Thursday, January 31, 2019

Mixed Media Vignette Mini Tutorial - Your Heart's Desire for A Vintage Journey



Hello! It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and our hostess, Annie has chosen the theme Your Heart's Desire -- so appropriate for the upcoming Valentine's holiday. 

"Since February is the month of love, we would like you to include hearts as the 'main' focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles that we prefer."

These are the steps I took to alter my vignette tray using contractor's foil tape, Tim Holtz Kaleidoscope Texture Fade, Prima and DecoArt paints and powder. The hoarded tray was the perfect size and depth and was a gift from my fellow Creative Guide and wonderful friend, Autumn. Thank you!


I cut a strip of foil tape for each side of the tray adding about 1/2 inch to each of the measurements. I applied Prima's Steampunk Copper paint to each foil strip using a cheap foam brush. This paint is really gooey, and I don't want to mess with washing out a brush when I'm done. I use a pouncing motion, rather than brushing it on, to get good coverage and to give some variation in color. Any texture will be flattened out by the dry embossing.


When the copper paint is completely dry, I emboss the strips using the Kaleidoscope embossing folder. Do not wet the foil as you would if you were using paper. I did pass it through my die cut machine the prescribed three times, but I doubt it needed more than one pass.

I apply DecoArt Green Patina Antiquing Cream over the surface with my finger and allow it to dry a bit. Then I wipe with a slightly dampened paper towel, leaving the color in the recesses. I don't particularly care for the shine from the foil, so I apply Prima Color Clay Artisan Powder with my finger over the entire surface and wipe off the excess with a dry paper towel.


It's very easy to adhere the tape over the edges of the frame, since the foil is adhesive backed. **I make all my cuts before removing the protective backing. ** I mark the width of the inside of the frame opening on the back of the long edge of the foil strip.  I add 1/4 inch to the depth of the frame (1/2 inch) and mark a line horizontally on the back of the strip at 3/4 inches from the long edge. I make vertical cuts to that line from the previous markings. I score this flap at 1/4 inch and again at 3/4 inch.


I fold the strip at 1/4 score line and this surface goes on the 'floor' of the frame. The score at 3/4 inch  will be at the inside lip of the frame. Use scissors to cut in at an angle to miter the corners. Now I remove the protective backing and starting at the floor of the tray, adhere to each surface. Once the scored and folded part of the strip is adhered, I simply fold and form the remaining portion over the remaining edges.


I got lucky and the design aligned at one of the corners! Now here are some more  photos of the finished project.


I used another foil strip to create the Retro Repeat panel in the background and paired it with a panel colored with Distress paints. Behind the Retro Repeat is a scrap of paper I used to ink up some die cuts on awhile back--I didn't want to waste the ink. LOL


The Faceted Heart is cut from Distress Metallic Kraft Stock, heat embossed in clear with Lattice and Flourish stamp set. It's colored with Distress Crayon, antiquing cream and Artisan powder. I used a couple of Big Chat stickers for my sentiment.



The wooden cogs were also a gift from Autumn, and I heat embossed them with a mix of Baked Texture powders. I altered and added Faucet Knob, an old Ideaology word token and some chain from my stash. I threaded rusty wire through the token hole and twisted it up. Black Soot paint splatters finish it off.



I can write a personal message on the back, which is finished off with a stamped Oxide panel from my stash.


I hope you'll hop on over to A Vintage Journey to see how my talented fellow Creative Guides have interpreted this theme. Then I hope you'll play along! I can't wait to see YOUR Heart's Desire!

As always, your visit and your sweet comments brighten my day! Sara Emily

Challenge shares:
Mixed Media Place January Challenge Inspired by the bottom right photo and by the cinnamon sticks matte brown color.

Links to products used stocked by The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


35 comments:

  1. Hi Sara! Sorry it's been so long since I've been here. So glad I didn't miss this post! Absolutely stunning vignette tray! The colours and techniques are amazing (as always) and the design is absolutely fabulous! Love, love, love this piece!! Have a fabulous day!! hugs xx

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  2. Stunning! Very beautiful!
    Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media Place!

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  3. Wow!!! What a stunning make Sara and the details are so beautiful as are the colours you have used x Love the fols around the frame and the inside background looks amazing xx TFS and a great step by step too

    Have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

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  5. Its a STUNNER! Sara Emily . I LOVE everything about it as there really is so much to love..... the colours , the heart, the embossing , the inkyness , the rusty cogs and ideology bits and pieces and the chain -such a clever touch that sealed the deal for me .
    Superb creativty .
    Big hugs for a lovely weekend

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  6. Wow, this is absolutely spectacular!! I don't even know where to start!! The texture and colors and rusty bits - everything is so amazing!! This is so stunning!! I love it!! And thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. This is truly wonderful Sara! I love wow the embossed tape frames the beautiful composition you’ve put together! The colors and textures are so pleasing! Love your work, of course, but this really drew me in! xxxx
    Ps I am def going to try embossing foil tape... I have always worried it would lose its textures as soon as the backing came off! Now I know different!

