Friday, 13 June 2014

Wings and Things at A Vintage Journey

Over at A Vintage Journey the new challenge is a great one - Wings and Things. As usual projects should be Tim inspired and vintage but can be 2d, 3d - anything you like. Check out the projects from the rest of the DT over at the AVJ site. The main Tim influence for me on this project was using his fab papers.

My project started as a humble, plain canvass that I have used the reverse side of to create a sort of box frame. I first added some texture paste around the frame randomly but ensuring I covered the staples holding the canvass on the frame - this just gives added random texture. I covered it all in gesso (including the reverse to stiffen it a little) and once dry added some more texture paste through Tim's heart stencil. I painted it all with chocolate pudding fresco paint and crackle glaze before adding stone fresco paint. This didn't really work (no cracks!) -so I went back over, inconsistently with chocolate pudding (to keep it dark) and highlighted the hearts and other random areas with Treasure Gold. Here is a close up:

I then proceeded to cut some Tim paper for my background and some chip board for the panels to go in it. I added tissue tape, a Tim swirl stamp and some remnant rubs before edging with DI.

The little panels were cut from same paper and glued to chipboard, the edges sanded and inked before adding remnant rubs.

Of course I had planned where my embellishments were going to first (well just about!)
My butterflies are from various sources including a Tim savage sticker, Stampin Up stamp on Tim paper and a Clarity stamp butterfly.

A few more piccies:

Thanks for looking


  1. Fab project Nikki - your butterflies are so vibrant while the background is grungy and vintage. Lovely combination of Tim's goodies. Thanks for participating as we wander down the path.

  2. This is beautitul Nikki, I love how you gave the frame a vintage look and the butterflies are delightful. x

  3. I love, LOVE your wonderful frame Nikki. The background is just fabulous and I love the way you have created the panels. Fabulous ! Have a lovely weekend. Jennie x

  4. Absolutely stunning Nikki! What a fab, fab idea to reverse the canvas to make the frame surround and the textured FX you've created are glorious. Add to that the wealth of gorgeous embellishments you've made and the result is a most definite winner for me! Great work! Chris xxx

  5. Another wonderful creation, Nikki - I love how you've layered up the tickets and tabs, it has such a harmonious look, and beautifully inked and distressed. The textures on the frame are completely scrumptious! A joy!
    Alison xx

  6. Nikki this make looks just brilliant!! I love what you did to the frame and the way you have created the inside looks just brilliant. The layering of all the different elements you used looks fantastic and make for a perfect composition!!

  7. Where do I start?! The frame itself is gorgeous, and I adore the way you've added lots of interest to the background before layering up those rectangular panels and tickets in a really balanced design. They provide the perfect backdrop to your butterflies. Beautiful Nikki. Jenny x

  8. Nikki, what a lovely piece. I love the colours and the frame is so lush!!! Fantastic. Jean.x

  9. I never cease to be amazed. I love this one Nikki.

  10. A beautiful project Nikki, the frame looks awesome as well.

  11. Aack!!! I love thisnNikki! Love the coloring and texture of the frame, the papers and layers of chipboard and the lovely butterflies!

  12. Such a cool canvas, Nikki! I love the rustic feeling and texture on the frame. Your butterfly garden is absolutely gorgeous! Love this! Hugs!

  13. Other than saying this is WONDERFUL... and BEAUTIFUL... nothing more to say... Love it... Love, Light and peace...Bonnie

  14. Oh so beautiful... looking forward to your site coming to my email... Jodi


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