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Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

Hi everyone!  Jan here today, sharing an altered clock project.  I'm sure a lot of you have seen these plain Tim Holtz clocks that are ready to be altered. I've altered mine with a Valentine/love theme using Sizzix dies and an embossing folder.  This tutorial turned out to be a little long, I took a lot of photos!

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

The outside of my clock is a shiny silver surface, and I wanted it to have an aged embossed look. With A Ranger  adhesive backed foil sheet and my Sizzix Typewriter Texture Fades by Tim Holtz, I ran it through my Big Shot Machine using the Multipurpose Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, embossing folder with foil inside, and another Standard Cutting Pad for my sandwich.  I did the entire 6 x 12 foil sheet, so I moved the embossing folder over and ran it through my machine three times.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I've used this technique many times with the embossed foil, I love the different looks that can be achieved with just changing the embossing folder and colours of paint.  I always start with a dark colour, usually black and paint over the embossed area.  Wipe of the excess with a paper towel, leaving the black in the grooves and recessed areas. After this has dried, apply your chosen colours one at a time, using the same method, until you are happy with the result.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

Remove all the parts of your clock (legs, bells, handle). Cut a strip the width of your clock and start applying to the clock. This clock has curved edges, so I've clipped the edges on both sides.  The front is slightly narrower, so I just fold over the slits and the back is wider, so there are spaces.  I just fill in those spaces with my embossed scraps.  This foil is really sticky, so the pieces stick well.  Also, because the foil is embossed, you really can't see the slits or pieced parts.  I cut a 1/4" wide piece to run along the back to give it a finished edge.  For embossing folders that don't have a straight pattern, cutting them into smaller pieces and applying these to your clock, works just as well.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

The clock bell parts, legs, and handle are also covered with the foil.  The bells, are covered with triangle shaped cut out foil pieces.  I lightly painted the inside edge of the clock front with black paint.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

For the  honeycomb look on the glass front, I used Sizzix's Tim Holtz Mixed Media Sizzix Thinlits Set, Tim Holtz tissue, and an adhesive sheet.  I cut out a piece of tissue a little larger than my glass and adhered it to one side of the adhesive sheet, leaving the backing on, on the other side.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

My sandwich for die cutting the honeycomb shape, was my Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, tissue, Thinlits die, and Standard Cutting Pad.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

As you can see in my photo, the Thinlits die is smaller than my paper, so I moved it to other areas of my paper, and ended up cutting out four different parts. I left a few areas where there are bigger spaces in between the honeycombs.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I cut away part of my die-cut in the center, so you could still see through the glass.  I removed the adhesive backing and applied my die-cut sticker to the glass, then trimmed off the excess around the edges. You can make your own mixed media washi or tissue tape die-cuts!

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

This is how my clock looked after the parts were put back on, now onto the inside!  I love this new Mixed Media Thinlits set, there are so many different uses for these four different dies.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I cut out a circle that I traced from the back, inked the edges, then adhered this to the inside back of my clock.  I cut out a strip of paper to fit inside the clock sides.  This doesn't fit snug against the clock inside, as it is curved, so I just tack it in a few places with glue dots.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

The small hearts I used on the clock are die-cut from Tim Holtz Heartfelt Sizzix Bigz Die. With the Bigz dies, you do not need the Multipurpose Platform, just your two Standard Cutting Pads, die and your chosen material.  These dies can cut thicker material, such as the black chipboard I used.  I die cut an assortment of chipboard and patterned paper.  I like to cut out more than enough of the accent pieces, you can always use them on another project.  Plus, I always seem to want to add another one here or there at the end, so it's nice that you have the extra already cut out.  I adhered my patterned paper hearts to the chipboard hearts.  I usually glue the paper onto the chipboard first, then die cut, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with all the pieces.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I die-cut one heart from this Sizzix Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splat Sizzix Thinlits set.  This is also a great mixed-media type die set that I know I'm going to use a lot!  This was used on my Big Shot with the Magnetic Platform also, and two cutting pads, my Thinlits die and paper.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I wanted my pieces inside the clock to be very dimensional, so I used foam pieces to build them up.  These foam pieces are ones I save from the Sizzix Embossing Folders packaging.  I just cut them apart with my craft knife and apply adhesive.  I adhered a larger chipboard heart, then the scribbles heart die-cut, and a smaller chipboard heart to my clock back.  Next came my metal frame, built up a little with a foam piece.  I cut a foam piece as shown in the photo and adhered it underneath the frame.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

Here's a side view, so you can see how the pieces are built up.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I added two more paper covered chipboard hearts on top of the foam piece.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

On top of these hearts, I adhered my word LOVE, that was painted Tim Holtz letterpress letters.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I added in more hearts on top and a few on the sides.  Your clock back is ready to put back onto the clock base.  You can't really see any of the foam bits, once it's inside the clock, but if you want to cover them, just use any left over scraps of the embossed foil, they will stick well to the foam.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I added in dyed seam binding ribbon to the top.  I also had leftover chipboard hearts, so I adhered a few to the glass front.  I  strung some tiny ones that I punched a very small hole into, to silver crinkle metal wire, and hung them on either side of the clock.

Sizzix Tutorial | Altered Clock by Jan Hobbins

I know there's a bit of work in covering this clock, but I think it's worth it,  I love how the embossed foil looks.  Now I want to go and make more tissue tape die-cuts!

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thanks for stopping by,

Jan

Supplies


Other Supplies Used:

  • Materials used:  Tim Holtz Assemblage  clock, Foundry Frame, Crinkle Ribbon, Tissue Wrap
  • Ranger Ink Adhesive Foil Sheets, Distress Ink, Distress Paint, Distress Stain (coloring ribbon)
  • Adhesive, Adhesive Sheet (SookWang), Crinkle Metal Wire, Sanding block, Patterned Paper (Ruby Rock-It and Pink Paislee), Chipboard (Graphix) Foam pieces (Sizzix Packaging)

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