Thursday, March 2, 2017

All Aboard at A Vintage Journey

Welcome friends and visitors! I have some thrilling news to share with you! Today I am super excited to be posting my first project as a Creative Guide at  A Vintage Journey! And what could be better than sharing a special day with a special friend- Autumn of SewPaperPaint is along for the ride, too! Brenda is  hosting the blog's  3rd birthday celebration and has chosen the theme 'All Aboard'.

Come join in our ALL ABOARD challenge where you choose what you want to step on board with and although we still need to see you working with the styles and genres listed in the banner at the top of the page you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow. Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebrations!

I've created a grungy vintage card  that expresses my delight in finding A Vintage Journey 3 years ago, even before I began blogging. It is truly 'love found'!

Here are the ingredients used and the steps I took to make this textured background.

Ingredients:  Distress inks: Chipped Sapphire, Ground Espresso and Black Soot Archival, Ranger Transparent Matte texture paste, Tim Holtz Clockworks stencil,  Remnant Rubs-Words, Stampendous stamp,  manila folder, black card, card blank, water spritzer, and sanding block.

1. Cut manila file folder to size.
2. Blend Chipped Sapphire ink through stencil, varying the value.
3. Spritz inked stencil and flip over onto a separate surface. Place clean paper towel over stencil and press to transfer watery ink. Save this for another project. (You can skip this step and just clean your stencil.)
4. Clean stencil, flip to reverse side from step 2 and blend Ground Espresso ink through it onto a separate surface. Save this for another project.
5.Spritz inked stencil with water and carefully realign on first inked card, repeating the monoprint technique listed above. I left the stencil in place for about a minute then removed it. I spritzed the card lightly with water and dried with my heat tool. I repeated the monoprint technique two times to get some nice variation of color.
6. Clean the stencil and realign it over the double inked card so the clocks are covered by the stencil. Spread transparent texture paste through the stencil, remove, and clean stencil and knife. Allow paste to dry.
7. Once dry, blend heavily with Ground Espresso again, working into recesses. Wipe ink from pasted areas with damp paper towel. Spritz lightly with water and heat dry.
8. Stamp portion of stamp using archival ink.
9. Apply Remnant Rub and sand over it with sanding block.
10. Distress edges of card and ink with Ground Espresso.
11. Matte with black card and inked card blank.

I added some love (Tim Holtz  Handwritten Love Thinlit)  and tucked in some vintage book page.

More book page topped with a Mixed Media Thinlit rusted up with DecoArt Sand Texture paste and paints.

I distressed this couple from one of Tim's ephemera packs. Adding DecoArt Ultra Matte varnish and Distress Micro Glaze before giving it a wash of watercolor paint gives the photo instant age. I backed it with more Thinlits--this time a pair of Labels and a scrap of water color paper dipped in some of the same inks as on the background. An unfortuitous splatter of Black Soot paint blackened one of my love's teeth, bless his heart! 

I'm sharing my card with these fine challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday-Based on a Book I used pages torn from a book.
Artistic Stamper March's Creative Challenge-Springtime I used background stamping. Spring is the season of Love!
Country View Challenges-March 2017- Inspired by Tim Holtz Even my love looks a little like Tim Holtz!
Scrapy Land Challenge #61-Anything Goes I used Sizzix dies: Thinlits Labels, Handwritten Love and Mixed Media.

I'm just so tickled pink to be a Creative Guide and 'all aboard' at A Vintage Journey, and I'm still pinching myself! It's going to be odd not to be playing along in the gallery, as I've rarely missed a challenge, but I'm going to love being on this vintage journey with the other talented Creative Guides!

I hope you will join us in our 'All Aboard' challenge this month! Please hop over to the challenge post              to see all the great inspiration by the Creative Guides--you will be so happy you did! Happy Birthday to A Vintage Journey and all the Creative Guides!

Our sponsor this month is Country View Crafts who are offering a £20 voucher for a randomly chosen winner.

Thank you for stopping in today and for leaving your lovely comments! I really get a kick out of reading them and, I do try to return the visit, eventually!
Hugs and Blessings!
Sara Emily


  1. Oooh! Congratulations to you and Autumn, Sara! So happy for you. LOVE LOVE this vintage creation with lovely layering of elements and a tremendous message thru your artwork! XOXO

  2. Huge congrats on your new DT, Sara Emily!! They are so lucky to have you!! Your project is amazing!! I love the techniques you used!! The layering and colors are fabulous!! All of the details are so beautiful!! Love, love this, my sweet friend!! A gorgeous first project!! I love it!! Thanks so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. So happy to have you joining us Sara Emily - a great addition to the team. I have always enjoyed your work on our challenges. Love your card. The colors are great and the girl in the photo looks a little like you. Great job! S@ndy xx

  4. A brilliant first project Sara, just perfect for our style and our challenge! You have been such a faithful contributor to the blog, amazing to think you were not even blogging yourself in those early days...

    It is truly fantastic to have both you and Autumn on board, welcome to our family!!! xxxxx

  5. Big congrats to you and Autumn, Sara! AVJ is super lucky to have you on board! You have expressed your love with AVJ in such a spectacular way, my friend! The card is simply feast for the eyes with all those fantastic techniques, amazing textures and beautiful layering! So grunge, so vintage and so super creative, as usual! I am trully inspired and impressed! Sending all my hugs to you! Branka xx

  6. Your card is fabulous Sara and I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that you have come on board at A Vintage Journey, your style is just incredible and you have given us all so much support! It is wonderful to be working alongside you again!

