Friday 4 September 2020

Cogs, Gears & Textures at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog

Hi everyone x Hope you are keeping safe and well xx This month the challenge theme  at A Vintage Journey Challenge Blog is being hosted by the very talented Ann Chuang of  Ann Chuang Crafts Blog
Here is what Ann has to say about the challenge theme:
"Let us see you create amazing textures on your cogs and gears. Embossing powders, pastes, rusting or gilding waxes, acrylics ..... whatever your imagination suggests. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk"
My project started off with a Ranger size 10 kraft tag, which was smooshed through Speckled Egg and Vintage Photo Distress Ink spritzed with water. Once a few layers of the inks were dried I took an embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot, creating texture. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was then applied to a stipple type brush and applied over the cogs and gears, together with some patina cream.

One of Tim's stamps was inked with Coffee archival and you can see some first and second generation stamping. A Cog/Gear stencil finished the background of the tag.
Metal Cogs and gears were then adhered to distressed butterflies, which are also from the Tim Holtz Sizzix range. To raise the butterfly wings, creating some depth to the tag, I adhered some foam pads. Sadly the depth is not so obvious in the photographs.
For more inspiration you can view the challenge projects created by my fellow teamies by clicking  HERE
The challenge runs until Thursday 1st October at 18:00 hours. I do hope you can join in with us as we love to view your entries and to be inspired by your take on the theme. There is also a Pinworthy badge to display on your blog if you are one of the top 3 projects chosen by my fellow creative guides.

Thank You so much for dropping in today and I look forward to catching up with you on your own blog xx

Take Care, Keep Safe and Happy Crafting

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  1. Wonderful piece Annie, good to see you posting again. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Love this tag, Annie - the colours are right up my street of course, and I love the combination of stencilled and embossed cogs in the background. The steampunk butterflies are gorgeous, and those are some of my favourite tangled grasses growing there!
    Alison x

  3. what wonderful soft colors you used on your stenciled, inked and embossed background Annie - and all the gears on your lovely butterflies! xx

  4. Oh the background on these really makes them. Pop in a magical wat. Love the use of the butterflies with all the metal. Super cool and gorgeous!!!

  5. Wow, what a beautiful tag! I love the softness of the design with the colours and butterflies and the way you added the cogs is amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and sending you happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x

  6. I do like this tag! Saw it when the challenge was up and running, coming back to it now it still resonates with me. great workwomanship.

  7. I love the colors on this background, the soft organic sway of the grasses that juxtapose the metallic elements. Gorgeous!


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Annie x