Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-3What a Mesh Challenge at Frilly & Funkie: Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Clipboard

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Pamellia is our hostess this round, and she has chosen the theme What a Mesh!  To answer the challenge, I altered a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clip board using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Make Today Your Very Best Day stamp.  Before we dig into the project details, let’s see what Pamellia has in mind for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: What a Mesh!
The challenge this time is to use any type of mesh (crinoline, cheesecloth, tulle, burlap, canvas etc) in your vintage or shabby chic project.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-1Burlap is one of my favorite textiles because it adds so much texture to a project.   I’ve used it on the background of this Tim Holtz Idea-Ology mini clipboard and to make the flowers on this girly grunge piece.

I painted the edges of the mini clipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink, then tapped with Prima Copper Crackle Paste.  To tone down the shine of the copper paste, I spritzed with Ranger Espresso Color Wash then tapped with Ranger Verdigris Patina.  While I had it out, I used it on the rusted metal house, the wooden key (Prima) the Idea-Ology stopwatch charm and even on the burlap.

Make Today Your Very Best Day: the Stamp

My thought for this clipboard was to create a little visual encouragement for my studio.  So this sentiment from Tammy Tutterow was both the perfect size and the perfect message.  I stamped it onto the grid paper from “Dapper” in Jet Black Archival Ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then colored it  with Distress Markers and a detail water brush.

After coloring, I blended in some Mustard Seed Distress ink to add a pop of vibrant color.  Then I spattered the background with the leftover ink on my craft sheet and some watered down white acrylic paint.

Finally, I stenciled on some mesh lines using the Linen Stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

I wanted the edges uneven and torn, so I brushed around the image with my water brush and let it set for a few seconds.  This is the easiest way I know of to tear paper.  Of course, I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-5Did you know that the clip on this mini clipboard is removable?  That makes it soooo easy to alter!  I colorized the clip with alcohol inks, then just screwed it back onto the base.  Easy peasy!

Building the Layers

Once the burlap base was in place, I added some vertical lines with the Dapper Ticking paper. This was stitched onto kraft cardstock. Threads were left  long, then wrapped around the side for some extra texture. I glued the sentiment onto this panel, and then onto the burlap base.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-2Frayed Posies (another of Tammy’s fabulous dies) cut from white burlap and inked with a mix of Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon inks add a lovely pop of color.  I shaped the petals a little with my fingers while they were still damp from the ink, then I layered them together using my hot glue gun. Finishing them off with this wooden button gives them a great vintage vibe.

I fussy cut flowers from another pattern in Dapper and added them into the flower cluster along with Petaloo Teal Mini Botanica Flowers. Then I custom dyed seam binding ribbon with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and a touch of Vintage Photo Inks to create the shabby bow .

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-4Thrift Shop Ephemera bits and bobs found a home on the right hand side of the clipboard.  The pocket watch charm was tapped with Antique Linen Distress Paint and the Verdigris Patina ink.  I fussy cut the image of the boy and his dog and layered it over the ephemera background. The mini plaquette and tickets really draw the eye to this smaller element, and I like that a lot!

The Flip Side

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-7On the flip side of the clipboard, I created a double pocket using more papers from the Dapper collection.  I’m always looking for a spot to keep my “to do” lists so they don’t get lost.  This will work perfectly for that purpose.

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-6And it I ever feel like it, I can add another stamped sentiment to the upper portion (more of the Dapper grid/ruler paper here).

make-today-your-very-best-day-altered-mini-clipboard-by-kathy-clement-product-tammy-tutterow-designs-photo-8This sentiment makes my heart happy.  It was tapped with Alcohol Ink then filled with the Patina Verdigris ink.  I had just enough of my seam binding ribbon  to tie onto the ends.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

And that’s it for me, folks!  Now it’s YOUR turn!

Create your own What  a Mesh project in shabby chic or vintage style and link it up on the Frilly & Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 15th.  The F&F design team will be taking a tour of your lovely projects during that time.

Our favorite design in this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for joining me here today!



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17 thoughts on “Make Today Your Very Best Day Altered Tim Holtz Mini Clipboard

  1. Zoe Hillman

    I love your mini clipboard kathy. The burlap works perfectly and those layers are gorgeous, but the icing on the cake for me is the flip side. Such a great idea for somewhere to store your to do list. So clever. 🙂

  2. Nancy Dynes

    Hi again, Kathy!!
    I just saw your creation for Frilly and Funkie and had to come over for a closer look. You make the best eye candy!! I can’t believe the aged finish you’ve achieved with the clip and alcohol inks. It looks one hundred years old. The focal sentiment, all the tiny details, and those burlap flowers come together into total and complete perfection!
    Hugs to you my friennd,

  3. Niki

    Beautiful and what a mesh! Such gorgeous colors and grudge appeal! The sentiment is so perfect for this and I bet t looks amazing inky R studio. The flip side is just as spectacular as the front and that’s so fantabulous that you did both sides. Thanks for the tip about the clip coming off. Awesome sauce and stunning. Design! ~Niki

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Hi, Niki! I’m so glad you were inspired by my “mesh”. LOL I can’t wait to see what you make for the challenge. Thanks for the lovely comment, and happy creating!

  4. Anita Houston

    Layers of love on this clipboard…wow! LOVE all the burlap and the flowers, but the colors are beyond wonderful! So great that it’s functional too! Beautiful work!

  5. Jenny Marples

    Absolutely loving this Kathy! As Suzz says, sunshine, warmth, happiness all clipped together with that fabulous altered clipboard. I love that you’ve used the burlap on the base and even altered the reverse. It’s gorgeous xx

  6. stampersuzz

    What a beautiful ray of sunshine! The colors are so bright and happy and the flowers, watercolored sentiment and design are gorgeous!

  7. Sara Emily Barker

    Kathy, I love every single detail on this beautiful, yet functional clipboard, and there are MANY to love! That stitching always makes me smile, but wrapping the extra thread on the side is so unexpected! The TT die is now on my wish list–you’ve colored those posies beautifully! Of course there’s a pocket on the back with yet more gorgeous tags tucked in! I don’t know how you do it, but every project is just a huge treat for the eyes and a new favorite for me! Big hugs!

  8. soozyb2013

    I LOVE IT! The sentiment is lovely! I enjoyed everything about this project, this little work of art. You and your work are precious Kathy.

  9. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, a wonderful gift for someone who has an office , or just wants to hang it somewhere to remind them to have a good day. so beautiful and well done. My?you use so many accents and colors, and well thought of. ….have a good day..

  10. Joi@RR

    Ahhh – Kathy – this made my day. So bright, so cheerful, so inspiring. Love all the meshy textures. And there is so much to see – everywhere is something else tucked in perfectly. You made me smile big! j.

  11. Jenny L

    Hi Kathy,
    what a wonderful and super project and as usual it’s so wonderfully created.
    Lots of wonderful and vibrant colours and items used to a very high standard.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  12. thecobweboriumemporium

    BRILLIANT! I love the sentiments, the colours, the images … and the joy which comes over. This is perfect Kathy. A really GREAT make.
    Sending you squidges, from my corner to yours. ~ Cobs. x

  13. Linda, the funkie junkie

    So cool, Kathy! Love all the grunge, especially the patina. You did a fantastic job aging everything and your burlap flowers are spectacular. Love the Tammy Tutterow stamp and your lovely coloring. The clipboard is such a great idea – thank you for the inspiration!


  14. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, what a wonderful project! I just love the idea of an altered clip board and the additional pocket on the back for to do lists is genius! Your ‘mesh’ flowers are just lovely, everything is so bright and cheery! Beautiful and functional, love it! 🙂

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