Friday, 20 February 2015

Special Numbers for a Vintage Journey

Hi everyone and thanks for popping in. A big warm welcome to all my new followers too, thank you for taking an interest!
I cannot believe it's time for another challenge already at A  Vintage Journey, but, - yes it is and our theme this time is Special Numbers!.
Here's my make:
Here is the challenge description:
So many of Tim Holtz products have numbers, Papers, Stamps, Rub ons, Stencils and Idea-ology to name a few
Incorporate your significant numbers it could be Birthdays, Age, Anniversary or the Lucky ones!
Use them on any project you wish and if possible explain the importance; we would like to see a vintage theme using Tim’s techniques and products where possible.
Well there you go, I made a tag and holder, my special numbers are 3, 4 and 7. There are many reasons for this: They represent the numbers of the houses I have lived in during my life. I have 3 children, we got married in 1974, and specially 3 and 7 have always been magical numbers for me....
Anyway, here is a quick step by step:

I started by making a 4.3/4" by 7" envelope out of Craft card and cut of one of the flaps, then inked around the edges. ( I used a WRMK board, but you can of course use whatever you like).
Next I created a cover piece out of Manila card stock. I coloured with 3 colours of Distress Spray stains and inks: Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concorde and Aged Mahogany, I then ran it through a numbers embossing folder. As the folder was not large enough I made two pieces and overlapped them. I highlighted the raised bits with gilding paste. At the top I cut out a notch to make it easier to get the tag in and out. (The size is just right for a size 10 tag).
Next came the elements to decorate the outside:

I had a birdcage in my stash that I altered with embossing powders to give it a metal look. I used a mix of Stampendous, Ranger Antiquities and Distress  powders.
 I covered an old bit of card with some metal tape, ran it through another folder, cut it with the Baroque Bigz die and then cut out the word Dream with another Sizzix by Tim Holtz die. I then coloured it with various colours of Distress paint and then sanded it back a bit to reveal the metal on the embossed bits.

Next I took one of Tim's large numbers and altered it with the help of some paints and powders. The number is made from black plastic, so you have to melt the powders very carefully, but it does work I found, - just take your time....


Here you can see how I put it all together:
Now for the tag: As the cover was quite bright, I wanted to keep the tag more muted:

I inked the tag with Antique Linen and then stamped the French text background from the Papillion set in Old paper. I then used two of Tim's stencils and stencilled in Gathered Twigs.
I cut and embossed the two butterflies from the new Butterfly Duo die and folder, I also embossed the tag itself positioning it carefully to get the butterflies where I wanted them. This gave me their antennae which the actual die does not have. I inked them with Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.
A stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Classics 14 set, stamped in Coffee archival, decorates one corner of the tag.

Another stamp (or rather just a part of a stamp) from the same set was given a metal look by stamping and embossing it with a mix of Stampendous powders and mounted onto a piece of tissue tape, in the other corner. I rather like how the word turned out and no doubt will use that technique again...
.Here finally you can see how the tag fits neatly inside its pocket. 
Well, that's it from me and of course we all hope you will play along with the next challenge, which by the way is the final one of our first year, can you believe it? Wow, time certainly does fly.
To see all the details of this challenge and the amazing projects my teamies have made, all you need to do is click HERE and of course we all hope you will play along!!

43 comments:

  1. Fantastic, Astrid! Three is my special number too! I was born on the third and married on the third. Seven has always been a favorite of mine for no special reason, I just like it! Funny how these things sometimes work out!

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  2. Wonderful project Astrid, I love the way you made the tag to go into the envelope. Congrats on being selected for the design team for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. So well deserved.

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  3. Oh wow! Amazing tag pocket and stunning tag! Thank you for the inspiration :)

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  4. What a gorgious project dear Astrid, I really love it!, great image , great colours and I love your rusty elements, great mixed media project!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  5. Such an awesome piece of art here again hun. Very very beautiful made as usual and wonderful colors again too.. You just never disappoint in making anything, and it´s just as beautiful as ever. I love it.

