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Monday, 23 May 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Its Amanda here hoping you'll join me on the third leg of this months Destination Inspiration. Before we set off lets just have another quick look inside the travel bag to remind ourselves of the contents :
Product: Sprays of Brushos
Technique: Gesso Resist
Colour: Blue
Substrate: Card
and now for the creativity.

I have made a card using one of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps as the focal image and creating a faux 'whitewashed' brick wall using the gesso resist technique . 

I actually made a few resist backgrounds to see how the technique worked and the results it gave and I guess it was during this creative time that I thought of the idea of trying to create a whitewash wall effect - why whitewashed walls should pop into my mind at this point when I was 'full on colour'  I have no idea?!!
So with the idea fresh in my mind here's what I did .
 I cut a piece of mixed media heavyweight paper to 6x4inches and embossed it using Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder. Then using a dry piece of natural sponge I applied gesso onto the embossed brick wall panel
 and left to dry - doesn't take long .... 

.... when dry I then spritzed the panel with Distress Spray Stains and a touch of water to help distribute the pools of ink. At this stage you can see the gesso beginning to resist the ink as the inks are water based and one of the features of gesso is that it will resist water based products.

When dry I used a lightly water spritzed cloth and rubbed over the surface of the embossed panel to reveal the full effect of the gesso resist technique. Though I don't claim to be an expert with this technique I was happy with the result and continued to make a few more panels. 
 I chose this one to use on my card as I felt it had the closest resemblance to a whitewash brick wall due to its lighter tones and rough texture.

Now for the stamped focal image - 'Lost in Thought' by Indigo Blu. I've had this stamp for a while as it was a definite 'must have' for me when it was first released but shamefully it has remained un-inked until now.
 She's inked onto white card stock using black Archival ink and painted using distress inks as watercolours. I even gave her some 'lippy' and painted her nails!
  I then fussy cut around her

and adhered her using dimensional glue against the wall on the finished card. For the shadow you can see around her I used pumice stone distress marker.

The quote, from Tim Holtz stamp set 'Warehouse District', is stamped onto white card stock with Black Soot distressed edges using black Archival ink  

Splatters of Stormy Sky and Black Soot distress paint on the brick wall and some gem topped hex nuts add some simple touches of detail to complete the card.

 Thank you for accompanying me today on the 3rd leg of this months Destination Inspiration. I hope both I and my fellow Creative Guides Astrid (Terminal #1) and Tracy (Terminal #2) have given you some inspiration to keep on creating. 
Be sure to stop by next Monday to see whats on offer at Terminal #4 ,the final stop for Mays Destination  Inspiration.
Our current challenge is 'Sew Special' and we welcome you to join in with us. There is still time as the challenge runs up until the beginning of June 2016.
Time now for me to go and pack the supplies back into the travel bag so I'll wish you all a great week ahead 
Take care 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Pinworthy Guest Day - what a treat!

Hi everyone, Nikki here with my monthly post where I get to introduce Guest Creative Guides who were previous pinworthies at A Vintage Journey. The ladies today were our selected winners back in February for our Industrial themed challenged. 
This month we have quite a different theme - Sew Special - but wow have they showed their versatility - we are in for a treat - here goes......

Hi! Suzz here! I live in the midwest in the United States. I have a wonderful family consisting of my hubby, three children and two dogs.
I am thrilled to be able to share again here on the Vintage Journey! The Design Team and their art is always inspiring and fabulous!
I have always loved art! The smell of fresh crayons, blank sheets of paper, and freshly sharpened pencils have always inspired me to create even in grade school. I evolved from my art in school into crafting and continue to explore and try new artistic adventures.

Today I am sharing a tag inspired by the Sew Special challenge.
I had picked up this totally awesome printers block with a stylish outfit at a local flea market. I have been wanting to use the image in one of my artsy endeavours and this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use it! 
To create my fun tag I used Distress Stain Sprays and Stencils on pieces of linen cloth. These are the remnants left after my tag was finished. 
I stamped the print block image by inking it up with Ranger Archival Ink and stamping it on a spare piece of the linen that wasn't stencilled but did get a mix of the sprays. 
Next I layered the sprayed linen pieces on top of each other. I used a glue stick to layer the fabric. I don't have a sewing machine and wanted to add a little bit of stitching. I hand stitched a few stitches along the side and sewed the buttons on the bottom.
Then I had the fun of looking through my embellishments for a variety of sewing inspired embellishments. I had plenty to choose from in my stash. Thank you to the fabulous Vintage Journey Team for letting me share with you today.


