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Friday, 18 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures Tutorial

Hello, this is Ann, thank you for joining me today. I'm sharing a tutorial for my project made for this month's Cogs, Gears and Texture Challenge!

To begin, I sprayed the watercolor paper with Distress Oxide Sprays in Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce and spritzed more water. When it dries, I adhered the old book paper and distress the edges, then stamped the numbers on the corners and titched around the panel.

I dry embossed the silver metallic cardstock by Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder and Rub a Distress Black Soot Paint all over the surface of the foil, getting it down into the crevasses of the design. Using a paper towel and wipe away the excess black paint. You may repeat this process until you achieve the depth of black you desire. Heat dry.

To make more texture, I stamped the Splatter on the edges with VersaMark and sprinkled some Taos Sunset Baked Texture Powder. Hot embossing it with embossing heat gun.

I smeared some Crackle Texture Paste on the edges of linen board.

For the Faceted heart, I covered it with Distress Paint in Peacock Feathers. I adhered gears on the heart to make it look more industrial, then distressed with Walnut Stain Ink. I added some metal charms on the bottom of the heart. 

I die-cut gears from chipboard and used Distress Oxide in Rusty hinge to cover them, then I sprayed them with Clear Texture Spray. When they dry, I used Distress Crayons in different brown and black colors. 

To finish this deco, I adhered some gears and Quote Chips on the panel. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today. If you have not done so yet, there is still plenty of time to join in our Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge, we would love to see what you come up with for that.

Happy crafting and stay safe!

Ann xo

Friday, 11 September 2020

Tag You're It! Challenge Pinworthy Winners

Hi Everyone 

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you today to share news of our 3 chosen Pinworthy Winners for our 'Tag You're It!' challenge.

We had some wonderful submissions and would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who joined us in the challenge.

The Creative Guides really enjoyed viewing your creations and selecting their favourites wasn't easy. We always have great difficulty narrowing our favourites down to just 3 but needs must so after much deliberation here are our choices....  

..... in no particular order our 3 Pinworthy Winners are: 

Congratulations to you all! 
I will be in touch shortly with your Pinworthy badges and I will be pinning your winning projects to our Pinworthy Winners Pinterest board sometime today. 

Thanks again to everyone who shared their Tag Creativity with us here at AVJ. 

We hope you will join us in our current challenge 'Cogs, Gears and Texture' hosted by our lovely Ann. All the challenge details and an inspirational gallery of projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides can be located here.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care, Stay Safe 
keep on creating! 

Friday, 4 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Hello everyone, It's Ann here to welcome and introduce to our new challenge here at A Vintage Journey! The chosen theme this time is

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Here is the challenge brief:

Let us see you create amazing textures on your cogs and gears. Embossing powders, pastes, rusting or gilding waxes, acrylics ..... whatever your imagination suggests. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

As usual, the Creative Guides have some projects to help inspire you, be sure to visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.


I really like the theme of "industrial" and "steampunk". I used a lot of gears and Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder to make this deco. I will do a tutorial here on the blog of how it all came together soon, meanwhile, if you want to see more photos, just visit my blog.

For my project this month I decided to revisit an older tag that I first posted in 2016.  It is one of my favorites so wanted to give it a second life.  With the theme of  Cogs, Gears and Texture - it fits perfectly.   I hope you will stop by my blog here to say hi.

What a fabulous theme... it gave me a chance to take some of the techniques I've learned from Andy Skinner over the years out for a spin.  I had to adapt them slightly as I'm working with a travelling stash at the moment, but I did have three different texture pastes for the background and, thankfully, I'd remembered to put in some chipboard cogs and gears!  Come over to Words and Pictures to see how it all came together.

I decided to create some Steampunk Butterflies using Cogs & Gears for Ann's fabulous challenge theme. A TH embossing folder provided texture on the  corners of the tag too. Further details regarding my make can be found on my blog HERE

Ann's fabulous challenge has given me a great opportunity to get out my stash of MDF cogs and gears and go to town with my favourite rusting techniques. If you'd like to learn more, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog and all will be revealed.

Cogs, Gears, and Textures is a fantastic challenge (thanks Ann!)! I decided to create a tag mixing some of my favorite products! The new Distress Color Crackling Campfire is perfect for this challenge! 
I'm in the Halloween mood so I continue to create following this theme! If you want to read how I made the background visit my Blog Yayascrap & More.


I'm sure you'll agree our Creative Guides have shared some fabulous projects offering lots of inspiration. 
We would love for you to join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your creations. 
At the end of the challenge the Creative Guides will choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will each be awarded a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and their winning projects will be pinned to our pinterest board. 
The Challenge begins today and remains open for entries until 1st Octorber 2020. 

Creative Wishes 
Ann x

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Friday, 28 August 2020

Creative Card Making with Ann

Hi Everyone and Welcome
It's Ann from Ann Chuang Crafts here with you today as we head out on the last leg of August's journey with our regular "Creative Card Making" post. I used Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Alloy to make the background. Hope you like it.

Here's the tutorial : 
I started with dripping 75% Alcohol on Yupo paper. Then drop some alcohol inks and gold Alloy. Using a hair dryer to make it flow. Then, I let it dry completely. 

I stamped the flowers from PaperArtsy JOFY97 in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink.

I stamped another flower image on watercolor paper and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush. 

To finish this card, I added the sentiment from Tim Holtz Tiny Text stamp set.

Thank you for joining me on the Creative Card Making journey today and don't forget there is still a little time to join in our current challenge which is "Tag you're It!".

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.