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  6. Wow - das ist fantastisch Astrid!!! Danke für die Entstehung in Bildern - wieder so viele Inspirationen! Ich renoviere gerade mein Bastelzimmer und freue mich schon wenn ich wieder an den Basteltisch kann. Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

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  7. Love the contrasts of colours and the wonderful mixed media effects you have achieved. A gorgeous project. xxxx

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  8. Terrific Astrid and I hope your numbers always bring you good luck

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. Another gorgeous project.. every detail is so clever and so beautiful!
    Fantastic!
    Happy weekend Astrid!

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  11. Gorgeous pocket and tag - I love the finish on the birdcage and the two butterflies are adorable - they were one of my indulgences too, but haven't had a chance to play yet! Beautiful work as always.
    Alison xx

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  12. Another brilliant creations ... Love the butterflies and that pocket ...
    PS... package being posted today ..

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  13. Wonderful make Astrid, love how you made your envelope pocket and the tag is beautiful too thank you for the great step by step Toni x

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  14. Gorgeous tag and holder, I love it very much. Thanks for sharing the details of how you created it. Have a great weekend, Shirleyxx

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  15. Stunning Astrid - the alterations are wonderful especially the birdcage! Nikki

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  16. Wow Astrid! There are just so many amazing elements here, that I'm not sure where to start! Love the colours, the textures, the pocket design, the butterflies...and, and!! I think a blanket WHOOP WHOOP will have to be handed out in this case! Amazing work Astrid! hugs :)

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  17. Another fabulous creation!! Love your work!!

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  18. I love your rusty elements, Astrid! What a beautiful mixed media creation, as always! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Branka x

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  19. What a beautiful cover on your envelope Astrid! love all the techniques you used for the rusted looks!

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  20. So many amazing pieces put together to one, -so many fantastic tecniques and colours, Astrid. -what a stunning creation, and I love the bridhouse !!
    Dorthe, xo

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  21. Such a fabulous project Astrid and so many wonderful techniques - I just love the rusty pieces! A stunning piece! Jennie x

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  22. A beautiful and personal creation.. I love the different textures and the deep coulours.

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  23. A gorgeous project, great techniques and colours.
    Yvonne

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  24. Another stunning project Astrid, my favourite part has to be your birdcage and butterflies.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  25. As always, a completely wonderful project Astrid. I LOVE the treatment you gave the bird cage and the number '3' - and of course, the butterflies are stunning! Hugs, Anne xx

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  26. Wow, Astrid, what an amazing and beautiful project. I really like what you did to the birdcage - wonderful - and thanks for sharing your process.

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  27. Astrid, what a gorgeous make!! I love your textures, layers, colors, dimensions..... wow! I need to study it in depth to do it justice in all the details, but for now can say absolutely stunning! xx Lynn

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  28. Fabulous Tag and pocket Astrid love all your techniques and textures which make a stunning Astrid creation .
    MaggieH

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  29. your tag and holder are gorgeous Astrid. Wonderful textures and details and fabulous colour palette too. Have a lovely weekend and it was so great to catch up yesterday

    Hugs Annie x

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  30. Oh the textures you have here are simply gorgeous Astrid!!
    And 3- why that's my favorite number! along with 13 and 11- don't know why! heehee
    Great tags my friend! xo

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  31. Beautiful work as always Astrid. Thank-you for the tutorial. Nicola x

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  32. What a fantastic project Astrid! Love that we get to see two for the price of one here. I love all the elements and need that birdcage in my life! Jenny x

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  33. From tag to tag holder, all is so gorgeous! Astrid, all the texture and colors are amazing and that birdcage is going to be making many a list! Love this! Happy Weekend! Hugs!

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  34. WOW amazing vintage creations, beautiful inspiring designed as always, thanks for sharing the progress.
    Big hugs Anja

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  35. Wow Astrid! This is fabulous, especially the brilliant treatment you gave to the birdcage! Chrisx

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  36. Adore the rusted effect on the birdcage and the 3, and the embossed tag holder is so rich and sumptuous, gorgeous work as always Astrid, a beautiful project.

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  37. Very beautiful! So many beautiful embellishments and effects. Love the way you created the pocket and the bird cage. X

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  38. Stunning work, as always Astrid - love all the embellishments

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  39. Another beauty of a project, Astrid! I love your style which is undeniably yours! So many techniques to see (and maybe try--Pinning for future reference). Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with us!

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  40. Gorgeous Astrid! Brilliant idea to emboss the butterflies onto the tag so you get their antenna! Love all your lovely textured layers, wonderful!

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