Sep 15, 2018

Vintage Tim Holtz Dressform Inventor 3 Stamped Card


Hi friends!  I'm back today with another two-toned stamped plaid background card.  In case you missed the tutorial for this plaid background, click HERE.  For this plaid I wanted to go feminine and chose to dip my panel in a bath of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, then stamped in Worn Lipstick and Crushed Olive.  A little trick I used to make the colors less intense was to lightly lay a baby wipe over the inked and spritzed stamp before making my imprint with my Stamp Platform. This took up just enough ink to make a lighter and less even impression. 


I stamped and watercolored the dressform image from the Tim Holtz Inventor 3 stamp set.  I stamped the scissors from the same set onto sanded gold Metallic Kraft Core and embossed in black.  I adhered some old buttons and used my sewing machine to stitch the many layers.


I made a tiny thread holder with Tim's Labels die set and stamped 3/4 from his Merchant stamp set.


I stamped the border of my main panel with the beautiful Ornate Trims stamp set, a gift from my crafty BFF Sara Emily.  She accidentally ordered two and was so kind to send me this set I've been wanting for ages!  Thank you my friend!  I couldn't wait to ink it up!  :)


As a final detail, I added inked Tim's Floral Texture Fade with Shabby Shutters and ran it through my machine.  I tucked in one of Tim's new 3D Impresslits, Scallop, which I sponged with Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo.  I had so much fun making this card and hope you like it! 

Sep 13, 2018

Wendy Vecchi Two-Toned Plaid Background Fall Card


 Hello friends!  I'm popping in for a quick post to share my first fall card of the season with you. 


I was craving some plaid paper for my fall cards and decided to try a technique for two-toned stamping with my stamp platform.   I chose a plaid stamp by Wendy Vecchi and used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks with Frayed Burlap for the dipping.  I layered with Tim's Wildflowers 2 dies, Fall Foliage dies, Tim’s flower punch and Pondering Words Thin to complete the project.  I shared this one minute process video on my Instagram feed and Tim's FB Group.  Check it out below! 


Here's my first collection of plaid backgrounds.  I will say that if you want to use completely opposite colors you should dip in your "aging bath" first then dry and stamp your colors, like I did on the Rusty Hinge and Crushed Olive sample on the right.  I hope you enjoy this technique and your fall season is off to a great start.


Sep 1, 2018

Blog Hop for Mini Album Makers Blogaversary!


Hello friends and happy September!  Today we begin a new challenge at Mini Album Makers.  This very special challenge marks our first Blogaversary!  We are so excited to have shared the last year with each of you! To celebrate our Blogaversary, we've organized a blog hop this month.  We're giving away a $25 gift certificate to Blitsy.com to one lucky reader whose name will be chosen at random from all of the comments on the Design Team blogs.  In addition, Lindy's Stamp Gang will give a $25 gift certificate to one lucky participant in our challenge.



This month I'm stepping off of my beaten path and away from my grungy, vintage norm.  I've been itching to get back into art journaling with paints and doodles and decided to make a cardboard junk journal to help me get started.  I had seen a tutorial for this type of book years ago and do not know where, but remember that they used cardboard and water activated packing tape to join the pages.


I decided to use this roll of athletic tape I picked up from the Dollar Tree.  Make sure to check out my other Dollar Store Paper Craft projects HERE.  I cut my pieces of double-ply cardboard down to 5x7".  You will need an even number of pages no matter what size.  I used eight and my book is 2 1/4" thick but this will vary depending on the number of pages you use and the thickness of your cardboard.  I butted the long ends of two pieces of cardboard together and joined them together with the tape.




Once I had two sets of pages joined and folded, I butted the sets together and joined them with more tape.


Once I had four sets of pages, I butted them and joined them with even more tape.


Now with this super sticky tape you will need something to cover the spine to adhere to the sticky exposed parts.  I tried using more tape as shown above but changed my mind and used sticky back canvas instead.  I had some that was black with a white dotty pattern, but you could use Ranger's plain sticky back canvas and paint it if you like.


Now the whole beauty of this book is that the pages are super heavy to withstand wet mediums and the pages open flat because of the binding method.  I chose the 5x7" size because I could open the book pages and fit the entire spread onto my 8x10" gelli plate.  Happy day!  See how beautifully the tape accepts the paint print!


Here's my book being printed.  Notice how easily the pages open and lay flat for printing.  If you have a smaller gelli plate, you could do mono prints by laying your book down and using the gelli plate to "stamp" your backgrounds on top of it.


