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Friday, 3 April 2015

A Vintage Journey - Through the Looking Glass

Firstly, thank you to everyone who joined in our first birthday celebrations at A Vintage Journey, both with entries and your very kind comments, we all appreciated it very much!

Our lovely Creative Guide, Julia has chosen the theme for this month's challenge at A Vintage Journey - Through the Looking Glass.  In Julia's own words:

'Let's make a project involving glass (acetate) or mirrors (metal sheet) perhaps a window or clock face, a hand held mirror or glass bottle.  Tim has lots of Idea-ology products and dies that would be just the thing for this challenge'.

For my project I have used acetate to create a pair of eye test glasses that Opticians use and also a glass monocle for an embellishment.  This was prompted by a very expensive trip recently to the Opticians...
To create the background I used similar techniques to those used by Tim Holtz for his March tag but instead of using paint I used Distress Stain and Distress Spray Stains.  First, I smooshed some Victorian Velvet Distress Stain onto my mat and dragged my piece of Ranger Speciality Stamping card through it.  I knew approximately where I wanted the Phrenology Head to sit and I stamped this with Black Archival Ink.  I stamped again onto a piece of masking paper, cut it out and placed it over the stamped image.  

I sprayed Cracked Pistachio and Tea Dye onto the card and let this dry.  Once the mask was removed the head stood out against the mottled background.  I placed the mask back on and used Tim's Eye Chart stencil and Ranger white Embossing Paste to create the eye chart background.  I added black Embossing Powder to the wet paste and allowed this to dry.  Once dry I heated the powder with my heat gun to give a lovely finish.  I added a few random Remnant Rubs and some stamping in Potting Soil Archival Ink using an eye chart stamp from one of Tim's Visual Artistry clear stamp sets.

The 'it's all perspective' is stamped in Black Archival Ink using a stamp from Tim's Good Thoughts set.
To finish off, the eye glasses were stamped onto white card and fussy cut (yes, not an easy task!) and I added some thick packaging acetate to give the appearance of real glass.  I added a couple of Remnant Rubs to the monocle.  The whole piece was then mounted onto corrugated card.

We would love to have you join in Julia's 'Through the Looking Glass' challenge over at A Vintage Journey.  Our generous sponsor, Susan of Country View Crafts is providing a £20 gift voucher, for one randomly selected entrant, to spend in Country View Crafts on line shop, where you will find an extensive stock of Tim Holtz products and many other brands are available too.  The Creative Guides will also choose three favourites to receive a Pinworthy badge.

There is a wonderful challenge over at Artful Times which is 'In the Style of Tim Holtz', I would like to enter this piece in the challenge.  It is definitely worth a look to see what the Design Team have created and also have a look at the fabulous entries so far!

Thanks for looking and I will be back on Monday with a Destination Inspiration post - hope to see you then.  In the meantime I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

Hugs, Anne xx

41 comments:

  1. The technique of adding embossing powder to dimensional products really has taken off, the finished look is amazing.

    So much thought has gone into your project, fab inspiration:-) xxx

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  2. Anne - I love your take on this theme!! Your acetate specs are fantastic - so creative and detailed! The embossed eye chart is also fabulous - great make! xx Lynn

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  3. Loads of different techniques going on with this tag which is just up my street Anne. A very creative piece which shows loads of imagination and humour - love it.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  4. Just love this Anne. These are some of my favorite images and you have used them so beautifully! Simply wonderful.

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  5. I thought those eye glasses were real Anne - some antique piece you found! I can't believe they were stamped and you fussy cut them - SO fun! and so cool!! love your background and the additional monocle with the remnant rubs - thanks so much for joining me in my Looking Glass challenge!

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  6. Anne, that is fabulous, what a wonderful piece! Love the glasses you created for your phrenology head, kudos on that fussy cutting!! Thanks for sharing your inspirational creation and your creative process.

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  7. Hi Anne ... love those eye glasses! There's so much detail in this and so many techniques ...... fab project! Happy Easter to you too xxx

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  8. Guten Morgen, Anne.
    Eine tolle Karte! Die vielen Details sind faszinierend.
    Super!

    Schöne Ostertage wünscht dir Sophie

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  9. Absolutely fabulous Anne, the way you did the background looks stunning and the black EP really makes the eye chart stand out so well! Brilliant idea with the acetate too. A fabulous piece altogether, LOVE it big time!!

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  10. WOW! This is stunning Anne. Your background design looks gorgeous and the the eye glasses look amazing, definitely worth all your hard work with the cutting out!
    hugs Sue xx

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  11. Wow! This is absolutely stunning, your details are so incredible and creative. Hope you have a very Happy Easter weekend :)
    Rebecca.
    x

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  12. What a super make Anne - very effective.
    Toni xx

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  13. Good Morning Anne. What a fantastic piece. I love how you have achieved it too. Have a lovely Easter weekend. Hugs Rita xxx

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  14. Loving the mottled effect background and that monocle is fab. The texture paste and black embossing powder looks amazing - a great technique. Happy Easter! Elaine xx

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  15. Absolutely brilliant Anne, those eye test glasses are fabulous and so inventive, I love it all.
    Have a very Happy Easter.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  16. Fabulous Anne! I just love the addition of the glasses, what a great detail and such a wonderful interpretation of the theme! Beautiful background! hugs :)

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  17. Love this Anne! The phrenology head is a firm favourite of mine, love the way you have used it here, great work on those glasses!! Just been to the opticians myself and those are a perfect! Have a happy Easter, hope you get some crafty time xx

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  18. Absolutely love this, Anne! The added eye-glasses are so cool! You know I still have not made my appointment!!!!! Happy Easter to you! Hugs!

