Thursday, February 18, 2016

Guest Designer For A Vintage Journey-Stay Curious...

Hello crafty friends! OOPS I'm a little late!  Blogger didn't go off! I am so delighted to be invited to be Guest Creative Guide at A Vintage Journey again! It is such an honor to create along side the amazingly talented Creative Guides. Tracey's  "Industrial" challenge this month is perfect for me, because I love a good vintage grunge project. I decided to step out of  the strict vintage steampunk look, by including some very current stencil work on my piece.

I started by cutting a piece of foam core to size and covering it with plain kraft colored tissue paper. I inked it with Ground Expresso to deepen it a little, and added texture paste through a DecoArt stencil.  While the paste was still wet. I added one of my own custom blend embossing powders I've been playing with. I heat dried, allowing it to bubble up just a bit. The finished  product reminded me of a motherboard gone Steampunk.

For my next layer, I cut and distressed a piece of corrugated board and painted it with Folkart Metallic Gunmetal Grey.  Next, I added some embossing with brown embossing puffs, and another of my embossing powder blends. I was inspired to make this after watching an episode of American Pickers, and Mike was interviewing in front of an old rusted tin roofed barn. Inspiration comes from the strangest sources! Following that, I selected 3 tags and covered them with my 3M metallic repair tape, and punched the holes. I embossed them with Tim Holtz steamy Texture Fades and added some color using the alcohol inks shown. I sanded the tags and added more color: Copper alcohol ink Mixative and Distress paints in Antiqued Bronzeand Black Soot. The paints were applied, dried with a heat gun a little, and wiped off to leave an old industrial look. I added yet more texture by embossing with some of my specially blended powders, which gives these a real greasy look. I may be the oddest female on earth, because I love the smell of old engine oil-- I think it was my upbringing watching my brother restore old cars.

 The first tag was embossed with an Artful Muse Texture Fade and I added a Small Talk sticker edged with chalk ink.

The second tag was embossed with the same TF, but I mixed it up a bit.  I inked up a Tim Holtz Phrases 2 stamp in chalk ink for the quote and stapled it on with Tim's Tiny Attacher.

The last tag was embossed with the Steampunk Texture Fade and again, I chose some appropriate Small Talk. I attached a length of various chains from my stash to the tags to finish my piece.

I want to thank the girls at A Vintage Journey for inviting me to play along today, and I want to extend a special thank you to Nikki of Addicted to Art for her inspiration!  Perhaps you recognize the design--I am privileged to admire Nikki's artwork every day I go into my Closet, because "I Imagine, I Believe, I Create" sits front and center of my workspace. Thank you Nikki, for your lovely gift and for your amazing inspiration!

I would like to enter this into the following inspiring challenges:


  1. This is so up YOUR alley Sara Emily :) Great job, wonderful details and such amazing textures!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. Wow Sara Emily - I would swear that you used real metal all over this project - Love the mother board look on the edges - the corrugated 'metal' and your wonderful tags - thanks for sharing just how you made this beautiful project! Julia xx

  3. Fabulous Sara ! Wonderful "metal" work and I just love those tags Fabulous to have you with us as GD. Jennie x

  4. Masterpiece, such a wonderful creation...... I just love all the metallic techniques, the amazing background and the chain linking the tags. The metallic shine on those tags is stunning. One to revisit on many occasions for inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing this at AVJ. If we ever do another art swap this one would sit very happily on my wall! All your projects recently have been stunners! Have a lovely Friday and weekend you crazy engine oil loving gal! Xxxx

  5. Grunge and Industrial go very well together great metal effects, lots of texture and so much to look at will have to go back for more, it is lovely to travel with you at AVJ today.

