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Friday, 15 November 2019

Window On Your World Tunnel Book Tutorial

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's Deb here with you today to share a tutorial on how I made my Winter Wonderland tunnel book for our Window On Your World challenge.

Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and let's get started.

Cut a piece of 12" x 12" scrapbook paper in half so your have two pieces measuring 6" x 12".

Score both pieces on the long side, starting at 3 1/2" and scoring every half inch up to 6 1/2".

Fold on the score lines as shown.

The 3 1/2" segments will become the front cover of your tunnel book and the 5 1/2" segments will overlap to form the back cover of your book.

Adhere the back covers together, making sure that the back of the tunnel book is 6" wide from score line to score line.

We now have the cover of our tunnel book completed, set it aside for now.  Cut 4 pieces of cardstock, each one just a smidgen less than 6" square.  Set one 6" square piece aside for the time being (sorry, forgot to take a picture of that step!).

Select 3 graduated nesting dies, I used circular dies that measured 5", 4 1/2" and 4".  Center the 5" die on one of the 6" square pieces of cardstock and die cut a window.  Place another piece of 6" square cardstock behind the die cut opening, lining up all of the edges, and center the 4 1/2" die in the opening.  Die cut the window on the second piece of cardstock.

Place the third 6" square behind the piece with the 4 1/2" window and center the 4" die within the opening.  Die cut the third window.  Set all of the die cut pieces aside for the moment.

Ink the last piece of 6" square cardstock with Distress inks in shades of blue, dipping it into puddles of ink until you are happy with the colour.

Ink more cardstock with Distress inks in shades of green in the same manner and die cut two Tree Line die cuts.  Die cut the Winter Wonderland stag from sanded Classic Kraft Stock and add the wreath around his neck if you'd like (the wreath die is from the Village Christmastime die set).

Overlay the 4" die cut window onto the inked background so that you get the placement right and adhere the Tree Line die cuts, overlapping and offsetting them slightly.  Adhere the deer on top of the Tree Line die cuts.  Add some snow along the bottom if desired with a white sparkle embossing powder.

Apply double sided tape to the back of the background panel and adhere it onto the back cover of your tunnel book.

Stencil a design onto the front of the 4" die cut window piece (this is Carta Bella's Holly stencil).  Die cut some Mini Holiday Greens from more Distress Ink coloured cardstock.

Adhere the 4" window onto the front of the 1/2" accordion fold that is closest to the background, centering the window top and bottom and side to side.  I found it easier to use a liquid adhesive for this step so you had a little play time to make the sure the window was centered properly in your tunnel book.  Adhere the die cut greenery around the opening, making sure that it doesn't obscure your focal point.

Stencil the 4 1/2" die cut window  piece with a design of your choice (this is Simple Stories Happy Trials stencil) and stamp and die cut some Mini Swirly Snowflakes.

Adhere the 4 1/2" window on top of the next 1/2" accordion fold in our tunnel book.  Adhere the Mini Swirly Snowflakes on top of the window, staggering them so you can still see the Mini Holiday Greens die cuts behind.

Stencil a design on the last 5" die cut window piece.  Make sure that whatever stencil you use has a repeating pattern as we will be continuing this design onto the inside covers of your tunnel book (this is Tim Holtz's Starry Layering stencil).  Die cut some stars from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock.

Adhere the 5" window on top of the last 1/2" accordion fold in your tunnel book.  Don't glue the stars around the outside quick yet.

Line up your stencil with the pattern on the 5" window and continue to stencil the pattern onto the insides of your tunnel book covers.

Adhere the die cut gold stars around the outside of the 5" window, staggering their placement so you can see the layers below.  Cut more Tree Line die cuts from green inked cardstock and adhere them on either side of the tunnel book covers.  Die cut two Woodlands trees from green inked cardstock and adhere one on each side, over top of the Tree Line die cuts.  Add a small gold star to the top of each tree if desired.

