Friday 17 October 2014

Dare to Shop !! - A Vintage Journey

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Hi Everyone, lovely to have you stop by my blog today to see my very first post with A Vintage Journey and if you are new to my blog .... welcome.

This fortnight Anne (Redanne) has chosen the challenge Halloween - To Die for. This was no surprise to me as I know it is her favourite time of the year and having never made anything Halloween before I was super excited to get started.

Ideas and techniques of Tim's have been flying around my head quicker than a Witch on a Broomstick. 

My Inspiration for this piece came from thinking about all the different textures around at Halloween. Pumpkins, Broomsticks, Skulls, Ghosts and Scaredy Cats to name a few. I now knew I wanted to use Tim's techniques for texture through stencils, altering metal and glass embellishments and his inking techniques we all adore to bring my inspiration to life. So grab yourself a Witches Brew and I will take you through my Spooky Journey.

I picked up a black frame at my local Bargain Shop, sanded it around the edges adding distress inks and reversed it to use as a shadow box. I cut out a piece of White Cardstock to fit and stamped and embossed my Skeletons with clear embossing powder for a resist technique. I then added distress over my page.

I sprayed water onto my stamp and stamped onto my page letting it absorb on the page for a few seconds, I then blotted to reveal a lighter ghosting effect. I now re-stamped onto these areas using the same stamp and added some Black Soot through my Shatter stencil.

I stamped my Spider and Happy Halloween in Archival ink adding a little Glossy accents onto my Spider. I placed it into my frame and added Gun Metal Stickles right around the perimeter.

My Crows Skull I added Grunge Paste to it for texture, once dry and a little paint had been added I then highlighted the bumps with Black soot.

My Cockroaches were painted with Black Gesso, I then sprayed with some mica spray and added a little gilding wax to highlight. I love how creepy they look. My other metal embellishments had a little paint rubbed on and off the way Tim demos his Faux Metal Technique. My spiders had a little stickles added onto their bodies.

My bottles all had crackle paint, alcohol inks and remnant rubs added, along with another product which is key to this effect, but out of respect for Tim's new book you will need to check it out on Page 54 of CC3C how to do it.

My dust over the bottles and scene was made by mixing up Grunge Paste with Pumice Stone Distress paints. I let this dry overnight on a card and sanded off my dust in the morning and applied to areas with a little Multi Medium. I love the effect it gave on my bottles and webs. 

My webs were white cheesecloth which I teased out of shaped and added Black Soot Distress Paint, dried with my heat gun which then gave it a firm feel.

My Witches Spell book I took inspiration from the front covers of Tim's Books.They are great fun and only take about fifteen mins to make. The link is Here on how to make them.

My Pumpkin skeleton head was a metal embellishment which I painted and Glossy accents were added along with a little ribbon.

My light was made using Tim's Light bulbs. I used the same technique as on my bottles, glued it into a cabochon and added a little ribbon and my skull head.

My pharmacist was stamped in Black Archival ink and clear embossing ink added. I find this an easier way to cut out something intricate as the paper stays more rigid. I coloured him with Copics and using Red Geranium Archival Ink and PaperArtsy MN72 I applied his blood marks. Do you see the skeleton's hand. BOO !! ....sorry I couldn't resist Lol.

Hope you are still managing to stay with me....My Pharmacists sign, I glued coffee stirrers on to a piece of card stamped in black ink and embossed with clear powders, distressing the edges and adding my dust. 

My broomstick was made from a barbecue skewer and twigs.

Now my cupboard. My bottles were stamped, coloured, glossy accents and crackle paint applied.

Can you see the Skeleton and the Spiders web in the corners ?

My shelves were made from Balsa Wood.

My doors are from heavy card stock. All had Grungepaste added through the Woodgrain Stencil and painted. 

I then replaced my Stencil back on and used Prima Clear Crackle paste. once dry I highlighted with some more distress inks.

My hinges are a Cheery Lynn die cut to which I swiped through Distress stains. Once dry I sprinkle a little Distress Powders along with some clear and Verdigris for an aged look. 

Hope you have enjoyed my post and sorry it is so long.

Are you now feeling totally inspired to join in this Challenge ? I hope so. Why don't you check out the rest of the Creative Guides Posts Here and just remember when writing up your blog to let us know how Tim has influenced your project. You can win a  £10 Shopping Spree Voucher from our generous sponsor Countryview Crafts and there will also be three Pinworthies badges to proudly display on your blog.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend and enjoy some craft time.

Julie x


  1. You've never made Halloween before and you came up with this masterpiece?! WOW! So much detail! Love the spell book and everywhere else there is so much more to see! Amazing! Keeleyx

  2. Yikes Julie! I had such fun visiting your spooky pharmacy! thanks for sharing all the little areas of it close up! I'm in awe of your wonderful little spells book - must check that out - and the dust you created on your bottles and webs - so clever and effective!!