  6. OMGoodness Sara, industrial grunge at it's very best! I could just sit and look at your fabulous pictures for ages - I love that motherboard effect (need that stencil now), the rusty effects, all the texture you created - superb!! It is lovely to have you as a Guest CG at A Vintage Journey too! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Wow this is awesomely industrial! So much texture and detail - it's amazing! I am honoured indeed sharing AVJ post with you! xxx

  8. Masterpiece of art and grungy at it's best, that's what it is, Sara! At first I thought that you used a real rust metal here! Oh, I am crazy in love with this rusty piece with all your fantastic tags and textures! Each of your three tags is a brilliant piece of art! That DecoArt stencil is on my wish list! Wow, I wish I could create something as spectacular as this! So many awesome techniques and so many things to learn from you! I am always so inspired by your art work! Bravo, my friend, you did a fabulous job! Big congrats on your GDT spot at A Vintage Journey!
    Lots of love to you! Branka xxx

  9. A big congratulations on your guest designer spot Sara Emily, how lucky are they to have you on board for extra inspiration! This is such an incredible project. I just love how you did the three tag panels, and the rusted, eroded metal effects are quite incredible. Really love the corrugated cardboard, it totally looks like that aluminum stuff they use for construction! The chains are a great addition and I love your sentiment choices. I really need to get me one of those mother board cool!! You have put together an amazing industrial piece. LOVE IT!! hugs :)

  10. Wow, Sara! This is amazing!
    Steampunk has never looked better and you know that I just can't resist corrugated card. Especially when I see it being used so brilliantly! Love this!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges and congrats on your guest appearance!

    Claudia x

  11. Hi Sara Emily great to share a GD post with you over at AVJ. Wow, what a fabulous industrial piece you made, some much texture. Lovely work xx

  12. You have once again made something that is absolutely fabulous. You must love this style because you are so talented in the grungy look. I prefer to call it aging gracefully - or the weathered appearance of timeless art. Old windows and old doors, what one might find in an old barn or an old trunk. The background which you used in your last post, reminds me of Egyptian hieroglyphics. I really like this piece - not only is it extremely attractive but it draws me in where my imagination can rest on different elements. I don't want you to take this as a negative as I love this so much - but right away I named it Of Human Bondage. You know we can be bound by many things -- old shipwrecks, old loves, old books ----
    sandy xx
    Sandy xx

  13. Oh my gosh, Sara Emily! You totally nailed this! I'm with you on the steam punk. Just can't seem to figure out how to add the rustic, vintage blend to it. But you totally incorporated these elements into your design and I LOVE IT! I am smitten with the tin roof!!! <3 <3 <3 So very fabulous! Congrats on your feature! It was such a great dose of inspiration for this theme (which I am struggling with terribly).

  14. Fabulous industrial creation Sara, amazing textures and love the 'motherboard' background! Thanks so much for sharing it and for your feature at A Vintage Journey! Deb xo

  15. Wow Sara Emily, what a showstopper, my jaw is on the floor at this outstanding project. I can almost smell the old oil off it. Truly amazing work.
    Hugs, Julie x

  16. First... congratulations on this guest designer post Sara. In my mind... once you post on A VINTAGE JOURNEY you are among the elite and famous!! Of course, you were already famously fabulous to me! :)

    AND secondly... today YOU are definitely the....Greasy Grunge Guru. I mean seriously... so many "recipes" and techniques used here in such ingenious ways.... it's ASTOUNDING. Not to mention the incredibly IMAGINATIVE step by step design for 'INDUSTRIAL' SUCCESS. WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL project. You did AVJ PROUD girl. This is a DELIGHT. XX j.

  17. Congratulations on your guest DT spot!! This is absolutely stunning!! The texture is amazing!! Wow!! I love all of the details you've incorporated!! Phenomenal!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  18. This really is a piece of Art fabulous detail and great texture, thank you for sharing this with us at Sparkles Monthly good luck, hope to see you next time..
    Hugs Babs DT member x

  19. wawwww så super flot ♥

    10000 tak for at du deltager på Card and scraps udfordring.

    knuzzzz ♥

  20. Wow...I am in awe...this is just stunning, everything about it is just fabulous...I can't stop looking at it to be honest.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Altered Ecelectics...x

  21. What an awesome project here filled with amazing details everywhere. Really great work well done.
    Thanks sooo much for joining the challenge here at Card and Scrap.