Decorate the front covers of your tunnel book with more Tree Line die cuts and some Mini Paper Snowflakes die cuts.  I designed the covers to overlap slightly but if you don't want them overlapped trim a 1/2" off each cover so the meet in the middle (probably best to do that before you decorate the inside of the covers!!).  Dye a piece of ribbon with Distress Ink to tie around our tunnel book to keep it closed and you are done.

Here are a few closeups of the completed Winter Wonderland tunnel book.

Hope you enjoyed seeing how it came together and that you will consider joining in our Window On Your World challenge, you have until December 5th to enter.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo

Friday, 8 November 2019

Inky Wings Pinworthies

Hi everyone x Annie here with details of the Pinworthy mentions for our Inky Wings challenge theme. As always it is very hard to choose three projects and we would like to thank everyone for joining in with us. We love to visit and view your entries so keep them coming xx.
So without further ado here are the team's Pinworthy choices: 

Such a wonderful home decor piece by Kerstin. Fabulous details to look at, which look  even more amazing when lit.

 A wonderful Halloween card by Helen with inky bats and background as well as the great city scape.

Another great home decor piece by Lisa, showing bats and ghosts around her little house. Love the idea of the bats flying overhead. 

We will be sending you your Pinworthy badge to display on your blogs shortly and we will be pinning your fabulous entries to the "A Vintage Journey Pinworthies Board" on Pinterest.

There is still plenty of time to enter our current challenge which is "Window on Your World"  and you can find all the details HERE along with some fabulous inspiration from the Creative Guides.

As always  we would like to say "Thank You" for joining us in our challenges and we look forward to seeing what you create this month!

Happy Crafting
Annie xx

Friday, 1 November 2019

Window On Your World: November Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome! It's Deb here today to announce our November challenge:

Window On Your World

This month we would like to see some kind of window or tunneled element in your creations. Think hollowed out books, multiple layers with openings to see what has gone before, hidden flaps or windows that when opened reveal a secret element. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

 I'm excited to see what you create for this fun theme, so many possibilities!  You will have until December 5th, 2019 to enter and as always the Creative Guides will choose their three favourite entries who will be crowned our November Pinworthies.  Our Pinworthies receive a badge to display on their blogs and we pin their amazing creations to our Pinworthies Pinterest board.

The Creative Guides have made some amazing projects to inspire you, take a look below and make sure to visit their blogs to see all of the details.


I decided to make a winter themed tunnel book for our Window On Your World challenge, pop on by my blog for some more pictures and stop back here at A Vintage Journey on November 15th for a step by step tutorial.

I've recycled some packaging to create a 3D book cover with a window onto a whole different time of day!  This window doesn't divide inside from outside but instead takes you from autumn dawn to autumn dusk, and from cottage garden to wild meadow.  It's a project you really can't capture in one photo, so if you want to get a proper look through the window to see what's out there, do come over to Words and Pictures for all the details.

The wonderful Deb's challenge inspiring me to realize a tiny Christmas house! I created my door... with a window! I used the new Tim Holtz's  Window Frame die like a door! I really love using things differently than what they were created for! You can see details and tutorial on my blog Yaya scrap & more! 

I couldn't resist art journaling for Deb's Fabulous Window On Your World challenge. Taking the challenge literally, I created an autumnal window scene on my page which was inspired by the actual window display in my house and therefore includes maple leaves, pumpkins and sunflowers. To see how it all came together please pop over to my blog Let's Art Journal.

For Deb's delightful challenge this month, I created a window looking into a magical snowy winter wonderland using a Vignette Box and die cuts embossed in Molten Dimensions White Embossing Powder to create the look of snow!  Please ride your sleighs over to my blog for more photos and details on how I put this together!

I took Deb's fun challenge, quite literally, and made a card with a window.  This happens to be a Birthday Card so when it is opened - the balloon pops out with a birthday greeting.  If you would like to see this card in action, visit my blog here.

Wonderful projects as always, thanks so much to my fellow Creative Guides for sharing their creativity with us all.  And now that you've been inspired, start working on your Window On Your World, can't wait to see what you create!

