Friday 3 June 2016

Embossing Pastes/ Texture - A Vintage Journey - June 2016 Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Hope you are all doing good and have enjoyed a great week. 
As the month of June begins so does a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Lovely Astrid is the host this month and her chosen challenge is 'Embossing Pastes/ Texture
This is what she says :
'Use any kind of texture paste, homemade, crackle, coloured or plain on your project . There is an endless variety available so play, have fun and apply it to your hearts content. Use it through stencils, randomly or in whatever way you want but remember it should be in one of the vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling industrial or steampunk styles that we favour. Put on your mixed media hat and create some magic.'

What a fabulous Challenge don't you think?

As  its been just over a year since I began my blogging journey  I thought that for Astrid's challenge I would look back to my very first post and recreate the wooden hanging heart I made then using a different colour palette but retaining all the crackle and texture . It would make for a lovely birthday gift for an up and coming birthday too .
My first altered heart can be seen here where there are details of how I altered it so I will keep the 'how to' brief this time and focus more on the products I have used 
I began by priming the mdf heart with a coat of gesso and then decided on my colour palette. I strayed away from all the craft branded paints we all know and love and used instead a Laura Ashley emulsion paint,Pale Duck Egg Blue as the main colour accented with Daler Rowney Silver acrylic paint and Tim Holtz Hickory Smoke distress and archival inks. 
The crackle medium that's created those lovely cracks is Paper Artsy Crackle glaze. I also used Paper Artsy Grunge paste to create the texture, applying it through Tim Holtz bubble layering stencil. I love working with Grunge paste as it seems to be that bit thicker than other pastes I have used which I find helps reduce the risk of any seepage under the stencil when applied. I also love the rougher, grungier look it gives especially when enhanced with inks or gilding wax, in this case both.

Extra detail is created with a fine hand script stamp in Archival ink and some distress ink stencilling using Tim Holtz dot fade layering stencil. Notice the butterflies too with their liquid pearl trails. They are punched from card stock (painted the same colour as the heart) using a Martha Stewart punch. 
 The flowers, that give dimension to the heart, are die cut from more of the painted card stock using Spellbinders 'Bitty Blossoms'. I used Tim Holtz laurel punch to create the leaves. I embellished the flowers with beads and added a few twists of silver wire. 
The quote , so meaningful and true, is from Wendy Vecchi stamp set 'Love to Make Art' and is stamped in Hickory smoke Archival distress ink.   Looks like the gem topped hex nuts have made an appearance again too- oops, you're probably tired of seeing them by now but I just think they add an extra touch of interest and make a lovely finishing touch
 And once again here is my finished hanging heart that is actually a touch bluer (but only a touch) than the lens would actually have you believe.
  I hope I have offered some inspiration for Astrid's 'Embossing pastes/ texture challenge' and whether I have or have not be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see lots of inspirational projects created by my fellow Creative Guides.
We would love for you to join in the challenge so as Astrid says 'put your mixed media hats on and go create some magic'. We look forward to seeing your entries . 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monochrome 
Mixed Media Monthly #25- 2nd Anniversary 
(#18 Texture, #23 Dimension and #19 Silver and Gold
The Craft Stamper TIMI Challenge : June 'Lets get Inky'    
Stamps and Stencils - Challenge Floral Frenzy
Frilly and Funky - Challenge: Let the Words do the Talking  
Country View Crafts Challenge: Crackle
Thanks for taking the time to pop by today. Its always a pleasure to have you visit. 
I look forward to seeing you all again soon 
Have a lovely weekend 
Take care 


  1. So beautiful with the white on white Amanda - your roses are beautiful and the crackle on the heart is gorgeous! Julia xx

  2. Loved reading what you used to create this fabulous heart Amanda, the neutral colour palette and textures have come together beautifully. Great job. Have a lovely weekend xxx

  3. Love your gorgeous textured heart Amanda, it looks so elegant somehow in those neutral tones! So many wonderful different textures and amazing crackle too! The quote is just the perfect finishing touch!

  4. Beautiful Amanda, gorgeous textures and a lovely colour palette, a wonderful redux of your original heart! Thank you so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  5. Is it really a year , wow how time flies when we are having fun . Love your textural heart. The neutral co,our palette is so calming and very classy. Love your flowers too and the crackle is a perfect backdrop. Tracy x

  6. Wow - I love your remixed heart - the textures really sing thanks to the subtle delicate colour tones. The flowers look amazing too, with that gentle shimmer - beautifully done!
    Alison x

  7. Whenever I see your blog name I start singing - ink a pink a do a pink a do!!!
    I really, like really love your heart.
    Such a true sentiment too!
    sandy xx

  8. Such a pretty project Amanda with super details and gorgeous flowers.
    Have a nice weekend, Julie x

  9. What a beautiful way to celebrate Amanda! I love this gorgeous heart xx

  10. Another stunning creation. Just beautiful and such a great sentiment.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend special lady, big hugs from Poppy and me xxx

  11. a really beautiful project xx hugs x

  12. Amazing creation Amanda! monochrome in white color it's not easy! you have created a wonderful project! thanks for joining us this week on Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog ! BArbara

  13. Fabulous textures Amanda, it's so beautiful.

    Love and hugs

  14. Oh this is lovely Amanda - takes great skill to use just one colour and you have done this beautifully! xx

  15. Amanda, another lovely creation from you! What an amazing texture on your heart and those flowers are so touchable and shimmery! Love this and so inspired by your work! Hugs!

  16. What a fabulous monochromatic project! Love the crackle texture!

  17. Just love how you have added texture and crackle to this wonderful altered heart Amanda. It really is gorgeous, so gentle and yet so full of everything! Fabulous! Sorry to be so late in visiting. Jennie x

  18. Such a beautiful project!! Love the neutral colour and the textures are amazing! A fabulous piece!!

  19. Your remake is just as beautiful as the first. The monochromatic palette is beautiful, I wish I could see this in real life! Ohhhh those crackles are gorgeous and your flowers are beautiful! What a fantabulous way to celebrate and remake a design. Awesome sauce and stunning! Hugz. ~Niki

  20. Fabulous project Amanda, love the gorgeous crackle you've achieved and of course the sentiment is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  21. Gorgeous project, thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Stamper Challenge, Elizabeth x

  22. Wow.....just wow! Such a gorgeous creation, Amanda! I love the monochromatic color palette. All those layers of texture and ink really shine through. The sentiment is perfect! You rocked this challenge! Thanks for sharing with us at the Frilly Funkie "Let the Words Do the Talking" Challenge at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

  23. Gorgeous project. Thanks for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  24. Just beautiful!! Love the white on white and all the texture details - amazing!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge's 2nd Anniversary!!

  25. What a gorgeous project! Thanks so much for joining us this month at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge for our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!!

  26. Amanda, Wow! You really made my day with all those kind words on my blog! thank you for taking your time to comment, and in such an encouraging way! I hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs!

  27. Stunning! I love all that texture.

  28. Such beautiful textures and in monochrome, a delight! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x


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