Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Vintage Journey - June Challenge - Texture and Embossing Pastes

The new June Challenge is up over at A Vintage Journey and I am happy to be one of the Creative Guides playing along this month!  Astrid is our hostess and she wants us to create a lot of texture using embossing pastes!
Here is her challenge description:  Use any kind of texture paste (home made, crackle, coloured or plain) on your projects. There is an endless variety available, so play, have fun and apply it to your heart's 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! 

I added texture to a coffee mug that I made using Eileen Hull's Sizzix Mug and Spoon Die. I used Eileen's Box - Make It 3D die to add sides and a bottom to make the coffee mug into a gift box!
I'll show you how I put this together and then show you all the finished sides!  I cut out two mugs and one spoon (not shown here) and one of the box sides pieces from the Box Make It 3D die (there are 3 different shaped side dies.)  I first rubbed the WV Archival Tree Branch Ink pad directly over all the pieces then sponged some WV Archival Red Geranium ink over it - trying to achieve the look of fired pottery.
I added texture by adding WV Crackled Texture paste through Tim Holtz' Blossom Stencil.  I colored the white crackle paste by adding a few drops of WV Cornflower Blue Re-inker into the paste and stirring it well to blend.  I put it on pretty thick.
I silver embossed the spoon that is part of the Mug die.
I wanted it to look like a piece of Sterling Silver with a design on the handle -  so after looking through my stamps - I used this  pretty arch frame one from Tim's Classics #6 set.  I masked the bowl of the spoon and then just pressed the stamp over the spoon - trying to line up the center of the arch with the handle of the spoon -  it came out just like I hoped it would!
When the Crackled Texture Paste dried - I realized I needed to cover it with something so it wouldn't all just flake off.  So I got out my recently purchased Distress Collage Medium/Crazing, read the instructions, and thought that would be just the ticket!  and brushed it on.  This gave the added benefit of a little more subtle crackle as well as sealing it!
I decided I wanted to add a rim to the mug - so I cut just the top part of two more mugs - inked it the same as the mug pieces and added the Distress Collage Medium
When everything dried (overnight) I assembled all the pieces!   I sponged the edges with Distress Ground Espresso.
And adhered the sides to the two mug pieces to form the box using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
Then I added splatter (a little too much! but once it's done - it's done! live and learn) with my splatter brush and some white acrylic paint.  Here's a close up of the front showing the Small Talk sticker and all the crackle and texture from the paste.
I tied the spoon to the handle with a piece of wrinkled seam tape - I just LOVE how the stamping came out on the spoon!
here's the back
Close up
and from the top - there's plenty of room inside to add some small single serve coffee pouches like those at Star Bucks or a gift card.  The mug measures ~2 1/2" wide  x 4" high  x 1 1/4" deep.
We hope you will join us this month and link up your textured creation over at A Vintage Journey - and please take a look at what the rest of the Creative Guides have put together for our inspiration!!

I'm also linking my crackled/textured mug to:
Country View June Challenge - Crackle

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge 2nd Anniversary - I went with challenge  #18 Texture

Frilly and Funkie - Let the Words do the talking

Stamps:  Classics #16 - Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Little Sizzles white Matboard - Sizzix
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Wendy Vecchi Archival Red Geranium and Tree Branch, and Cornflower Blue Reinker, Ranger Distress Ground Espresso.
Accessories:  Dies - Mug and Spoon, Box/Make It 3D - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Wency Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste, Silver embossing Powder, heat tool, white acrylic paint, Ranger Splatter brush, Blossom Stencil - Tim Holtz/SA, Idea-ology Small Talk Sticker, Distress Collage Medium/Crazing - Ranger, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop.


Eileen Hull said...

What a cool project Julia- amazing what you did with ink! Great container for a gift card or small treats!

Brenda Brown said...

Brilliantly and beautifully put together Julia, I love how you mixed the inks and added the texture to the sides and how you ended up with the most gorgeous little cup, I love it and am off to pin it. Have a great weekend xxx

Astrid Maclean said...

This is pure genius Julia, what a fantastic little gift box, so cleverly done and I just adore the addition of the spoon! The splatters around the texture just give it that extra shabby touch, love it!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fabulous crackle texture Julia and that spoon is amazing, looks like real sterling silver! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Almo said...

Lovely gift box Julia and I love the way you have done the stamping on the silver spoon. Love the stencil crackle pattern on the mug and the pretty vintage ribbon tying the spoon. Mo x

A Pink said...

Such a wonderful project ! Julia - a lovely way to give a gift. Loved seeing how you created it - wonderful textured crazed stenciling and your sterling silver is so authentic with that clever stamping . Whoever received this will be a very happy recipient I'm sure x

butterfly said...

I just adore this, Julia. Those crackly flowers look stunning, and I love the blended colour creating great shaded dimension on the mug. A delight!
Alison x

wendy vecchi said...

I love this! gorgeous!

Team Clark said...

This is oh so cool Julia! Wowzers!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love the crackle flowers on this Julia. This is so elegant in design and I love the colours. Tracy x

Juliz Design Post said...

A super project Julia and I adore your spoon it's fantastic.
Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

Jenny Marples said...

I love the way the flowers and splatters work on this and that spoon is BRILLIANT! xx

Loll said...

LOVE your coffee mug gift box. So very cool with all the embossing paste, crackle paste ... and that spoon ... awesome! What a great way to give a gift of coffee / tea, etc. So creative Julia! xx

Pawsitively Creative said...

This is a fun and original design! Hot diggity that texture and stenciling is awesome sauce and of course those splatters are brilliant! Who wouldn't love getting this treasure of a gift, especially those of us that can't live without coffee. Fantabulous! ~Niki

Kim Heggins said...

this is as amazing as it gets! I love your incredible creation.

nwilliams6 said...

Om gosh - I totally love this project and everything you did on it!!!! Wow.

Kripa Koushik said...

Such an incredibly delightful creation.

Nikki Acton said...

Oh this is wonderful Julia! A dreamy, vintage feel - I just love it xxx

Monika Gulyas said...

What a great gift box, Julia! I love your crackled blossoms on your mug and the handle of your spoon is just awesome! Thank you for sharing your project on the June Challenge of the Country View Challenges blog!

Sue C said...

Fabuous project Julia, what a great idea to use as a gift box ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Craftyfield said...

Super creative! Love all the details such as the stamping on the spoon and the crackle of course! Thank you so much for showing us at Country View Challenges.

Jenny Marples said...

Back to re-admire this stunning piece and say thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

Rachel said...

oh this is just so cool! love how you brought the paper to life! gorgeous. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!