Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sewing Bee - Faded layers

Here we are again creating for the Compendium of Curiosities 3, challenge - wow that's  a lot of 'C's'
This challenge 8 so still plenty of time to join in . Here is the link

It's worth having a go as there are some great sponsor prizes , this time there is a $25 dollar spending spree at The Funkie Junkie boutique for a lucky winner

Tim Holtz and his manager Mario are generously supplying lots of goodies you can receive if you are the Curiosity teams choice . So here's hoping !!! Below is my entry

I am not allowed to show you the technique for faded layers in respect for Tim Holtz
Work in the book. But I layered my layers , if you see what I mean :-)
Inside the box windows.  You can see it under the bee. Lovely effect.

 The wooden storage unit is shown above & below stained with 
Tim Holtz peacock feathers distress stain as I wanted the wood grain to still show
I later added some persimmon to the corners too.

Then I spritzed some butterscotch color wash inside, accenting with
Some red smooch spritz as 2nd photo below

I had a nice little dress form , ideal , used my distress
Stains again (can't you just tell they are new !)
Burnished bronze , gorgeous 

 I had some metal industrial left from a previous project (clock) so added it to my dress 
Form after de-bossing & inking over with Fresco finish French roast , see below.

My lovely new Bee die & embossing folder arrived, so would 
Be rude not to use it ! I cut & embossed him in Tim Holtz paper
And also in Wendy Vecchi clearly for art.

The clearly for art bee (below)was then inked with alcohol inks & heated
With my heat gun so I could shape it before layering it on top of
The blue card bee above

This is the pack I cut the blue bee from, below

Here is the clearly for art pack. Fabulous stuff, stamp cut colour and shape !

He looks good here with his amber eyes I think !

From here on there was lots of embellishments & inking etc

 The photo below shows the idea-ology measuring tape where 
I added an eyelet and chain
To hang my little scissors from

                     This photo shows my cotton reel with some white ruffle stamped in red
                                                                 with 'Hand made'

I stamped 'Sewing' with the stamps below on a beige piece 
from the pack shown here below

               The paper pack had some great sewing bits I could cut out and ink
             I also cut out the letter for 'BEE' here too & some flowers , see below.

Here are some close ups of some of the details.


  1. Janna...I love your idea of using the faded layers technique to create such a sweet little sewing box type of shadowbox. Your layered bee is beautiful! I love all of your little compartments and how you've created such interesting little collages in each. Just darling! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  2. Hi Janna! This is amazing! It must have taken ages to put together! So many pretty details! Love this!
    Thank you for leaving me your kind comment too!
    Ingrid xx

  3. What a cute little curio box.. I love how you used the technique and that bee is just gorgeous... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge, hope to see you again soon x

  4. A little late with my comment, but this is such a great shadow box creation! Love all the little details and layers. Fantastic!


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