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).

Friday 25 September 2020

Creative Card Making with S@ndy

 Hello fellow travelers, It's S@ndy here with you today to make a slimline card.  These cards are all the rage at the moment so thought I would share one with you.

This card has all the aged, tattered qualities that we love.  The woodgrain paper is actually called Worn Wood.  This card measures 9" X 3.75' and fits in a legal size envelope.

The inside is very simple, I added some Distress Oxide Ink, ground espresso, around the edges of the panel and then added some die cut words.  If you are interested in seeing the products I used please visit me at my blog here.  I have provided links to everything I used.

Distress Oxide Ink, candied apple and fired brick, was added to white paper.  To add the color I used a color blender and a heavy hand, placing lots of ink on the paper.  The postman just delivered some new dies today so I couldn't wait to use them.  This one is the Floral 1 from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Once the flowers were cut out - they were edged with some ground espresso Oxide Distress Ink.
I shaped the peddles with a flower making tool and then stacked them making sure that the peddles were staggered. I used some prills ( you could use small seed beads) in the center of each flower and then gently lifted each pedal.

A panel for the front was cut that measures 3.5" X 8.75", inked the edges with ground espresso Distress Ink and attached it to the card base.

This beautiful ornate die cut was added to the front of the card before adding the flowers.  I like to add the flower by placing glue only the center so the edges are loose.  That way the leaves can easily be added under the flower edges.

Leaves were cut out and edged with a darker green.

The leaves were added by putting a small dot of glue near the top of the leaf and placed around the flowers just under the edges.

The words "Thinking of You" were added to the inside panel and then "Hugs" on the front.

Have a creative weekend,

Friday 18 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures Tutorial

Hello, this is Ann, thank you for joining me today. I'm sharing a tutorial for my project made for this month's Cogs, Gears and Texture Challenge!

To begin, I sprayed the watercolor paper with Distress Oxide Sprays in Vintage Photo, Mermaid Lagoon and Iced Spruce and spritzed more water. When it dries, I adhered the old book paper and distress the edges, then stamped the numbers on the corners and titched around the panel.

I dry embossed the silver metallic cardstock by Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder and Rub a Distress Black Soot Paint all over the surface of the foil, getting it down into the crevasses of the design. Using a paper towel and wipe away the excess black paint. You may repeat this process until you achieve the depth of black you desire. Heat dry.

To make more texture, I stamped the Splatter on the edges with VersaMark and sprinkled some Taos Sunset Baked Texture Powder. Hot embossing it with embossing heat gun.

I smeared some Crackle Texture Paste on the edges of linen board.

For the Faceted heart, I covered it with Distress Paint in Peacock Feathers. I adhered gears on the heart to make it look more industrial, then distressed with Walnut Stain Ink. I added some metal charms on the bottom of the heart. 

I die-cut gears from chipboard and used Distress Oxide in Rusty hinge to cover them, then I sprayed them with Clear Texture Spray. When they dry, I used Distress Crayons in different brown and black colors. 

To finish this deco, I adhered some gears and Quote Chips on the panel. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today. If you have not done so yet, there is still plenty of time to join in our Cogs, Gears and Textures challenge, we would love to see what you come up with for that.

Happy crafting and stay safe!

Ann xo

Friday 11 September 2020

Tag You're It! Challenge Pinworthy Winners

Hi Everyone 

Amanda (ink-a-pink) here with you today to share news of our 3 chosen Pinworthy Winners for our 'Tag You're It!' challenge.

We had some wonderful submissions and would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who joined us in the challenge.

The Creative Guides really enjoyed viewing your creations and selecting their favourites wasn't easy. We always have great difficulty narrowing our favourites down to just 3 but needs must so after much deliberation here are our choices....  

..... in no particular order our 3 Pinworthy Winners are: 

Congratulations to you all! 
I will be in touch shortly with your Pinworthy badges and I will be pinning your winning projects to our Pinworthy Winners Pinterest board sometime today. 

Thanks again to everyone who shared their Tag Creativity with us here at AVJ. 

We hope you will join us in our current challenge 'Cogs, Gears and Texture' hosted by our lovely Ann. All the challenge details and an inspirational gallery of projects created by some of our talented Creative Guides can be located here.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend 
Take Care, Stay Safe 
keep on creating! 

Friday 4 September 2020

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Hello everyone, It's Ann here to welcome and introduce to our new challenge here at A Vintage Journey! The chosen theme this time is

Cogs, Gears and Textures

Here is the challenge brief:

Let us see you create amazing textures on your cogs and gears. Embossing powders, pastes, rusting or gilding waxes, acrylics ..... whatever your imagination suggests. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

As usual, the Creative Guides have some projects to help inspire you, be sure to visit their blogs and leave them some comment love.


I really like the theme of "industrial" and "steampunk". I used a lot of gears and Mechanics 3-D Embossing Folder to make this deco. I will do a tutorial here on the blog of how it all came together soon, meanwhile, if you want to see more photos, just visit my blog.

For my project this month I decided to revisit an older tag that I first posted in 2016.  It is one of my favorites so wanted to give it a second life.  With the theme of  Cogs, Gears and Texture - it fits perfectly.   I hope you will stop by my blog here to say hi.

What a fabulous theme... it gave me a chance to take some of the techniques I've learned from Andy Skinner over the years out for a spin.  I had to adapt them slightly as I'm working with a travelling stash at the moment, but I did have three different texture pastes for the background and, thankfully, I'd remembered to put in some chipboard cogs and gears!  Come over to Words and Pictures to see how it all came together.

I decided to create some Steampunk Butterflies using Cogs & Gears for Ann's fabulous challenge theme. A TH embossing folder provided texture on the  corners of the tag too. Further details regarding my make can be found on my blog HERE

Ann's fabulous challenge has given me a great opportunity to get out my stash of MDF cogs and gears and go to town with my favourite rusting techniques. If you'd like to learn more, hop over to my Artistic Craft Dabbler blog and all will be revealed.

Cogs, Gears, and Textures is a fantastic challenge (thanks Ann!)! I decided to create a tag mixing some of my favorite products! The new Distress Color Crackling Campfire is perfect for this challenge! 
I'm in the Halloween mood so I continue to create following this theme! If you want to read how I made the background visit my Blog Yayascrap & More.


I'm sure you'll agree our Creative Guides have shared some fabulous projects offering lots of inspiration. 
We would love for you to join us in this challenge as we are really looking forward to seeing your creations. 
At the end of the challenge the Creative Guides will choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will each be awarded a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog and their winning projects will be pinned to our pinterest board. 
The Challenge begins today and remains open for entries until 1st Octorber 2020. 

Creative Wishes 
Ann x

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