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    1. Thank you for dropping in and for your lovely comment! I appreciate that, because I know you are busy! No loss of texture with the foil tape. I can't wait to see what you will create with it.

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  8. Those baked texture powders are new for me...love them! Thanks so much for introducing me to them :) Love the heart too, great job!

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  9. Oh wow Sara, this is a stunning piece! I love the embossing, the textured cogs are wonderful and I just love the fabulous heart - wow!! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Yes yes yes!!! Not an ounce of this I don't like - simply brilliant! xxx

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  11. Sara that tray looks magnificent covered with that embossed foil and I have to agree who want's to waste time washing brushes out when we can just pounce and dab it on!! Every element upon this is a triumph and i'm loving it all. A delight for my eyes and I want to hug it all.. Sigh!!
    Hugs for a creative weekend ahead Tracey xx

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  12. Oh my goodness Sara, this is one of these amazing makes of yours where my jaw just hit the floor!! What you did with the embossed foil tape is so super clever, the colouring of the background and the way the whole piece came together, is perfection and oh that heart..... I LOVE it!!! A truly stunning piece from start to finish!!!

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  13. Outstanding, Sara Emily! The colours are beautiful, and your faceted heart is completely stunning. The rusted cracks and crevices contrast so perfectly with the blues and creams, and I love the textured cogs and gears too. The embossed card on the frame is gorgeous too. This is way up in my all-time favourites of your artwork. Magnificent!
    Alison x

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  14. Wow Sara Emily, this is amazing! Adore the patina on the embossed metallic foil tape and the Faceted heart is fab, such gorgeous colours and textures! Wonderful layers and textures to bring it all together perfectly, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  15. Oh my Sara Emily, the steps you took to create this most amazing work of art are fabulous. I just adore that cute and grungy heart, it looks incredibly beautiful set in the frame with all the other delightful elements that fit together so perfectly. Great job xxx

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  16. Oh my goodness, where do I start!? I freaking LOVE this! You have a real talent with texture and working in mixed media. Every part I look at had amazing texture, color, patina...I really love how you have created this! Thanks for sharing the love with us this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Maura

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  17. Oh Sara this piece is magnificent! Love the Steampunk vibe (of course...lol) and all the yummy details added! Another hit...Brava my friend! ❤ Simo

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  18. Nice post.Keep sharing. Thanks

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  19. Absolutely wonderful Sara Emily. The metal work is quite stunning around the frame and that wonderful heart ...... so wonderfully created. xxx

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  20. Fabulous project Sara! The different textures look wonderful.
    Thanks for joining us at [url=http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/]Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge[/url]

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  21. I can't tell you how much I like your project! It's amazing. Every little detail is incredible! thank you for inspiring me! Barbara

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  22. We both received designer spotlights this week! Whoop whoop! I was excited to see your creation featured as well...it’s absolutely fabulous!!!

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  23. Congrats on your spotlight--my friend!! The unexpected pop of color is what makes this piece so intriguing.

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  24. Wow this is just amazing! thank you for joining us at Crafts Dreamy. Hope to see you again next time! Hugs, Zowie xx

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  25. So good to see your work in the spotlight. Love what you have done with this background just luscious colouring. xox

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  26. I'm totally in love with your project. Very cool and clever technique. Thank your for joining us at the Crafts Dreamy Challenges. - Priya Satish DT

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  27. So sorry I am here so late to let you know how lovely your tray heart project is Sara Emily! I seem to have somehow missed the whole AVJ Feb post this month! What a lot of work to coat your frame with the beautifully embossed and colored silver tape - I love that geo heart die and keep trying to resist ordering it! So pretty in the blue/green and metallic colors! xx

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  28. Wow! This is a stunning creation! The foil technique is amazing and the layers you've built. Love this project to the core! Great card! Thank you for playing with us at Crafts Dreamy Challenge! Hugs Sunila & Aditi

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  29. Hi Sara Emily, so sorry I am commenting a little late, been having problems posting with blogger. Thank you for entering your amazing card over at Crafts Dreamy. Hugs Zowie xx

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  30. Fabulous!Stunning textures and colours! Especially I love this heart!

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  31. Amazing piece of art!!! Love it so so much. Thank you for sharing with us at Mixed Media Place.

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