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Friday, 17 January 2020

We're All Getting Older! Tutorial

Hello all, it's Alison here with some details of how I created my aged parchment for this month's We're All Getting Older! challenge theme.  There have already been some lovely entries showcasing ways to make something new look old with mixed media supplies - weathering, distressing and antiquing.  There's still plenty of time to play along, and hopefully these simple techniques I'm sharing today will give you another nudge to join us on A Vintage Journey this month.

There are plenty of close-ups of the finished tags to be seen over at Words and Pictures, so here I'll focus on the how-to steps I took to create my torn and weathered parchment papers, as well as a few notes on my "pressed" flowers accompanying the love letters.

I had planned to do my ageing with the help of tea and coffee.  I knew I had a whole heap of already tea-stained tags somewhere, but could I find them?  Could I heck!  So, in a bit of a huff, I decided I would go for a Distress Ink version instead.  I used plain size #8 manila tags, and started with a smooshing of Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I spritzed quite a lot of water on the inky craft mat before pressing my tags down multiple times, drying in between.

Next step was to add some Old Paper drips and smooshes to the mix.  (Of course - Old Paper has to be the perfect Distress Ink colour for old paper!)  I also folded some creases coming in from the edges of the tags and blended on Vintage Photo and Walnut Ink Distress Inks to make them look like the creases have been weathering and cracking over the years.  (Apologies - my camera is playing up at the moment, randomly ignoring various pictures I've taken, so I don't have photos of each of these stages separately.)

I'd also done some inking around the edges of the tags by this point, and now it was time to add some vintage script.  This is a lovely PaperArtsy stamp I got as a little freebie, so I'm afraid I can't tell you what set it comes from.  Maybe some PaperArtsy fan out there knows!  I added random bits of script in Potting Soil Archival, just rolling the unmounted stamp onto the tags in partial stampings.

For extra wear and tear, I did a bit of careful ripping right at the edges of some of the creases.

The "parchment" was looking pretty old and worn by now - though there are some more stages of mouldering and mottling to come in a bit - so I decided to move on to the pressed flowers.  Again, I started with some simple wrinkle-free distressing, smooshing Old Paper, Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Inks onto a large piece of off-white card.

From that I cut some of the gorgeous Wildflower Thinlits stems to go on each tag.

I used Distress Oxides in the same ink colours and a water brush to add extra tinting to each of the flower stems - adding a touch of Stormy Sky now, in both Oxide and Ink form.

Once I had those blues in the flower stems, I decided I'd like the same tones to echo onto the parchment.  I used the Stormy Sky Distress Oxide, spritzed with water on the craft mat, and then flicked onto the tags with a paintbrush to create areas where the paper has been damaged by moisture over the years (the bluish tint has a feeling of wateriness about it).

Mostly I dabbed the Oxide colour up with paper towel before it dried too strongly blue... leaving just a greyish blue hint of tears shed over these long lost "love letters".  And yes, maybe it has gone just a little bit mouldy or mildewy too.

The sharper-eyed amongst you will have noticed I'd added some extra stamping by this point too... the lovely rambling tendrils from the Rubber Dance Weed Love set, stamped in Potting Soil.  This pictures also shows those mildewy splotches in contrast to the warmer background really well.

There are some real vintage pen nibs, altered with Picket Fence Distress Crayon to highlight the lettering.

The final step was to add some still legible words of love to the fading letters, courtesy of my Love Edition quote stamps from PaperArtsy.  They're stamped in Stormy Sky Distress Oxide - a lovely delicate blue.  I just had to work out the exact placement for the panels in relation to the stems and to each other across the triptych of tags.

Believe it or not, those driftwood planks the quotes are mounted on (cut from woodgrain paper using Tim's Planks die, and tinted with DecoArt's Vintage Effect Wash) have been sitting around on my craft desk since summer 2018.  I'd planned some sort of beachy, summery creation, but it didn't work out, and they've been looking for a home ever since.  See... you can just never throw anything away!

I'm happy with my aged parchment, and those weathered driftwood planks add another new-to-old element to the whole project.  I like the contrast of the warm sepia and the cooler blues of the flower stems, especially with the mildewy echoes in the background to balance the overall look. 

I hope you've been enjoyed seeing the steps along the way to this aged and weathered trio of tags, and I hope it will inspire you to turn something new into something old, or create some vintage antiquing effects, and share your project with us this month at A Vintage Journey.  After all, We're All Getting Older! ... so we might as well travel that path together!

