I love to try out new techniques, ideas and styles, but have to admit that Vintage and Shabby Chic are my favourites. Tim Holtz's books and products, especially the distress inks are constantly in use on my work bench.
I was thrilled to be asked to be a Guest Designer for you at AVJ and when I read that the theme was, 'Just Stain It', well what can I say, getting inky and messy is one of the joys of crafting.
corrugated card as a base, adding some pieces of embossed card to add texture.
Next up came the frame. Both base and frame were embossed using small
areas of Tim Holtz's and other stencils using grunge paste. When it
was all dry a coating of cream acrylics, then the Distress Staining fun could begin.
First of all I splodged and swept over the surfaces with the
stains, no method just random. Distress Stains used were mainly Broken China, Vintage Photo and Antiqued Bronze.
I did use some crackle paint on the frame at this stage, but it nearly all disappeared. So I added more texture using the stencil and lightly stained [Broken China] grunge paste to the frame.
Then to fill in the spaces, I dabbed stain onto my craft mat, sprayed with water and swept the pieces over. I then sprayed them directly with water and magically every colour seemed to blend together. Nothing can beat giving this stage a helping hand to get in the nooks and crannies, with a paper towel or as in my case the fingers.
I gathered together some of the detail pieces I wanted to add, including the Found Relative photo card.
After assembling the hanging it did need highlighting in parts with a little gilding wax.
I did so enjoy this theme and thank the Creative Guides for inviting me to be their Guest. The inspiring projects and products that Tim Holtz brings to us make my personal crafting journey so enjoyable.
There are more photos, showing the stages it took to complete this
hanging on my blog. http://meggysway.blogspot.co.uk
Can I make a plea to all of you fabulous crafters who join us at A Vintage Journey, we would love each and every one of you to be chosen as a winner or pinworthy mention and although you do not have to follow the guidelines (rules) we have set, if you don't you will not be eligible to win the prize and pinworthy spots.
There are 3 key rules that some people are missing out -
1. Tell us what your Tim inspiration is if it isn't evident in the project and post itself.
2. Mention A Vintage Journey and the title of the challenge in your post.
3. Make sure you have linked directly to A Vintage Journey from your post.
The full guidelines are in the sidebar for you to read at your leisure.
We appreciate all your entries and thank you for taking the time to hop aboard and share part of the journey with us.