Hi all and welcome. There's a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and the theme for December, hosted by the wonderful Deb is "Winter Magic".
Well, I am still in full Christmas Card creation mode, and after having spent two Christmases in Australia, it was great fun to create a project with this theme. I know we are all busy, so below is just a quick step by step of how I got here:
I used one of my favourite background techniques for this card, - on a piece of hot press watercolour paper I used various Sprays: Distress in Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans, Perfect Pearls mist in the colour Perfect Pearl and a little Distress Brushed Pewter. I then covered it with clingfilm while the inks were still wet, crinkled the film and then let it dry over night.
For the next layer I adhered a small circular mask (cut from a large sticky note with a circle punch), inked around it with Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire and then stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress ink using one of the stamps from the Scribbled Woodland stamps and one of the trees from the Treeline stamp set, both by Tim Holtz. I also did some splatters with Picket Fence for a snowy effect.
It all looked a bit too wishy washy for my liking, so I cut two trees from the Sizzix Thinlits 660978, also by Tim. I cut them from card sprayed with Chipped Sapphire spray. I also stamped the sledge from the Mini Holidays set in a mix of Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot and then immediately embossed it with Black Sparkly EP.
A little die cut sentiment was added to finish it off and my card was pretty much done.
Below still a few details:
After adhering the trees to the background, I dabbed on some dimensional paint to the openings in the tree and sprinkled on some Distress Rockcandy Glitter dust for a little sparkle.
I did the same with the sentiment.
Here you can see some of the "Ice Crystal" effect of the cling film technique. I rather love the effect on the moon.
Well, that's it from me for today. Do check out the awesome projects my teamies created, Winter Magic inspiration galore!!! Just click HEREand of course we all hope that you will play along with our challenge!
Hello everyone and Happy, Happy December to you all!! Yep, there is no way round it, the great event is now less than 4 weeks away... keep smiling and stay relaxed!!
It's a time to give gifts and what better way than in a hand made little gift box...
But let's get to the challenge first. Here is our badge for this month, if you are going to play, then please make sure to include it in your post!
Our sponsor this month is no other than the wonderful Eileen Hull!! And our winner will win one of her dies, - worth playing right?
Anyway, on to my project. I used Eileen's large box die, cut from mat board (or mount board as we call it in the UK). These dies make it super easy to create boxes, all you need to do is decorate them.
It's best to do that before putting your box together. I added texture paste to each of the sides, through a stencil and while the paste was still wet added some Vintage Platinum Distress Glitterdust, for some sparkle. When the paste had dried I added colour with the help of a couple of Sprays, blending it out with some kitchen roll.
I then glued my box together and decorated the top with some die cuts from my box of bits and pieces.
I edged the sides with some Distress crayons for my favourite vintage look and my project was done....
Now before I sign off, as a special December treat, there are some bonus give aways on our social media sites, so make sure to keep a look out for them!!!
Well, that's it from me for today, hope you will decide to play along with our challenge, and to get lots of inspiration, all you need to do is hop over to the Mixed Media Monthly blog. Hope to see you there!
Hello all, welcome and I hope all my American friends had a great Thanksgiving!!
Today I have a couple of quick Christmas cards to share. I am still on a mission to make most of this year's cards myself.
I decided to pull out some of my Tim Holtz stash, - old and new and have a play. I won't bore you with detailed descriptions, but if you have any questions, feel free to email.
Card number one, using the globe and doily dies.
Card number 2, using some of the new stamps and layering stencils:
Well, there you have it, another two to add to my box, still quite a few more to do. Hope you are all finding the time to do something creative during these busy days, - I find it actually relaxes me and that surely must be a good thing....
Hi all, hope this month has gone well for you so far.
I have a project on the Shimmerz blog today, - here's a little preview:
If you want to see more, - well you'll know what to do, - just click HERE Hope the link is working, blogger has been driving me crazy.... Anyway, have a happy week ahead, and thanks for your visit!
Well, here we are, only about 6 weeks to Christmas and I finally get round to posting my next 3 cards inspired by Linda's tags. If you are new to what this is all about, you can read all about this wonderful challenge by clicking HERE.
So without further ado, here are my next 3 cards inspired by the tags:
I'll briefly talk you through them one by one
This is inspired by Linda's tag 4. You can see the original HERE. I was inspired by the crinoline poinsettias, and by the white layer on top of the red. I just changed my colouring to a darker red, and as I did not have many of the products Linda used, I improvised with what I had. My top layer was created with a holly die, I think it's from Crafters Companion.
