Thursday, March 2, 2017

Woodland Spring Vignette Box For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today.  We are celebrating our 3rd birthday over at A Vintage Journey this month (how time flies when you are having fun!) and we are marking the occasion with an All Aboard anything goes challenge theme.  Here is Brenda's brief:

Come join in our birthday challenge and although we still need to see you working with our preferred genres and styles you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting, in fact whatever you fancy, but with no theme to follow.  Let's have some fun, share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebrations!

Our generous sponsor this month is Country View Crafts,, and they are offering a £20 voucher to their online store for our lucky winner, thank you Country View!

I decided to make a Spring vignette box for our 3rd birthday challenge at A Vintage Journey.  We are still deep in the grips of winter here in British Columbia but at this time of year my thoughts always turn to Spring and hopefully my Tim Holtz inspired Woodland Spring vignette box will encourage that gentle season to arrive sooner rather than later!

Tim's Idea-ology products old and new were combined to create my shadow box and I have some step out photos for you on how I created it.  So grab a cup of tea and some birthday cake and read on!

I started with one of Tim's House Vignette boxes and covered the back, roof and sides with white gesso.

I added a wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint (not shown) but decided I needed something more so added a layer of Melange Tissue Wrap applied with Liquitex Matte Fluid MediumWildflowers were die cut from white cardstock and applied to the back and sides of the vignette box with more matte medium.

Another wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint was applied over top of the wildflowers, followed by another coat of matte medium and then the colour of the die cut flowers was enhanced with Distress Crayons in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.

A piece of kraft cardstock was covered with a thin layer of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste and then the wet paste was stamped with Tim Holtz's Papillon stamp.

Once dry, the paste was washed with thinned Iced Spruce Distress paint and then dry brushed with Americana Celery Green and Green Tea acrylic paints.  The raised stamped areas were then highlighted with Picket Fence Distress crayon.

The inside of the vignette box was given a wash of diluted Iced Spruce Distress paint and the stamped and painted cardstock was trimmed to size and adhered onto the back wall of the box.

More cardstock was coloured with multiple shades of brown Distress inks and stains (Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo) and die cut with the Birch Trees die.  A couple of the die cut birch trees were then cut out and adhered to the sides of the box on each inside edge.

Some Design Tape from Tim's Regions Beyond set was adhered to all of the exposed edges on the front of the box.

I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of them but letters to spell the word spring from Tim's new Typography Findings were coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and adhered with E6000 glue in the top recess of the vignette box.  A butterfly from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack was popped up on several layers of double sided tape behind the letters.  A couple of images from the Emporium Ephemera pack were adhered to the back of the lower recess and a piece of green Distress ink stained cheesecloth was glued along the bottom.

Shading was added to the edges of the box with Walnut Stain Distress crayon.

Time to add the roofing!  The same piece of brown coloured cardstock that was used to die cut the birch trees was cut into 'shingle' shapes and adhered to the roof of the vignette house.

On to the inside embellishments now, a Trophy Cup was coloured with Mushroom Alcohol ink and some images from the Elements Remnant Rubs pack were added to the front.  A snippet of green Distress ink coloured Crinkle Ribbon was tied onto the bottom of the cup.

A wee Decorative Deer was coloured with Ginger alcohol ink and some white dots were added to the fawn's behind with white acrylic paint.

Some of Tim's new Bouquet Findings flowers were coloured with Wilted Violet and Dried Marigold Distress Spray stains.

Cardstock was coloured with the same colours of Distress Spray stains and Tiny Tattered Florals were die cut from the card.

Multiple shades of green Distress Spray stains (Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive and Lucky Clover) were used to colour another piece of cardstock and some of Tim's Mini Holiday Greens were die cut from it.

And then the vignette box was assembled.  Some greenery and one of the Tattered Florals were tucked into each side of the spring Typography Findings.

Here's a closer look at the Botanical Layers butterfly in behind the letters. These new ephemera pieces are lovely and sturdy.

A 'Believe' Philosophy Tag was coloured with alcohol ink and the lettering and numerals enhanced with Picket Fence Distress crayon.  A heart stud from my stash was also coloured with alcohol inks and adhered over the hole in the tag.

More Botanical Layers butterflies were popped up on the back wall of the vignette box with double sided foam tape.

The Trophy Cup was filled with the Bouquet Findings and Tattered Florals flowers.

Another piece from the Botanical Layers ephemera pack was added to each lower corner of the vignette box.

Love that the Bouquet Findings flowers can be tinted to any colour that you desire, they take colour beautifully!

The little Decorative Deer fawn was nestled into the other corner of the vignette box and Mini Holiday Greens die cuts, some wee twigs from the yard and a few of the Tiny Tattered Florals flowers were arranged around her.

And finally here's a view from the side, love how my shingles turned out!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today, I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my Woodland Spring vignette box, I had so much fun creating it!

Make sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to see what my fellow Creative Guides have made for our birthday celebration, as always they do not disappoint.  And we also have a very special announcement at AVJ, Autumn of Sew Paper Paint and Sara Emily of Sara's Closet have joined our design team and we are thrilled to bits to welcome these very talented designers to the family!

I'd like to enter my Woodland Spring Vignette box into the following challenges:

 Country View Challenges March challenge, Inspired By Tim Holtz.  My vignette box is pretty much all Tim, love his designs and products and he inspires me every day, thanks Tim xo!

Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring challenge.  Spring is the theme of my vingette box and I'm hoping it will speed up Spring's arrival here in B.C. so I can give it a proper welcome!

