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Friday 22 March 2019

Creative Card Making With Annie

Hi everyone xx A warm welcome to our Creative Card Making Celebration Post x I adored Brenda's home decor piece tutorial (HERE) and the way in which she incorporated all the details of our 5 year journey here at AVJ. So here is my take for this month xx Grab a cuppa as it's a reasonably long post xx
I have created a "tunnel" card using a very old Tim Holtz Vintage Valise die to depict travelling on our journey here at AVJ x
 Once I had die cut the vintage valise 4 times I then cut out a window on three of the pieces using a rectangle die from my stash x
 On one of the valise windows I wanted to place die cut flowers and chose  the 2019 Tim Holtz Organic die to depict Spring, which has finally sprung and I am so happy as it's my favourite season x. The flower die was inked with various colourful Distress Inks ( DI) using my finger daubers.
 The valise fronts and back were inked with various shades of Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Aged Mahogany DI's.
 The outer edges were then distressed in a darker brown, namely Walnut Stain DI. You can see the concertina folds that I created to hold each piece, creating some depth, in the photo below.
 Tim Holtz globe die by Sizzix depicts the talented Creative Guides and our fabulous followers who are from all corners of the world x
 Pieces of the valise were covered in acrylic wax then rusting powder was applied, vinegar was then sprayed over the top and left overnight to rust !!! It has been some time since I used this technique and I have to say I love the outcome, which can be viewed in the last two photos.
 That's Crafty Light Texture paste was applied through one of Tim Holtz stencils, then a stamp depicting a jar with paint brushes,  from Lynne's Affirmations stamp set, which all crafters can relate to x I dont know where I would be without my paint brushes and not always for paint !!! sometimes distress inks, glue, modge podge and varnish
One of Lynne's Affirmations was stamped on to some aged kraft card using Archival Ink in Sepia.
I also applied some splatters of paint to the valise front
 Glossy Accents was used to adhere the rusted elements of the valise and some clips helped to hold them in place. The artist brushes stamp below is by Darkroom Door and I have had it in my stash for ages...don't they lok amazing x
 I love the new Tim Holtz Transparent Wings and paper dolls, which you can see below.
The front of the valise below x 
 A luggage tag was then created and the letters AVJ applied along with some more splatters of dark brown and white paint.
 And here are all the details  on the back of the card.  I love love the rusting powder.
As we are celebrating our birthday here at AVJ I chose to decorate the back with stamps and stencils, but this is where you could easily add your  personalised greeting. Personalising the tag is another option xx 
Thank You so much for hopping on board with us over the last 5 years x It has been such a pleasure to share our journey with you along the way and we love to visit the blogs of all our followers/entrants to our monthly challenges. There is also still time to join in with our March challenge "Celebrate The Journey", which you can view by clicking HERE xx

Take care and thank you for hopping on board x

Happy Birthday Wishes to everyone xxx

Annie xxxx


  1. Oh wow Annie what an absolutely brilliant card which fits beautifully with our birthday celebration. I love that you have revisited some golden oldies and brought it right up to date with current goodies and your incorporation of the rust, the distressing, the paper dolls and the globe is wonderfully representative of our vintage journey. Thanks for sharing your take on our journey together and this fabulous design. Xxx

  2. Annie, your tunnel card is just fabulous! I am so pleased that you showed all the amazing details of how you brought it altogether, it is so clever using the valise as a tunnel card. I love the rusting and how you incorporated the element of team's journey over the years. An amazing creation! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. What a fabulous design Annie, I love how you added those stencil areas to the outer edge of the Valise. Such a creative way to build up that 3D area it makes for a wonderful piece of stand alone art. Thank you for sharing the process and journey with us all.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  4. Fabulous!!! I have too this old TH die, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Oh Annie what an absolutely brilliant card this is, - wow!! Not only are the techniques you used super clever, but how you have portrayed our journey at AVJ with all the different elements is just super!! Tunnel cards are always so interesting anyway, and I just LOVE how you put all of this together. Those rusty bits turned out amazing too, really a fantastic card post, - thanks so much for sharing!!!

  6. What a fabulous card! Annie. Terrific design and loved reading and seeing how you brought all your wonderful elements together. Your rusty straps and corners are super- an old technique maybe but such a goodie- so effective!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely weekend x

  7. What a Fabulous and Interesting piece of work. Looks so great, the more you look the more you see as Pooh Bear would say. Love it and look forward to seeing it in sit u. Well Done. Hugs Mum xx

  8. wow - what a fabulous design - so very much to see here Annie - and its all stunning! Big hugs rachel xx

  9. What a detailed tutorial, Annie - thanks so much for sharing all your tips and tricks to create this fantastic project.
    Alison x

  10. What a lot of work and creativity you put into this lovely dimensional scene Annie! Thanks for showing us step by step! xx