Friday, 5 February 2016

Industrial for A Vintage Journey

Hello all, lovely to see at least some of you here.... Sorry to start with this, but having lost about 200 followers since google started it's new policy regarding friends connect, I cannot help but wonder whether blogger is slowly on it's way out....
But enough of this negative talk, - I'm here today to share my latest project for A Vintage Journey:
The wonderful Tracey Evans is our challenge host this month and she chose Industrial as her theme. Do check out all the details about the challenge here
My project is part of a much larger one, a big fat techniques journal/minibook, that I started a while back, and today's project is the spine of said book.
It started with a large Prima tag that I altered with inks and sprays (mostly Rusty Hinge and Ground Espresso).
As you can see I also did some background stamping and stencilling, using a variety of stamps, - Paper Artsy ((HP1501) and Indigo Blu (Crackle Background).
Next I worked on the focal image using some Andy Skinner and Seth Apter stencils on a piece of Prima paper, previously altered with the same colours of ink.
Now Tracey wanted us to use some metal, so I started with a piece of  engraving board that I dry-embossed with various folders and then sanded down. The board was originally black, so before embossing it I coloured it with Alcohol Inks and some Quin. Gold Decoart Media paint. Love the effect and will definitely do this again.
I used Espresso, Mushroom and Silver Mixative AIs and then the paint dabbed on with my finger. Next I die cut various elements from it that I wanted to use as embellishments.
Here you can see some of them, in the end I did not use the tag, but added some other pieces.
Here you can see the tickets, layered behind the focal image with the stencilled gent.

And here finally you can see how the finished tag turned out.
Below are some details still:
Some Industrial Stickers corners, and Ideaology arrow and a grunge board label rusted with embossing powders and paint. Perhaps you can also see some of the faux stitching around the edges. I explain how to do that in a post here
A clock part and some other bits and pieces left over from previous projects.
Another couple of little tags cut from my original coloured engraving board.
And here finally the finished spine adhered to my book.

Well that's it for today, I hope you have enjoyed my project, - do check out the amazing projects my team mates have created, inspiration galore!! Hopefully you will decide to play along, we would love to see you!!!

45 comments:

  1. Wonderful tag, Astrid! I love the tickets!

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  2. Wow, Astrid!!! This is brilliant! And just what I needed for some inspiration..... I love your "stitching", and I adore your background! I so wish Blogger would leave well enough alone - I hope your followers can find you nonetheless, as your work is always beautiful and inspirational! xxx Lynn

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  3. Beautiful work, as always. Blogger is a bugger, I have also lost many dear followers, but I am sure we will find each other again. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Wonderful work, the background and the use of industrial technique are amazing! BArbara

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  5. It's not negative talk at all Astrid, very realistic in fact. I think you already know my thoughts on Blogger and like you feel sure that there are more changes ahead. And I am still hard pressed to believe it was only non google id followers that were removed, I really do feel it went deeper than that, I base this on one of the challenge blogs that had about 3,000 followers and lost 905 in one fowl swoop.

    OK enough moaning and must say what a wonderfully textural piece of artwork today.

    B x

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  6. And I can unfortunately only agree with both you and Brenda about the followers, but let´s hope, no more will happen now at least, but afraid we can never be quite sure. But when that is said, I just absolutely love your gorgeous spinepart for your book here. It is so sooo beautiful and gorgeous made to the smallest detail and I love the colors and all the tiny details, I see everywhere I look on this, and I can´t wait to see when this album is completely done, how stunning it´ll turn out, but I know, it´ll be amazing. Have a wonderful week-end ahead here hun and lots of great fun too, I hope.

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  7. Fabulous Astrid, your book is going to be amazing.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  8. Just back from the UK Astrid after having a super time with the grandkids, Alex has just turned 16. The first few months of the New Year are busy times for me going backwards and forwards to the UK.

    Amber will be 18 in March and off to University this year, just trying to decide which one!!! It will come as no surprise to know that she is doing Graphics Design and Art. Wish I was at home more as I am sure I could learn so much from her. When she left school to go to college the school loved her final piece of artwork so much that they asked if they could have it to hang in the entranceway of the school. Of course she said yes, who wouldn't.

    Another brilliant tag but oh so clever to use on the spine of the book. Haven't made a book for ages but this has inspired me to make one.

    Sorry to hear of the problems with google. I use Wordpress and don't have any of the blogger problems. It also lets you do more things for displaying your work

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  9. This is amazing Astrid with so many thing to admire and inspire. I just love the way you used the staples to add a really industrial look.

    Vic and me were discussing Blogger and decided that Google will be wanting payment from us before long or maybe adding lots of adverts and asking us to pay to have them removed. I remember the old groups at MSN and then making a new home at Yuku with their forums so I am sure we will all find some way of staying together whatever happens. I hope so.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  10. Stunning industrial tag, Astrid and your book is going to be fantastic! Can't wait to see your finished album! I adore your background, your faux stitching, your amazingly beautiful rust patina effect and that perfectly turned out industrial look of your tag! Marvelous work! Hugs! Branka xxx

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  11. Totally fabulous Astrid! I love how the background has been cleverly built up and further embellished with so many beautiful industrial elements. A perfect spine decor. Jenny x

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  12. Wow Astrid, this is gorgeous, I love all the wonderful layering, the man looks amazing and the industrial elements you added are so beautifully 'aged'. Wonderful work, as always! Hugs, Anne xx

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  13. A stunning piece of work Astrid and what a fabulous idea to use it on the spine of your book. Your book is certainly very inspiring and giving me loads of ideas I want to have a go at ! I love the gorgeous layering on the tag and the colours and those little embossed labels are just stunning. Pefectly industrial ! Jennie x

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  14. Hi Astrid, what a lovely idea to give the spine centre stage. Adore the warm rich earthy tones and love how you added the industrial elements to your design. Love how you stapled them into place and the gent is the perfect focal image. Tracy x

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  15. Wow Astrid, what a fantastic addition to the binding!! I love the staples on the edge of the image, what a great detail! Fabulous techniques, the metal bit looks incredible! This theme was right up your alley, love what you created! hugs :)

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  16. Super spine! This is just amazing, love that you used a tag to cover the spine. So cool!

