6 November 2015

Baby You're A Firework at A Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and welcome! There's a new challenge theme launching over at A Vintage Journey, and this time it's 'Baby You're a Firework'. With fireworks such a big part of the celebrations at this time of the year we are looking for you to create a Tim style project inspired by them. Maybe you could use glitter, bright colours, ink or paint splats! Whatever you create have fun and light up that night sky!

As usual we do not expect your projects to be Tim Holtz product based; just use what you have and be inspired by his vintage style and/or techniques.With Top 3 badges/guest design spots and a randomly chosen £20 voucher to Country View Crafts up for grabs there are plenty of reasons to join in the fun!

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It's been a while since I played in my journal and this was too good an opportunity to miss. Disaster almost struck when printing out a photo of the London New Year fireworks display - the printer ran out of ink and resulted in an unusual effect! Turning it into a positive I went with those bold colours and created a firework display around them. For a step by step tutorial see below;


Start by painting your pages with black gesso. Work out where you want to put your photo and draw around it with a contrasting gel pen. This will help you work out where to place the other elements.


Add your choice of die cut shapes (I went with a globe, a vintage picture wheel, splats and scribbles) and cover with more gesso. I also chose to add embossing powder to some of the scribbles but this is not essential.


With Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry Distress Paints to hand (great colour scheme 'Mr Printer'!!!) add a few random blobs across the page and spritz them with water, allowing them to run and blend. Use your heat tool to dry some of the paint and mop up the rest with tissue to get that 'cloudy' background. Then use a small paint brush and splatter small drops of the same paints over the page. Mixing the paint with a little water makes this a much easier process.


Stencil texture paste through the 'Snowflakes' layering stencil and add a sprinkle of Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I also added dots of white gel radiating from the stars and sprinkled more glitter over them. To finish stamp the London scene from the Cityscapes set (or another image of your choice) with Glacier White pigment ink over the page before adding card and gauze mats to the photo and layering it on top. Add distressed words (rubbed with some sandpaper or a nail file) from the Big Chat sticker pack.


Here are some close ups of the finished spread;










(I know I must be getting old because I can actually remember being dazzled by these fireworks on TV each New Year rather than being sozzled in town somewhere - lol!!!)

Now you've seen my 'Fireworks' it's time to hop on over to A Vintage Journey where my fellow Creative Guides are sharing their own amazing projects. Then it's over to you - the challenge will remain open for a month so there's plenty of time to get those creative juices flowing and link up your entries to be in with a chance to win! Jenny xxx

32 comments:

  1. So fabulous the way you created the background and for something that was almost a disaster - it turned out wonderfully. S@ndy xx

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  2. Stunning journal pages Jenny and I so love the way you have created that wonderful background x the dots really add to the overall feel of the firework display. TFS and have a great weekend
    Hugs Annie x

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  3. Love this journal page Jenny, lots of hidden texture and layers. x

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  4. Fabulous pages Jenny! I think the colours on your photo are perfect ! Great way rouse those snowflakes ! Tonix

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  5. Oh Jenny, you have done it again! The picture looks awesome, a real splash of colour against the night sky.
    Dot x

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  6. A wonderful journal spread that captures the feeling of the special night

    Love Chrissie xx

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  7. Scintillating! I love how the circular die-cuts in the background create texture and movement, and the explosive splatter is fabulous against the dark night sky. So cool to have the London Eye echoing from the stamp to the photo and back again - brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  8. WOW WOW WOW!! It's an explosion of colour and that black background is such an amazing way to create a night sky scene! Stunning Jenny!

    Hugs :)
    My Little Craft Things

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  9. I love how you tuned a printing disaster into a positive and it has worked brilliantly especially with the background. Those stencilled snowflakes really do look like fireworks in the night sky. Brilliant journal,pages Jenny. Tracy x

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  10. Absolutely stunning Jenny, you have captured the skyline perfectly with your firework extravaganza. I adore your pages so cleverly done.
    Julie x

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  11. what wonderful pieces you used on your background for texture and design Jenny! Your colorful fireworks mimic perfectly the ones in your wonderful London photo! Julia xx

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  12. This is mega stunning Jenny. Awesome !! A masterpiece.
    Hugs, Veerle x

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  13. Such a stunning spread Jenny, the colours look amazing against that wonderful background. Well done Mr Printer and well done you for working with it all, it truly looks fabulous!!!

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  14. Very evocative of a murky night with all the coloured smoke and flashes of white light in the sky, love your interpretation xxx

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  15. Oh my gosh Jenny, this is absolutely amazing! Your bursts of distress paint topped with those fabulous sparkly snowflakes echo that wonderful photograph so perfectly, what an amazing journal page! Incredible depth, colour and texture, thank you so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  16. brilliant work jenny - I adore this - you have really caught the essence of the challenge - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

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  17. Amazing colours and textures Jenny - fabulous creation. xxx

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  18. Just in love with this! I've been wanting get a black journal for ages but now it is a necessity! This is very inspiring hun xx

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  19. This looks like real Firework. It's amazing how you did it!!
    Lia xx

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  20. What a great spread, Jenny, and a wonderful tutorial. Love all the pieces you added in the beginning and those rich colors. Thanks for sharing on the Tuesday's Tutorials Facebook Group!

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  21. A fabulous journal spread and a super step by step. love the elements, images and techniques you used. Thank you for joining us at Stamps and stencils this time.
    Yvonne

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  22. The words that spring to mind are beautiful, stunning and just downright clever - I love your interpretation of the great theme! Anne xx

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  23. Stunning journaling page you created and amazingh background, sometimes it's good to be challenged by low ink! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  24. This is just stunning!!! Your starbursts really pop off the page with that black background. Great step by step too!! This is awesome!! xx

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  25. Well done the printer! Turned out beautifully, the fireworks are so well done, a very evocative piece and thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth xx

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  26. Oh my goodness me ! My lovely talented friend yiour journal page is absolutely fantastic . I applaud your bravery at just going for it and never fearing making a mistake - a true sign that you allow yourself the freedom to create regardless of the outcome - something I'm working on lol .
    Such a wonderful interpretation of the challenge - you really have capture the essence of a very grand firework display- explosively brilliant . hugs xx

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  27. Love that black background with the awesome white embossing and shimmery dots! Fabulous fireworks!

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  28. Wow! You've really rocked this theme! Gorgeous background and how beautifully it pairs with this image! Great job!

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  29. What a brilliant background Jenny! I love the way your colour explodes into those beautiful 'firework' shapes. A perfect match for your image. Sorry my comment is rather late and thanks for joining us at Stamps & Stencils. Julia xx

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  30. Just stopping by to say Congrats on being chosen as one of the top 3 At Stamps n Stencils for ya fab firework Journo pages Jenny . Wahoo ! Delighted for you my lovely talented friend xx

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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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