Saturday, April 20, 2013

Paris Assemblage Clock

Happy Saturday bloggers! Richele here! Usually when I start on my project for my Sizzix post I have a very good idea what I'm creating. Today that was not the case. I let my creativity lead the way! Here is where it lead me.

The projects features the new French inspired Alteration dies and Texture Fades by Tim Holtz.

To get started emboss a 6" x 6" piece of the French Industrial paper from Tim Holtz. Use both folders from the Eiffel Tower and French Script Texture Fade set. You will need to emboss them one at a time. Ink the embossed areas with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an Ink Blending tool. Trace the clock shape and cut the circle out with scissors.

Die cut the Tower using the Fleur de Lis and Eiffel Tower Bigz die from Grunge Board. Emboss the tower with the matching Eiffel Tower Texture Fade. I love how they match up to create texture on your die cut pieces. Paint the Eiffel Tower with Brushed Pewter Distress Paint and dry with a heat tool.

Sand and ink the Eiffel Tower with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an Ink Blending tool.

Make a slit in the paper to feed the wire through to the back. The metal clock back will need to be trimmed for the Mini Lantern wire. I used wire cutters to notch out the backing and my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole. Use a file or sander to smooth out the metal if needed. Add foam tape, be sure to leave a path for the wire to travel to the little hole you made in the metal clock back. Adhere the piece to the back.

Adhere the Mini Lantern to the back of the Eiffel Tower. Adhere the Eiffel Tower to the paper. Now you will need to do some fussy cutting to get the tower to fit in the clock body. Trim a little at a time off the top and bottom until it fits in the clock.

Die cut several flowers from Tissue Wrap with the Eileen Hull 3-D Fringed Flower Bigz die. Stain the flowers with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. Dry with a heat tool. Once dry, crumple up the flowers and layer 4 or 5 flower together with a brad in the center. If desired add Vintage Photo Distress ink to the edges of the flowers with an Ink Blending tool.

Paint the outer edges of the flowers with Glue 'n Seal, dip into Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter and shake off the excess. Set aside to dry.

Spray the Crinkle Ribbon with water then dye with Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. Dry with a heat tool and crinkle the ribbon as it dries. Continue to dry and crinkle until the ribbon is completely dry.

Die cut the letters P-A-R-I-S with the new Alphabet die "Block Talk" using black kraft'core card stock. This is such a great die, the letters are compact for maximum use. Sand the and ink the edges with an Ink Blending tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Adhere the flowers around the base of the Eiffel Tower. This will help hide the Mini Lantern.

Pop dot the letter to the background. Add Remnant Rubs "cherish love" above Paris. Put the clock together! I Velcroed the battery pack to the back of the clock to hide it.

To the face of the clock add the word "Dream", the flourish and the crown using Remnant Rubs. Tie a big bow around the handle of the clock with an Enamel Tag. The tag has the word "LOVE" also from the Remnant Rubs.

I dream of going to Paris someday!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a creative day!!

die cutting supplies          

surfaces: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Paper Stash- French Industrial, Tissue Wrap, Grunge Board
ink: Tim HoltzDistress Ink- Vintage Photo; Distress Stain- Victorian Velvet, Antique Linnen
paint: Tim Holtz Distress Paint- Brushed Pewter
glitter: Tim Holtz Distress Rock Candy Dry Glitter
embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Assemblage Clock, Mini Lantern, Crinkle Ribbon, Enameled Tags 
rub-ons: Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs- Words, Elemental 
adhesive: Ranger Glue 'n Seal- Matte
tools: Tim Holtz Sanding Grip; Ink Blending Tool and Foam

You will find 1000s of great ideas and tutorials in our die cutting project gallery at You won't believe all of the inspiration we have waiting for you there!
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  1. are insanely talented!! Gorgeous project !!! ;)

  2. This paris clock is awesome!! I love the light behind the Eiffel tower. The fringe flowers make me think of april in paris. This project inspires me, I am waiting for my clock to arrive at my local store. Thank you for sharing this project and giving me ideas for mine.
    Jacquelene L

  3. This clock is really really fabulous. I think I am going to try to make one. Thanks for your inspiration .

  4. Richele est un excellent artiste. J'aime votre travail! Très bien! Hope this is correct french :-)
    I think you get the message!

  5. Wow, love the light behind the eiffel tower. Lovely project

  6. This is so pretty! Great idea with the light behind the tower!

  7. This is very very cute! Love it!

  8. Beautiful clock!!! I love the layers and the lantern is adorable. Where do you find the mini lanterns? Would love to buy a few. Thank you for sharing this pretty project.


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