Deb and the Creative Guides

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Friday, 25 October 2019

Creative Card Making With Deb

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by.  It's Deb here today with a tutorial for our October Creative Card Making post.  I've been seriously obsessed with making shadow box and tunnel cards lately so thought I would create a tutorial for my Snowflake tunnel card.

There are quite a few steps to making this card so grab a cup of your favourite beverage and read on for the how to.  If you get lost, I recommend you watch Jennifer McGuire Ink's 'Inside Tunnel Card' tutorial on YouTube, she describes all of the construction steps very clearly.  Thanks for the video Jennifer!

To start, cut a piece of 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock in half along the long side to give you two pieces that measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" each.  Set one piece aside and score the other piece at 1/2", 4 1/4" and 4 3/4" along the long side.  When folded on the score lines you will see that it forms a box shape.  Set the box piece aside for the moment.

Cut another piece of white cardstock to just under 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (just trim a bit off each side).  Score this piece at 1/4" from each edge along the short side.  This piece will become the inside tunnel panel.

Choose two nesting dies, one slightly smaller than the other, that will cut out a larger window on the scored box piece and a smaller window on the inside tunnel panel.  Center the larger die on the box piece panel beside the 1/2" score line and die cut the opening.

Line up the inside tunnel cardstock piece behind the die cut opening and center the smaller nesting die inside the window, die cut the second window.  Don't throw those two die cut pieces away, we will use them on the front of the card.

Stamp the cabin from the Holiday Drawings stamp set onto the back panel of the box piece with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear emboss it (when you fold the box closed, you will see this image through the die cut opening) .  Apply Distress Resist Spray to the roof and the snow in the foreground of the stamped image with a paint brush and let dry (a big thanks to my fellow Creative Guide Barbara for this brilliant way to use Distress Resist Spray, check out her Inky Wings tutorial!).  Make puddles of Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and dip the stamped cardstock into it, repeating as necessary until you are happy with the results.  Gently wipe off any of the Distress Ink from the areas you wanted to keep white with a damp rag, magic!  **  I forgot to take a step out picture but I also stamped the entire back panel with the Flurry background stamp and Distress Embossing Ink and applied white sparkle embossing powder **  Repeat the Tumble Glass Distress Ink dipping on the front of the box piece around the die cut opening.

Stencil the front of the die cut opening with the Starry layering stencil and more Tumbled Glass DI.  Slightly offset the stencil and stencil through it again with Distress Embossing ink.  Sprinkle on Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder and heat set.  Stamp the front of the inside tunnel piece (the one with the smaller die cut opening) with Mini Swirly Snowflake stamps and Tumbled Glass DI and emboss the snowflakes with clear embossing powder.

Apply double sided tape to the right 1/4" score line on the inside tunnel piece.  Line up the right edge of the inside tunnel piece with the nearest score line on the box piece so you can see the stamped image through the window.  Remove the backing paper from the tape and fold the front of the box piece over top, burnishing well to get good adhesion (now might be a good time to go and watch Jennifer's video!!)

When you form your box, you can now see how your image will be centered inside the two die cut openings.  Set the tunnel box assembly aside for the moment and score the remaining 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half at 4 1/4".  This will become the card blank that your tunnel assembly will be inserted into.

Cut off 1/2" from the back of the card blank.  Stamp the outside of the card blank with more Mini Swirly Snowflakes and Tumbled Glass DI and emboss with clear embossing powder.

Stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card blank on the left hand side (the tunnel box assembly will be attached to the right hand side).  Grab your tunnel box assembly and apply double sided tape to the back of the stamped panel.

Remove the backing paper from the double sided tape and adhere the tunnel box assembly to the inside of the card blank, lining up the edge of the stamped panel with the center score line of the card blank.  Apply more double sided tape to the left 1/4" scored edge of the inside tunnel piece and line it up with the center score line on the card blank.

Remove the backing paper from the double sided tape on the 1/4" score line and fold the front die cut panel of the box assembly over top, lining up all the edges with the center score line of the card blank.  Apply double sided tape to the left 1/2" score line on the box assembly, remove the backing paper from the tape and fold the front of the card blank closed (check out Jennifer's video if you are totally lost!)

