A Vintage Journey: My Guest Designer Project

Edited to add: Congratulations to the randomly chosen winner of the surprise package from this challenge, Maryann Gross! Thanks to all who commented, and of course to the wonderful designers at A Vintage Journey for hosting such a great blog!


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Hey guys! Today, I’m honored to be a featured Guest Designer at A Vintage Journey. If you’re not familiar with this amazing challenge blog, you’ve gotta check it out– it’s specifically there for those of us who “love to make vintage, shabby, mixed media, journaling projects AND who are strongly influenced by the work of Tim Holtz!”

What’s not to love about that?!

The theme for this challenge is ALL ABOUT HIM, and you’re invited to join the challenge at the AVJ blog by creating your own piece and sharing it there. As they say in the challenge description, “Men are always difficult to make things for.  So this challenge is to make a card/tag/mixed media/3D or any other type of project specifically for a man, using Tim’s techniques or products wherever possible.”

You’re going to ROCK this, you guys!

Here’s the card I created for the Challenge:


It was fun and pretty darn easy!

1. Cut a panel of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper to 4 x 5.25”. Use an Ink Blending Tool to apply Distress Ink in Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey, twisting your wrist to create funky circles of color. Set the panel aside to dry.



2. On a new piece of Specialty Stamping Paper, stamp the elegant gentleman from Tim Holtz’s Time Travelers Stampers Anonymous set, using Jet Black Archival Ink and Tim’s Gridblocks. (This image was drawn by the amazing Brett Weldele, and perfectly suits Tim’s aesthetic!) Set this aside to dry.



3. Dab Tea Dye Distress Paint onto the back of Tim’s Clockwork Layering Stencil.



4. Press the painted stencil onto the inked panel, and use a small brayer to press the paint into the ink.



4. Make sure Mr. Time Traveler is completely dry, then color him using a Ranger fine-point Waterbrush and Distress Markers in Stormy Sky, Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs and Tattered Rose. I colored directly onto the image and used the waterbrush to thin out the ink. You can also pick up color with the waterbrush and paint it on for a more sheer look.



5. Cut out Mr. Time Traveler and tint his white edges with Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo, using an Ink Blending Tool.



6. Emboss a navy blue strip of Kraft Core Core’dinations paper using the Pocket Watches Texture Fade folder and a Vagabond or other embossing machine.



7. Sand the embossed area with a Sanding Grip. Remember, never sand directly on a nonstick craft sheet!



8. Rip the righthand edge of the embossed Kraft Core, and color the torn edge and raised, sanded design with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.



9. Adhere the Kraft Core to the lefthand side of the back panel with Gel Medium.



10. Take the “Curiosity” piece from the Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera Pack, and shred the edges with a Distressing Tool.



11. Crinkle and flatten the Curiosity piece, then lightly rub the surface with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to highlight the folds. Rub the ink along the distressed edges, too. Adhere this to the back panel with Gel Medium. Finally, edge the entire back panel with Black Soot Distress Paint and allow it to dry.



12. Meanwhile, run a piece of black Paper String through the ring of an Idea-ology Monocle. Attach the Monocle over the word “Curiosity” by spreading it with a thin layer of Glossy Accents. Press from the back of the card stock for good adhesion.

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12. Adhere the Time Traveler to the panel with double stack of foam tape squares to really lift him off the surface.



13. On a scrap of manila cardstock, stamp the frame from the Stampers Anonymous “Simple Sayings” set using Sepia Archival Ink, and the “Enjoy the Journey” text from the same set using Coffee Archival Ink.



14. Cut out the frame and adhere it to the top of the card with single layer of foam tape. The frame will be slightly raised off the panel, while the Time Traveler sits higher, since we used the double stack of foam tape on him.



15. Cut a 9 x 5.75′ piece of the ledger design from the Core-dinations Kraft Resist Paper Stash. Color it with Distress Ink in Stormy Sky and Rusty Hinge. Fold it in half to create the base card.



16. To finish, adhere the Time Traveler panel to the base card using Gel Medium.


Voila! You’ve got yourself a manly card!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Please be sure to spend some time at A Vintage Journey— it’s an awesome blog and their designers are incredible! Then, pop back here and leave a comment letting me know what you love most about the AVJ blog, and I’ll randomly choose one commenter who will receive a special gift! It’ll be a surprise, but I can tell you, it will be Tim Holtz-y and it will be cool! I’ll accept comments through Saturday, June 7 and will announce the winner shortly thereafter.

Now, why don’t you go get grungy and create your own wonderful, All About Him piece to share at A Vintage Journey?!


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