Monday, 21 July 2014

Gentleman's Travelling Box

Challenge No 10 over at A Vintage Journey is about Dies and Distress - oh be still my beating heart - my two favourite craft styles!  I adore die cutting and have quite a few of Tim's Sizzix dies, and distress is my all time fave method of crafting.  Well, where to start?  I wanted to showcase as many dies as possible so I chose to do a Artist Trading Block with the theme of "A Gentleman Traveller" for my entry.

I started off with a plain black box. On the top I added a "tile" made using Tim's metal patchwork technique, which I painted with Adirondack Terracotta Paint and Black Soot Distress Paint. I wiped most of it off before it was dry, leaving a rusty, distressed sort of look.  I added a vintage typewriter cut from Tim's movers and shapers, which I wiped with glossy accents in places to make it look a bit worn. I then made a little journal using Sheena's Fleather technique (the link to the tutorials can be found here) filled with some scrap paper and bound with a bit of cord from my stash.  One of Tim's Ideology Nibs and one of his Faucet Knobs which had been given the Distressed Paint treatment completed the look of the top which is meant to show how the journey was recorded.

For the first side, I blended Barn Door, Wild Honey and Stormy Sky Distress Inks with a bit of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo thrown in - and then given a bit of spritz and flick to add some faded dots.  I added some chevrons cut from my latest Frameworks Die and applied some embossing paste mixed with Walnut Stain through the Chevrons Layering Stencil. The brown looked a bit dirty (and, well, like something you'd find in a cow field!), so I livened it up with a sprinkling of mica flakes.  The car is Tim's Old Jalopy movers and shapers die, cut from mirror board and dabbed with Pitch Black and Rust alcohol inks.  I used some vellum for the windows which then got the crackle accents treatment. I went over the wheels with a permanent marker just to give them some definition.

The addition of one of Tim's fabulous arrows finished off this side which was meant to depict the start of the Gentleman's Journey. (sorry about the shine in the piccy)

For the next side, I used the Kraft Resist Technique, in the same colours as the first, but using Distress Stains.  I die cut the vintage camera from the movers and shapers set, once in black coredinations and once in foil-covered card. I then mixed up the two to create the look of an old fashioned camera.  The lens was created with a big dollop of glossy accents and the straps are just two strips of black card. I added a Remnant-rub eye at the bottom, and voila we have a side showing how the Gentleman would capture his memories!
The next side was made using the same colours, but using the marbled Stains technique and then spritzed with Perfect Pearls Biscotti mist.
I then cut out the alarm clock from the movers and shapers, and used one of Tim's clock faces which had the distressed metal treatment (Antique Linen Distress Paint).
I added a bit of the waste from the chevrons frameworks die and some Remnant Rubs and here we have the side depicting the time taken to travel!
Finally, the side depicting the distance travelled.  For the background I laid down the same colour distress inks on to my craft mat, spritzed them with water and then put the card down into the ink without moving it around.  When dry, I water-stamped a text stamp to get that "washed out" look. The Paris, New York, London stamp is from the Papillon set, and the other images are from Tim's sticker sets.
I then die-cut the globe movers and shapers twice - once using some painty scraps and the other with foil covered card.  The foil base was given the alcohol dabby treatment. A Remnant Rub finished the look.

And there you have it, my Gentleman's Travelling Box.
Thanks for sticking with me though this photo heavy post.  I had an absolute blast creating this - cutting and inking - fantastic fun!  I hope you enjoyed travelling with me on my Vintage Journey!
Keep Crafting!



  1. Hi Jean :-) it's clear to see that you enjoyed this project. I love the colours and design. The dies look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us at AVJ this fortnight
    Best wishes
    Annie x

  2. What a gorgeous piece. Congrats on wining the last challenge too, well done! Keep well and stay creative, hugs, Valerie

  3. Wow Jean - so many Tim techniques in one project! What an amazing ATB. Adore your colours and the clock face. Thanks for sharing with us at A Vintage Journey once again. Nikki xxx

  4. Superb Jean! LOVE the way you've added that extra Terracotta to the metal patchwork and the attention to detail with each of your additions. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

  5. Congrats on your Pinworthy mention - so well done.

  6. What a very cool ATB!!! I love every side of this. <3 Candy


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