Friday, 22 August 2014

A Little Touch of Tim for a Vintage Journey

Hello everyone and welcome!
Today the lovely Alison from Words and Pictures has set a new challenge over at A Vintage Journey. The theme is "A Little Touch of Tim". What she wants us to do is create an ATC, and of course as A Vintage Journey is a challenge blog inspired by the work and techniques of the one and only Tim, it should be in true Tim style.
Here is what I made:
To be honest, this theme made me feel really nostalgic, as it was making and swapping ATCs that first got me into blogging and paper crafting, now many moons ago. It has been years since I last made ATCs, but it was fun to return to it, and so I made a little set of 3.
Here's a quick run down of how I went about it:
I cut 3 bits of card to just a fraction smaller than the obligatory 2.5 by 3.5" because I like to mount my ATCs to make them a bit stronger.
I distressed the edges and then added some texture through  Tim's Speckles stencil.
I had selected 3 photographs (vintage freebies from the net, all depicting groups of 3 children, I had 3 on my brain for some strange reason).
I added some bits of old book pages, tore around the photo and then adhered it to my card:
Next I used paints and inks, little collage scraps and some stamping, mounted it onto inked Kraft card until it looked like this:
I love how these ATCs are just perfect for adding little off-cuts and other scraps we all have flying around.

The other two were done in pretty much the same way.
The little key on this one was a die cut, coloured with Antique Bronze Distress Paint and then, while the paint was still wet I added some Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder and some Ranger Antiquities Rust EP for the rust effect.
For this one I fussy-cut the children to show some more of the background, I gave the girl a little crown cut from a tiny bit of Tim's Industrious Stickers.

When I had completed all three I decided to create a Triptych with with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Gothic Arch die, I love how it is just the right size to mount ATCs on. I cut 3 from...... guess what? The packaging of Tim's Stencils!. I then cut two strips of Kraft card to act as hinges and then cut three more from some Prima paper to act as backing and to hide the hinges.
It can fold together and be tied with a ribbon, the front was decorated with a smaller arch cut from another bit of Prima paper (all from the Time Travelers collection).
I did some faux stitching with a white pen and a butterfly cut with the new French Flight Framelits set; a couple of chit chat stickers finishes it all of.

Well hope you like this little touch of Tim. Make sure to hop over to A Vintage Journey to see the amazing ATCs my teamies have created, and we all hope you will play along. You could win a £10 voucher from Country View Crafts our wonderful sponsor or be selected as one of our "Pin Worthies".

Have a great weekend and stay inky!!

57 comments:

  1. SO fantastic Astrid!! TFS
    Dolly

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  2. Oh, Astrid! These are over the top lovely! So much vintage eye candy here. I am a huge fan of your art and am always inspired when I visit your blog. I have NEVER done an ATC before, but you have me wanting to try them.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

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  3. Beautiful atcs and love the folder you have made for them! Hugs, Valerie

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  4. As always Astrid beautifully done! I love all three. The backgrounds are simply delicious and the images just gorgeous. WONDERFUL! Karen.x

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  5. Gorgeously vintage Astrid! I love the idea of the three, and yet each one is just a little different. Beautifully designed.
    Dot x

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  6. Hello Astrid,
    What a beautiful triptych you have created. I love each of those images and they make me feel very nostalgic!
    Your creations are always so very inspiring!
    Hugs,
    Suzy

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  7. A fantastic project dear Astrid!
    Happy weeend to you!

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  8. As usual you´ve done an amazing piece of artwork here again Astrid. It is sooo beautiful and stunning decorated as always hun.

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  9. these are beautiful, love the way you use colour and the textures are wonderful x hugsx

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  10. The triptych is gorgeous and so are your wonderfully vintage little works of art! It looks like they have come from an old trunk somewhere - wonderful!! Anne xx

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  11. Oh my Astrid, what fabulous Vintage pieces, I need to go back up and read through he techniques again.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    B x

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  12. Really beautiful Astrid and I too started out on the ATC swap trail so I am looking forward to making something for the challenge

    Love Chrissie x

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  13. Such adorable ATC's. As usual you make it sound so simple - but it's the ideas you generate that are just amazing! Nikki xx

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  14. These ATCs are little works of art! I love their vintage look. Just gorgeous! Ingrid xx

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  15. Just stunning Astrid - your choice of pieces, colours and design just beautiful. And what a lovely little book to keep them in. I had not particularly looked at that die before, but now I want it!! Have a lovely weekend x

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  16. Hope this comment shows up, Astrid. I have had such trouble with blogger lately.

    I love how these vintage, nostalgic pieces are a trip down memory lane for you - how apt. And how gorgeous too!

    Creating a triptych with them is the perfect finishing touch.

    Hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

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  17. wonderful work Astrid - each individual ATC is wonderful and put together on the tryptych they are fantastic - great work - thanks for the inspiration x

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  18. Yet again you've shown us all how to do mixed media layering beautifully Astrid. I love how everything always blends seamlessly and these are a joy to see. Good things DO come in small packages. Jenny x

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  19. Sikke dejlige ATC kort, de er små kunstværker der vidner om omhyggelighed og kreativitet. knus morkaren.

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  20. Just fabulous Astrid....as always great colours and textures

    Anne

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  21. Fabulous work as always!! Have a great weekend!!!

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  22. GREAT work Astrid, soooo beautiful!!

    Have a nice weekend!!!

    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  23. The speckles stencil is a favorite of mine and I love the texture you added and that lovely vintage feel! Love this ATC trio and all the layers again perfectly combined! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

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  24. An absolutely wonderful trio of trios, Astrid - beautifully textured and composed, and the vintage look as always is just perfect. Love them!
    Alison xx

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  25. Wonderful atcs Astrid and I love the triptych you have made to keep them in, just fabulous. Like that speckle stencil, it's going on the wish list right now.

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  26. Your little touch of Tim is also very Astrid ! and I love it as usual. Beautiful Atc's in a beautiful little Triptych/ album.
    Corrie x

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  27. Astrid, Love your ATCs. As with the other DT members, you shown us just how much you can cram on to a small space. love it! Jean.x

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  28. Wonderful Astrid! Those little girls look as if they could use a good home. I loved the background when you first started and I loved it more
    When you finished. I think you should send me a wee bit of you talent.
    Sandy xx

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  29. Wonderful indeed Astrid! You are so clever and creative!! I love your chronicles!! xoxo

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  30. Goodness, that is a stunning project, the ATCs are beautiful.

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  31. love all the distressing, tearing and rusting on these wonderful ATC's Astrid - and your little Arch booklet to frame them is gorgeous!

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  32. I love how you went even further Astrid and made this beautiful triptych. Each one is stunning and looks wonderfully tactile and authentically vintage. Then put together like this makes for one truly gorgeous gem. Happy Weekend! Nicola x

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  33. I love how you went even further Astrid and made this beautiful triptych. Each one is stunning and looks wonderfully tactile and authentically vintage. Then put together like this makes for one truly gorgeous gem. Happy Weekend! Nicola x

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  34. Oh this is wonderful Astrid,so much detail on such small spaces,beautifully vintage :)

    Have a great weekend

    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  35. Gorgeous Astrid, love the images you've used and the little triptych book you've turned them in to. Sue C x

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  36. The colour palette and textures alongside those wonderful images of children, certainly evoke a particular period of time. You certainly steeped each of those little beauties in timeworn beauty and how special to create a home for them all.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  37. Love your beautiful vintage trio, so much care and detail has gone into them all. Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. Okay Astrid... these are beautiful.. the techniques are outstanding... and then you go and turn them into this adorable little Family Chronicle... WOW... GIRL you just set the bar higher than ever... love it... just LOVE IT... great fun and work... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

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  39. Oh Astrid, this is so beautiful.
    I love the images of the kids you found, they are wonderful, and the fantastic texture ,inked to look old and beautiful, in your great colour choise.
    Such a beautiful house created for all the little ones, a gorgeous creation dear Astrid. Hugs!!!

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  40. Wow Astrid! What an amazing collection of projects! Love the sweet images, all the texture and distressing! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  41. Fantastic ATC's Astrid, and all pulled together in that lovely way that you have, the triptych is inspirational. thank you as always for your lovely comments on my tag over at the Artistic Stamper. Dee x

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  42. Stunning, gorgeous, beautiful.....what else can I say.....love this Tryptich of ATC's...Ruth x

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  43. These are gorgeous, Astrid and I love the tryptich too
    Rosie x

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  44. PINNED!!! Adore every vintagy bit Astrid!

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  45. Love these amazing creations and the vintage nostalgic look, great booklet wonderful art work.
    Wish you a nice sunday,
    hugs Anja

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  46. Beautiful! The images are so nostalgic
    You always produce the most exquisite colour finish that is so rich and these are no exception
    Love all the finished detail and the Triptych presentation book is so perfect

    Jools x

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  47. Goodness gracious! How fabby ;)
    xoxo Sioux

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  48. WOW, WOW, WOW Stunning ATC's...the images & texture is amazing...Love them all Astrid... Hugs May x x

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  49. Astrid you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful makes. These ATC's are just stunning and the layers photograph's fit perfectly in your vintage tryptich...............love it.

    Hugs

    Annie x

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  50. Astrid, thanks for sharing this fabulous work of art. It seems that a trio is the theme for this challenge but they are all so wonderfully different. Your take is simply fantastic.

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  51. Oh, I must play along on this one. Been so love since I've sat and enjoyed the fun of making ATCs. Love how you've done yours with all the tearing and layering.

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  52. This is amazing Astrid! really love what you have done with the photo's, Tim Holtz was the inspiration that started me crafting and still does. Dee x

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