Another two weeks have sped by - getting ever closer to Christmas (!) and it's time for another A Vintage Journey Challenge - this week Nikki is our host and here is her challenge:
#21 Nikki - Let's Celebrate - You can make something to celebrate Christmas if you wish but lets not forget about those December birthdays, anniversaries, Hanukkah and New Years. It may be fun to focus on celebrations other than Christmas, it's up to you.
Well, I decided to make a Christmas decoration using the boxes that come inside Tim's Configuration Box. I used the box for my last AVJ project but not the little boxes inside.
Here's how I put this together. First, I gathered some supplies that I thought I would use on my project.
I embossed the Letterpress letters using Wendy Vecchi Archival Fern Green ink and embossing powder. After they cooled - I stamped them with Wendy's Spatter stamp using Snow Cap Ink. Wendy has shown this technique on her blog.
First I painted the boxes with Fired Brick Distress Paint and then embossed them using Wendy's Red Geranium ink and embossing powder. I cut pieces of Merriment paper to line the inside of the boxes but you really can't see much of it after I filled the boxes!
I altered a Woodland Tree by spraying it with Mowed Lawn Distress Stain and a Woodland Wreath sprayed with Iced Spruce. Then I dabbed Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste all over to look like snow. using Tim's techniques so you can read about it there! I can't reveal it as I'm also joining in on the CC3C with this project.
I painted the skates with Picket Fence Distress Paint, sanded them a bit when dry - and rubbed some Latte Alcohol Ink over them. I died a piece of Crinkle Ribbon with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain to make a bow to hang the skates on with an Jump ring.
I cut the village using Tim's Townscape Die from a piece of Merriment paper layered to white card stock to give it strength. I layered some orange paper behind the windows to look like lights inside the houses. Then I sponged the edges with Ranger Distress Walnut Stain Ink. I sponged the Mirrored Stars with Dandelion Archival Ink and added them to the box edges and the tree.
I adhered a Plaquette to the center of the wreath and tied a bow using Natural Red/Cream Trimmings. I added red rhinestones and some 'snow'
Here you can see how I stamped Wendy's Spatter stamp on the sides of the boxes - but then I pretty much covered them up so you don't see much of it!
I was going to adhere the boxes to each other but then decided I might want to keep changing the configuration so I left them unattached.
And here it is - sitting on a side table in my living room - saying "Let's Celebrate!"
What will you create to illustrate "Let's Celebrate"?? I can't wait to see what you link up!
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.
I hope you will be inspired to play along with us - you have 2 weeks - you will find all the details at the A Vintage Journey Blog - along with some wonderful "Let's Celebrate" inspiration by several of my very talented fellow Creative Guides!
I'm linking my creation to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #17 - Woodlands and Tinsel Twine. Tim shows us some techniques on Page 60 of his Compendium of Curiosities III. Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring this CC3C challenge.
I'm also linking my creation to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
I covered 2 lines: Star/Patterned Paper/Ribbon and Die/Stamps/Ribbon
Stamps: Spatter Background - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous.
Paper: Summer Sunrise - PTI, DP - Merriment Paper Stash - Tim Holtz.
Ink: Wendy Vecchi Archival - Fern Green, Red Geranium, Potting Sol and Dandelion; Ranger Distress Walnut Stain; Adirondack Snowcap.
Accessories: Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste, inside boxes from Configuration Box - Ranger, Idea-ology - Letter Press, Woodlands, Plaquettes, Mirrored Stars, Adornments/Skates, Trimmings/Natural Red/Cream, Jump Ring, Crinkle Ribbon, Thick Zotts, Ranger Distress Spray Stains - Iced Spruce, Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry, Ranger Distress Paint - Fired Bricked and Picket Fence, Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powders - Fern Green and Red Geranium, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Townscape Die - Alterations, Adirondack Alcohol Ink - Latte.