22 August 2014

A Little Touch of Tim at A Vintage Journey

Phew, what a whirlwind few days! And now it's finally Friday and the start of a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Alison is our host for the fortnight and she's after seeing your ATC's. "Keep it small please! I'm looking for Vintage and Tim Holtz style ATCs - a single ATC or a set - perhaps a trio that match. And I'm being a purist here, so only ATCs, please - no ATBs or Chunky ATCs allowed".

Never one to knowingly disappoint...


I have been DESPERATE to use the new TH Gothic Layering Stencil so when Alison challenged  us to create Tim style vintage ATC's there was only one way this was going! I had images of rusted gates in my head (yep, it's a weird place in there ;) so these became experiments to create different versions of rust and verdigris.

For the first one I used the mono printing with Distress Paint technique, using a mix of Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters and Tarnished Brass on the stencil. Using the painted part as a resist I rubbed Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Inks over the top.


The next one happened by accident! Having applied Copper Mixative, Bottle and Stonewashed alcohol inks to the glossy card I attempted the faded layers technique, but it didn't look so good with this detailed stencil. For me, I will note that in the memory bank (for at least half an hour!) and use larger, more graphic stencils for this technique in future. Rather than give up I added Ranger Verdigris embossing powder through the stencil and absolutely loved the effect!


This was a really quick one making use of the brayered stains technique. A mix of Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap and Antique Linen Distress Stains gave a lovely mottled effect before I added a mix of Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi Orange Blossom and Tree Branch Archival Inks through the stencil. A coat of clear embossing powder strengthened the colour.


Finally I reached for embossing powders again, this time employing a mix of copper and Walnut Stain through the stencil. Don't you just love that roughened texture, unlike any other embossing powder I've seen used. It worked perfectly as a resist to the Rusty Hinge and Evergreen Bough Distress Stains that were dragged across the ATC in much the same way as Tim has done with his August 2014 tag.


Each of these ATCs had a collection of die cut floral and fauna added before I cut a bird and the tag from paper from the TH Menagerie collection (inked with Vintage Photo to match). The Hash Tag stamped sentiments fit a little better than Chit Chat stickers this time as I really wanted the beauty of each background to shine through.

So here's the deal, my follower count ticked over the 300 mark recently but I was flat out with DT/workshop work and unable to celebrate it at that stage. Now it's time to put that right. Fancy owning one of these little treasures? Just leave a comment below and one of them could be winging their way to you! Yes, I'm giving all four of them away to different recipients - it's not much I know but it's my way of saying thank you for keeping me company as I travel this often bumpy creative road. I'll draw four lucky winners from the comments left at the end of the challenge in a fortnight.

Now I need to send you to see the miniature works of art created by my fellow AVJ Creative Guides - trust me, you will be amazed by their ideas. See them all at A Vintage Journey, then enter the challenge yourselves to be in with a chance of winning a shopping voucher from our generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. You can find all the items I've used (including the die to cut the ATCs) in the online shop.

Time to go and get back to work on new ideas and wish you a wonderful weekend, whatever you're up to. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

46 comments:

  1. Wow Jenny these ATC's are really very beautiful. No matter the size you are working on, the result is always very gorgeous <3 Hugs, Mo x

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  2. Looks like you must have had a blast playing!! Awesome results girl!! TFS!

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  3. Wow I cannot keep up, don't know how,you keep,up Jenny . Another fabulous post and gorgeous mini pieces of art. Absolutely stunning backgrounds. Tracy x

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  4. Jenny these ATC's are fabulous! That gothic stencil looks great. Looking forward to getting mine. Thanks for sharing! Congrats on reaching the 300 follower mark.

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  5. Beautiful, Jenny! These just make me smile. Once again your creativity and amazing style has inspired me!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  6. Beautiful, gorgeous, lovely ATC's, Jenny!! They make me feel cozy and happy just looking at them:-)) Your style and creativity is so wonderful and unique. I can't pick a favorite because I love them all. I am once again inspired by your art!!
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  7. I do love it when you experiment, you always knock it out of the park with your wonderful ideas! I wish I could just sit down and play with your ideas today but alas there are other things that need to be done .... sigh. Fabulous work Jenny and gorgeous results! Anne xx

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  8. These are beautiful, love the richness you have achieved...a gorgeous et with your eye for design x hugs x

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  9. Very beautiful set of ATCs with lots of lovely textures

    Chrissie x

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  10. Ooh gorgeous! love the chance to own one of your scrummy atc's. xoxo Sioux

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  11. P.S. I thought everyone had visions of rusty gates lingering in the brain! Rofl :)

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  12. Great ATC's Jenny and such wonderful backgrounds. TFS the techniques - I was wondering when I just saw the images. They really make a wonderful set. Nikki xx

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  13. Your ATCs are fabulous, Jenny.

    Have a nice weekend

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  14. Such wonderful backgrounds Jenny - they remind me of being in Morocco for some reason (in the market at Marakesh!). Wonderful elements to complete them - what a fabulous set. Have a lovely weekend and hopefully you will get some breathing space! x

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  15. What a stunning set of ATCs, Jenny. I love the rusty look, love the colours. Divine!

