Friday, 4 March 2016

Di Travel Bag- A Vintage Journey - March 2016 Challenge

Hello Everyone

I don't know about you but it feels like this year is passing by oh so quickly (one blink and I think I may just miss it) as this week saw us move into March with Spring only days away now .
A new month means its not only time for a new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey but its also time to celebrate our 2nd birthday!

So this months theme is a little different and as its Nikki's chosen theme I'll leave it to her to explain :

'For our birthday Challenge we thought it would be fun to challenge you to use the products in our Destination Inspiration Travel bag this month . You've seen how the the Creative Guides have used the products in the past and you will see how they use them this month too.  So join us in using the following products and enjoy the journey!'
Substrate: Board( eg: greyboard, cardboard, coasterboard)
Colour: Lilac or Pale Purple
Technique: Rust effects ( perhaps using rusting powders or rust coloured paints) 
Product: Something Metal .
Of course other products and colours can be used but the project should be focused around these four areas.
 As usual there will be a lucky random winner ,who wins our sponsor's prize, which this month  is a fabulous package made up of 'new release' stamps and stencils very kindly donated by the uber talented Andy Skinner
  aswell as 3 'Pinworthies' selected by the Creative Guides who will not only win a pinworthy badge to display on their blog but be invited to rejoin us as Guest Designer for a future challenge. 
I have to admit the contents of the travel bag did leave me feeling a little challenged but after initially shying away I decided to give it a go!
I'm sure you all know by now that I love 'wall art', especially if it has meaning/carries a message so that's just what I decided to make for this challenge. 

The background 
I began by adhering torn tissue tape to a piece of Manila card cut to size. Then using Tim Holtz Wrinkle Free distress technique and distress inks I added colour . 

Once happy I added more ink using the blending tool and some stamping and stencilling using various Tim Holtz stamps and layering stencils.

I also mixed texture paste with ground espresso distress paint and applied it through the dot fade stencil catching the paste with gilding wax once dry.

I finished off the background panel with a spritz of Perfect Pearls and a few splats of distress paint. I wrapped a length of thin twine around the card three times before mounting it onto cream and brown card stock. (I forgot to take a photo at this stage)
The textured Rusty Heart
 This was cut from thick greyboard and given a coat of black gesso then a layer of sand texture paste. Once dry I painted over the texture paste using distress paints and a dry brush. I also used an old store cupboard favourite (in my house anyway) 'cinnamon' sprinkling and rubbing it into the painted texture paste to give kind of a rugged rusty appearance.


I embellished the heart with a metal arrow and typed token, accented with two purple gem beads. The quote was highlighted with distress paint, applied and rubbed back with a wet wipe .

The Mount! 
This is a  piece of corrugated card cut to size with the top layer torn away to reveal the corrugation. I blended distress inks over the corrugated lines and distressed the edges.  I then made two holes,set eyelets around the holes and used too loop pins to hold a length of hanging chain.  
All that remained was to bring all the 'parts' together and add a few finishing touches...
....a clip altered with distress paints using my finger

 some hitch fastener screws touched with gilding wax to each of the four corners of the mounted background.

 and here it is
 my finished wall hanging complete with rusty heart and it's encouraging message-
'Never Never Give Up!'

Now its time for me to pack away the contents of the travel bag , neatly of course, and pass the bag over to you so, in Nikkis words , 'you can join us in the challenge and enjoy the journey.! 
We look forward to having you jump on board, as we always love seeing what you create  and appreciate all of your entries.
If you haven't already, be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey  where you can view the inspiring projects made by some of my fellow Creative Guide
and while you're over there be sure to check out the Travelling Instructions and the Written Guide for interpreting A Vintage Journey styles as there have been a few changes introduced

 I would like to enter this into the following challenges 
Anything but Cute- Challenge #10 'Grungy Love'
Craft Stamper- TIMI Challenge : March- 'Anything Goes'
That's Crafty Challenge Blog March 4th 2016- Stencils and Masks
Lovely to see you today and thank you for stopping by- I do appreciate your visits , comments and  follows very much . 
Have a great weekend 
Take Care 


