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Friday 2 February 2018

A Vintage Journey - February Challenge - Melt It!!

Welcome everyone to the February A Vintage Journey Challenge!   Julia here as your host this month and we are so happy you have stopped by today! 

This month we're asking everyone to MELT IT!  
(and if you live where there is still snow you are probably ready for this!!?)

Here is the challenge description:
Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style.

And here is your "Melt It" inspiration from the Creative Guides!

 I was so excited to host this challenge as it gave me the opportunity to get out my Encaustic Art Kit (that I've had for eons but hardly used!) and take some time to learn how to create with it! I made this scene using wax melted on a craft iron pressed over a glossy card!
(I can't believe it either!)
You will find several more scenes I created and links to Encaustic kits and a YouTube technique video on my blog post here.

For Julia's great challenge this month I have used a large wooden tag with mixed media and stamped layers and finished up with a layer of pitted UTEE. I didn't get quite as much pitting as I would have liked but it added a fabulous texture and sepia look to it by the time I had finished with it. I have some process steps and more photos over at Bumblebees and Butterflies if you would like to see how this came together.

For Julia's 'Melt It!' challenge I decided to play around with a faux encaustic technique on my mixed media canvas, layer upon layer of UTEE, embossing powders and ephemera on this one, hope you can pop by my blog for the how to!

This being February, I decided to create a Velentine card for Julia's Melt It challenge. I used my long neglected UTEE to create the heart in the centre of my card. If you want to see how it all came together, - come and visit me

I had lots of fun with this once I finally got going!  My rusty bubbles are full of melted UTEE, creating a curious-looking strange land for this tiny chap to visit.  If you'd like to find out more about how I made this tag, do come and visit Words and Pictures.

I've melted 4 embossing powders, gel medium and Distress crayons to create my rust and patina. I welcome you to visit my blog, sarascloset, to learn how I made this canvas inspired by Seth Apter and my mixed media supplies.

Embossed layers canvas by Nikki Acton
For Julia's challenge I decided to use lots of colours and layers of embossing powder. For more details please visit Addicted to Art.

My Gelli Plate and I have been on a roll just lately (it is rather addictive!) and so I decided to cut an ATC from some experimental background paper before using embossing powders and UTEE on its decoration! Who knew that old book paper could be made to look so fabulous! Join me over at Live the Dream if you would like to find out more!

I was so lucky to see Seth Apter demo his new Baked Texture Embossing Powders at Creativation this year, and when I got home I could not wait to play with them!  I used four on this project.  Please visit my Blog if you would like to see more.

Hi everyone...I have to say I had such fun playing along with Julia's challenge. As a lover of all things Egyptian I decided to use  some of my Egyptian Rubber stamps on Shrink Plastic, UTEE and I really enjoyed using my Melt Pot, silicone molds as well as stamping. For more details of the recipe you can visit my blog HERE

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear "Melt It" is embossing powder so I used it two different ways for my tag.  To see all the details of this tag please join me at my blog 

Wow!  You can see from all the lovely projects above - there are MANY ways to MELT IT!


Our gracious sponsor this month is Country View Crafts  who is offering a  £20 Voucher to one lucky randomly chosen winner.  The Creative Guides will also choose three Pinworthy winners who will have their projects pinned to our Pinterest board and who will be offered a guest spot here at A Vintage Journey for one of our future challenges.

So please join us!  You have until Thursday, March 1, 2018 6 pm (Great Britain time) to link up your projects below. 
We can't wait to see how YOU "Melt It"!

Julia and the Creative Guides


  1. What wonderful Melt It projects and so many different kinds of melting! You ladies are just awesome in your creativity!

  2. Fabulous Melt It creations from everyone...such a variation too. Looking forward to catching up with you all on Monday as I am working this weekend

    Huge hugs to everyone

    Annie xx

  3. Julia, this is such a fabulous theme, I thoroughly enjoyed making my project and wow, what a fantastic line up of inspirational projects by the team. Looking forward to seeing all the projects in more detail! xx

  4. Fabulous 'Melt it' projects , ladies offering lots of creative inspiration . Sorry I wasn't able to join in this time, Julia.
    All projects pinned and now looking forward to stopping by you all to leave some love .
    Have a great weekend everyone

  5. Wonderful inspiration from all the team :D XXX

  6. Wow what amazing projects and tons of inspiration and techniques...Thank you x

  7. Fabulous Melt Art from everyone! Every project is so different! Jennie x

  8. Absolutely Gorgeous and Creative Melt projects from your very talented DT. I am looking forward to seeing all the details on all your teams blogs. TFS and all the Inspiration. Hugs.Nancy

  9. Wow! Awesome DT work and a fabulous theme! I am so excited I have entered and am the first! xxx

  10. Amazing creations from the DT as always, can't wait to hop around and see the details and looking forward to seeing what our followers link up! Deb xo

  11. Truly amazing group of artworks here.

  12. Wow! Thanks for all the artistic and creative inspiration! What a fun challenge!

  13. I have finally gotten around to see all of my teammates amazing creations! What fabulous artwork and brilliant step by step posts! Thank you for this fun challenge, Julia! I can't wait to see what our followers will create! Hugs!

  14. Thank you for the challenge lovely creatives - your projects are amazing and then some xx