Monday, February 27, 2017

Brave Heart

Hi everyone, I'm Christina

I read somewhere that you should do one thing a day that scares you. For me that would be stepping out of my comfort zone in the creative world. Sometimes I tell myself to breathe, get back to work and create something brave and new. So, I decided to alter Tim Holtz idea ology mini clipboard and make it my own.

So here we go.....!

Title: Brave Heart

Start by taking apart the clipboard holder.

Apply black gesso to the clipboard, any brand will do.

Die cut and emboss the layered bee die out of chipboard from Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations

Using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations mixed media die, I used manilla paper from the #10 tag.

Apply Ranger texture paste through a variety of stencils, I used Tim Holtz Flourish, allow to dry or to speed dry use a heat tool. 

Once you have everything in place, the layered bee, gadgets/gears/beads etc. cover with a layer or two of black gesso. Heat set.

Now the fun begins......!
Using your finger, start rubbing in beeswax of various colors to give dimension and make your pieces come to life. I used Art (c) beeswax in gold/silver/bronze. For the more detailed parts I used a fine paint brush to add colour. 

Distress crayon, Smokey Sky was used to add more colour and give a vintage vibe to the piece. All you need to do is rub it in and a helpful tip....a little goes a long way.

Apply black gesso to the clipboard piece, heat set, then rub in a bit of the gold beeswax for a vintage effect

Here are two different techniques using the same layered bee die. As Tim Holtz would say this is definitely a "game changer"

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and when you get a chance come on over and join the fun at our February challenge Love with a twist Wings. We can't wait to see what you create!



  1. Wow Wow Wow Christina!!!! It's a magical piece! i love it! thanks so much for sharing this fabulous step by step! I'll try for sure!!!!!! barbara

    1. Thank you so much Barbara, for your kind words!!
      ((Hugs)) Christina

  2. This is truly fantastic! LOVE IT! Oh I need those mixed media dies! Thanks so much for sharing a fantastic piece!

    1. Thanks Maria xx
      Those mixed media dies are addictive!

  3. Stunning, brave and so inspirational. Gorgeous it! x

  4. Girlie, you know I so love, love this!!!! I love metallic wax and gears!!! What a great project!!!

  5. Amazing piece of Artwork. I like the metallic touch and all the lovely decoration elements on it. Great!

  6. This is a fabulous creation! Love it!

  7. I had to try this today - great fun and so many options!!! Thank you for showing your wonderful creation!!!