  1. What a beautiful wall hanging Amanda - that heart is so wonderfully rusted and looks great against your creative panel. Love all the framings, the ribbed cardboard and chain hanger! Julia xx

  2. Oh just drinking in the details!!! This is a real gem Amanda - love the mottled background, the rusted heart, the metal embellishments. Jenny x

  3. Wow Amanda, the wrinkle free background on it's own is utterly delicious but then the stamping, stencilling and wax add that added interest that really catches the eye. Then that rusty heart ...... what brilliant layers you've used to create such an authentic and dimensional piece. Just love all the effects you have achieved.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  4. Absolutely fabulous - such wonderful layering and techniques! Did you say cinnamon!!!! Not tried that - must try that. LOL!!! Have a lovely weekend xxx

  5. WoW totally love it, and cinnamon its so easy to think of it now you've said it, but i wouldnt have lol will give this a go but dont know if i'll post Take care and have a great weekend ��x

  6. Gorgeous Amanda, I love the wrinkle free distress and those touches of lilac/purple they really add to the whole effect, love your rusted heart too, a lovely design, Tracy X

  7. Delicious as always - love the heart!! Have a lovely weekend xx

  8. Stunning piece of wall art Amanda! The background is so striking already, but then the way you finished it with that amazing heart, is just fantastic! Love this project!!

  9. Oh wow, Amanda, I just love the gorgeous mottle background you created and the rusty heart is 'to die for', so realistic! Cinnamon? I bet it smells divine too. Love this piece - a lot! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Amazing project--on every level!

  11. A gorgeous piece of wall art! I love your inky background using the purple tones from the bag. Your 'rusty' heart is totally gorgeous and I would never have thought to go to my spice rack and use something from there!! A really creative idea and it smells nice too! Julia S-W xx

  12. Oh my goodness, Amanda! This is one amazing piece of art! I love the hanger and the gorgeous rust. The corrugated board looks amazing against your lovely DI background and focal points. This is just wonderful!

  13. Wooow, Amanda, you have managed to achieve so many amazing effects in creating this stunning piece of art! I love your wrinkle free distress and that heart is to die for! Cinnamon?! What a genius idea! I really have to try this! Brilliant work! Thank you so much for joining in our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Branka DTx

  14. A truly beautiful work of art. I'm running out of words but gorgeous and stunning come to mind.
    Poppy and I wish you a fabby weekend and send hugs xxx

  15. Fabulous Amanda! Gorgeous layered and detailed background and the rusty heart is amazing, love the addition of the cinnamon, it's a go to for me as well on my primitive pieces. A fabulous piece of wall art with a wonderful message, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  16. What a grungy awesome sauce design! Love all the details and the different textures. Grungy goodness meets rusty luscioussness. Hehe! Fantabulous use of the cinnamon, really cool effect when rubbed into water color paper and spritzed with water as well. Marvelous layers!

    Thanks for joining in our "Grungy Love" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  17. Beautiful project!
    Thank you so much for joining our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  18. Gorgeous wall hanging with all the metal and that fabulous rusty heart! This just leaves me speechless, Amanda! I've recently reached into the pantry to make a few rusted things, so I can really appreciate your use of cinnamon. Beautiful!

    Thank you for joining our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  19. WOW Amanda - I see why you like wall art, because you do it so well.
    Beautifully done!! Sandy xx

  20. Gorgeous inky background, and that rusty textured heart is simply fabulous! Love the layering over the corrugated card, and the metallic embellishing - especially that chunky chain. Brilliant!
    Alison x

  21. How gorgeous and textural is this !!

  22. Great project Amanda x love all the layers especially that wonderful inky background. The heart looks amazing so I must get my rusting powder out now I am inspired
    Huge hugs Annie x

  23. Amanda this project is fab! background is totally amazing and the heart is...WOW! So beautiful! Barbara

  24. Gorgeous! Love that rusty heart. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge. Linda xx

  25. Fabulous art! I love that inky background and the gorgeous texture on your heart!


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