And just a little cheeky heads-up that I've got another project full of ageing, weathering and distressing coming up at Words and Pictures.  So if you're still in need of inspiration for the challenge, there'll be some more for you there tomorrow!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting all.
Alison xx

Friday, 10 January 2020

Holly Jolly Christmas Pinworthy Winners

Hello Vintage Travelers,

All of us here at A Vintage Journey hope you and your family had a most joyous holiday season.  

We were so impressed with the entries we had for this challenge - it was difficult to choose just three.  Thanks to all our wonderful followers who played along - here are the "Holly Jolly Christmas" Pinworthy winners.

Zowie Dixon

Karen, Mac Mable and Zowie, we will be sending you your Pinworthy Mention badges to display on your blog or website soon and will pin your projects to our Pinworthy board on Pinterest.  Thanks so much again for participating in our challenge and we hope that all of our followers will join in our current challenge, We're All Getting Older, can't wait to see what you create!

Happy New Year and Happy Crafting,
S@ndy and the Creative Guides

Friday, 3 January 2020

We're All Getting Older! January Challenge

A very happy New Year to all our fabulous followers and participants here at A Vintage Journey.  We hope 2020 will bring you lots of joy, good health and prosperity and, of course, plenty of creative inspiration and playtime.

It's Alison here, and I'm delighted to announce the theme of our January challenge: We're All Getting Older!  The good news is that it's nothing to do with your age, it's all about making things look older... time for some distressing, antiquing, ageing and weathering.  You can use inks, mixed media products or old favourites like tea and coffee, but however you do it we'd like you to make something new look as though it's old.

There are so many possibilities with all the Distress products, or weathered crackle, or rusting, or worn patinas, or other paint effects for a grunged up, ancient look...  I hope you have lots of fun with it.  As always, the Creative Guides have been pulling out the stops to provide you with some inspiration to start you off.  Take a look at how we've all been "getting older"...

I've got a trio of aged parchment tags, love letters with faded flowers pressed between them.  I'll be sharing the how-to details here at A Vintage Journey in a couple of weeks, but if you hop over to Words and Pictures now, you can see lots of close-ups and hear some of the stories behind these tags.

For Alison's fabulous challenge, I created a worn and distressed Art Journal page of Paris making the collaged papers look old using Distress Inks. Please pop over to my blog, Let's Art Journal, to see how it all came together.

I have created a notebook using Eileen Hull's Notebook die for this challenge. Starting with some Tim Ideology patterned paper I have altered the cover to create a vintage feel. For more photos and details do head over to Addicted to Art.

 As I am getting older most of the time I spend at my craft desk is taking up by journaling and creating journals. Not art journals in the traditional sense, but decorated journals that leave plenty of space for actual writing. So for the challenge this month I created one that is full of vintage pages with pockets and numerous journaling cards. For a little tour of what is inside, please come and visit me.

I decided to alter a canvas for Alison's fabulous challenge theme. To age the background I used coffee, distress inks, rusting powder and splatters of gold paint as well as some aged/torn papers and ephemera from my stash. To view the step by step  you can visit my blog by clicking HERE


How's that for some inspiration to get you going?  We hope you'll join us on A Vintage Journey this month and share your projects and techniques for making things look older.  It seems like an appropriate theme for the start of a new year, don't you think?!  There's no escaping it... We're All Getting Older!

We're really looking forward to seeing what aged, weathered, distressed or antiqued projects you come up with.  As always, we'll be selecting some of our favourites as Pinworthies to go on our Vintage Journey pinboards.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy crafting all!

Alison and the Creative Guides xx

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Friday, 27 December 2019

Creative Card Making - Buffalo Plaid and Pine

Hello everyone!  Julia here with this month's Creative Card Making Post.  I'm sure everyone is breathing a sigh of relief that the mad rush of the holidays is over and hopefully we all found some time to settle down and enjoy them as well!

