Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Vintage Journey Challenge - April 2015 - Spring Colors

Welcome to the April A Vintage Journey Challenge.  This month Astrid is our hostess and here is the challenge in her own words:  "Spring Colours - Please create a project of your choice, using the colours of Spring.  Tim's wonderful Distress products offer so many choices, just make sure Tim's style is evident in what you make."

I decided to work with a 4" x 4" framed canvas.
First I dropped some Wendy Vecchi Archival reinkers in Buttercup and Sky Blue onto my craft mat along with a splash of Rubbing Alcohol (Spirits in the UK, I think?).  I let it drip over the canvas and rubbed it again on the mat until I had a look I liked.
After this dried, I stenciled Latticework onto the canvas using Picket Fence Distress Paint and let that dry.
Next,  I stenciled Tim's new Blossom stencil (love this!) using Wendy Vecchi's Cornflower Blue ink - just on the left side of the canvas.
To add a little texture - I stenciled Wendy Vecchi's Basically Bricks with her Crackles Texture Paste - and let it dry.
While that was drying I die cut and stamped Tim's Framelits butterfly out of Watercolor Cardstock.  Then I water colored it using my water brush and Distress Markers in a similar fashion to Tim's method used on his April tags (although I didn't have enough white space to leave any!)
I die cut the center body of the butterfly out of black card stock, layered it over the butterfly and brushed on some Glitter Glaze - brushing over a little bit of the center of the wings as well - this adds a lovely shimmer IRL!  In this photo you can also appreciate the crackle on the bricks - I sponged over them with Tea Dye Distress ink to age it and show up the crackle.
I made my canvas into a birthday CARD by adhering a 8"x4" piece of Vintage Cream card stock folded in half.  I put ScorTape on the edges of the wooden frame and pressed the card against it.  This also allows the canvas to stand up quite nicely!
My butterfly is warming herself in the sun against the brick wall!
The AVJ challenge is now a monthly challenge and one randomly chosen winner will receive a £20 gift voucher from our very generous sponsor, Country View Crafts. We will continue to have our Pinworthy blog badges for the Top 3, who will be chosen by the Creative Guides.
I hope you will be inspired by Spring Colors using Tim Holtz style and join us in the A Vintage Journey April Challenge -  You will find all the details and some lovely inspiration from the other participating Creative Guides here.  You have until the end of May to link up!

hugs,  Julia xx

Stamps:  Happy Birthday and frame from Saying Stuff set,  inside Happy Birthday from Handwritten Sentiments set,Framelits butterfly set - Tim Holtz
Paper:  Distress Watercolor Card stock - Ranger, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Reinkers - Buttercup, Sky Blue; Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Coneflower Blue, Ranger Distress Tea Dye.
Accessories:  4" x 4" framed canvas - Michaels, Distress Markers Wild Honey and Spiced Marmelade, waterbrush - Ranger, Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste and Basically Bricks Stencil, foam tape, Glitter Glaze - MFT.


Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous! Great project~

Buttons said...

This is so beautiful Julia. I love the brick stencilling over the blossom background. They set off the butterfly perfectly. Jenny x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Gorgeous canvas Julia!! Love the cracked brick background and your butterfly is stunning!! A beautiful spring make! hugs :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Such a stunning canvas Julia, and what a wonderful take on the theme! I just love the stencilling on the background and I just love the colouring of that butterfly!!

Annette Allen said...

awesome canvas.. i love that butterfly

Juliz Design Post said...

What a wonderful idea making a canvas into a gift card. Beautiful spring shades and I love your crackled wall.
Julie x

Redanne said...

I adore the Perspectives butterfly - especially in your hands - this is gorgeous Julia! Hugs, Anne xx

S@ndy Diller said...

Wonderful canvas Julia - those spring colors are shinning through in the best possible way.

Joi at RR said...

She definitely looks like a Monarch Julia and it's so fun to know that she is sunning herself too. Sometimes we gals just need a sunning time! I was so amazed that you made the canvas into a card.... so now the person that receives the card can save it forever on a shelf or on the wall! WONDERFUL! j.

butterfly said...

Oh, look - those blossoms were clearly on lots of our minds!! I love the earthy brick detailing, and the golden butterfly is wonderful.
Alison xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Such a beautiful canvas Julia - and what a clever idea to make it into a card! The stencilling on the background is just gorgeous as is the colouring of the butterfly. Beautiful spring shades! Jennie x

Shari Trumbull said...

OMG! Julia--You turned this into a birthday card! How AWESOME is that! I love it!! This is a wonderful display of Spring Colors with lots of fun texture, too! I just completely love your idea of turning this little canvas into a birthday card!! Oh, I'll be using that idea!! :)
Fabulous inspiration piece for the challenge this month at AVJ! Sorry I'm missing it :( XOXO-Shari

Inkypinkycraft said...

this is great, what a gorgeous background! x

Terry said...

Julia, the stenciled brick background looks amazing and the butterfly is beautiful! Such a lovely spring colored canvas!

Lisa S. said...

Gorgeous Julia! This butterfly stamp is awesome and love how you colored yours. Love the textured bg too!

barbarayaya62 said...

So original idea to make a canvas as a Birthday card! Wonderful!!! Barbarayaya

Sara Barker said...

Julia, I'm so late to the party, but better late than never! I so love your canvas/card! The background is delicious and that butterfly is so freakin' gorgeous! Pinned!