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  17. Wow... this is such an elegant tag, Astrid!. Gorgeous!

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  18. A gorgeous idea to use the tag for spine , and what a tag, I love what you did with the Silver Mixative AIs , which I don`t know what is, but will try to google...it looks stunning, Astrid,also the round embossed tags are so great, as is the story-sign! Love it!!
    Dorthe, xxo

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  19. this is fabulous Astrid - a different take on industrial but wonderfully thought out and executed! Hugs Rachel x

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  20. I just wanted to say I read blogs through Feedly and the recent changes don't affect my reading/following ability on that. So, if others use some kind of blog following app, you might not have lost as many as you think :)

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  21. Wow such great ideas always come from that head of yours girl!! It looks so perfect on the binder end. Wow. And... What a handsome creation. The background is LUSCIOUS. Loved seeing this. j.

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  22. What an amazing addition to your already amazing technique book Astrid! Your backgrounds are always so stunning, I don't know how you can bear to cover them up! Love the stenciled images and the embossed metal tags and tickets are fabulous, so much depth and interest. As always, you have combined them perfectly to make this wonderful industrial book spine, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

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  23. This is really gorgeous in detail Astrid and love the embossing and the amazing rich colours on your spine. It looks so beautiful in place.
    Sorry about your followers issue too and I've only lost around 30 or so although the percentage is probably the same. Don't know why Google has to mess with things that work!
    Fliss xx

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  24. Fantastic industrial style tags. They look awesome as covers on the book.
    Yvonne xx

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  25. Absolutely fabulous spine tag! Astrid . The background alone was a stunner and then when you added all the Industrial elements and focal image you took it to a whole new level.
    I'm now off to catch up with some of your posts I've missed over the last few weeks and I know I will be seeing the cover to this fabulous book as I go and if the spine is anything to go by I'm in for a real treat . Such a clever, inspiring idea .
    hugs x

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  26. you created the most clever spine ever!!!!! i love it and the whole idea of a technique book is brilliant!!!! and the use of my two favourite colours... ground expresso and rusty hinge..be still my heart!

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  27. Love the vintage look you give to all your projects!! Just beautiful!! Have a great weekend!!

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  28. Loving all the small details and layering in this tag.

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  29. A spine? WOW!!! SO VERY COOL!!!! Love the whole design, and love all the vintage goodness! Fabulous!

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  30. so dreamy, rustic and vintage ... oozing with beauty x

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  31. WOW dear Astrid, the ready book cover is an absolutly marvellous eyecatcher, all the details of the both art works are adorable combined. Grandiose design!
    I wish you a nice sunday,
    big hugs Anja

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  32. WOW Astrid, you nailed the industrial feel here. Just love this! S@ndy xx

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  33. What a stunning industrial look and an amazing spine! Hugs, Chrisx

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  34. Wow!! The perfect finish to that stunning journal cover. Love the earthy tones and the stamps you've used .. just gorgeous!! An amazing piece of art! hugs xx

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  35. A brilliant tag to add to your gorgeous technique book, I love the layered metal tickets and the crackle effects. Your fake stitching looks better than my machine stitching:) I do hope blogger isn't on its way out it will cause havoc with us all fingers crossed it stays. Mo x

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  36. Love the stunning depth of rusty colour from the alcohol ink and Quin Gold - wow! - and the small embossed panels as part of the collaging are wonderful, as is the layered stamping and stencilling in the background. The whole thing looks completely brilliant on the spine of your journal - big wow!
    Alison xx
    And yes, it'll be the end for me if they force us all on to Google+ I'm afraid... bah!

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  37. Love all the pieces you created and brought together to make this wonderful tag Astrid - and to use it as the binder for your book - what a wonderful project!! Julia xx

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  38. This looks amazing, fabulous details and the idea of the tag attached to the spine is just brilliant. Off to do a bit catching up as I seem to have missed quite a lot lately.
    Avril xx

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  39. I love how you have worked faux metal in here and all the other gorgeous elements included. Neat positioning on the spine as well. Oh how I'd love a bookshelf full of spines like this!

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  40. a fantastic spine for your journal Astrid x Love the wonderful details you have incorporated especially the layers.....yummmy

    Take care and see you next week xx

    Hugs Annie xx

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  41. Gorgeous Astrid! I love the stitching and worn edgings,and well, all of the different textures you have created here!! Beautiful!!
    hugs xoxo

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  42. Yummy! A little late with my visiting but so glad I didnt miss this masterpeice of collage and texture xxx

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  43. Wow this is just chock ful of gorgeousness. Each side has something more beautiful than the last!

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  44. Oh, Astrid, I just adore this spine tag, and I so want to see it in person! Your technique on the metal tags is genius and the entire design is just remarkable! Love the grunginess, and as always your work is hugely inspiring! Big hugs!

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