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Monday, 24 October 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 3

Hello travellers, welcome aboard  Terminal 3. Annie here to share the third leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of October. You can view  Destination Inspiration, Terminal 1 HERE and Terminal 2 HERE

So what do we have in our travel bag to inspire you this month:
Product: Crackle Paste
Technique: Layering Colour Through Stencils
Colour: Greens and Golds
Substrate: Some Kind of Box

I decided to alter a cigar box that has been kicking about  the house for  quite some time. I had promised my DH that I would create a nice vintage project and he could store some of his  golf bits 'n' bobs within it. 

I do apologise for the number of photographs....but grab a cuppa and enjoy the ride !!!

The cigar box was wooden so I gave it a coat of Gesso and also applied some PaperArtsy Grunge Paste through various stencils in my stash. (Andy Skinner & Gabrielle Pollacco, Tim Holtz Dot Fade)
I then adhered Tim Holtz Thinlits Globe Die and various other stencils.  
A few googly eyes were adhered to look like studs once painted.  I also adhered some spiders webbing, which was painted over using Decoart Chalk Paint in Rustico. 
Once dry Decoart Crackle Medium  was applied and when dry another coat of Decoart Chalk Paint was applied using the colour Whisper. 
You can see the effect of the crackle below
Close up of the crackle texture
I then applied some Pebeo gilding wax  in  Renaissance and Empire gold to highlight stencilled areas
Decoration of the top took the form of adhering Sheena Douglass  Ivy Stamp and Die cut, using  Versamark ink & Stewart Gill Midas Embossing powder, which was heat embossed, then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink/Markers, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo DI
Below you can view the die cut leaves in Green and Gold, with some Black Soot to create depth
Leaves were adhered over the netting as seen below
More inks in Mowed Lawn DI/Vintage Photo DI and Black Soot were applied to the front and edges of the cigar box. Gilding Wax and Black Soot created a really nice edging, which added to the overall effect. 
Above you can view a tag, which was die cut using Tim Holtz Thinlits Tag Dies and a sentiment stamp from my stash. The tartan ribbon was left over from our son's wedding invitations. Apologies that the photograph below is a bit fuzzy, but I think you can see the details. Firstly I applied Decoart Paynes Grey to the wooden letters, which were from The Range. Once dry I applied some crackle paste then Decoart Quinacrodone Red, followed by Decoart Antiquing Cream. Once the antiquing cream dried I rubbed it lightly with a  slightly damp  cloth. I love the grungy  distressed effect this gives the letters, which were then edged with Rub 'n' Buff Grecian Gold wax, using my fingers.
A better picture of the grungy/distressed letters shown below
Various Distress Inks in Greens, Browns and Blacks were again applied, increasing the depth of colour
The outside base of the cigar box was  also gesso'd and painted with Decoart Chalk Paint. Below you can see how I applied Distress inks through a stencil and then Archival Ink through a stencil layering the colours.
Similarly I used Mowed Lawn Distress Ink/Archival Sepia, Decoart Chalk Paint layering up the colours in the photograph below
Another stamp from my stash
Another side of the box, which was decorated in a similar way.  The box and particularly the crackle was then varnished with Decoart Matte Medium Varnish, ensuring it will last the test of time !!
And there we have it.........Crackle Paste, Colour through Stencils, Green & Gold and  use some kind of box

Thank You for sticking with me and I hope you will feel inspired to have a go at some of the techniques shared within all of our Destination Inspiration Posts. Another Destination Inspiration Project will be shared here next Monday so do pop back to see what it is!!
I now have to decorate the inside of the box and have a few ideas that I will share with you at a later date. For now take care and remember there is still time to take part in Anne's 'Make it Spooky Challenge'.  HERE

Take Care and Keep Crafting xxxx

Annie xx

Friday, 21 October 2016

Pinworthy Inspiration

Hi everyone and welcome. Today we have some 'Make it Spooky' inspiration from two of our recent Pinworthies; we welcome Rupa and Remya to share a project based on our current challenge theme.

Hello! I am Rupa from Bangalore ( India) and am here with my Pinworthy guest post. 
I work from my studio at home and churn out a lot of projects with household trash. I love making home decor items with things that would normally end up in the trash can!

I admit I had a few sleepless nights when Nikki told me about the “Spooky” theme here at AVJ and I thank the entire creative team for giving me this opportunity to make my first project in this theme!
Here it goes...
I made a book box, have used the lid of a packaging box for this. I have used the traditional spooky colours here as this was my first make. Once gessoed in black, I have stencilled with DecoArt sprays on the cover and layered with pattern paper from Tim Holtz Lost and Found stack.

The focal point is a Tim Holtz alterations die that I won here at AVJ for the Secret Santa contest. Thanks Brenda. 

The bat was cut with chipboard and I have used crackle paint from DecoArt and highlighted with metallic lustre in burnished brass. The spine too has a few layers of colors using the dry brush technique and have added a few spooky charms too.
Once you open the box...there are 15 spooky tags that I inked and distressed to show the witches love the same, lol!

