Thursday, February 5, 2015

A Vintage Journey Challenge #25 - Tic Tac Toe

There's another fun challenge up at A Vintage Journey -  Annie is the hostess this fortnight and her challenge is a Tic Tac Toe - Chose any three from her grid.
Here's the challenge in her words:  "With so many Tim Holtz/Ranger and any other similar products we would like you to choose at least three items from the grid below and incorporate them in your projects. You can choose items horizontally/vertically or diagonally, it's your decision. Please include the name of the items you are using within your post." 

I decided to use the products on the right vertical column:  Ribbon/twine, Die Cuts and Stains -  as the main ingredients on my tag. 
  For inspiration in using stains - I went to my Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Vol II and found his Marbled Stain Technique on Page 46 there.  I sprayed Picket Fence, Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry spray stains onto my craft mat and then dragged my tag through it.  Then I dried it with my heat tool.  As a final step, I spritzed it with water to give it the marbled look.  I had enough stain on my mat to color two tags - so I have one to use later!
For the die component - I used the heart from Mini Lovestruck and the Mini Lock and Key set. I cut them out of black card stock but wanted to age/rust them a bit so I dabbed some Picket Fence and Antiqued Bronze Distress paints on my craft mat and then pressed little sections of the die cut pieces into the paint.  I did one color at a time - drying the paint with my heat tool after each color was added.
 I wanted to add a little more dimension to the background so I sponged over the Latticework Stencil with Tea Dye Distress Ink -
That added a soft subtle design to the stained background.The stamp is from Tim's Random Quotes set.
I just had to add an Idea-ology pen nib to the tag since the sentiment was about writing a love letter.  For the ribbon component I added two - I stapled the Film Strip Ribbon along the side adding a couple of Remnant Rubs/Words to it, and I stained a piece of Linen Ribbon with the same colors as my background and looped it through the hole in the tag.
I added a Chit Chat Sticker that I sponged with Tea Dye Distress Ink in the bottom corner.  I adhered the heart, lock and key to the tag with foam tape - putting the key inside the lock - as this love note is sure to 'unlock' someone's heart!
I hope you will join us at A Vintage Journey by creating a project for Annie's Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Our challenge sponsor is Country View Crafts.  They are offering one winner, chosen by the Creative Guides, a £10 voucher to spend in their on-line shop.  
You will find all the details of the challenge, all of the wonderful inspiration from the other Creative Guides participating this fortnight-  and the link up over at A Vintage Journey

Please Note:  AVJ is celebrating it's 1st Birthday in March - whoo hoo!!!  - and we will be instituting a few changes - Brenda has a note about it on the AVJ blog today - the biggest change is that starting with the March Challenge, it will be a monthly challenge so people have more time to create!   And the selected winner will receive a
 £20 voucher from Country View Crafts, we will be having project Fridays and education Mondays more details to come!!

I'm also entering my take in the Inspiration Journal challenge -  Love is in the Air.

Stamps:  Random Quotes - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  #8 manilla tag - Ranger, True black - Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Ranger Distress Tea Dye and Vintage Photo, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Spray Stains - Picked Raspberry, Picket Fence and Barn Door, Latticework Stencil - Ranger, Dies:  Mini Love Struck and Mini Lock and Key - Sizzi, Idea-ology - Pen Nibs, Linen Ribbon, Film Strip Ribbon, Remnant Rubs/Words, Chit Chat Stickers.


Annie said...

Love your amazing background Julia and gorgeous stencilling.
Great rusting too x
Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

Happy crafting and huge hugs
Annie x

Rupa S said...

The background colors and the stencil work is just amazing! Loved the way you have assembled the embellishments too.

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

So beautiful, love this tag.

Kimberly Cobb said...

Your tag is just beautiful. I love the richness of the colors and your use of the latticework stencil. Great rusting technique.

Lisa Lara said...

Now that is a work of art Julia.

Ana K. said...

Wonderful Julia! I love your background and a litlle heart!

butterfly said...

What a lovely tag, Julia - those colours are simply beautiful, and I love the subtle effect of the Tea Dye stencilling over the top. Great embellishing to echo the quote too.
Alison xx

Maggie said...

Great Tag Julia and fabulous rusting effects.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous marbling and stencilling on this wonderful tag Julia. Love the colours! Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous tag Julia! Love the red splattery background and the amazing texture you achieved on the heart and lock with the paints, amazing! Great detail with the film strip! hugs :)

Vicki Dutcher said...

You TOTALLY rock out tags! You and Tim supplies are a perfect match! :

Terry said...

Oh your background is beautiful, Julia! Love the stenciling and embellishments and the pen nib was a must! Love that heart!

Redanne said...

The background on your tag is gorgeous Julia, especially with the touch of tea dye stenciling is wonderful! Lovely embellishments too... Hugs, Anne xx

Sharli Schaitberger said...

I am blown away by this tag, Julia! It is perfect!!

Brenda Brown said...

This is a beautiful tag Julia with a wonderful background a such a great stamp to use with Valentine's Day coming up. I love the additional bits you have added to it.
Have a great weekend.
hugs Brenda xxx

Buttons said...

What a fantastic use of sprays and paints. LOVE the background with the subtle stencilling and super lettering and your 'metal' look embellishments. Jenny x

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful Julia, love your metal antiquing on your die cuts!

Redanne said...

Just came back to say thank you for joining in with us at Inspiration Journal! Hugs, Anne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Wonderful tag Julia, the metal effect looks super and I love the romantic feel with those gorgeous colours!

Charlene said...

What a beautiful tag!!!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous tag Julia! What a fantastic background! Love all the altered embellishments!

Nikki Acton said...

Lovely tag Julia - the dark and light in the background is really effective. Nikki x

Juliz Design Post said...

Gorgeous Tag Julia. Love your background, the perfect sentiment and how you mounted it onto black really makes the whole design pop beautifully.
Julie x

stampsandscrapbooks said...

Beautiful Tag, Julia! I love your background and the lock and key! Film Strip is my fave! This is totally my type of tag! Bravo!

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous tag! Love your coloration! Thanks for sharing with us at Inspirations Emporium!


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