This is Vicki (aka- that crazy chick) and I am thrilled to be back as a “sew special” guest at A Vintage Journey. The only thing I like better than word play is to break bend a few rules. I can’t wait to show you what I've made with fabric and paper and paper fabric. This year has been one of great changes; pressing forward, each day, one step at a time, stronger than yesterday.
Paper fabric is an amazing material, it behaves both like paper and fabric. You can buy it by the yard as Kraft-tex, Sizzix sells it as Paper Leather and Tim has it packaged in his ideaology line as Substrate Sheets. The more you work the surface the more leathery it becomes (I cheat, a little, and let another process make the leathery look for me – you can see this in the step-by-step on my blog). And, optional a ‘must’ in my world.

I used this challenge to try Sizzix ink sheets for the first time and on the linen textile sheet. This transfer ink worked better than I anticipated on the textured surface (Paula gave me the idea, when she used remnant rubs on linen in a vignette box awhile back).
I matted images from the Dapper Paperstash with some inked chambray (also) from the textile surfaces package. I like how this softens the edges and still feels masculine.
And lastly, created my own ribbon award using crinkle ribbon, plain tissue wrap and an old snap cap. *interesting side note, depending on where you are in the world, my blue ribbon will represent a different finish standing. Tell me, how well am I doing?


My name is Lys and I live in a village in south west of France. Ten years ago I started with scrapbooking, then I discovered Mixed Media and now every bit of paper, fabric, plastic or any material I can watch with a different eye can be part of a new creation in my hands. I love experiments and I always try to find new paths, but I also take a huge inspiration in blogland so I don’t think I have a definite style. My first idea is expressing something, telling a story… and my fingers go on!

I’m very happy today to show the dress I made for this “Sew Special” challenge: I love the wide range of styles opened now at AVJ and I think I borrowed a bit of several of them here.
I wished a “Special” dress, for a celebration, with a French touch too, so it’s a strange mixture of a shabby dress with a steampunk style, colours and textures… I have “sewn” everything, you can see a step by step on my blog.
Everything came from this old small perfume bottle I altered to make a dress form. For my mysterious lady I wished a flimsy dress, so if the chest is draped, the rest is floating around the crinoline.
The stiffness of the corset and its stripes is softened by the lace, the thread and the ribbon bow, for a feminine touch.
The lady won't go out without her gems: her free heart...
her cameo which reminds the world is opened to her...
And her rose necklace.
Thanks so much Nikki and AVJ team for your invitation, I’m very honoured to be at your sides today!

Well I don't know about you - but I am in awe of these wonderful creations! Thank you Suzz, Vicki and Lys for sharing these amazing projects with us at A Vintage Journey - they really are stunning.
Feeling inspired? Our Sew Special challenge runs until June 2nd!

Until next time...

Monday, 16 May 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal 2

Hello travellers, welcome aboard to Terminal 2. This is Tracy here to share the second leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of May. You can view Astrid's Destination Inspiration, Terminal One HERE.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Sprays or Brushos
Technique: Gesso Resist
Colour: Blue
Substrate: Card

I opted for a masculine tag accordion for this months creation using tones of blue, brown and touches of white to lift the design.
I began by placing the mini layering stencil onto one of the tags and then applying Gesso over the tag, remembering not to add too much Gesso so that it does not bleed under the stencil.
Dry the Gesso with a heat tool. Mine has a tint of brown to it as this was colour left on my stencil from a previous project but this does not affect the technique in any way.
I repeated this process with the Gesso on all four tags. The tags were all die cut using Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate Die.
To add a further layer of interest to the background I also splattered the Gesso onto the background using a paintbrush and then once again dried with a heat tool.
From this picture you can see the added texture the splatters of Gesso add to the background.
I then applied a good layer of Broken China Distress Ink to the background, blending with an ink blending tool to apply. I distressed the edges of the tag to add to the vintage/aged feel of the design.
And now the magic of the technique. Spritz a piece of dry kitchen towel with a touch of water and rub over the Gesso areas, which resist the ink and now appear in white, giving a pop to the design in the background.
From this picture you can also now see the splatters, adding a further layer of interest to the background.
Take a piece of acetate or recycled plastic packaging; spritz the plastic with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.
Spritz the stain with water.
Now dab the inked plastic onto the background. This way I can place the spray exactly where I want it on the tag and then dry with a heat tool.
I repeated the same process with the spray on all four tags. I then flicked water onto the background to bleach out some of the areas and then dried with my heat tool.
As you can see the Gesso resist is still visible and so are all the other layers added to the background.
Now it was time to add some focal imagery and further layers to my design. I used Tim Holtz Sideshow stamp set to add my focal imagery to all the tags using Black Archival Ink.
I added circles of white paint to spotlight each of the images.
Jenny's challenge this month is "Sew Special" so I thought I would also add a touch of random machine stitching to my design. I also included some embossed circles using Tim Holtz Typewriter and Keyboard Texture Fade set, cutting them up to add further interest.
I added stamped numbers to the background to add a further layer to the design.
I had a piece of watercolour paper on my desk and used the perforated edge to add random pieces to my design.
Delicate splatters of white paint have also been added.
I love adding layers to a piece of work and this was so much fun to create.

