7 March 2014

The start of... A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome. Today marks the start of an exciting new adventure - A Vintage Journey - with its current line up of 11 Creative Guides to offer help and support along the way. With our mentor, the amazing Tim Holtz in mind, we are asked to imagine, devise, design, invent and construct to inspire and encourage you to take this path with us.

And what better way to start this adventure  than with an 'Anything Tim' challenge. Do whatever you like as long as Tim is the strongest theme here. Re-visit one of his techniques or tags, use his stamps and/or products, use one of his videos for inspiration, take the colours, images, and embellishments that he has used on a project and use them to make something completely different. When you write your post please tell us what your link to Tim is and show us your vintage/shabby style. Oh yes, and make sure that you have fun!

We are proud to say that Country View Crafts will be our regular sponsor and there will be a £10 voucher for winning Traveller at the end of each challenge, chosen by the Creative Guides. You will need to read the 'Travelling Instructions' on the challenge blog to ensure your entry will be included in the prize draw.


And so to my take on this theme. You'd be forgiven for thinking this card was inspired by Tim's latest tag challenge, but in reality it was completed before the end of February (I must have been channelling my 'inner Tim'!!!) Truth is I couldn't wait to get my mucky paws on Tim's new stamps and had such fun creating a 'collage on a card', combining as many textures and media as I could possibly manage.


For me one of the most exciting things about Tim's new releases is finding out how they combine with those old favourites. And it was good to be inspired by the first glimmers of springtime in the garden, including a blackbird busily constructing a nest on the fence. The soft colours started with a base of Idea-ology 'French Industrial' paper altered with Distress Paints and Crackle Paint. Never be afraid to add your Distress products to these papers - you won't spoil them as they are specifically designed to take inks, stains and paints.


By layering up fussy cut and die cut shapes covered with the same paints and inks as the background you can add dimension to your projects without detracting from the main elements on top. Random stamping also helps to emphasise the structure of the design, and I can see the 'Fig. list' becoming a real 'go to' stamp for this purpose alongside those postal ephemera stamps.


Adding dimension through different textures is not just fun; it adds to the wow factor for anyone who is lucky enough to see your work in person. Distress embossing powders give branches a realistic 'rough' feel and even emulate the look of lichen if you use Antique Linen Distress flavour. And if you use the Walnut Stain version on your nest it will also act as a resist when you paint the image with your Distress Inks/Stains.

Try putting a couple of layers of clear embossing powder over your stamped egg, and if you run an embossing tool over the back you can even give it a domed shape to add to the realism. Underneath the nest you may spot the stencilled splatters (using white Wendy Vecchi embossing paste) and the feather is covered in a mix of Perfect Pearls Powders to give it a gorgeous sheen and colour.


So that's my offering and now it's time to see what the rest of the Creative Guides have in store for you before you take the plunge and join us on A Vintage Journey. We are looking forward to seeing how you channel your own 'inner Tim'.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


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32 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful card Jenny, done with your usual elegance. I love the colours and your layering is always perfection. So thrilled to be on this amazing journey with you. Anne xx

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  2. Jenny....I think I just need to address you as one of the Queens of Card Making! This just blows me away. I love the soft green tones of this...just perfect for Tim's new Bird Feather and Nature Walk stamp sets. I love your collaged images. Really a lovely card, Jenny! <3 Candy

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  3. A truly spectacular 'All Tim' collage Jenny, you have created the most wonderful card using fabulous techniques and elements that you have brought together in such a wonderful design. It is fabulous to be sharing this journey with you, thank you for all your help and support in getting us ready to take these first steps. Enjoy and have fun xx

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  4. Jenny, I love your style and this card! The greens and browns are beautiful as is the texture! You know I purchased that sentiment stamp set all because of you and I will enjoy this journey with you! Hugs!

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  5. Good Morning Jenny. What a delightful collage card. I love all the elements you have used to achieve such great effects. Looking forward to taking part in this Vintage Journey. Hugs Rita xxx

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  6. That is so lovely - I so need those stamps!!!

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  7. Oh! My! Word! Jenny, there you go again...........another stunning creation to take the breath away.
    I absolutely LOVE the colours, textures and the sheer genius of this fantastic piece.
    Wishing you all the very best on your new journey.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  8. Hi Jenny, you have me drooling over yet another card I cannot take my eyes off. Loving all those layers and textures, that birdie stamp is one on my wish list anyway but having seen this project even more so. You have given great inspiration here - Thank you Mo x

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  9. Hi Jenny x as a fellow Tim Holtz fan your project is wonderfully inspiring. As mentioned your cards and style are fantastic. Thrilled and honoured to be sharing this amazing journey

    Huge hugs Annie x

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  10. Love what you have created with my fave stamp Jenny. Dimension and texture shines through which ever way you look.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  11. This is truly beautiful Jenny, I love how you've used the same tones throughout - really lovely xx

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  12. This is stunning Jenny - love the composition and the colour palette, beautiful! So pleased to be sitting on the bus with you (errrr..... is it a bus? lol). Have a great weekend, Chris xxx

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  13. The "queen of cards" indeed Jenny! This is just stunning!! I was sure when first looking at it that you had fussy cut some images from Tim's new papers, but the fact that actually you stamped and then coloured and textured them with all the different techniques you describe, just blows me away! A truly stunning card and so beautifully put together! So happy to share yet another journey with you!!

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  14. Brilliant card and lovely layers once again. I guess Tim is taking his inspiration from you now!!

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  15. Although am not a huge Tim Holtz fan I admire and love your beautifully made card Jenny. Wishing you joy in your new adventure. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Stunning card with your style but Tim's as well.

    Love Chrissie x

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  17. A really beautiful card jenny full of gentle beauty! so glad to be part of this creative vintage journey with you xx
    trace x

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  18. Stunning card Jenny (as always!). The colours are just so wonderfully subtle and I love all the layers. I am so thrilled to be on this vintage journey with you x

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  19. Really gorgeous, Jenny... I love the subtle shades of green in your palette, ad wonderful dimension from all those beautifully composed layers. The next looks amazing, and I love the muted shaby background, with those die-cuts adding texture. What a great start to the journey!
    Alison xx

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  20. love that nest, all birds theme are great...your colors and textures are fantastic
    bibiana

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  21. The Queen of Artful Arrangement is what I would add. Very beautiful card Jenny with tremendously artistic detailing. Love the texture on those branches especially. Gorgeous work and thanks for all your fab ideas. Happy Weekend. Nicola x

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  22. Fabulous card Jenny! Just love the building up of those lovely layers! Chrisx

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  23. This is such a gorgeous vintage card, Jenny. The layers, colors and textures are fabulous! Love it. :)

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  24. Beautiful card, Jenny. I just love the colour palette you have chosen, it makes me think of a woodland floor.

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  25. Lovely! Great texture and layering.

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  26. I can’t wait to join you at the first challenge...you are the group of most amazing artists and I believe you will bring us awesome inspiration! This card is stunning…what a gorgeous texture and dimension!

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  27. Beautiful! Love all these layers and am looking forward to joining you on this new challenge board.

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  28. I LOVE all the layers under the nest...it looks so perfect! Gorgeous work!

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  29. Totally scrumptious Jenny x I adore all the fab elements x

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  30. Wow, that's a beautiful creation, great details.

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  31. This is fabulous, Jenny.
    Please forgive my lack of commenting lately, I will try and get back on track soon,
    Rosie x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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