Friday, 1 February 2019

Your Hearts Desire for A Vintage Journey

Hello all, - happy Friday and Happy February!
Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and no surprises, - there are some hearts and love involved in our challenge theme this month.
Our fabulous host this month is the talented Annie, and this is what she had to say about the challenge theme:
Since February is the month of love, include hearts as the main focus of your project. Just be sure your design is in keeping with our vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles we prefer.

Well, I decided to alter one of Tim Holtz's ETC tags, but started my project with a Graphics 45 tag and then cut some scrapbook paper with the matching G45 die. I love the shape of these tags.
I embellished the tag with another G45 die, it comes as part of another tag die. Instead of the clock hands I then added a heart cut with an old Movers and Shapers die.
I sanded the edges of the adhered paper for a distressed look.
The heart was cut from mettalic Kraft card and then treated with some alcohol inks and a crackle stamp stamped in black Archival ink.

Time to put it all together.

I covered the ETC tag with Gesso and then some buff acrylic paint. Next I added crackle paints and when then had created its crackle added a thin wash off watery dark umber.
I diecut some leaves, and added some flowers from my stash for a little cluster.
And finally added this happy couple from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls collection to finish of my love themed tag, and also added a handlettered sentiment, using a dip pen and some Prima paint.

Well, that's it from me for today. Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what my marvellous teamies have created and we all hope you will share some heart themed projects with us too.
Have a great month!!


Margaret Mifsud said...

Hi Astrid!! I love your tag upon a tag!! So gorgeous!! The diecuts and papers are beautiful and I so love that crackle .. stunning!! You are the master at creating vintage pieces!! Love, love, love this!! Have a great day!! hugs xx

Brenda Brown said...

This is absolutely delightful Astrid, I love the intricate clock frame with the fabulous heart and star and the layering up of the two tags to create dimension and texture. The lovely paper dolls couple, your bouquet of flowers and gorgeous handwritten sentiment finish it off beautifully. Love it xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Another gorgeous project from your hands sweet lady, and so beautiful as ever. I sooo admire your amazing work, it´s always sooo creative and well thought of and today is no different. Awesome idea to mix the two tags like this and I too are amazed with the cracle always . it looks sooo awesome.
Have a wonderful week-end now everyone and hopefully it´s not too cold, where you are.

Annie said...

Love your tag Astrid x The background details and crackle look amazing and the tag on top really adds to the depth x Love the dies and stamping, complete with your paper dolls and floral bouquet x Wonderful composition as always x

TFS and have a great weekend
Annie xx

A Pink said...

Your tag is Gorgoeus , Astrid with such a lovely romantic feel. The delicate use of colour and inticate die cut on your small tag are such a lovley contrast to the darker tones of your crackled lage tag. Your floral arrangement accentuates both and the perfect choice of Paper doll.

Stay warm and toasty this weekend
Hugs x

My name is Erika. said...

This is gorgeous Astrid.I love that clock die on the mini tag. And those flowers. It is cold here and thinking about spring flowers and spring weddings is exciting. You always add so many nice details to your pieces. I hope it isn't too cold in your world and you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs-Erika

Carole Pollard said...

Wonderful design its all so pretty love the gorgeous flowers and great colours Love and hugs Carole

Dorthe said...

Astrid, a most beautiful Valentines tag. The heart looks fantastic on top of the clock dye , and the crackle background, and the sweet couple with the dried bouquet on the tag - so gorgeous, dear.
Hugs Dorthe xx

Meggymay said...

Its a gorgeous and romantic vintage tag Astrid.
Yvonne xx

Nikki Acton said...

Vintage Romance at its best! A wonderful design Astrid - love all your elements, the clock, heart and beautifully arranged flowers are stunning on your crackled tag. Nikki xx

Redanne said...

I love the shape of those G45 tags too and you have decorated it so beautifully Astrid. The heart is beautiful and I love the gorgeous flower bouquet you created. The whole tag has a wonderful romantic feel to it. Hugs, Anne xx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

I love how the heart has become the centre of time, a very poignant symbol Astrid, Beautiful in design with a real feel for the love and admiration of the month of February. The G45 tags really are a superb shape.
Thank you as always for sharing this inspirational piece, I adore it.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Creative wishes Tracey xx

butterfly said...

Wow - those dies are so intricate - amazing to see the detailing, and of course it's perfect for this elegant, romantic tag. I love the spray of flowers, and the earthy crackle in the background. Lovely!
Alison x

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Deb Riddell said...

So beautiful Astrid, from the delicate layered die cuts to the metallic central heart (which I was sure you had crackled, what a fab stamp!) and it all sits so perfectly on Tim's ETC tag with that great Paper Dolls couple and your elegant florals. Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

Matilde said...

This is fabulous!

chrissie said...

A very romantic card with so many great ideas to inspire and admire.

Hope you are well Astrid

Have a Great day

Love Chrissie xx

sarascloset said...

Perfectly romantic! Astrid, I adore your tag, from the heart at the center of that delicate clock to your beautiful flower arrangement. But what really gets my heart ticking is that FABULOUS crackled background! I'm so happy you shared your process, because I have got to try this! This is a real LOVE for me! Sending hugs!

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what a stunning make! Your tag is breathtaking with all the layers of detail and I adore the heart centre piece and the pretty cluster of flowers that you created - beautiful 😁. I hope you had a lovely week, we've been busy with a burst water pipe due to freezing temperatures here, luckily it was in one of our outside buildings and it is all sorted now but it wasn't much fun without the heating - brrrr! 😉. Wishing you a happy weekend and Happy February too! Big hugs, J 😊 x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Elegance and romance all in one tag! A wonderful creation Astrid - fabulous crackle on the lower tag and all those wonderful intricate embellishments. It really is a stunning piece. x

Caty said...

This tag is gorgeous Astrid !! I love it, the background is amazing, like the heart and the so beautiful flowers, lovely image too.
I wish you a very nice day, big hugs, Caty

froebelsternchen said...

What a gorgeous tag! I simply love it Astrid!

Barbara said...

Your skill to give vintage look to your works is fabulous! love this! Fabulous colors and design! barbara

Paper Wishes said...

The way you have intigrated the dies is very effective they look as if they were embossed on the paper. Such a pretty tag with that sweet boquet. Thank you for posting it here. x

Jackie PN said...

What a fabulous alteration you have made!
I love the heart on the clock face! Stunning arrangement Astrid!
The flowers are just enough and I absolutely feel the love!
hugs & love,Jackie

Julia Aston said...

I'm so sorry to be here so late to tell you how beautiful your tag on a tag heart project is Astrid! I somehow missed the whole AVJ posting this month! Love the dark crackle, the heart instead of clock hands, the pretty cluster of flowers and leaves and the wedding couple! A lovely arrangement of all your pieces! xx

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