Here's a better shot of the improved spine.  I added some vintage neon pink trim to wrap my spine and concealed the edges beneath a smaller layer of cardboard for my cover.  My doodling was done with a LePen permanent marker.  I love this pen because it's not shiny like a Sharpie.  I used some $1 alphabet stamps and the Tim Holtz Storybook Bigz XL alphabet die to cut the word "joy."  Blitsy has a great deal on Tim's Bigz XL dies, so make sure to check those out HERE.


I made these journal pages three years ago when I was into art journaling more.  Since today's book is a work in progress, I thought I would share them again so you would get an idea of how I will fill my cardboard junk journal.  (Click to enlarge.)







That's all for me!  Again, make sure to visit each of the following blogs and leave a comment for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Blitsy.com.  Please share a comment with a link if you create your own journal following this tutorial.  :)

Nancy Wethington - Art-From-The-Heart
Jennie Atkinson - Live the Dream
Anne Redfern - RedAnne
Maria Lillepruun - Magic Attic Design
Alison Bomber - Words and Pictures 
Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint <<< That's me!  You are here.  :)

Aug 30, 2018

Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Steampunk Masculine Tag


Hi friends!  Today is a 5th Friday and we celebrate at A Vintage Journey with Tag Friday.  Hop on over and see what my uber talented teamies have created for your inspiration. We would love for you to share a tag you've been working on this month. 


I had a play with my friend @carolinasweetlee's new Tim Holtz 3D Embossing Folders and we made a number of backgrounds with different techniques.  I adhered two portions of my backgrounds made with the Foundry and Mechanics folders to a chipboard tag.  These were both done by simply sponging Distress Inks onto the panels.  I added various strips of Tim's tissue tape and sanded it with a nail file to remove the sheen.


I embossed a Gadget Gears 2 die with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Baked Texture and tucked it beneath my collage.


I used one of Tim's Fluted Fasteners as my tag topper.


My collage elements are all from an older pack of Tim's Snippets Ephemera.  The sentiment is from the Clippings sticker set. 


I dyed my sisal fibers with Black Soot.  The Paper Doll image was sanded lightly and sponged with Vintage Photo DI.  I hope you'll hop on over to A Vintage Journey for more tag inspiration and make sure to share a tag in our link up.


Aug 21, 2018

Bright and Cheery Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Cards


Hey friends!  I don't know what's come over me lately, but I've taken a little sidestep from my typical grungy makes and done some bright and cheery cards.  One of my sweet Instagram followers commented that she never used Distress Inks because she associated them with dark/distress and prefers brighter colors.  To that I replied, I certainly understand where her thoughts are based, but the colors are pure and it's all in the way you layer them.  So I posted THIS shaker card and THIS atypical masculine card as examples.  I've taken that a few steps further with three cheery designs today...


I used Fossilized Amber and Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxides to create my inky panels for this card.  I stamped an image from the Tim Holtz Sideshow set and the Theories set.  The small text is from Tim's Simple Sayings set.  The "happy" die is from the new Shadow Script #2 dies I'm so crazy over.


I truly love how Distress Oxide stamping looks!  I always give my image a fine mist with water before making the impression.


I went a little crazy with the stitching, but love the fun edge it gives to these designs.



My second card features another image from the Sideshow stamp set.  I used Blueprint Sketch DOX for the background and on the foreground panel added a tiny bit of Antique Linen DOX.


Again borrowing Madelyn's Simple Sayings for this sentiment, layered over a string bundle.  The xx (kisses) marks come from one of Tim's On The Edge dies.  I cut the bottom of my stamped panel with the scallop border from the Stitched Ovals die.


To add interest to the background, I cut bubbles from the Mixed Media die set and did some wonky stitching.  I added one tiny torn strip of black dotty washi tape to balance the design.



My final card features white embossing of the gears in the Dapper stamp set.  I used the above mentioned inks with the addition of Cracked Pistachio DOX.


I embossed the gentleman from the Dapper set in black for the tag and added a sentiment combo of Simple Sayings and a Shadow Script 2 die.


This cool set belongs to my friend Bonnie and I was so excited to use it for the first time!  I finished my card with a bit of tissue tape, stitching and splashed gesso/water.  I know not all of you have gone to the dark side like me - ha ha ha, but I truly hope you'll give Distress Inks and Oxides a chance.  I have hundreds of pads and these are the ones I ALWAYS use.  In fact, they just sit on my tabletop because I have to access them easily for everything I make.  Now go on and get inky my friends!



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