Thursday 16 February 2017

The Sweetest Thing

Back today with a vintage piece.
I used Tim's Winged Things stamp set for this piece on a backdrop created with a layer of Antique Linen Distress Paint and Distress Crayons Tumbled Glass and Vintage Photo.
A touch of stencilling has been added to the backdrop using one of Tim Holtz new Mini Layering Stencils and I then blended more Distress Crayon across the background and stencilled areas.
She stands on a layer of corrugated card which has been painted lightly with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
I also added a circular piece of rusty tin wire and she is holding a vintage pen nib.
I have added tape nestled behind the corrugated card along with a few remnant rubs. I also included a piece of Film Strip Ribbon which also has a Remnant Rub Added. A little red heart adds a pop of colour.
A SWEET Flashcard adds a little more interest, I crumpled the card and then coloured with Distress Crayon to highlight the creases and add to the vintage/aged feel.
I added delicate splatters of white paint for an added layer of interest.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday 14 February 2017


This month Eileen Hull's Design Team are showcasing Eileen's fabulous Clearsnap ColorBox Blends Inks. These inks hold 10 x the ink of a traditional inkpad. They have a covenient sponge applicator which keeps hands clean whilst applying the ink. The ink can be applied directly to fabric, paper, wood, clay and more.  Just remember to heat set for permanence.
I created a card with lots of colour and I have step by steps below.
I chose to work with Beach, Wildberry and Leaf for this project.
Each ink dispenser comes with a foam applicator.
Press the foam applicator onto a non-stick craft sheet to get the ink flowing. You don't need too much pressure.
Once the ink is flowing you are ready to create.
I began by applying each colour over a stencil, the colours blend beautifully and are also perfect for watercolouring too.
Continue until the white card is covered with stencilling. I love these three colours together.
Die cut Eileen's Flower, Heart and Soul die from white card.
On this occasion we are using the aperture only.
Draw around the flower onto the decorated panel.
Continue to draw around the flower until you are happy with the arrangement on the background of the decorated panel.
Paint around the flowers with black paint.
Add white highlights around the flowers using a paint pen.
I love how the background detail really pops against the black and white.
I also included a happiness sticker, colouring the edges of the sticker with the Blends. I also added a heart charm for added interest and dimension.
Splatters of pink and white paint have also been added for further interest.
I added a matt of white card coloured with the Wildberry Blends ink to coordinate with the colours in the card.
I love that all the layers are visible in the design.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Thursday 9 February 2017

Stand Boldly

I am loving using colour at the moment and today I have a card using Dina Wakley's Mod stencil.
I decorated the background using Dina's Heavy Body Acrylic Paints in Tangerine, Turquoise, Lime and Magenta.
I added a few markings to the background using Tim Holtz Layering Stencils Dot Fade and Numeric.
I also added circles and scratchy lines using an old credit card and an old lid.
I also added quotes using Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs.
I love the touches of white I added using a paint pen along with some delicate splatters of white paint.
I also added a Heart Charm from Tim Holtz Idea-ology, adding a few touches of Magenta paint to the Charm which I attached using a Hitch Fastener. I painted the outer area with Dina's Night Heavy Body Acrylic Paint.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Forget Me Not

I had a little creative time late last night and created a card for Valentines.
The background has been created with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Paints, applied to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then mopped up with my card. I tore a heart from scrap paper and then drew around the heart onto white card which I again coloured with Distress Paints. I then cut out the heart and distressed the edges with a pair of scissors.
I placed Tim Holtz number layering stencil onto a flat surface, inked the stencil with Black Soot Distress Ink, spritzed with water and then placed the stencil, inked side down onto the heart and dabbed with a piece of kitchen towel. I then dried the ink with my heat tool.
I added some Film Strip Ribbon for added interest and dimension and I also included a Hitch Fastener along with a Heart Idea-ology piece.
Tim's Alpha Cards have been coloured with Distress Paints and stapled into place. I added a few touches of ruler tape behind my heart for added interest.
I stamped Feb 14 a couple of times onto the background and added a touch of doodling around the outside edges.
Delicate splatters of white paint have been added to the background.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Friday 3 February 2017

Count Your Blessings

Welcome to a new challenge for A Vintage Journey and this month Jennie is our host and our challenge this month is "words that are special". This is what Jennie had to say about her challenge.

"We often use words for cardmaking, scrapbooking, journaling, layering backgrounds, stamping, collage, in mixed media work, on our tags … in fact words are often an integral part of our design processes for many of our projects. This month show us words that are important or special to you and how you incorporate them in your vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk art".

I opted for the words 'count your blessings' which I do everyday and I think it's something we should all appreciate.
I began with a piece of white card, placed the Tim Holtz Numbered Layering Stencil onto the card and then applied DecoArt Media Crackle Paste over the stencil using a palette knife.
I removed the stencil and allowed the Paste to dry completely.
Distress Paints Evergreen Bough and Twisted Citron were applied to a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed with water and then moped up with the card. I also spritzed water directly onto the card to make the colours run and blend further.
I dried each layer of colour and then repeated the same process until I was happy with the coverage and depth.
To give more depth I applied Peacock Feathers Distress Crayon around the edges of each number and smudged with my finger.
I used an alphabet set of stamps to add the sentiment 'count your blessings' and edged each piece with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.
I added touches of White Fire Treasure Gold Wax to each of the numbers.
To add a touch of dimension I also added a watch rim which I also coloured with Distress Paints, applied with a finger. I also included a Tim Holtz Salvaged Doll along with a Numbered Brad for added interest and to echo the numbers in the background.
Splatters of Titanium White Fluid Acrylic have been added to the background to lift the design.
For added texture I have also included cotton threads behind the watch rim.
Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts who are offering a randomly drawn winner a £20 gift voucher.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x