Here is a look at all of them. Hope you liked this and just so to let you know how big this project t is....
Cheers, Rupa

I am Remya, from Bangalore, India and I am super excited to be the Guest Designer at "A Vintage Journey" for the "Spooky challenge". An Electronics Engineer by Qualification, I took a break from my busy IT Career for taking care of our lovely son and this in turn got me lot of spare time which I started dedicating for my long lost love to crafting. Crafting, Painting and Sketching were my pastimes from a very young age. Even though I do not restrict myself to any particular style, Vintage is my favorite. Am greatly influenced by Tim Holtz and his art work !!

October is synonymous with Halloween. A day dedicated to remembering the departed souls including Hallows was aptly called "All Hallows Eve" which contracted to Hallowe'en or Halloween, and many activities go along with it. Carved Pumpkins - Jack-o'-lantern and many such SPOOKY themes are displayed everywhere inviting "trick-or-treating".

And being October, there could be no better theme for an art work than "SPOOKY". Here below is my "SPOOKY" take.
To start with, got a canvas nailed on to a frame and reversed it. The open frame was then covered with Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Melange with Multi Medium Matte. Sticking pattern paper directly in the inner periphery of the frame would have been otherwise difficult. Then blended Distress crayon Hickory smoke by rubbing along the inner edges. It gave a very smoky effect. I selected the background papers from the laboratorie stash, chose the 6×6 size paper of worn wallpaper. Stuck it along the edges and the substrate was ready !
Now for the embellishments to go into the frame. White card stock was cut using the Ornate Frame Die and applied distress crackle on it. Once dry applied distress paint - Spiced marmalade, walnut stain, hickory smoke over it. This accentuated the cracks.
The bottles were given a coat of distress crackle (by now you would have guessed it - I Love Crackle) and set aside for natural drying. It needs to dry naturally to get the real crackle effect. Heating makes the crackle paint to bubble up. Once dry I poured alcohol ink into it and moved it around, so that it covers the entire inner part. The cracks and alcohol ink gave it a rusty look.
The alphabets "SPOOKY" (chip boards) were first painted with distress paint: picket fence and spiced marmalade before applying distress crackle. I then cut out strips pf paper with poison labels from the laboratorie stash and distressed it with old paper dye and walnut stain.
This was my favorite of all. I cut out the picture of vintage lady from the laboratorie stash to fit the inner part of the pendant. The glass dome to fit on it was given a coat of alcohol ink. I stuck it using glossy accent. The ageing effect it gave was eye catching. 

Once all the embellishments were completed, assembled them in the frame. The final bit - the ghost die is from Sizzix : Ghosts #2 Halloween Sizzix Originals Ghost Die.
Hope you all enjoyed this spooky canvas frame.

Two amazing projects ladies - thank you so much. I am in awe at all the wonderful details on them both - just fabulous.
There is still plenty of time to join in our 'Make it Spooky' challenge - these creations have certainly inspired me!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello travellers, welcome aboard to Terminal 4. This is Tracy Evans here to share the second leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of October. You can view  Destination Inspiration, Terminal one HERE.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Crackle Paste
Technique: Layering Colour Through Stencils
Colour: Greens and Golds
Substrate: Some Kind of Box

I decided to continue with a spooky theme to coordinate with our current challenge from Anne which you can find HERE.
I began by breaking up crayons into small pieces and adding them to my skull mould. I used all green tones as per our ingredients.
Melt the crayons with a heat tool and tap the mould several times onto a flat surface so that the melted crayone moves into all the crevices of the mould. Continue to add broken crayons until the mould is full and then allow to dry completely, overnight is best.
Now onto decorating the box; I used one part of a box, the base in this case. I mixed DecoArt Media Crackle Paste with a touch of DecoArt Media Green Gold Fluid Acrylic. The main reason for this was not only to tint the Crackle but so that once decorated I did not have any white areas showing in my design. Do not mix too much paint with the paste or the consistency will change.
I painted the inside of my box with two coats of Green Gold Fluid Acrylic and then dried with a heat tool.
I created a wash with the Green Gold simply mixing the Fluid Acrylic with a touch of water.
I then added the wash over the Crackle areas.
I then created a wash with Burnt Umber Fluid Acrylic.
The wash was then applied over the box base to give a vintage tone to my piece. I love how the darker wash settles into the cracks.
I added a panel to the inside of my box base and decorated using Tim Holtz Twisted Layering Stencil. I applied several layers of Peeled Paint Distress Ink first to the stencil using a piece of Cut 'n' Dry Foam and then added touches of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink for shading.
I love adding layers of colour to stencils, it adds so much depth to the design.
I removed the skull from the mould and then added touches of gold highlights using DecoArt 'Gold Rush' Metallic Lustre.
I love how this came together and the gold highlights really pick out the detail in the skull. I also added a touch of background stamping to the back panel using Tim Holtz Ledger stamp.
A few delicate splatters of paint add a further layer of interest to the background along with cotton twine and a circular piece of rusty tin wire. I also included two Idea-ology stickers.
The crackle paste really adds wonderful texture to the box base. I applied the Crackle Paste randomly so that some areas were left open and no Crackle Paste added. This adds to the worn vintage feel.
This angle shows you in more detail all the layers added to my design.
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 more inspiration for you over the next couple of weeks.