)

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  7. Wow Julie, what a fantastic cube…I love everything on it!! And your photos are also fantastic, what a cute child you was! Thank you for sharing!
    Wish you a nice weekend!

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  8. Julie...this is absolutely darling! I love your photo cube and YES, I remember them! I've made some of these cubes and they are such wonderful keepsakes. I love that you were industrious enough to repurpose some beer mats. Good thinking! :) Each side of your photo cubes are beautifully done. Thanks for sharing your cube with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  9. How fantastic, that's an amazing project.

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  10. Absolutely fabulous Julie,you never cease to amaze me with your talent,I love this,so original using your own photos and the beer mats,beautiful creation. Congrats on the 100 followers too...well deserved :)

    Have a great weekend

    Big hugs

    Donna xxx

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  11. Wow Julie, I would never have guessed that this was made with beer mats, you have done an amazing job of constructing the box, the photos are all beautiful and I love the way you have decorated it too. Really beautiful work (as always!). Congratulations for being on your way to 200 now! Anne xx

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous Julie! Love how you've created your cube ! Your photos are adorable and the frame and embellishments are gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us at ATP Exchange for our first challenge! Sue C x

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  13. What a beautiful cube you've made Julie! I love how you've improvised with the beer mats. The photos of you are gorgeous and I simply love how you've decorated the faces. A true treasure to keep for the future.
    Thanks so much for joining us ATP Exchange for our very first challenge!
    Julia x

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  14. Wow Julie what a stunning work of art - beautiful and a great way to utilise beermats !!!

    Hilda x

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  15. Love how you created this amazing box Julie and to use the coffee stirrers as support is very clever. Beautiful embossing and distressed layers and your photographs/embellishments make this an amazing keepsake. It's lovely to have you join us at ATP for our very first challenge. Thank you
    Hugs Annie x

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  16. What a special make filled with cherished photos! Love the soft tints in each! Great layers too! Thanks so much for joining us on the Distress Photo Tinting Challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  17. wow, fabulous with such sweet photos, beautiful done!! Hugs, Kerstin

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  18. Ummm...Oh my goodness! You hit this technique out of the park!!!! Fabulous keepsake and the pictures are adorable! Wow...LOVE this one! Thank for sharing with us at CC3C!

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  19. Fantastic way to make your cube, it looks so special with all the photos. Wonderful textures and layers. Thank you for joining our first challenge at the ATP Exchange.
    Yvonne

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  20. Juliz what a brilliant photo cube! I love your cute photos and the vintage feel. Such attention to detail too. Great job on the tinting technique. Karen.x

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  21. Hi Julie! This photo cube is absolutely stunning! I love the layers and the top is decorated so beautifully. Gorgeous work! xx

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  22. I just love this photo cube! The pics of you are adorable and you really nailed the technique. Great tutorial! I have a collection of "beer mats" too, I'll have to try your construction. Thanks for sharing this on CC3C!

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  23. OH my goodness, this is beautiful! So shabby and vintage, and the photos are colorized perfectly. What a great idea to use the beer coasters. Thanks for than inspiration. Outstanding creation!

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  24. This is so lovely! what a time that must have taken. Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

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  25. Fabulous photo cube Julie, love how you've created this. Love your photos too! So pleased you joined us at ATP Exchange on our first challenge!

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  26. This is wonderful!! Be sure to enter the October Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge - the prize is an ATB die. ;-)

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  27. WOW, awesome project, LOVE this... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge, hope to see you again soon x

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  28. I like your innovation with the beer mats to create your lovely memory box. I am sure it will be a talking point for friends and family!
    Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this time - Julie Guest Designer

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  29. Wow! Such a sturdy cube from beer mats! you look so pretty...such a wonderful touch to the cube. Loved the rusty frame. Superb, Julie.

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  30. This is BRILLIANT Julie! Love all your photos too. Gorgeous work. Nicola x

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  31. This photo cube looks fantastic!

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  32. What a fantastic project, I love it, really need to get my hands on Tim's 3rd book :-).

    Thank you for coming over and joining in with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

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  33. Fantastic! Sorry to be late on the visit but WOW. Thanks for joining us at CC3C.

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  34. Julie, this is a spectacular work of art, and your photo tinting is awesome! This really does remind me of those photo cubes, only yours is WAY cooler than they were. What a darling little girl you were. Oh, and congratulations-- you're the Curiosity Crew's Honorable Mention for challenge 12, and there's a Badge of Honor over on the challenge blog for you, if you'd like to display it.

    Thanks so much for being part of the challenge. Your work is FABULOUS!!!

    xoxo,
    Linda

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  35. Congrats on your runner up position at CC3! This project was fabulous and I love the step out photos you showed us too.

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  36. Huge congratulations on receiving an Honourable Mention at CC3C for this fabulous cube, I am so thrilled for you!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  37. I love your block made out of beer mats. That made me laugh because it looks better than the die blocks! I love how you tinted your photos! What a great keepsake! Love the embellishments! Love the feet on your cube too! Congratulations!

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  38. Huge congrats Julie, I am so pleased for you, fabulous work! Ruth xxx

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous, ATB. Love to read how you made it.
    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at Artistic stamper blog

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Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x

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