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Friday 7 June 2019

Tissue Paper, our challenge for June

Hello A Vintage Journey fans, welcome to our June challenge! This is Astrid and I am excited to host our challenge this month and show you all the amazing and diverse projects my teamies have created. Hopefully you will feel inspired to play along!

This is what we would like you to do this month:
As the title suggests, use tissue paper. There are many different ways you can incorporate tissue paper into your project - create texture by scrunching it up, stain it, paint it, wax it, stamp on it, emboss on it. You could use cheap tissue from the supermarket, recycle gift wrapping tissue, or even use old dressmaking patterns. Just remember to create in one of our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

So let's begin by showing you our projects:


I decided to alter a book box to keep my wax seal stamps in. I have an ever growing collection of these and this book box seemed the perfect place to house them. I have used several different techniques using tissue paper and you can find more photos of both the inside and the outside of the box on my blog.


For our Tissue Paper challenge I have taken inspiration from a recent workshop I attended with our very own Brenda Brown. I have adapted the workshop project in a number of ways and, of course, incorporated Tissue Paper. The details of this version and the original workshop design can be found at Addicted to Art today.


What a great opportunity to get out the tissue paper you love and play. For our Tissue Paper challenge, I have taken inspiration from the Photo Frame Wall. To find out more please feel free to stop by my blog.


I have been experimenting with my Gelli Plate and discovered that some tissue paper takes paint beautifully! I created the silhouette flowers with die cuts and layered the tissue paper onto stamped card. If that whets your appetite for more then please hop on over to Live the Dream where I explain it all !


I had lots of fun art journaling for Astrid's fabulous Tissue Paper challenge. Inspired by a beautiful display of flowers in my garden, I used a couple of new techniques with tissue paper to create the background as well as all the foliage and flowers on this page. Please pop over to my blog to see how it all came together.

Sara Emily

I am really drawn to the many bird images on Tim Holtz Aviary Collage Paper, and his new-to-me Crochet Thinlits lacy die cuts. If you would like to see how I used these and other bits to create this vignette, please join me for a brief tutorial on my blog.


I love Astrid's challenge, and agree with her on just how versatile tissue paper can be. I particularly like the way it disappears when you apply it to a surface. If you'd like to know more about how I've used it to upcycle this plant pot, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog and all will be revealed.


I had great fun creating this mixed media jumbo tag for Astrid's fabulous challenge theme. Lots of paint, crackle medium, DI's, wax and a tissue napkin from my stash were used in my project.
If you would like to view the details then pop over to my blog by clicking HERE


I'm so thrilled to take part in the fabulous Astrid's June challenge! I created a canvas using Tissue Paper for the background of my frame! I colored Tissue Paper with Distress crayons and I love the way it turned out, so vivid! You can find step by step on my Blog!!


For this challenge I used some Tim Holtz Tissue Paper as my background. After a little color, glue and stamping it's ready to go. I hope you will join me at my blog here to see how it happened.

Well I am sure you will agree that these projects are full of inspiring ideas and illustrate just the versatility of tissue paper and the many creative possibilities it can be used for. Now we cannot wait to see what you might come up with!!
Thank you so much for being part of our journey here and have a wonderful month!

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  1. So many beautiful and interesting ways to use tissue paper! Who knew!??!! Can't wait to see the details on all these wonderful projects! xx

  2. Stunning projects from everyone, off to see the details...

  3. What a vast array of Tissue Paper projects and it has been a real treat to read the amazing details from my lovely teamies xx So much inspiration xx

    Huge hugs and have a great weekend
    Annie xx

  4. Fabulous creativity from everyone . Looking forward to hopping around youo all in the coming days .
    Great Challenge Astrid .

    Wishing you all a lovely weekend

    Amanda x

  5. What a fabulous challenge theme Astrid! I so enjoyed taking part and visiting everyone to learn about their amazing creations 😀. There are so many techniques and mediums used, thanks so much for the inspiration! Wishing you all a Happy June! Creative wishes! Jo x

  6. Such a great challenge theme Astrid and the GC samples are all so gorgeous, I have enjoyed my trip around to see them all very much! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Fantastic projects for a lovely theme. I've had a great time hopping round to see all the creations in more detail. What a team!
    Alison x

  8. Stunning projects everyone! I have just had a lovely time visiting you all. So many wonderful ideas and techniques for tissue paper!!! Jennie x

  9. Loved this challenge Astrid! Fantastic variety of projects from everyone , I'm looking forward to popping in for more details xx

  10. What a luscious and juicy collection of inspiration for us this month.
    Lots of ideas whirling around my head, thanks! xx

  11. Stunning projects and tons of fabulous inspiration, thank you x

  12. What a wonderful collection of projects! Thanks so much to share your creativity!! Barbara

  13. Lovely challenge. Thanks for the inspirations.