  22. Your project is amazing! I love all the use of mediums. It made for a gorgeous result. Thank you for playing with us at ATSM. Jules DT Member

  23. Fabulous project idea and stunning too -
    Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

    Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
    DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit

  24. And of course this is the end result! Well just slap my thigh and call me late for dinner! Now this is AMAZEBALLS on so many levels! Holy smokes and a jalapeño! I want to hang this on my wall and stare at it for days. This is my new Sara fave! Hehehe! That DA stencil is on my must have lost now and I am so intrigued about your three tag design. Everywhere I look I drool (makes me need a drool tag like a Saint Bernard) and oogle! Wowzers and WOWZERS and WWWOWZERS!!!! Loves it! Hugz to you muffin! ~Punkin

    1. And huge congrats on your guest spot at AVJ! They sure chose the right lady for the job. :)

      And thanks for joining us at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge!

  25. Congratulations on your guest DT spot! I love love love this piece. The textures are awesome and the colours are amazing! Thanks for joining us at Southern Ridge Trading Company.
    -Katelyn DT member at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  26. Lots of rusty, shiny grungy gorgeousness! Stunning work Sara and congrats on your GDT post. Ruth x

  27. the first photo remind me of mother board
    I adore what you did
    and you made a masterpiece with much texture
    wooow wooow and woooow
    lovely pieces
    many thanks for joining us at ATSM this week
    Monika (ATSM DT Member)

  28. Oh my!! Absolutely FANTASTIC!! Congratulations on your very well-deserved guest post - I am stunned by this piece! The details are amazing - thank you for the photos!! xxx Lynn

  29. This is the mother (Board) of grungy Steampunky goodness! Wow, wow, wow! I love everything...the color palette, the rusty accents, the amazing texture, the sentiments...every detail is absolutely fabulous. This one needs a shadow box frame so it can be displayed. One of my faves!

  30. Woww... So stylish card you have created ! Really a lot of work with this, and lovely colors. Thank you for participating in the challenge at Cardandscrap!
    DT Anita Lise

  31. WOW WOW and WOW!
    Sara Emily! This is just totally incredible!I soooooo love every steamy punky thing about it and forget that you were representing A Vintage Journey! You go girl- congrats and kudos to you!
    Oh I so want to look at this up close and feel those textures! Make a video please- hahaa(in your spare time!)
    Jackie xoxo

  32. beautiful art! thanks for play with us at card and scrap. DT Graciela

  33. Wow! Looks like real metal. I love it. I am glad you played along Simon Says Stamp Shake it Up challenge :)
    Gayatri xx

  34. What an amazing textural industrial piece... totally fabulous! So great to have you along for the ride this month at A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  35. wow, girl, these are ab fab--love the grunginess, texture, techniques, all of it! so amazing!!!!

    HLS DT

  36. Oh wow Sara Emily you have totally rocked this theme and created the most amazing set of industrial tags and background. My jaw dropped to the floor when I first saw it and I have pinned so I can come back and look at it in more detail.
    Thank you for sharing your inspirational project with us and for all your support.
    hugs Brenda xx

  37. ooh such gorgeousness! Love the metallic and vintage feel you've given this, plus all those textures... yum!! xx

  38. Love it! I absolutely love working with metal and you have done a fab job! Thank you for joining in on the Challenge at Southern Ridge Trading Company

  39. WOW!!! What can I say .... this looks amazing!!!! Thank you for playing along with the HLS Mixed Media challenge. Linda xx

  40. I love everything about this project, it's stunning! The circuit board effect is amazing and the corrugated tin is fab. Thank you for sharing the process with us at Altered Eclectics.

  41. Wow!! Beautiful altered art. Love all the textures and colours. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT


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