Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Field Notes: A Vignette for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog

Sara Emily Barker Mixed Media Vignette Tim Holtz 1

Hello and welcome! Today we start a new challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, and it's my turn to host. I'm calling my challenge Let's Do It Again! and here are the details:

Have you ever made something that you wish you could do over? Perhaps it was a technique you tried and didn't get the results you were hoping for. Maybe you didn't have just the right product you wanted to make your project just perfect. Or maybe a friend asked you to make something like it for them. Now's your chance for a do-over. Choose one of your own posted vintage or shabby chic projects and do it over with a bit of a twist. Be sure to link back to the post of the project you are making over and tell us why you wanted to do it a second time and what's different about it this time. We like to see your entry be in the vintage or shabby chic style we prefer. 

I chose to make over my Pretty Little Birds vignette, because a sweet blog friend asked if she could buy my vignette. Since that one had already been spoken for, I promised to make her another as a gift. This one has so many of the same elements and techniques, but varies mostly in color and style. I would say my original is more vintage, while this leans toward being shabby chic. I also had no choice but to design this a little differently, because this was the only box I had that would fit the embroidery hoop.

After applying several coats of gesso, I altered the box to look like real wood with Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo Distress Spray stains and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide spray. I thought I had taken photos of the process, but they seem to have disappeared. This is a different process than I did on my original vignette box.

I start with a gesso base. Next I apply stain directly from the bottle to a cosmetic sponge and make vertical streaks of the two colors down the boxes outer surfaces. Next I mix a couple drops of oxide with collage medium and apply with my finger. I had to work quickly, because Distress Collage Medium dries very quickly.

Sara Emily Barker Faux Wood Tutorial

In the end, I swiped random areas of the outer edges with Distress Crazing I had left on my fingers and highlighted the cracks with Distress Crayon.

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I crackled the background for the embroidery hoop like I did in my original post, but this time, I sealed it right away with Distress Collage Medium Matte, and then adhered the Aviary Collage Paper with the matte collage medium. 

I wanted to make this one lighter, so while I still used Distress Crayons to color the image, I used Tumbled Glass. I also smeared with a little Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Spray that was on my finger. I chose to keep the original patina of the hoop, because it was so pretty.

As before, I backed the hoop with a die cut circle (Stitched Circles) and adhered Crochet die cuts around the edge.

Sara Emily Barker Crackle Tutorial

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I stuck down three pieces of foam core to fill the opening at the bottom and topped that with a piece of cat food box.I coated the chipboard with gesso, then adhered bits of Aviary collage paper. I coated both the chipboard piece and the Idea-Ology Quote Chips with Crazing, and when dry, smeared with crayon, dipped into puddles of watered down oxide spray and finally, spritzed with Black Soot marker.

 (Just to be clear, no food touches the chipboard; they are just cardboard layered between cans of food within a box. I'm glad I hoarded some of these, because I found out that each can of food is equivalent to a human eating a Big Mac every day. No wonder Roger's so fat! No more Big Macs for the kitty, and no more chipboard to hoard.  :(:( ) 

Inside edges and background paper (Wallflower; thank you to Kathy Clement for her generous gift! She sent me a HUGE stack of Tim Holtz papers and packs of Distress crayons. She sure knows how to spoil a girl!) are covered with leftover bits of collage paper. I coated the edges with Crazing and smears of Ranger Opaque Crackle Paste. When dry, I sprayed lightly with Twisted Citron Oxide spray. The background paper has crackled stenciling and spritzes of Vintage Photo Distress Spray stain and Oxide spray.

The lip of the box is painted with Walnut Stain Distress paint and then crackled with the Ranger paste. To highlight the cracks I smeared with Vintage Photo crayon.

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I didn't have anymore robin eggs, so I had to make my own. I had these cheapo plastic eggs in my stash, and I altered a pair of yellow ones with gesso, oxide sprays, Distress paint and markers.

The Idea-Ology Quote Token is altered with Picket Fence paint.