Open the card and work it back and forth a few times to get all of the layers working smoothly.  Stamp some more Mini Swirly Snowflakes and die cut them with the Swirly Snowflakes dies.  Adhere the snowflakes to the underside of the inner tunnel panel, positioning them so they don't cover up your stamped image.

Die cut a few stars from sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock and adhere them to the underside of the front tunnel panel.  The snowflakes and stars will now pop forward when the card is opened.  Stamp a sentiment  from the Great Outdoors stamp set onto white cardstock and adhere it to the bottom of the tunnel assembly.

For the front of the card, stencil the smallest die cut rectangle (the ones you saved when we die cut our tunnel openings) with the Mini Starry Stencil and Tumbled Glass DI.  Stamp the stag from the Great Outdoors stamp set with Vintage Photo Distress Archival ink and clear emboss it.  Stamp the whole panel with the Flurry background stamp and Distress Embossing ink and then sprinkle with white sparkle embossing powder and heat set.  Dip the larger die cut rectangle in puddles of Tumbled Glass DI and stamp it around the edges with Mini Swirly Snowflake stamps and Tumbled Glass DI and clear emboss them.

Layer the larger rectangle onto a piece of sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock with a slight reveal around the edges.  Attach foam squares to the back of the stag stamped rectangle and center it on top of the larger rectangle.  Attach the whole assembly to the front of the card with double sided tape and you are done (and congratulations for sticking it out to the end!).

Here are a few closeups of the finished card, I am totally smitten with these tunnel cards!

Hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my Snowflake tunnel card came together and that you'll give one a try yourself, once you figure out the mechanics they are fun and easy to make.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and if you have the time, consider entering our October challenge 'Inky Wings', you have until October 31st to join in the fun. Can't wait to see what you create!

Deb xo

Friday, 18 October 2019

Inky Wings Tutorial

Hi everyone, Annie here x As promised I am back to share the step by step tutorial for my canvas project, created for the Inky Wings Challenge.
The canvas is quite large so I randomly placed the Tim Holtz brick stencil/That's Crafty Light Texture paste here and there.  (I love this texture paste as you can dry it with a heat gun without it bubbling up)

You can see the stencilled areas below
My  lovely mammy gifted me the air dry clay frame and Tudor style hinges and they really are quite fabulous.
The Ivy leaves were die cut using a Sheena Douglas die. Three of the ivy branches were layered together and then I applied a layer of Pebeo Gesso over everything. Once dry a coat of Decoart Whisper Chalk Paint was applied. This is such a lovely creamy colour.
Initially I applied Decoart Payne's Gray Acrylic paint to the bricks, Tudor style hinges and frame, followed by dry brushing of Decoart Quinacrodone Gold, creating a faux rust appearance. Similarly Quinacrodone Gold was dry brushed to the ivy leaves. Some Pebeo gold wax was then applied to the rusty hinges and frame.
The Dragonflies are by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. Two layers were inked with Cracked Pistachio and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, then the bodies of both adhered with glue
This was my original idea but I felt it needed a bit more.
So I decided that another dragonfly was required. Another two die cuts were inked with the same bold colours and a vintage photograph by LaBlanche was adhered inside the frame.It's difficult to see in the photograph but there was some second generation stamping using a Lin Brown stamp by Paperartsy.
Some charcoal pencil was applied around the edges of the bricks and then smudged with my fingers. Black Soot Distress Ink was smudged around the edges creating some depth/ageing.
Thank You so much for sticking with me and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. 
The Inky Wings challenge runs until the 31st October at 18:00 hours so you still have plenty time to join in. To view the amazing and inspiring projects by the team please click HERE  or on the side bar at the top of the page, which takes you straight to the challenge post. We love to have our followers/visitors join in with us and there's also a chance to win one of our sought after Pinworthy Badges to display on your blog.

Have a wonderful weekend
Crafty Hugs
Annie xx