Friday, 21 August 2020

Tag you're It! Tutorial

Hi Everyone 

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here today sharing a tutorial for my 'Finder's Keepers' tag that I created for our current Challenge, Tag You're It! My original post, shared when the challenge launched on the 7th August can be seen here

There's nothing complicated about the creativity so hopefully the techniques, steps I share will be 'user friendly'. 
It is a long post so you may want to grab a cuppa or at least get yourself all nice and comfy before scrolling on. 

My substrates ,of course were 'Tags', one That's Crafty MDF Tag #10 and one That's Crafty Greyboard Tag #8. I gave them both a quick coat of white paint/ gesso so they were all prepped and ready for all that came next! 

Starting with the large tag... 
Cover it with Tim Holtz Typeset Collage Paper (or any other paper of your choosing)
Cut/ Sand off any excess 'overhang'. 
Seal with Matte medium or Collage Medium 

Spray some Tim Holtz Distress Resist Spray on to the collaged paper tag. 
Break the pointed end off a cocktail stick so you have a flat end. Use this to apply dots of Gesso around the tag.
Not so easy to see in the photo above so let me get you closer ....

... hopefully you can see them better now. 

Take a selection of Seth Apter/ Aladine Izink Dye Sprays. I used Turquoise, Seaspray, Honey and Tea. 
Spray the collaged paper tag with colour. 
Once the collage paper is covered with an initial layer of ink dry with a heat gun or leave to air dry before spraying more. 
Then continue spraying and drying, building up colour for as long as you want. 
 Have fun, enjoy and just follow your creative instinct's as to when to stop. 

Tip: You may want to put your tag in a box while you are spraying. This will help prevent any 'rogue' sprayed ink going everywhere!!! 

Dry thoroughly with a heat gun or leave to air dry. 
Take a very lightly dampened cloth and rub very gently over the inky colour. 
As you rub you will see that the distress resist spray and gesso you applied before the inks has resisted the ink and those areas (after gently rubbing) are either far lighter in colour or white. 

Spray one of the colours of ink you are using onto a glass matt. I chose Honey.  
Pick up some of the ink with a paint brush 
Hold the loaded brush over the tag, tap the brush to create some inky splatters. 
 Create as many splatters as you want by repeating the process. 
I love splatters so always have to 'proceed with caution' as I have been know to get a little carried away!

Tear the top off a sponge scourer. 
Apply PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco paint ( or any other paint) to the scourer and stamp around the tag to create some tiny white speckle detail. 

Apply some DecoArt Quinacrodine Gold around the edges of the tag. 

Add some textured stenciling, as much or as little as you want . 
I only did a little using Tim Holtz 'Grime Layering Stencil with Ranger Texture Paste tinted with Turquoise Izink Dye Spray. 

With the large tag background now finished I moved on to the smaller tag....

This was to sit centrally on the large tag and I wanted the design on the collage paper to flow through the two tags seamlessly.

 Lining up the collage paper design was key! 

Here's the 'method' I used:
Roll out the collage paper and find the same part of the collage design used for the tag. 
Cut that part away from the roll. 
Position the #8 tag centrally on the #10 tag
Place the piece of collage paper over the #8 tag and line up the design with the design on the #10 tag beneath. 

Take a spare #8 tag, place it directly on top of the #8 tag underneath the collage paper. 
Draw round the tag with a sharp pencil. 

Lift everything off everything else and cut out the tag shape drawn on the collage paper. 
It's worth just double checking at this stage that the collage paper design is continuous through the two tags before continuing. 
Then repeat all the creative steps taken for the #10 tag.

Moving onto the focal feature... 

Using Tim Holtz Steampunk Parts die and greyboard die cut 2 portholes. 

Adhere the 2 portholes together. 
Cover the 'porthole' with Pinflair Rust it! 
Leave to dry.
When dry lightly catch the rough rusty surface with DecoArt Quinacrodine Gold and Patina Antiquing Cream. 

Die cut a circle slightly larger than the porthole with heavy card stock. I used Seth Apters Steering Wheel die cutting away the inner part of the steering wheel. 
(sorry the actual die did 'a runner' when it say the camera!) 
Cover it with DecoArt Crackle Paint and set it aside for the paint to dry and the cracks appear.  
When they have, add touches of colour using a few of the paints and inks used for the tags. 
Lightly stamp the crackle die cut using a fine detail stamp. I used one of Seths from his PaperArtsy ESA13 stamp set. 

Finally the embellishments... 

Unfortunately,  I can't tell you how I created these as they were made by either man or machine and they were rusted by natures elements.  I call them my 'street swag' - rusty bits and pieces that I find when I'm out and about. I've gathered quite a collection over the years. 

These are the ones from my collection that I thought would be great for my tag, along with the rusty porthole I created. I love how all the 'rusts' are so unique to themselves. 
Oops, I forgot to include the rusty wire and the copper brads!

Sure you'll spot them in the few close up pics I'll now share of the rusty elements in situ....

There's the copper brads embellishing the rusty porthole that frames the rusty hardware...

.... and the rusty wire wrapped around the large tag.

The rusty holed bar (don't know what its called in 'the trade') fastened down with a rusty winged nut made a great tag hanger. 
I love finding and using rusty treasure like this in my creativity and often as I pick up 'the pieces' I catch myself thinking, sometimes saying out loud .... 

Finders, Keepers! 

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. 
If you would like to join us in our Tag You're It! Challenge head over to the launch post where you will find all the details about the challenge and how to enter. There's also a fabulous gallery of inspiring tags created by some of our talented Creative Guides.
We would love for you to share your your Tag Creativity with us as we always look forward to seeing all the entries. 
Wishing you all a lovely weekend. 
Take Care, Stay Safe
Keep on Creating!