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DIY Altered Tim Holtz Christmas Clock

Posted by Carisa Zglobicki

This Christmas clock will be the perfect addition to your holiday decor! Watch this tutorial and learn how to alter a Tim Holtz clock

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Hi Blitsy Fans!

Today I have a fun Christmas clock project to share with you. I have always admired the Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock but I never felt like I was a 3D mixed media type girl. However, after several times in and out of my cart, I finally went ahead and purchased it. I knew I wanted to create a Christmas clock and had several ideas run through my mind. First, I thought it would be SO cute as a countdown calendar. I still think I might do that eventually. I think it would be super cute to remove the glass front completely so that you could add some hooks to the inside and flip the numbers as Christmas (or any other holiday) approaches. I also think it would be SO cute to create little towns in the Christmas clock and place them on your mantel or around the house. SO cute! There are so many ideas for these awesome clocks, the possibilities are literally endless.

One of my favorite things about this clock is how easy it is to decorate. Both the back and the glass front are fully removable making altering so simple. Once I removed both these pieces, I spray painted the entire clock with a light gray to get my first base layer on quick. Gesso is also a good choice for this step, but I was looking for fast and simple, plus I wouldn't have to worry about brush strokes. I did get a few drips but in my world, that's a good thing because I love drips in my art! Once that was dry, I went over it with Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint in Opal Magic Rose Gold. It gave the Christmas clock such a pretty vintage sheen. I love that it's translucent so I could still see the gray spray paint but now it just had some shimmer. Once that was dry, I used a sanding block to rough up some of the edges and grunge it up a bit. Once I was satisfied with the outside, it was time to start working on the inside. I placed the glass front back into the clock so I could start building my layers. First I added a layer of texture paste to the bottom. I used a Liquitex with White Opaque Flakes but you could use anything, I was going for a look of snow. For my bottle brush trees, I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine to add color to them picking colors that matched my pattern paper. Once dry, I lightly went around the edges with the Picket Fence Distress Crayon giving them a look of fallen snow on the branches. Then I placed them into the modeling paste and let them dry in place. I added a bingo number to the finback of the clock and then put it together. A few embellishments finishes up this fun mixed media holiday decor! Of course, I filmed the entire process for you below. I hope you enjoy watching this Christmas clock come together!

Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock
  • Design Master Spray Paint (Mist)
  • Prima Opal Magic Rose Gold
  • October Afternoon Daily Flash Eggnog 12x12
  • Elle's Studio Chipboard Merry & Bright
  • Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine
  • Ranger Stickles Sets (Trimmings, Yuletide)
  • Ranger Distress Crayons (Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio, Frayed Burlap)
  • Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Gold, Mint Green, Primrose)
  • Bottlebrush Trees
  • Seam Binding
  • Liquitex White Opaque Flakes
  • Prima Finnabair 3/4" Paintbrush
  • Vintage Bingo Chip/Game Pieces

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I hope you are inspired to make your own Christmas clock. Until next time, Happy Crafting!