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  19. How clever...love the glasses, love the phrenology head, and love the eye chart background!!! Wonderful make Anne!

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  20. You fussy cut those glasses?? You must have the patience of a saint :) and a real steady hand! Your project is great and what a way to be inspired, by the opticians of all places/people!!

    Have a lovely Easter Anne,
    Hugs
    Georgie xx

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  21. Absolutely LOVE this ! Anne You have worked two of my fave stamps (the phrenology head n the eyeglasses ) terrifically n chosen the perfect stencil , quote n embellies to bring together an imo an amazing piece of art ! My list of your fave makes just keeps getting longer ! Wishing you a very happy Easter . Hugs x

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  22. Fabulous idea, wonderfully executed Anne. Hope you are having a wonderful Easter. Nikkixx

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  23. I absolutely love your steampunk eye-test glasses, Anne - and they look fabulous on the Phrenology Head! A really great take on the challenge theme, and I do hope that your expensive trip to the opticians has been worth it!
    Alison xx

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  24. Fabulous project so beautifully interpretated for this months challenge. Love how you used Tim's tag technique, suits your eye chart perfectly and as for your glasses WOW, well worth all that fussy cutting. Brilliant.
    Have a lovely weekend, Julie x

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  25. amazing make Anne - I should have been at the opticians today but thats another story! A fabulous piece though - you are so clever - I must email you a few possible dates that I can either come to you or Mo's. Tell me though - are you going to be at Port Sunlight? I have ordered my tickets! Big hugs Anne xx

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  26. Simply LOVE the way you've put this together Anne. The eye testing glasses are a triumph of fussy cutting and the sentiment you've chose is just perfect. Jenny x

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  27. Ooooh, Annie, this is kaool!! It's very mesmerizing and the colors are sensational!! I hear you about the expense involved in getting new glasses, times two here with the Mister! Yikes! Ya gotta laugh, coz it is what it is when you need them and I love your great attitude with this awesome creation!! Happy Easter!! Love and hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  28. You always come up with such clever ways to interpret the challenge themes. I'm just as fascinated about your designing process as I am by the beautiful finished project. Of which, this is just another one! Had a grin at your inspiration from the Optical visit, very cute to work that into your brilliant project. Those glasses look most realistic! Well done, once again. Happy Easter, TFS & Hugs

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  29. What a great interpretation of the theme Anne..the image really draws you in and love the colours...as I wear specs all the time, I'm with you on the cost of them, though the last two times I haven't needed to change, but got a new pair anyway just for a change when I wanted to wear different ones...Now I have a little collection and still almost always wear the same pair! Happy Easter, hugs Carole Z X

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  30. What an imaginative make! Love your glasses and the way you used the March tag technique with the eye chart stencil to create depth. Wishes to you and yours for a Happy Easter.

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  31. Amazing card, love the design ! happy easter! Barbarayaya

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  32. This is a wonderful, creative piece Anne!. I love all the details & colours you have used. Very apt in our household at the moment as we've all been for eye tests recently.
    Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend.
    Amy x

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  33. This is a wonderful, creative piece Anne!. I love all the details & colours you have used. Very apt in our household at the moment as we've all been for eye tests recently.
    Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend.
    Amy x

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  34. Great project Anne, love the glasses. Know what you mean about visiting the opticians!
    Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend. Sending bunny hugs, Angela x

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  35. WOW! AMAZING, Anne!! You made a pair of glasses!! OMG! Just LOVE this, Anne!! I also love your most technical use of the word of 'smoosh' :) I love that word, too :) :) You really took the theme of Through the Looking Glass to the highest with the glasses you made--I'm just giddy over those glasses, Anne :) LOL! :) I can definitely see this creation generating a lot of inspiration for the challenge, it's perfect!! Happy Easter!! XOXO-Shari

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  36. Absolutely amazing project Anne, love it.
    I thought those Glasses were real, everything is brilliant.
    Patricia x

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  37. Oh Anne, this is wonderful! I cannot believe you made those glasses. What a wonderful piece you have created. Love anything like this, and this, well, it is (can I say it again) wonderful.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  38. Fantastic work, just love the background and those glasses are amazing. Thank you for sharing with us on Artful Times.

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  39. a fabulous project Anne and I so love your glasses. Great background and gorgeous details. Must get to the opticians myself.

    Sending huge hugs Annie xx

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  40. Finally getting around to comment Anne, I do love this , the background is so softly distressed and the acetate eye glasses are brilliant, with the addition of the monocle, a fabulous interpretation! Ruth x
    P.S It was so lovely to meet you at last at Port Sunny. x

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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