Friday, April 18, 2014

Collage Mini Stash Artist Trading Blocks

I've always loved this  8x8 Collage Paper Stash  from Tim Holtz. It has some of my favorite designs that just don't need anything else but the papers themselves.
So, I had 3 sizes of Artist Trading Blocks cut out of black mat board sitting on my work table....calling my name....and this is the result of just a couple of hours of play.
You can fussy cut a few pictures and layer on numbers or more pictures. Each side is quick and easy to put together!
Make sure you always check the direction of each side. It takes a bit of thinking as you see here, they don't all go the same way. The top and bottom squares have to be going in the right direction.
I like to add Distress Inks to the papers to make them a bit more colorful, here Tea Dye, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, and Old Paper do the trick.

This is a detail shot of the smallest one...just a couple of Numbers cut out, inked and glued to another piece of the collage papers. The larger ones are from the original 12x12 sheet.
I like the "glow" that the Tea Dye adds to the papers. It just kind of makes the colors richer.
I loved how the little clocks fit perfectly onto the middle sized block.
 The Pilot and the Vintage Car photos are warmed up a bit with Old Paper and some Tea Dye.
The tiny Bingo Numbers could represent dates on your collages.
This amazing die designed by Eileen Hull, and the Paper Stash are in stock at
Inspiration Emporium. Just click on the links.
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So get out your papers and glue stick and have some simple, easy, fun. They really are great to make and share!


Eileen Hull said...

Your blocks are always a pleasure to see Linda! This does look like fun- and doesn't everyone have paper just waiting to be used? I have stacks! These blocks are fun! Love the extra distressing- it finishes them off just right! Go ATB!

Helen said...

Your blocks look great all sacked up, Linda - just like children's wooden play blocks from many moons ago, lol!

AngelicaS said...

Love the ATB:s A really cool way to play with blocks as an adult :)

Claudine Criner said...

Love these ATBs!!! I really like the way you used the Tim Holtz paper it really pops off those artist trading blocks.

Sharon Y said...

Wow Linda! Great job. Tim's paper is perfect for these atb's. Thanks for sharing.

sam21ski said...

Great idea, and quick and easy xxx

JackieP Neal said...

Love how you distress Linda- everything always looks so vintage! Very cool blocks- love the papers!

Candy C said...

Linda... Your stack of vintage ATBs is brilliant! I love the images you have used from Tim's 8x8 paper stash and I love each of your blocks. Very clever and as always, beautifully crafted. :) I just returned from being out if the country for a week; thus the delay in seeing these beauties and thanking you for the sweet comments you left on my blog and over at A Vintage Journey. Sending hugs and Happy Easter wishes! Candy

Anonymous said...

They look wonderful!

Lori said...

As always, fabulous blocks!

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