Going Vintage

One of the things I like to do when I get the chance is to participate in swaps.  I organized a swap recently for a group I belong to which was journal pages (or Tip In’s as they’re called when you swap them).  The person who I was sending to had specified “Vintage, or shabby chic” as her theme.  I’m not a vintage person and find it very difficult to go vintage.  I admire it totally but It just doesn’t sit well with me when I do it but there we are, that was the theme and that’s what I was required to do.

Life should be about challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone to coin a phrase, so I gave it a go.

For the background, I glued on some old book pages then with my brayer I added gesso, pink acrylic paint and some more gesso.  I stamped the butterflies from the Colorful Companions set in sepia Versafine ink then brayered some more gesso over to dull them a bit.  I stamped flowers from The Garden Sketches set and embossed them in white.  I didnt like the shiny embossing so I sanded it down a bit for more distressing.  (If I’d had a good white ink pad I may have simply used that and not embossed at all).

I added the collage bits and some lace and wanted a large embellishment on the front. After much playing about I hit upon the old stamping on UTEE.  It’s been ages since I saw my UTEE and to be honest I’d forgotton I’d even got a black one.  After 2 layers of black UTEE on a chipboard heart I added a third layer and stamped the butterfly into it.  It was beautiful but too shiny so I wiped over with some gesso and a baby wipe and hey presto I  now had an embellishment which looked  like black stone or slate.

I’m pretty glad I was challenged to do something different. Why not challenge yourself to try something you’ve avoided before, you may surprise yourself.

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  1. Janet Zeppa says:

    This turned out wonderful!!

  2. You made vintage look easy for you, jaine. vintage will not be a challenge for you in the future. nice job!!

  3. 1. You make it look like vintage is your everyday style. Fabulous!
    2. That faux-stone embellishment is awesome. I’ll be trying that for sure.
    3. How can you bear to give that precious art away? Someone is really, really lucky to get this!

  4. Allison Cope says:

    Just beautiful Jaine! Love the feel of your creation.

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