Thursday, March 1, 2018

Destination Innovation Vignette Box For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, I'm so excited to share a project with you today created for A Vintage Journey's 4th birthday celebration, congratulations AVJ on four years of fabulous challenges and inspiration! Our 4th birthday challenge theme, proposed by the ever so talented Brenda, is 'Treasure' and here is Brenda's brief:

Treasure can be described as wealth or riches we store or accumulate, a collection of valuable, interesting or useful things, bits and pieces we highly value, articles that we hang onto that we’ve bought or found and might never be able to purchase again. What is in your crafty or artsy treasure trove - those items we squirrel away to keep for something special? Maybe some elegant embellishments, that hoard of ephemera or memorabilia found in a junk shop, a tin of old buttons, rusty keys or diamanté jewels, a paper pad you get out and stroke then put away again, some beautiful fabric or lace you can’t bear to part with. We invite you in this challenge to share a project that includes a part of your treasure trove, just let us know what it is so we can see it and comment on it and remember our focus styles and genres to work in (which can be seen under our blog banner) if you would like to be considered for being chosen as one of our top 3 Pinworthy mentions.

For my 'Treasure' project I decided it was high time I dove into my hoarded saved treasured stash of Tim Holtz vignette boxes, Paper Stashes and Idea-ology trinkets.

Some bits and bobs of treasured ephemera courtesy of Jess at Two Mad Dahlias were grudgingly lovingly added as well, read on for my how to ;O)

As I said above, I have quite the treasure trove of vignette boxes, trays, picture frames and Etcetera tags from Tim so it was definitely time to dive in and start to use them.  For this project I chose to use a large Vignette Box and a coordinating Vignette Panel.

I also have a very large assortment of Tim's scrapbook papers so decided to be brave and use some of the paper from his Dapper Paper Stash.

I knew that I wanted my project to be masculine and industrial but wasn't sure where the project was headed initially, so I simply painted the Vignette box and Vignette panel inside and out with multiple colours of acrylic paints to give it a grungy, rusty feeling.

The inside of the Vignette panel (which would become the front 'door' on my finished piece) was stenciled with Tim's Gears Mini Layering Stencil #1 and Black Soot Distress Oxide.  To activate the Oxide ink, I then replaced the stencil and pounced on some Vintage Distress Collage Medium.

A paper pocket with a vintage compass and North American map image was torn open and adhered to the back of the panel with Matte Distress Collage Medium (I think this may be 7 Gypsies but not sure, sorry!) and in keeping with my industrial theme I sprinkled on some Hammered Metal and Burnt Copper Leaves embossing powders from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies to mimic bits of smelting slag.

My vision for my vignette box was coming clearer so I die cut numerous gears with Tim's Gears #2, Gearhead and Industrial dies and embossed them with a combination of Emerald Creek's Oil Rubbed Bronze, Burnt Copper Leaves and Hammered Metal embossing powders.

Some of the embossed gears were added to the inside of the front panel.

The Vignette box was covered inside and out with Dapper paper and the edges covered with some of Tim's Design Tape (sorry, not sure what collection this tape is from as I have them all mixed up now!).  The world map image from Tim's Documented stamp set was stamped onto Distress Heavystock, inked with Distress inks and adhered to the top inside the box.  Tim's Pipeline dies were cut from silver Metallic Kraft Stock, brushed with diluted black paint to age them and then the pipe joins were embossed with Hammered Metal embossing powder and the Pipeline assembly adhered inside the box.  More of the embossed gears were also added along the bottom edge of the box as you'll see shortly and some hinges added so that the front Vignette panel could be attached.

For the front of the Vignette panel, Distress Heavystock was dipped into numerous brown shades of Distress inks and then stamped with Tim's Dapper, Etcetera and Documented stamps. The corner piece was die cut with the Gearhead die from silver Metallic Kraft Stock and brushed with diluted black paint to age it.

To make a closure for the box, a Charmed bezel charm was coloured with Mushroom alcohol ink and then the 'Lord Stirling' name cut out from a vintage cigar band I had purchased from Two Mad Dahlias.  The bezel was then filled with Glossy Accents glue.