I hope that you will join in our birthday celebration fun at A Vintage Journey and will link up whatever your heart desires, we always love to see your amazing creations.  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating and think Spring!

Deb xo


  1. Deb! You've just made it a little harder to wait for a new Spring to arrive. What a sweet vignette box. Every single detail is amazing. A joy to watch your construction and design. It must feel like Spring already at your house.

  2. This is a lovely altered box Deb. I must try one soon. I sa a shadow box recently, but thought it might be too hard for me, but now, with your step-outs, I think it would be possible! I'll go back and get that box!!

  3. This just couldn't be nicer Deb. The details are amazing and the colors, simply fabulous! Just love the entire thing. S@ndy xx

  4. What a beautifully altered project Deb and it warms my heart to see all the delights within this gorgeous house xx I just love Spring xx TF's and Happy Birthday
    Annie xx

  5. Love it. It's so pretty. I love how you did the shingles for the roof. Now if only spring would arrive. We went from summer like weather to snow. It's coming down like crazy this morning

  6. A fantastic Project Deb that is just spilling out with the freshness of 'Spring'. So many wonderful touches and great use of all those new and old tim goodies . Thanks for sharing your 'step out'
    Happy AVJ Birthday

  7. Absolutely enchanting, Deb! Your little springtime house is a wonder... so many fabulous details. The little deer looks so cute; the roof tiles are very cool; lovely flowery exterior; and the abundant flora and fauna fill the interior to perfection. A complete delight!
    Alison x

  8. I felt a lovely spring breeze come wafting in from your beautiful little house full of spring!

  9. Wow Deb, what a gorgeous project!! So many wonderful techniques and so much work too, well worth it!! It's a little garden in a box, how wonderful! Birds and flowers and butterflies, everything spring and summer bring to mind! If I could shrink down, I would definitely sit and have tea inside this amazing project! Well done, I absolutely love this!! sending hugs :)

  10. Oh my Deb this is a wonderful little vignette box bringing with it the promise of Spring to come to cheer our hearts. I love all the little inclusions you have added, especially that cute little deer (I bet you see them on a daily basis where you live), the whole thing is charming, colourful and perfect as a third birthday celebratory project. Thanks for being such a fabulous Creative Guide on this amazing creative journey we are all on and for sharing your talents and always offering to help out. You're a star. huge hugs xxx

  11. Oh my goodness, Deb! This is out of this world beautiful! Every last one of Tim's products are used to perfection. Unbelievably cool! Hugs, Autumn

  12. Your spring woodland vignette is absolutely gorgeous Deb. I love your roof and all your beautiful embellishments and woodland elements . Beautifully put together and perfect for,this time of year. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x

  13. Well, it is a dull rainy day here but you certainly have brightened up my day with this gorgeous Spring project Deb! It is stunning!! I love all of the elements you have added, especially the greenery and those beautiful butterflies! Hugs, Anne xx

  14. Beautiful - love all the texture Deb!

  15. LOVE your Spring vignette box Deb, the background with the stencilling and everything looked amazing already and the elements you added are just brilliant! Roll on Spring, I for one can't wait! A fabulous project!

  16. What a wonderful colorful spring vignette Deb! So many lovely things to see - I especially like the way you decorated your trophy and the beautiful coloring on the deer! What a sweet creation to celebrate AVJ's 3rd year! Julia xx

  17. Wow Deb such incredible detail! I love your inside walls and all those amazing flowers - a wonderfully bright and happy creation xxx

  18. I am in absolute awe. This is so incredibly beautiful. I love it!

  19. Ho comme c'est joli , vraiment magnifique création. merci pour ce patage . Florina

  20. Oh, for Pete's Sake, Deb! I just could not wait to get over here when I had time to read through each and every detail and really soak in these amazing photos of your FABULOUS vignette! I am captivated by every single nook and cranny! I could go on and on, but I'd rather take more time to look at this again! Truly a favorite work of yours for me and pinned to my absolute favorites board! Thank you for your incredible inspiration! You rocked this! Hugs!

  21. Good evening, Deb,
    You are just so very creative...your project makes me anxious for spring here! Enjoy what's left of the weekend. Take care, ~Natalie

  22. Simply stunning. Love this piece, every detail was well executed.

  23. Gorgeous spring house! I am back to say thank you for joining us in the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge!

  24. Wow, this vignette box is awesome!!! Thank you for the detailed tutorial, I especially loved the background stamping with modelling paste!!!

  25. What a wonderful little spring house! So many of Tim´s goodies you used! Thank you for showing all the steps.
    Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Country View Challenges!
    xx Evelyn

  26. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely awesome! So much detail and loveliness - thank you for the step by step. xxx

  27. Deb, this is such a great box full of lots of lovely spring images and colours. Sure wish we could have some of that in our neck of the woods - really cold here and despite the calendar, still a long way from spring. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  28. This is gorgeous! Love this creation!

  29. Such a beautiful piece of work Deb - love it xx Hilda

  30. This is magnificent Deb! I love the slatted roof, the altered trophy and that beautifully detailed deer. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  31. I love visiting your blog Deb, there is always so much to see, and you've excelled yourself here. That little deer is just perfect - it reminds me of the old Babycham deer (I don't know if you get these in Canada) Sorry I'm so late in visiting, but I've just returned from my holidays. Thanks so much for joining us at Country View Crafts, and have a great week. Sue xx


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