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Friday 30 May 2014

Challenge 7 - Get Some Texture

Hi fellow travellers and welcome to the next challenge here at A Vintage Journey. Jenny here from Pushing The Right Buttons as your host for the next fortnight with a theme I hope will get your creative juices flowing.
I want you to 'Get Some Texture' into your projects, but not just any texture; Tim Holtz has shown us so many techniques for getting texture into our projects over the years. Use one (or more) of these on your piece - just remember to tell us which one(s) you've chosen!

At A Vintage Journey, we ask that the name of our current challenge theme and a direct link to that challenge be included in your blog post. There is so much beautiful art to be shared in our blogging world, but we are a Tim Holtz inspired challenge blog and we need to see a strong Tim Holtz influence using his techniques, projects, ideas or products. Please take a few minutes to look at our Traveling Instructions  and also visit Tim's Blog for further inspiration. For this challenge you may also want to refer to Tim's online classes, Creative Chemistry 101 and Creative Chemistry 102, and/or his three Compendium of Curiosities books (available at Country View Crafts).

The other Creative Guides (DT) have made some wonderful pieces to inspire you.  Click on their names and you'll be taken to each Guides blog to see even more and find out which techniques they've employed. Our sponsors, Country View Crafts are offering a £10 gift voucher to spend, to one winner who will be chosen by the team.

At first glance this doesn't look like your typical 'Tim style' project, but the truth is there are seven of his techniques pressed into action to create this card. Yes, you heard me right, SEVEN!!! And the texture paste through a stencil isn't one of them. So now you're wondering what they are... head over to my blog and I'll tell you all (including where you can find his instructions for them).

This challenge generates such a wealth of opportunities and creative thoughts it was difficult to decide what to do. I decided on a textured tag book which is an homage to Tim's Movers & Shapers dies, I adore them! There's a mix of inks, paints, stamps, Idea-ology and techniques as well as the dies - I salute you Tim!


I wanted to do so many things for this challenge I decided to produce three little tags with different Tim inspired textures techniques. One tag focusses on his stencils with embossing paste, one on texture fades and embossing powder and the other on Tim's new debossing folders. For a more detailed look at my texture tags please do hop over to my blog.

This is such a wonderful creative challenge and a great way to use up some little bits and pieces to create texture on a flat surface. I have used die cuts, scrim, netting and grunge paste to create the texture on my hanging and some more on the embellishments with that wonderful product - Distress Crackle Paint! There are more details and photographs on my blog - so do pop over for a look!

The moment I heard the theme for the next challenge was "Get some Texture", I was delighted, as there is nothing I like more than playing with textures! I made a tag booklet out of 2 DL sized envelopes, just the right size for two #10 manila tags. I played with paints, texture and crackle pastes embossing folders, stencils, inks and stamps. I also wanted to show that Tim Holtz style does not need to mean brown and grungy. I tried to follow the style of Tim's beautiful Wallflower paper collection. If you want a full step by step on how to recreate the look, head over to my blog.


I'm another texture-lover, so I was really happy when I saw this theme from Jenny.  For me, it inspired a pair of ATCs full of textural touches created using Tim techniques and products.  There are layers of papers, stencilling, stamping, dry and heat embossing, and a good old splatter to finish off with!  Come and see how the layers built up over at Words and Pictures.

Jenny's texture challenge is brilliant for me as I don't add texture often enough to my projects.  I have added texture by using dry embossing with Texture Fades onto Tim's Kraft Glassine (coloured with a very unusual colour of  Distress Stain) and Adhesive backed Foil along with a few other bits and pieces, details of which you can see over on my blog.

This canvas board is brimming with texture in the form of texture paste, fabrics and metal decorations.  
I love the dimension that texture brings to your projects whether in the form of embossing, stencilling, painting or just adding embellishments. The background above was stencilled, painted/sprayed with inks and then layered with fabric. The floral and butterfly embellishments were created using eclectic elements fabric. Heat embossing was used on the flower and though it did not quite turn out as planned it does add more texture. For more photographs/details you can check out my blog.

Such fabulous projects from our Creative Guides which I'm sure will inspire you to play along.  We are all looking forward to seeing what you make and remember one lucky person chosen by the team will be our winner and will receive a £10 token from Country View Crafts.

Before entering your project, please make sure you have followed the rules set out in the Travelling Instructions, as failure to do so will mean you will not be eligible for the prize (and you don't want that do you)?! And if you want the Creative Guides to leave a comment on your entry, please remember to switch off Word Verification.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


  1. BRILLIANT! I need to work on my texture so this is going to be lots of fun. Wonderful makes ladies. Karen.x

  2. Fabulous creations from the team...all of them gorgeous! X

  3. Oh wow - fantastic inspirations oft the design-team-ladies !!!
    I go playing :-)

  4. Thank you Jenny, I really enjoyed getting textural with your theme and love what the team have come up with! Anne xx

  5. What a fabulous collection of projects (and textures!) from my team mates and a kewl challenge from Jenny. Have fun everyone and good luck! Chris xxx

  6. A super challenge theme Jenny and what amazing texture makes from the team - fabulous inspiration xxx

  7. Wow Jenny a Brilliant challenge theme I love texture. There are some great inspirational pieces from the team, I am looking forward to this challenge. Mo x

  8. Beautiful texture all you lovely ladies! Such a great challenge theme, Jenny! Love them all and Happy Weekend!

  9. Oh, this is going to be a fun one!! Such wonderful inspirations!! Look at all of the textures--Possibilities....Endless!! Gosh, I'm glad I'm almost done working with texture...mortaring & grouting a new tile floor!! Time to get into the craft dungeon and get working with some FUN textures!! YAY!! Thanks Creative Guides!! XOXO-Shari

  10. Great projects one and all! Checked out all the blogs; thanks for all the details and how to's. Nikki xx

  11. Once again, stunning DT projects!!! Hate I missed the last one due to vacation lol but I'm playing in this one for certain. Love AVJ!!!

  12. My project #17 is not a card, It's a book xxx :-)

  13. the right theme for me, textures are my passion, many thanks for your inspiration's! Kerstin

  14. Great inspiration as always. Sorry I wasn't able to take part in your guest spot last Friday, loved all the additional tag inspiration there as well.