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Lastly, I made the little stack of field notes with pieces of kraft paper and discontinued Kraft Glassine paper, wrinkled and blended with Walnut Stain ink. I topped with a snip from the Wallpaper stash and tied with cord.

Here are some additional close up photos for you to enjoy.

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That's all for me today, but if you stop The  Funkie Junkie Boutique blog, my talented teammates will inspire you with their do-overs for the 'Let's Do It Again!' challenge. Then it's over to you! I can't wait to see what you choose to do over! Hugs and Blessings! Sara Emily

The following products were used and can be purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique:

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Paper Aviary
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Layering Stencils - Set 27
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet
Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Stitched Circles
Distress Oxide Sprays: Antique Linen, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #3
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #5
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - 6PC Set #7
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Distress Paint: Walnut Stain, Picket Fence, Cracked Pistachio
Distress Spray Stain: Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Matte
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste


  1. Wow, this is absolutely amazing!! Your attention to detail is so spectacular, Sara Emily!! I love every single thing about this gorgeous vignette!! It's stunning!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  2. Holey Moley! This do-over is fantastic. Love that you used the robin's egg blue as your main colour and added so many great bird-related elements. Your friend is going to be so pleased with this vignette. Hugs!

  3. Terrific project, I can see why you'd want more of them, they are so pretty. The challenge theme this time around is a good one!

  4. Wonderful project. Thanks for joining in with my challenge over at Country View Crafts

  5. Sara, your transformation is fantastic and what a great theme you have chosen! I just love the blues and those little eggs you created look so realistic - this is a beautiful, beautiful vignette, your friend is very lucky indeed. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Clever! I love your eggs and how you created them! Beautiful shabby chic vignette and lucky recipients for both of them! I adore the embroidery hoop and how you layered up to the pretty birds! Beautiful design!

  7. Those eggs are a triumph (so glad you showed how they started life as the transformation is astounding!) and I absolutely adore this vignette as much as I loved the first one with all that delicious crackle texture and ageing.

  8. Oh, the details...they thrill my heart! That wee bundled book in the left hand corner...the tiny transformed eggs...such delicate touches that really add to the whole. These are my colors, and so sweetly vintage. Your mixed media skills really shine here, Sara Emily! It's divine!

  9. This is so charming, Sara Emily... brilliant weathered crackle on the frame (be still, my beating heart!) and your transformation of those garish eggs into the adorable robins' eggs is perfect. Such a clever use of the crochet die and, since I'm wedded to my blues and greens, I think I prefer the do-over to the original... it's even better!
    Alison x

  10. A wonderfully vintage looking piece. Lovely elements and fabulous details.
    Thank you for joining in with our August challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

  11. Stunning vignette, love the vintage feel and also the Spring vibe, I wish it was spring again! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  12. Ohhh I drooling over this, wow, wow! SUch a treasure full of details. And well, I expect Roger will be thinner and thinner every day ;-)

  13. Oh My! This is the most wonderful project - of course for me the birds are a great attraction but so many lovely details (you really do amaze me dear Sara Emily!) I love how you transformed those eggs to match your paper background! I am hoping for some catch up time soon! Big hugs, Chrisx

  14. This is just pure delight Sara! The techniques used are marvelous and your attention to detail is always perfection. The transformation of the eggs particularly is just amazing! So love this .. totally awesome creation!! hugs xx

  15. Wow, everything you posted here are all wonderfully made. I love it! Thank you for participating our monthly Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. Have a blessed day!

    JO ANN

  16. It's just as gorgeous as your first one!!! All the texture and details are inspiring!!! You are the sweetest, Sara Emily!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Aww simply gorgeous creation, love the details!
    Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create….. Good Luck and hope to see come play again!
    DT Shell

  18. wow wow wow Sara - this is so beautiful .. so much to see - so much stunning texture! Thanks for joining us at Countryview Challenges and good luck! Hugs rachel xx


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