    I love the monoprint technique and the beautiful colours you used to create wonderful layers - and your step by step is brilliant! Big hugs, Anne xxx

  7. A huge welcome to AVJ Sara xx it's great to have you on board and what an amazing make for our birthday celebrations xx great technique and colour combo

    Happy AVJ Birthday wishes to you
    Annie xx

  8. So great to have you on board for A Vintage Journey, Sara Emily - and what a great contribution to your first leg of the journey. I love the rusted effect on the lattice and great stencil bumping in the background - fab!
    Alison x

  9. Such a gorgeous piece Sara!! Just popped in to send you the biggest congratulations on your new Creative Guide gig!! How smart are they to ask you!! Your style and creativity are right up their alley and they are darned lucky to have you on board. You will be a huge source of inspiration to the other team members and to all of the followers!! I wish you the best of luck on this new leg of your crafty adventure my friend. I am so happy for you. sending hugs :)

  10. Congrats! Lovely layered art! beautiful colors and textures!

  11. Huge congratulations and it's a great fit for you. Love AVJ and will enjoying seeing your beautiful art on there. Love your first project. You've knocked it out of the park! Can't wait to enjoy your journey!

  12. Congratulations! You will be a valued asset to their team. Love this very vintage piece with all the mixed media you have used. Love the grunginess and the great colour palette.

  13. Well Sara Emily this is just a perfect project for our birthday celebrations at AVJ and I'm so happy you said yes to joining us as a Creative Guide, you are a perfect match and fit to the team. I love how you've created this fabulous vintage and grungy card and the sentiment it expresses. I am so looking forward to sharing this next part of our creative journey with you. Welcome aboard xxx

  14. Huge congrats, Sara! You will love working with such a talented group of ladies. Your vintage card is beautiful. So much detail! So many beautiful layers!

  15. Oh sweet girl! That brain of yours amazes me! I have never in all my days though to do a mono print over a sponged stencil! GEEZE LOUISE! What a game changer! I played around with my new gelli plate last night and came up with a fun stencil technique and wish I had read this before hand, it would have upped it a notch. ;0 Biggest congratulations to you on this well deserved honor. You are such a great asset to the AVJ team and I'm so thankful to be on board alongside of you, my friend! Hugs, Autumn

  16. Lovely Sara, love the vintage tones and the added text paper which lifts the design perfectly. Love the rusty elements too. So thrilled to have you joining us . Big huge welcome. Tracy. X x

  17. Welcome Sara Emily! It's taken a while but we are on the same team - yay!!!! Love your project - the stencilling is fabulous and love the vintage feel and wonderful layers. Nikki xxx

  18. Many congratulations Sara Emily on joining AVJ!! Stunning debut and I can't wait to see all your future makes. Enjoy the journey as they say! Nicola

  19. What a wonderful creation Sara Emily! So happy to have you with us at AVJ - I am always so inspired by your work and the techniques you use! Beautiful stenciling on this background and lovely layering of ephemera! Julia xx

  20. What a fabulous Tim Holtz inspired card!!! Just perfect for the March challenge of the CVC!!! Big congrats to the new designer membership!!!

  21. Congratulations, Sara Emily! Fabulous card I love the distressed work on it.

  22. Congrats, Sara Emily! What an awesome project and your techniques used are very cool and which I need to try sometime. Thank you for sharing the details! The colors are great together and I do love that rusty-looking thinlit piece, of course! Hugs :-)

  23. Congratulations girlfriend! You are all over like...well, all over! heehee
    Your talent seems to know no bounds Sara Emily!
    This piece is stunning and I always love your rusted techniques! Bravo girlie! xoxo

  24. Great make Sara Emily. Your work fits well with A Vintage Journey and I hope you'll have fun in their DT.
    Paper Talk with Samra

  25. ....congratulations Sara Emily what a great adventure you are taking. Your debut card is brilliant and perfect for our Tim Holtz challenge over at Country View. Thanks so much for joining us. I agree that even your love is Tim inspired..brilliant. Hugs xxx

  26. This wonderful news makes my heart very happy for you, Sara Emily! It's exciting to see opportunities opening up for you. You are so talented, and such a lovely person. Yay, you! Oh, and this is a really fun piece...classically you! Hugs!

  27. stunning project Sara and congrats on joining AVJ and thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge....kath xxx

  28. I am so absolutely thrilled for you to start this new journey at AVJ and what a whopper of a lovely design you have started with! Your vintage grunge is like no other and I totally bow to the master! Splendid use of the stencil and the colors and the grunge and the vintage. Swoon! My heart skipped a beat there. Awesome sauce details and I am so freakin happy for you dearie!!!!!! Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe this gem! Huge hugz to you muffin! Happy dancing for you right now!!!! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

  29. I am so looking forward to journeying with you at AVJ Sara. Yay!
    Your debut project is fabulous - technique, vintage grungy goodness and a heartfelt sentiment all make for a really great project
    Happy AVJ Birthday
    hugs x

  30. Hi Sara Emily, just catching up on your fabulous news, Congratulations - and such a wonderful piece for your debut. I'm sure you will be a real asset to the team.
    Hugs, Avril xx

  31. Gorgeous layers and textures Sara Emily and I love the rust patina on the mixed media die cut! So glad you have joined us at A Vintage Journey, here's to many more years of creative fun! Deb xo

  32. This is so beautiful! Love it!

  33. Such a stunning piece of artwork and so much to see. Thank you Sara for your inspiration x Hilda

  34. Great card love rusty layers YUM xx

  35. The blue and brown work so well together ! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at Country View Challenges ! Corrie x

  36. What an amazing way to kick off your Vintage Journey! Loving the rustiness of this xx


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