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  16. OMG Jenny! These Atc's are Brilliantly done. I can see the rusted gates you were talking about, I think I want that stencil now. Mmmmm yes I do! These are full of wonderful Vintage goodness. I would LOVE to own a piece of your wonderful artwork. Thanks for the chance. Karen.x

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  17. amazing techniques Jenny - I love all the ATCs - they look fabulous xx

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  18. These ATC's are fabulous! Jenny thankyou for sharing your creative mind n hands at work on how you made them . So good to know that even 'the best' have 'happy accidents!' :) x

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  19. Another gorgeous project Jenny! These are fantastic, I just love the birds and the damask backgrounds! Just wonderful! :)

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  20. Well I love how you used the gothic stencil for those fabulous backgrounds! On my list! Love your gorgeous grouping of ATC's with all that rusty vintage goodness. Happy Weekend! Hugs!

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  21. They're absolutely delicious, Jenny - love all the different rust and verdigris effects... it seems almost a shame to split them up, but what a treat to be lucky enough to own one! Congrats on your triple century!!
    Alison xx

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  22. Jenny, these ATCs are gorgeous. I love the different effects you got using the same stencil. The verdigris ep through the stencil is my fave. Jean.x

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  23. What beautiful stenciled backgrounds you created on these lovely ATC's Jenny! love the colors and rusted look! How fun to have a chance to win one!!

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  24. You are brilliant at trying and winning every possible technique Jenny! My favourite is your 'accident', the 2nd, although they are all scrummy vintage beauties. Its a stunning stencil alright, Ill be playing with it often. Congrats on batting another century and thanks for chance . Nicola x

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  25. Oh Jenny, I love your creative play with that stencil!! Each one looks fantastic in it's own way. Like Nicola, my favourite is the accident one too I think, though having said that I adore number 4 also, well and number one and 3 looks great too. I guess I love them all and am keeping my fingers crossed!

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  26. Beautiful use of the stencil to create those gorgeous backgrounds.
    It is generous of you to allow us the chance of winning one of those delights.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  27. These are beautiful. I love all the different techniques and how each one showcases itself.

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  28. Delightful...Love them all... great pieces of work and such great ART... love it Jenny... your brain is perfect... just the way it is... don't change it one little bit... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  29. This is exactly the kind of post I needed to get out of my creative rut. So often I use a tool the same way and get caught in a rut. Thank you for mixing it up. Your ATCs are great!

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  30. These are lovely what a great set, the effects you have achieved are amazing. Thank you for your kind comment on my tag over at the Artistic stamper blog. Dee x

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  31. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, just beautiful. I love that new stencil of Tim's and you did it justice.
    SuZeQ

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  32. Glorious backgrounds! Totally looks like vintage wallpaper! Beautiful atc's!

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  33. I hopped over here to see how you did the BG work and am wondering if you read the techniques in a TH book or ??? Such an awesome effect and you did such an amazing design I would move to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Beautiful! Love the gorgeous colours combinations and you've persuaded me I need that stencil!
    Great word labels and embellished to perfection with the Flora and fauna

    Jools x

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  35. Love all the different techniques you've used on the backgrounds, there are so beautiful, lovely little works of art. Ruth x

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  36. love your ATC's Jenny. Great backgrounds and I guess I will have to add this stencil to my wishlist x

    TFS and crafty hugs Annie x

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  37. LOVE LOVE LOVE your ATC's Jenny!! For some reason, I'm super intimidated of ATC's, but your quad of cards, makes me feel like I can do this!! :) I just got Tim's new Gothic LS, too and it's sooo cool!! :) Thank you so much for sharing your talent and Tim inspiration!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  38. OMG--did I call you Astrid in my previous comment, Jenny??? I'm looking at both of your AVJ's ATC's and they're all soooo AWESOME!! I'm just overwhelmed at the talent and bouncing between the both of you!! XOXO-Shari T.

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  39. These ATC's are absolutely fabulous Jenny. I have achieved something similar to number three by using Tim's batik technieque - colouring card with Faded Jeans, Tumbled Glass and Broken China DI's then stamping with clear embossing powder and finally blending Gathered Twigs over the top. It is one of my samples for August. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity of owning a piece of your art work lol Susiesu xxx

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  40. Jenny you did a outstanding job on the ATC's! I love the contrasting background and brocade stencil, each one is gorgeous!
    Hugs Kelly

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  41. Your work is stunning; the background is perfect! I can almost taste the candy corn and smell leaves burning. I would be proud to display one of your cards in my home. They are all wonderful little works of art. Thanks for the opportunity to try the techniques and to win one of your miniature works of art.

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  42. Fantastic use of your new stencil,
    I look forward to seeing it again. The color combination with the background and flowers is just beautiful.

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  43. All of your atc's are simply gorgeous Jenny how good that gothic background looks in so many colours, I would love to be the proud owner of one of these little treasures. Mo x

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  44. Oh! My! Word! Jenny how did I manage to miss the little beauties???
    The wonderful backgrounds and stunning flowers, I love them.
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  45. ATCs was my first love in the world of craft! ! I love these! They are fabulous! BArbarayaya

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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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