So with winter officially upon us, my mind has turned to snow and cold weather, cozy warm houses and buffalo plaid blankets!  
(Buffalo Plaid definition: a broad checkered plaid pattern usually of two colors)

I have two cards to share today inspired by winter and warmth.  
They are the same design but made with different colors.
I recently purchased these lovely dies from The Greetery, Botanicuts: Pine Bough and the Cozy Cup Coaster die and couldn't wait to get them out and create with them. 
I splattered this card with white water color paint.
I adhered chunky glitter to the pine needles.
 How different it looks just by changing colors!
 I splattered this card with yellow ochre water color paint and added just a touch of Distress Evergreen Bough on the white pine needles.
Here are a few photos of my process.  
I die cut lots of pieces as my plan is to make more cards than just these two. 
Easier to do it all at once, right?!
I die cut the pine needles out of green cardstock for the first card but then also sponged them randomly with Evergreen and Pine Needles Distress Inks to give them more depth.
I glued the brown pine branch over the bigger pieces of pine needles and glued the smaller pine needle pieces over the branch (like a sandwich!) which adds even more dimension.
I assembled the pine cones (you just glue the little top piece onto the base and the other pieces just slip into the slots!) and then used colored pencils to color them along the under-edges (is that a word?!).  I brushed over the coloring with a water brush to soften the colors a bit.
I die but the coasters - one red and one white.
To create the plaid,  I masked along the lines impressed on the coaster using sticky notes and sponged every other section with Distress Black Soot, moving the masks along as I sponged.
The lines on the coaster make it very easy to keep your sponging straight!
One direction finished!
Then I turned the coaster and repeated the sponging in the other direction. And there you have the buffalo plaid! I love just looking at this!
And here are all the same pieces done with white card.
I just used a dark orange colored pencil on these pine cones, sponged the branch piece with Distress Vintage Photo and sponged just touches of Evergreen Bough on the pine needles.
Before putting the cards together, I ran some glue along the pine needles and sprinkled with chunky glitter.
After assembling the pieces onto the coasters I splattered the kraft card with white watercolor paint and the white card with yellow ochre water color paint.  Then I adhered the coaster to the card base.  The scalloped edge card base was cut with the Noted: Scalloped Square die from Papertrey Ink.  
My cards are 3 3/4" square.
I hope you have enjoyed my Creative Card Making offering today and I would also like to remind you that you still have until Jan 2nd to link up your card for our December Challenge: Holly Jolly Christmas found here.

From all of the Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey
We wish you a very Happy New Year!

We look forward to you joining us each month in 2020 for our AVJ challenges!

Friday, 20 December 2019

Holly Jolly Christmas Card Tutorial

Hello again Vintage Travelers,

It's S@ndy here with you today to share how I made this festive Holly Jolly Christmas Card.

I hope your holiday season is Merry & Bright and that you have had a chance to join our challenge this month.

When I hear Holly Jolly, my mind goes straight to Santa.  For this Santa the St Nick die from Tim Holtz was used.  When using this die, it is an exercise in paper piecing.  This is a large card measuring 5" X 7" leaving lots of space on the inside for writing a personal note.

I kept the inside clean and simple by using one extra panel edged with Vintage Photo Oxide Ink and one stamp from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The other cards I made for this year are smaller but I needed a few larger ones for those special people in my life.

 Start with the basic card shown here in manila.  The other two panels for the front of the card are shown above as well.  

 Beginning with the craft colored panel stamp with background stamp in different areas using first and second generation stamping.  This panel was stamped with one of Tim Holtz's older script stamps and the Gina K amalgam ink, Chocolate Truffle.

 To give the panel a wintery look, rub some white pigment ink around the outside of the panel.  By doing this, it will make the background seem to move to the back.

 To give the panel a vintage look, it was stamped around the edges with the same amalgam ink and then clear embossing powder was added and heated.  This gives a nice frame for Santa.  I used some stamps from my stash that were stamped off the edge of the panel.

 When using a die that has not been used for awhile, I need a refresher.   A practice template, shown above, was made to help me remember how the pieces go together.  This is also a good way to see if edging is needed.  I liked the Vintage Photo Ink on the beard.  I drew around the face section so I could cut it out.

The template was used to cut out the face section on the final piece. By lining them up and then drawing around the opening - you get perfect placement.

 The face section was cut away because Velvet paper was used here - I wanted the face to look as if it were in the background behind his beard.

 Before Santa is placed on the card, the holly leaves need to be trimmed off (shown in the circle above) because they will be replaced with green later.

 After Santa was edged - he was placed on the card and then the mustache, hat and nose were added.  The nose is made with Nuvo Drops.

 The finishing touches were added - the holly leaves with small beads for the center and the eyes and eyebrows.

The Happy Holidays greeting was stamped on a banner (both from Elizabeth Craft Designs) and added to the card with foam tape to make it pop up.

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones,