Monday, March 3, 2014

Shabby Chic Assemblage Clock

Hi and welcome! Monday and of course a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our challenge is all about time.
I often use themes related to time and this week I thought it was the perfect time to alter my Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock. I had so much fun making this and made it in a shabby chic style since it was a gift for my sister. She has it on a shelf in her kitchen now and it is really at home there. Instead of using clock arms or a clock image in the background, I used the lady stamp from Stampers Anonymous Classics #5 together with one of my favourite sentiments, also from that set.
I first disassembled the clock (if you do this, remember to put the screws, washers and parts in a safe place so that you don't lose any of them). I started out painting it with Vintaj Patina Inks, but changed my mind and coated it with gesso instead. The gesso gives tooth for the Distress Paint to adhere too. Next, I painted it with Antique Linen Distress Paint and when dry, with Spun Sugar.

When the paint was dry, I burnished the clock slightly to reveal some of the metallic and some of the lighter colours underneath. I also aged it further with a wash of watered-down Frayed Burlap paint, most of which was wiped off. A few images from the Tiny Things set were stamped with Stazon ink and I used one of my favourite text stamps to add words to the background. Hold the cling stamp in your hand instead of mounting on an acrylic block since that makes it much easier to stamp on the uneven surface.

I planned where some of the stamped words would go, such as this one.

I traced the back of the clock on a piece of Specialty Stamping paper and cut out a slightly smaller circle. The face was stamped with Archival Jet Black ink and then I coloured it lightly with Distress Inks, making sure to leave the white of the eye white. The rest of the circle was inked and the flowers were stamped with Victorian Velvet. Later I also stamped a clock stamp in three places.

The roses were made with the Tattered Pine Cone die, and die cut from three colours Core'dinations cardstock as well as BasicGrey ledger paper. I die cut leaves with the Garden Greens die, also from ledger and text papers.

Before assembling the flowers, the Core'dinations cardstock was lightly sanded and the roses were inked with Frayed Burlap. I also gave them a vintage shimmery look with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.
I put the glass back again, since I wouldn't have been able to put it back after gluing down the flowers. I also assembled the rest of the clock since it would be hard to do so once the embellishments were in place. The flowers were glued to the sides of the clock and the leaves tucked in here and there.

I also added a couple of sprocket gears. The sentiment was stamped on a piece of ledger paper and the corners were rounded with my Crop 'n Dile Corner Chomper.

I added some rub-on stars to the glass.

I wanted the look of old enamel, but also with some texture.

Adhere the stamped and inked circle to the back piece of the clock and press the back piece back. You can get so many different looks with this clock, it is a really fun piece to alter.

Join us this week in our time challenge and you can be the one who wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp, drawn randomly among the participants.
Thank you for visiting my blog!
Happy crafting! 

Surface: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Assemblage Clock, Mini Collage Paper Stash 8 x 8; Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Colour-Core Cardstock; BasicGrey Capture Cardstock Pack
Dies: Sizzix: Tattered Pinecone, Garden Greens
Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz: Classics #5, Tiny Things, Stuff to Say, Curiosities, Nature's Moment
Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black; Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Barn Door, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Victorian Velvet, Tumbled Glass; Tsukineko Stazon Jet Black
Paint: Distress Paint: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar
Stickles: Distress Stickles: Rock Candy
Medium: Claudine Hellmuth Gesso
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Christmas Time Remnant Rubs, Sprocket Gears


  1. this is so fabulous , I love it, very shabby chic

  2. this is one way cool clock Anna...I love the shabby feel to it and all of the little details...

    Nancy T.

  3. You are so great because this is a wonderful project. Love all the stamping on the clock. Anneke.

  4. Hi Anna-Karin, gorgeous altered clock, I absolutely adore the colour choice and the random stamping on the outside. Lovely idea to use the face image for the inside. Beautifully embellished too. Enjoy your week. Tracy x x

  5. so very beautiful - I'm loving this to bits xx

  6. i love the way you have altered this. the colors and stamping are just wonderful!

  7. I love the distressed shabby chic feel of your timepiece. The outside stamping is gorgeous. The inside is just as spectacular!

  8. This is such a gorgeous clock. The color scheme, the stamping and the distress effect are fantastic! Love your wonderful design, Anna-Karin. :)

  9. Absolutely stunning shabby chic clock! Your embellishments and attention to detail is just fantastic :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  10. Without a doubt, the absolute coolest clock I've's just amazing. The colors, the stamping (love the stamping the word 'timeless')and the beautiful roses. Truly yummy!

  11. Beautiful shabby goodness Anna-Karin! Love the pink clock and all the beautiful blossoms! Pure elegance!

  12. Gorgeous! I adore the stamping all around the edges, and the beautiful shade of soft pink (pink but not too pink, if you know what I mean!). A brilliant shabby chic look, and my favourite woman on the inside... I'm a little bit envious of your sister!
    Alison xx

  13. Just beautiful!! I adore the soft shade of pink that you've used and the whole project is just so feminine and gorgeous...I LOVE it Anna-Karin and I'm sure your sister will too!! x

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  15. This is a stunning piece! I love the soft color palette and how you included just little hints of text and words here and there. It gives it a magical vibe and I think it turned out into quite a treasure! Well done!

  16. This is a wonderful piece. It really does look like vintage enamel! Even the color has a retro vibe. Gorgeous!

  17. I would love to receive a gift with this! It 'amazing and just wonderful! I love every little detail, from the colors to get the stamps, roses, all really beautiful!

  18. I love the so fits in the shabby chic!!

  19. This is one beautiful altered clock! Wow! Love the soft pastel color and the stamping on it! And the inside is also stunning! Gorgeous! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Beautiful! Love the color and the stamping!


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