Frilly & Funkie Let There Be Light

11th November, 2015

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

This challenge is hosted by Sue (Stamping Sue Style), who has chosen the theme LET THERE BE LIGHT …Sue Says,“One of the things I don’t like at this time of year is the lack of light to craft by in the evenings. So, for this challenge I’d like you to include something in your project that makes reference to light, this could be a lamp, lantern, rays of light or even gradients of colour that get lighter!”

iGirlZoe: Let There Be LightIt’s no secret that I’m a big fan of this season! It really is the most wonderful time of the year and one of my favourite parts is the Christmas tree. The twinkling lights and glittering decorations compensate for the dark days we get in Europe over the winter. I decided to try my hand at altering an assemblage clock with this theme.

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
If you follow me on instagram you may have seen my post about taking the clock apart whilst watching Homeland! I was left with a pile of nuts, bolts, washers and no clue what went where!

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
I covered the exterior parts of the clock with ground espresso distress paint and set aside to dry. Then rubbed evergreen bough distress paint over the top with my finger and set aside to dry. I tapped an embossing ink pad over the top and sprinkled over clear rock candy distress glitter and set aside to harden before assembling.

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
Fortunately I managed to assemble the clock with only one washer leftover! 😉

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
For the interior of the clock, I followed the digital download instructions that I bought from Tim Holtz Etsy shop.

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
Initially I had a bit of an epic fail with the trophy antlers! I dripped alcohol ink over the stag’s head which reacted with the resin and turned it salmon pink! YUK! I decided the best way to cover it was with dark distress paint. As I was using the ground espresso distress paint to cover the clock, I covered the trophy antler too and set aside to dry. It was so dark that you couldn’t see the lovely details of the stag so I rubbed a little evergreen bough distress paint over the top with my finger. This highlighted the detail and gave a cool faux patina effect.

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
I rubbed glossy accents over some boxwood twine and sprinkled over clear rock candy distress glitter. It gives a really nice frosted effect. I attached the boxwood twine, trophy antlers, natural pinecone and some mini dollhouse Christmas lights to the top of the clock with hot glue.

iGirlZoe: Let There Be Light
I used icicles from the limited edition seasonal frozen alpha parts, (covered in distress glitter of course), on the front of the insert mount. I wrapped a Christmas tree banner from the festive ephemera pack around one of the woodland trees.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and the assemblage clock digital download instructions are available to buy from Tim Holtz Etsy shop.


  1. butterfly says:

    I love the subtle sparkle on the outside of the clock, and the wonderful shabby print letters. What a fantastic little winter scene with the glow of the lamp at the heart of it.
    Alison x

  2. Pamellia says:

    Zoe, this is a fabulous Christmas project! I love the string of icicles across the bottom and all the added glitter really gives it a holiday shimmer! Such a great altered Christmas project! hugs 🙂

  3. Beautiful altered clock, Zoe! I love every single element, and putting the light in is just the perfect finishing touch! You’ve inspired me to give one of these clocks a go again this year! Thank you for sharing your process…had a good chuckle about the trophy…sounds like a problem I would have! But in the end, the deer looks fantastic with his patina! Hugs!

  4. Deb L says:

    This is beautiful Zoe! Love all the sparkle. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Absolutely brilliant glitter verdigris finish and I LOVE what you did to the reindeer. Great find on those dollshouse lights! Jenny x

  6. Anne R says:

    It was worth all your effort with the clock and the reindeer head because this clock is now incredibly beautiful – I love the subtle glitter finish on the clock and the trees and lantern look fantastic. A beautiful piece of home decor! Anne x

  7. Cec says:

    Fantastic clock alteration. Love the colours, even if some of it covered up an oops. The little lights and the icicles are so Christmas/wintery. I also love the story about the screws and washers. It sounds like me trying to put something together from IKEA.

  8. Zoe, that is so wonderful! Love the patina on the outside of the clock and on your wonderful stag and the touches of rock candy glitter add the perfect frosty touch. A gorgeous decoration to light up the dark days of winter, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo

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