This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Monday 1 September 2014

Welcome Richele Christensen as Guest Creative Guide

Today it’s a real pleasure to welcome Richele to A Vintage Journey. Those of you who follow Richele will know of her fabulous work and wonderful projects. We are delighted that she has joined us with some amazing ATCs and a step by step for us. Over to you Richele.

Hello! I’m a California girl and I currently live in the Sacramento area with my husband
Del. Our children are both married and live close by with their families! I have
three beautiful grandchildren and 1 more on the way.
Ever since I was a little girl I have had a love for art, sewing, quilting, and
crafting. I’ve been working in the paper crafting industry since 2001 and it has
lead me on an unforgettable journey. I currently have the job of my dreams
working as the Project Manager for Tim Holtz. I LOVE my job!! My designs have
been displayed by Tim Holtz, Ranger Ink, Stampers Anonymous, Advantus,
Coats and Clark, Sizzix and Hero Arts.


I’m so excited to be here at “A Vintage Journey” I love that there is a place to share projects that are inspired by Tim Holtz products and style. Today I’d like to share a few ATC’s using Alcohol Inks on metal.

Idea-ology: Adornments/Arrows, Compass Coins, Ephemera, Mini Corners, Mini Fasteners, Mini Gears, Monocles, Number Brads, Remnant Rubs/Elements, Ring Fasteners
Ranger: Alcohol Inks, Alcohol Ink Bending Solution, Archival Ink, Distress Ink/Vintage Photo, Manila Cardstock, Metal Foil Tape Sheets
Sizzix: Texture Fade Embossing Folders/Blueprint and Gears, Vagabond or Big Shot
Stampers Anonymous: Mercantile Cling Mount set CMS18

Step 1

Step 1: Adhere Metal Foil Tape Sheet to Manila cardstock, trim to 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” and emboss with Texture Fade Embossing Folder using the Vagabond.

-Step 2

Step 2: Apply Alcohol Inks with an Ink Applicator Tool using a 2-3 second squeeze of a few colors. Try not to overlap the colors. Ponce on to the embossed metal. Repeat as desired.

Step 3

Lightly rub the Archival Ink Pad directly on embossed area. Before ink dries wipe off ink with a dry cloth to reveal metal. Tip: There is a chemical reaction that removes the ink and alcohol ink. This technique will work on non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, plastic etc.

Step 4

Step 4: To attach Arrow open the back of the Fastener/Brad, place over the Arrow and then in to center of Compass Coin.

Step 5

Step 5: Embellish the ATC with metal Idea-ology like Adornment Arrows, Compass Coin, Mini Gears, Wordband.

Step 6

Step 6: Stamp Steampunk fella on to Manila cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink, trim out with scissors and ink with Vintage Photo Distress ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Add to ATC with a few pieces of Ephemera.

Step 7

Option 2- Using Remnant Rubs is a quick and easy way to add images, words and numbers to a ATC or project. Cut out desired rub, position and rub on to surface.


Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoy the journey.

Wow, these are just gorgeous little works of art, packed full of technique and images to re-focus on ATCs as we are doing in our challenge this fortnight. The industrial backgrounds look amazing with all the ephemera attached to them and you make it look so easy Richele. Thank you so much for creating these little beauties and for providing us with the inspiration.

So it’s over to you our fabulous Travellers to get creating if you haven’t already and to get your entries liked by this Thursday evening before the challenge closes. Don’t forget we have another new host and challenge on Friday.

Have a creative week.

hugs Brenda and the Team


  1. It is fantastic to have Richele with us today, her ATCs are just wonderful - steampunk man looks amazing! Love the industrial theme and great tips. Anne xx

  2. Love Richelle's work so it's lovely to see her here :-)


  3. Wonderful to have Richele here today and great to find out a bit more about her too!
    LOVE the ATCs, - I just discovered the technique of Archival ink onto alcohol ink backgrounds, and this is another fab way to use it. Love the industrial style ATCs, thank you for some brilliant Monday morning inspiration!!!

  4. Absolutely gorgeous ATC's from the incredibly talented Richelle. What an honour to have her join us at A Vintage Journey sharing two super tutorials with us. Thank you so much! Jenny x

  5. Fabulous ATC tutorial, love this effect such amazing colours and textures

    Jools x

  6. Wow, you killed it with these ATCs. FAB-u-Lous!

  7. Thanks so much Richelle for fabulous tutorial - your atcs look brilliant and so wonderfully tactile. Nicola x

  8. Glorious ATCs from Richele - the colours over the metal look fabulous, and the embellishing is perfect.
    Alison x

  9. Richelle.. Oh gosh your ATC's are gorgeous. Love the metal foil with added colors and embellishments. And you made them look so well balanced. Not too much or too little. Just perfect !!
    Thanks a lot for sharing !!
    Hugs from SPAIN

  10. Wow love the idea of using the word bands as pockets for holding the tickets. That embossing folder is my favourite x

  11. your gallery is just very nice .graphics are very nice . your website it just super. best of luck . do come visit me some time. that goes to everybody who see this. WE.HOBBIESANDCRAFTS.NET. and please sign my guestbook at the bottom of my webpage to let me know you came to see me do send your very good friends ( thank you ) it good to meet new friends.

  12. Richele lovely to meet you. I absolutely LOVE your Atc's. Wonderful grunge..... wonderful everything. Karen.x

  13. Awesome Richele.... TFS! Crafty hugs from the UK x

  14. I Love Richele and she's a perfect Guest Creative Guide for AVJ! These ATC's are wonderful!! I hope we'll see more of her here at AVJ :) XOXO-Shari T.

  15. These are fabulous... great tute from Richele!

  16. Thanks for the fab tutorial and welcome to AVJ, so happy to have you with us.

  17. Wonderful tutorial, Richele! Love the metal works ATC's and so wonderful to have you here!

  18. These are great and a wonderful tutorial x trace x