  3. Wonderful Halloween creation Julie. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Wow Julie! Love this piece. Wonderful wood grain, and I absolutely LOVE the Spell book. Brilliant! Fantastic shabby broom on top too. Karen.x

  5. Love each and every small but so important detail in your piece. Congrats on you first make as a member of the team. I especially love the pumpkin head on the skeleton. So creative and wonderful.

  6. I could not wait to see what you had made for your first DT piece Julie and wow you have just created a masterpiece here. I LOVE it. The details are fabulous and such fun. I laughed at the skeleton hand. You must have had a ball making this. The dust made from grunge paste is so inspired as is the woodgrain. You really are so talented and it's great to see you as part of the Vintage Journey team, you are such an asset to them. Have a lovely weekend, enjoy ;0) xx

  7. Julie, this is one of those pieces that I am going to return to time and time again, I absolutely love every single little detail. The Chemist is one of my all time favourite stamps and I love how you used it, he looks like he is up to no good and to fill your fantastic little cupboard with the stamped bottles was so clever. The skellie hand was a wonderful addition. I could go on and on.... This is truly brilliant and I love it! Anne xx

  8. I also meant to say (but was sidetracked by your creation!) you are a fabulous addition to the team! Anne xx

  9. OMG, Julie you have outdone yourself here! Wow, what an amazing piece! Every single little detail just looks amazing! I love how you altered all the elements, so creative, LOVE this!!

  10. Gorgeous, sooo many awesome details and elements!! Many thanks for this great Halloween inspiration.

  11. Wow Julie - I am sitting here just stunned! What an amazing box with so many absolutely stunningly spooky and fabulous details. The background to start with is amazing and the idea for the wood shelves (breathtaking!) Like Anne I will be coming back to this time and again for inspiration and am off now to see how you made the little books!

    It is wonderful to have you on the AVJ team and I look forward to seeing more of you and your work and perhaps meeting up together some time when I am passing through Edinburgh. Have a lovely weekend x

  12. I think words might actually fail me this time Julie! I am just blown away with the details you included here, thank you for all the close up pics so I could zoom in and see the amazingness of every little thing!! I am definitely going to try one of those little books, thanks for the link! I love every element, the sign is brilliant, love your little bottles...can't believe your cupboard open and there's more stuff inside! I can't stop looking at it! A big blanket WHOOP WHOOP! big hugs :)

    PS, Which Cheery Lynn die did you use for the hinges?

    1. It's called Cheery Lynn B399 Hinges.

    2. Thanks Julie! Your are busting my budget! lol

  13. Love your little shop of horrors! What a great way to start off your adventure with AVJ! Love all the spooky details and how cool is that little cabinet! Love this and so thrilled to have you on the CG team! Happy Weekend!

  14. Wow wow wow Julie, I ADORE this!!!!!! Your Halloween cabinet is FABULOUS!!! Have a great week-end, Coco xx

  15. OMG Julie!! I think this is the best creation I have seen from you yet!! Genius elements and so so fun. Absolute tour de force for your AVJ inaugural piece. Will go back up to study again! Hope your weekend is good to you. Nicola x

  16. Wow! What an amazing project

    I love the vibrant colours and the incredible detail in the spooky shop scene you have created! magical

    The little potion bottles, miniature spell book,crows skull, creepy cockroaches are exquisite
    Totally fascinating, love it

    Jools x

  17. So much super texture and wonderful details in this incredible shadow box Julie! I almost imagine that chemist will start mixing potions as we watch. Jenny x

  18. Wow! love this all the details brilliant, I also wanted to thank you for your comment on my blog. Dee x

  19. What a stunning debut for the design team, blown away by the detail Julie, again STUNNING! Ruth xx

  20. Its so lovely to have you here with us at AVJ Julie and this project is quite Spooktacular. Totally amazing. I love the background and details you have incorporated in this stunning project..Love it

    Best Wishes Annie x

  21. What a stunning creation. I love all the freakish goodies layered. That wee book is amazing!

  22. I'm missing words, a breathtaking project.

  23. WOW Julie - what can I say. Firstly lovely to have you at AVJ! This is amazing so many wonderful elements I could comment forever... LOL. Love how you did the dust and off to check out the itty bitty book link. Nikki xx

  24. Fabulous shadow box Julie so many gorgeous details.

  25. Absolutely brilliant so much texture - I love how you did the web

  26. Wow! You sure do know how to scare an old lady don't you!!! Seriously Julie, this is fantastic, so many details - just excuse me if I don't take a second look this time! Chris

  27. Julie, you have me just gawking! Not a pretty site! But all those creepy details are just for words, not already spoken in comments above) outrageous!!!! That crows skull! What the what! Love the cabinet with it's woodworking and hinges, the little gruesome bottles, the tiny cobweb and skelly in the cabinet. Oh, and that little teensy book-genius! I could go on and on...


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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