Here's a close up of the poinsettia, I brushed on some gesso for a snowy effect, but now wished I hadn't as the spray I used to colour my crinoline (a mix of Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany Distress Spray) started to run and turned it slightly pink (yuk).
I used the same stamp Linda did for her tag, but fussy cut it and mounted it on some black card as it did not show up enough.
Alright, onto tag number 5, I am turning all of mine into cards this year.
I pinched a lot of Linda's ideas on this one. The original can be seen HERE
I was inspired by the colours Linda used, Kraft and cream, - though mine is more white. As my cards are smaller than Linda's large tags, I changed the lay out quite a bit, but I loved how she made use of both the positive and negative of the holly die cuts and her use of background stamping with text.
Above a little close up of how I finished mine with ribbon and berries.
Finally, my favourite card of the three, inspired by Linda's tag 6. You can see her version HERE
I absolutely adored Linda's tag 6, the use of Kraft with white is just wonderful I think, I love the sort of folk art/ peppercake/ Scandinavian feel it gives....
I obviously used Tim's Nordic Layering Stencil aswell with white texture paste, and then substituted with what I had in my stash, to create something in a similar style.
I loved Linda's heart, and tried to achieve something similar with a bauble die that has a pattern for embossing, instead of doing that I cut it and then used it as a stencil with the paste again. It's a little Marianne die.
I used exactly the same stamp for the greeting, white embossed like Linda had done.
I don't have the tree die Linda used, nor the deer, so I just adapted with what I had. The little deer is a chipboard embelly I found in my Christmas box, that I just painted white with gesso.
Well, there you have it, 3 more for the box... I just love this challenge as Linda makes me think of things that I would never have thought of myself. Thanks so much Linda for all your inspiration!!
Hello friends, thanks for dropping in.
Some of you may remember the post I did about Paloma, the little dove of peace. If you missed it and want to know who Paloma is, - you can find it here
Well I finally managed to finish a new little passport for her:
There are loads of pages here, so I thought once the addresses of people she is going to visit have been added, on the remaining pages, participants could maybe add some quotes or other messages and the little book could eventually, after Paloma has finished her journey, be sent to Lys as a gift for starting this wonderful project.
Anyway, I'll give you a quick run down of how I put the book together and show you some more pages.
I used Eileen Hull's Passport book die, and started by cutting all the different parts from mat board, plus two additional pages also from matboard.
Next I cut a number of inner pages from scrapbook paper (Blue Fern Timeless).
For putting the book together I followed Eileen's instructions she gives in this video. But before doing that, of course I had fun decorating the pages, cover and spine.
This is obviously the spine. I used a background text stamp, one of Tim's layering stencils and Distress Crayons from set 3, pretty much throughout. I love the effect of rubbing the Distress Crayons through the stencil, it looks so dimensional...
I also dry embossed the mat board inner pages, using various embossing folders.
And then coloured them with the help of some acrylic paint (Paperartsy Fresco in Buff) and again the Distress Crayons. I also used stamps from the Tim Holtz Correspondence set, mostly stamped in Maroon Archival ink.
other side of the same double page
a matboard page next to a paper page
inside of the same mat board page
and another sample, I just so love how the mat board can be dry embossed, that was a totally new idea for me....
And a final example of a double page. As you can see, I bound my book with twine and chose the Correspondence set because of the travel theme incorporated in that set.
For the covers I added more textural elements by covering them with texture paste and while still wet pressing a wet text stamp into the paste. Stupidly I forgot to take a picture before finishing the cover with paint, crayon and some die cuts, but I hope you get the idea.
Well, that's it, if you missed my last post about Paloma and would still like to be added to the list, please be in touch soon. I know we have hit busy times for everyone, but this is such a worthy cause in our troubled times.
I am going to finish with a quote from Hilary Clinton's Concession speech last night:
Fighting for what is right is worth it!
Thank you for your visit like always and may Peace be with you!!
Just got a whole lot of new stamps from a brilliant place called the Stamp Smith. This is the image that I first saw on Docraft and really liked. I asked the friend who has used it in an ATC, where she got it. Well she borrowed it from a friend who got it from ebay as a one off. But.... it had a title. I googled the title, and hey presto found the site. They have great stamps and offer a really friendly fast service. I highly recommend them!
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