4 April 2014

A Little Bit French at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone. Oooh La La! Astrid is our host for the latest challenge over at A Vintage Journey, and she wants us to give our projects that little bit of a French feel. Tim has so many products that can be used to create a Springtime in Paris make. If that does not take your fancy, why not something grungy and/or vintage but with a bit of a French flair? Think stamps, embossing folders, Distress products, the possibilities are endless... Whatever you do enjoy the journey (but take it to France!)


 DT team mate Anne was kind enough to gift me some papers from the new Tim Holtz Wallflower collection and I just couldn't resist working with them for this card. It's definitely got that 'Springtime in Paris' feel, with a slight twist on the bleu/blanc/rouge colour scheme. Tim seems to have a passion for French design and this particular piece featured vintage French text, ephemera and butterflies so I ran with it.


Never be afraid to 'mess' with your precious papers. Remember, Tim has designed his Idea-ology Paper Stash range specifically for this purpose. I started by adding to the collection of butterflies already printed on the paper, using the Papillon set and some Watering Can Archival Ink. Then all of the butterflies were over- stamped and clear embossed to recreate that 'resist' feel. It meant that when I added Picket Fence Distress Paint to 'draw in' the design and calm down the brighter parts of the paper those butterflies shone through.


Next came the splatters, lots of them. Distress Stain and stencilled/coloured embossing paste over the various layers. I love being able to have a certain amount of control over this process whilst giving the impression of random shabbiness (not that I'm OCD about these things - much!!)


One of my favourite elements is the chipboard die cut ATC. Having been covered in Distress Crackle Paint and Distress Stain to age it I stamped over the top with Archival Inks before adding the corners and fussy cut Eiffel Tower.


The key to this card was the addition of different textures; embossed and distressed Coredinations card, distressed edges to paper pieces, heat embossing and Glossy Accents highlights all add to the shabby chic feel.


I must admit to loving fussy cutting. It takes time but allows me to layer lots of images and elements, such as the Eiffel Tower and the vellum butterflies. Never be afraid to overlap your embellishments and elements. Often they look so much better when you only get a partial view and it allows you to hold the composition together.


By now you should feel somewhat transported to France in the spring. For an even greater injection of Parisian style from my talented team mates head over to A Vintage Journey. Then it's over to you. Remember it's a vintage/retro challenge which looks for that 'Tim influence' in your projects. We look forward to seeing them!

Take care of yourselves and have a great weekend, Jenny xxx


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29 comments:

  1. Love this! Awesome layering of the paper. Beautiful.

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  2. Lots of lovely layers and great texture, loving your card, Annette x

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  3. Beautiful creation Jenny. I do love this pad too. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. This is fabulous Jenny! It definitely has a French feeling to it. Love it!!!
    Dot x

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  5. Oh Jennie this is such a stunning card! To me you will always be the queen of paper transformation!! Love what you did with that over stamped background. All the additional layers are put together with your usual eye for composition!! This looks fantastic! The vellum butterflies are just the perfect finishing touch!

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  6. Your wonderful ideas never fail to impress Jenny, this card is all the more beautiful for knowing how you put it all together. The butterflies are just gorgeous - you certainly transported me to Paris with this one! Anne xx

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  7. Oh my! The first thing that hit me was the colours, gorgeous, shortly followed by the composition, stunning! I love how your cards are complete works of art in their own right Jenny! Fabulous! Chris xxx

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  8. Jenny...your french card is lovely. I love your soft color scheme...very shabby chic-ish! Clever use of vellum on your butterflies! I love your design...all of the layering really is effective. I have that little ATC die cut but rarely use it. I think I need to pull that out! :) I also love the little splatters of white running across your card. Those little subtle touches are what make your cards so special! <3 Candy

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  9. Oooooo La La I love all the layers and textures, and I need that new TH paper it's gorgeous!! Have a fab weekend. Elizabeth xxx

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  10. So shabby chic and romantic. The vellum is so beautiful for the butterflies - magical layers too... it's lovely!
    Alison xx

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  11. So soft and delicate, Jenny! From the splat layer (which I so love that) to the vellum butterflies, all add up to one gorgeous card. Love that Wallflower paper! Hugs and enjoy the weekend.

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  12. Good evening Jenny your talents never fail ti impress me.
    This is stunning, love the butterflies. Amazing layers of textures. Certainly transported me to Paris.
    Have a fantastic weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  13. Jenny how I love this with its delicate colour palette and the various layers and the delight of the combination of elements you have gathered together so artfully.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. Like with Annie's works of art, I can get lost in all the exquisite details on your work for long minutes at a time, Jenny! I love looking at the "whole" photo best and finding all the details by sweeping my eyes over it all again and again. For this stunning card, I think that white splotch is my favorite! No, wait ... Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

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  15. Another gorgeous card jenny, with such beautiful delicate and soft touches! really pretty and so soft and serene x hugs x trace x

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  16. Fabulous composition, Jenny.
    I love those papers they are just the right shades & imagery for the background.

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  17. Oh I wish I could work with your artistic subtlety Jenny! This is so softly romantic with a fabulous shabby French vibe. Your cards are always terrific artworks. Nicola x

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  18. I am loving your French inspired card, Jenny! It is so soft and beautiful. And so many shabby layers!! It is a rear for the eye.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  19. I love the shabby colours and the so various textures. Cute! Lys.

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  20. Astrid directed me to your blog and I am so glad that she did. I love your work, love how you create your own background for cards and your step by step tutorials are wonderful. I know for sure I will be calling back for lots of inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing your techniques. Beautiful work!! ox

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  21. Jenny
    This ia absolutely marvelous. I love the muted bleu/blanc/rouge scheme. I loved the texture especially the texture paste bits. I liked the butterflies - and the card is so alive with movement and feeling that I can almost smell lillies and fresh baked baguettes. I laughed when you talked about not being afraid to mess with your precious papers....I just wrote a post about how I find it very hard to do just that for a long time and then when I do - I over mess with stuff! Anyway, I loved this piece as I always love whatever you do.

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  22. What beautiful subtle colours, loving the vintage design, exquisite! Xx Zoe xx

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  23. Fabulous colours and textures Jenny and just oh so French shabby chic!!! Love it! And what a fab use of the ATC die ....... Had mine for ages and hardly ever used it! xxx

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  24. Fabulous Parisian feel! Love the layers and tiny butterflies!

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  25. Such exceptional layering Jenny to create this extraordinarily beautiful design, I just love how you put your cards together. xx

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  26. A gorgeous creation with wonderful layers.

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  27. This is AMAZING, Jenny. And I have some GREAT news for you - there is still a day or so to enter this fabulous French inspired project in our Paris/France Challenge at The Kraft Journal. We would LOVE having you share with us.
    Blessings,
    Karen
    The Kraft Journal
    www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com

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  28. I just had to swing by and say how gorgeous this is! What a dreamy color palette! I love the soft hues, yet it still has such energy and life! I really like the almost ethereal quality you created-- as if Paris is showing up in my dreams! And wow- I am dying at what you did with the paste and the splatters! So clever! Thanks for sharing so many inspiring ideas and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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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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