I got on a roll at this point and forgot to take pictures before I started to add all of my embellishments to the front of the panel so here are some close ups, apologies as usual!  The gentleman's hat and coat from Tim's Dapper stamp set were stamped and fussy cut and one of the embossed gears had a Philosphophy tag adhered into the center along with a Hex Fastener.  The 'Destiny' word and numbers on the Philosphy tag were enhanced with Brushed Pewter Distress Crayon.  You can also see that I added some more vintage ephemera from Two Mad Dahlias, some Adornments Stars and a large Arrow Adornment.  The Lord Stirling charm was added to the edge of the front panel with a length of chain and a Trinket Pin for a closure.

I had a label from Eileen Hull's Card Box Organizer left over, cut from Little Sizzles Mat Board, so I covered it with a fragment of map scrapbook paper (might be Tim's?  I'm not sure!) and then added the 'destination' word underneath the frame with Label Letters.  The 'innovation' word was also spelled out with Label Letters onto a fragment of sanded silver Metallic Kraft Stock and I then edged it with Pewter Liquid Pearls for a soldered look (not sure if I achieved that or not but that was the idea!).  Some small wooden spools were painted with silver pewter paint and added to the bottom of the Vignette box.

The story of my Vignette box came together with this wonderful gentleman from Tim's Paper Dolls, I adhered him and his faithful pooch to the inside of the box and leaned him on a large embossed Gadget gear.  I envisioned him as an industrial entrepreneur from the turn of the century who had revolutionized his industry with his innovative thinking and inventions.  He had already conquered the North American market (as indicated by the North American map and compass on the inside of the front panel) and now had his sights set on the rest of the world, hence the world map behind him.

He worked around the clock to reach his goals as he knew that time was not on his side, as the time clock on the inside of the Vignette box constantly reminded him!

Here are some closeups of the completed Vignette box, I'm so happy I broke out my hoarded saved treasured stash of Tim Holtz goodness to make it!

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my Destination Innovation vignette box came together and that you've been inspired to break out some of your own treasured items and join in our 'Treasure' birthday celebration at A Vintage Journey.

Make sure to pop by to see what the rest of the Creative Guides have made to inspire you (click here to see their amazing creations!) and also take a peek at our new guidelines at AVJ, we are making a few changes with the start of our new challenge year, click here to read all about them.

Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Wow Deb !!! Totally love your treasured vignette box and the absolutely fabulous details you have incorporated to make it so special. Stunning !!!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you are keeping warm and cosy xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  2. Well I'm so pleased you dipped into so much of your treasured supplies Deb to create this little beauty. I love the weathered and industrial effects you have created and the ideology collection is brilliant. Thank you for making your own little treasure of a box from all the treasured possessions you have dipped into.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  3. This is most definitely my new favourites of your work Deb, what a fabulous vignette box!! I loved seeing how you built up the layers - I love Dapper Man, the dolls you used and the way you used the Idea-ology pieces - an absolutely fabulous make! Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Goodness what a great project Deb! so many wonderful layers of paints and ephemera - love all the gears and rusty bits - you sure used a lot of your treasures on this and hope it goes to someone who will truly appreciate this masculine art box! Julia xx

  5. Well you knocked my socks right off! This is amazing. There are so many details. I keep going back and looking at all of the pictures.

  6. Wow, Deb, you really have pulled out all the stops, this vignette box has now really become the most amazing treasure indeed! Such a fabulous project, so many amazing elements, it has the real wow factore, just stunning!!

  7. What a fantastic project! Deb. You really have showcased your 'treasure' splendidly . Love all those industrial gears, the inside of the front panel is super and you have told the story of your Industrial Entrepeneur through your creativity fabulously . Thanks for sharing x

  8. Wow, how COOL is this! I'm so happy you dipped into your treasured stash to created this masterpiece! I had such a great time seeing how you brought all those bits and bobs to life, and your end result will e something you will treasure for years to come! What a wonderful labor of love! I so appreciate your hard work and inspiration! Hugs!

  9. Wow, what an amazing box both inside and out! I love the grunge feel you created and the treasure you used - beautiful 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊


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