Friday 6 November 2020

Pairs, Trios and Sets - A Vintage Journey November 2020 Challenge

 Hi Everyone 

Its been a busy creative week here at -ink-a-pink. There's been a couple of 'sneak peak type' posts - one here on Sunday for PaperArtsy, one here on Thursday for That's Crafty and now this one today, a full post telling you all about our new challenge over A Vintage Journey

Our lovely talented Toni is the host this time and the challenge is 

'Pairs, Trios and Sets' 

'For this challenge we would like to see you create a set that works together. It could be ATC's, triptychs or any other grouping. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art jounralling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.'  

This challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a start creating some Christmas cards so armed with paints, gel plate, brayer, stamps and embossing powder the festive creative fun began. Here is the first of my Trios of Christmas Cards.

I usually go CAS with my christmas cards but wanted this time to create cards that had more of a mixed media feel to them so the background panels for this Trio are all cut from a 'brayered off', 'mop up' piece.  

 The paints I worked with were PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Snowflake, Midnight, Little Black Dress.
The sides of each of the 3 panels were caught with Snowflake Fresco. 

I love all the varying detail, texture and colour of the background panels so let them shine in their uniqueness stamping only a central Snowflake and corner Snowflake spikes to each of the panels. 
 The snowflakes I used are from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous 'Swirly Snowflake' (CMS319) and the snowflake and spike stamping was embossed with fine detail white embossing powder.   

The smooth gleam of the white embossing offered such a lovely touch of luxury in contrast to the rougher, grungier backgrounds.  A contrast I personally LOVE.   
I just hope you can pick up the effects of the embossing from (at least) some of the photos as it proved tricky for the lens to capture! 

As a finishing touch a simple pearl gem bead embellished the centre of the snowflakes. 

So that's one trio , heres the second ...

The background panels for this trio were cut from a gelli print created with a gel plate and PaperArtsy  Frescos. 
This set saw me using a more delicate colour palette and a different snowflake design from Tim's Stampers Anonymous 'Scribbly Snowflake' stampset. 

The fine white detail embossing continued as did the much loved rough/ smooth contrast between the background and embossing.

There were quite a few more 'trios' created at the same time as these (it turned out to be a bit of a  marathon christmas cardmaking session) but I'll save those to share another day. 

I hoped you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe I have offered some creative inspiration for our new challenge. 
If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey's blog where there is a fabulous gallery of  inspiring projects created by some of our Creatives Guides. 
We hope you will join us in this challenge as we are looking forward to seeing your 'Pairs, Trios and Sets' creativity. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today. 
Your visits, follows and any kind comment you leave are so very much appreciated. 
Wishing you all a lovely creative November. 
Take Care, Stay Safe
'Keep on the Happy Side'  


  1. love those backgrounds, a great way to make multiples of cards :)

  2. Wow, what a beautiful Christmasy trio! I love your cards, the mixed media background looks amazing and the white embossed snowflake looks so elegant and stylish - beautiful 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy November! Hugs, Jo x
    p.s. thanks so much for adding our projects to our Pinterest board too! x

  3. I absolutely love your wonderful trios Amanda. The Fresco mixed media backgrounds are just stunning and you have done an amazing job of mixing the colours. The embossed snowflake is the perfect addition. Thanks for sharing such wonderful creativity and inspiration. Jennie x

  4. SUper super gorgeous every painty detail.

  5. What stunning snowflake trios, Amanda - the paint textures in the backgrounds are amazing, both on the full-on textured version and the subtler, softer prints. Simply magnificent!
    Alison x


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