Thank you for travelling along with me, I hope you enjoyed the journey! Please pop back next Monday to see the next creative step along our journey from our next Creative Guide.

Please check out our current challenge (link in the side bar) and of course there will be several Inspiration Journeys too during the rest of the month.


Friday, 13 May 2016

Winner and Pinworthies for Spring Is In The Air

All we can say is WOW - what a great array of wonderful entries for Spring Is In The Air.  It was such a joy to visit all your posts this past month.  But before we reveal who our April Winner and Pinworthies are, it's our very great pleasure to welcome Aisha of Enter Into the Magic as our Guest Creative Guide today.  Aisha was the winner of our Industrial theme in February, and I know you're going to absolutely love what she's created for the Sew Special challenge currently being hosted by Jenny.  So let me hand you over to Aisha to introduce herself.

Hi my friends my name is Asia (Aisha) and I'm from Poland.   I have been scrapbooking for 3 years. In mix media style I'm only two years but I know this is something what I love.  In my projects I mix a few styles - retro, fantasy and steampunk with a little bit of magic.  I use dark, deep colours, textures, flowers and lots of metal parts.  The most fun for me is to use in my art small watch parts, gears and cogs.  Usually I create mix media canvases, boxes and altered items.
Mix media is for me self-expression.  I like that every project can tell different story and show different emotions.

I'm so happy to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey.  Today I would like to show you an old box with a dragon eye.  This month challenge is "Sew special" so I added to my project some different fabrics to create an interesting background.  I used lace, gauze, tulle and thread.

What I did first was to use stencil and modelling paste to create the wall.  When it was dry, I applied black gesso and Antiquing Cream in Carbon Black.  I wiped some gesso with wet wipes.  On the corner I put on some modelling paste to create dragon effect ;) Next I applied some acrylic paints -Gold and just touch of Inka Gold Old Silver . 

On the front of the box I added beautiful dragonfly wings.  I covered them with black gesso, and added some colours. There is also a small elf hiding in a cabochon.

On the side of the box I put a gold steampunk dragonfly with some small gears.

On the top I glued amazing flourish frames with dragon eye inside. For my background I used modelling paste and lots of gauze, tulle and lace. I start to add all embellishments - flowers, buttons, metal parts and little bottle. I painted everything with black gesso.

To make the texture of my box more interesting, I sprinkled some micro beads. I covered them with black gesso. As the final step, I started playing with colours. I used mists: Distress Spray Stain - Peacock Feathers, Tarnished Brass; 13 arts - Pearl Violet, Turquoise Light; and mica powders - Blue Opal Magic, Gold Opal Magic, Purple; and DecoArt acrylic paints - Cobalt Turquoise, Rich Espresso, Venetian Gold.

I hope you enjoyed my make and found it inspirational.  More photos you can find on my blog ;) XOXO Aisha 

Wow - what a fantastic piece of altered art, Aisha, with great textures from all those fabrics.  Thank you for joining us this month to share your inspiring artwork.  Do take a trip over to Aisha's blog Enter Into the Magic to see lots more of her creations. 

And now it's time to see who our talented April winners are.

The winner of the prize voucher sponsored by Country View Crafts, as selected by Random Generator is...

That's LauraVi of Vive La Vi with these charming springtime ATCs.

Congratulations, Laura!  Your winner's badge and prize voucher will be on their way to you soon, and we hope you'll join us as a Guest Designer here at A Vintage Journey in the months to come.

Now onto our selected Pinworthies chosen by the Creative Guides. This is always difficult with so many wonderful creations but these three are the ones we felt really captured the challenge with their submissions.

Congratulations to our Winner and Pinworthies. We will be in contact shortly with your badges and invitations to be a guest designer here at A Vintage Journey.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and we hope to see you again this month for Sew Special.  Remember, one of our Creative Guides will be back on Monday to share the next Destination Inspiration.  You'll have to drop in to find out who it is and what they've done with the contents of this month's travel bag, so we'll see you again soon!

S@ndy, Alison and the AVJ Creative Guides