Friday, February 22, 2019

The Journey Vintage Valise

Hello everyone, I have a new project to share with you today that was inspired by the 'Things With Wheels' challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.  The theme of wheels got me thinking about modes of transportation which made me think about traveling and vacations which made me think about luggage which finally led me to my finished design!

I've had Tim Holtz's Vintage Valise die in my stash forever and (yet again) had never used it so I pulled it out only to realize that it wasn't a dimensional die (how sad is it that I didn't even know it wasn't a dimensional die!).  So the first step was to figure out how to make it 3D.  I cut out the front and back panels from Little Sizzles Mat Board and covered them front and back with some Destinations Paper Stash and then made a shadow box frame 1" deep, covering the inside with Travel Design Tape before assembling it. In order for the front of the valise to drop down and open up I made some hinges withe the Vintage Valise die and adhered them to the bottom of the shadow box frame with brads.

The shadow box frame was attached to the back panel of the valise and a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock was coloured with Ground Espresso and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks for the background of the shadow box.

Straps were die cut with the Vintage Valise die from cardstock distressed to look like faux leather.  To keep the front of the valise closed I added some small velcro dots to the top of each leather strap.

The corners were die cut from sanded gold Metallic Kraft Stock and vintage travel stickers from Dover Pictura were added to the front.  Dots of Pewter Liquid Pearls were added the straps to look like rivets.  The same details were added to the back of the vintage valise.

The world map from the Documented stamp set was stamped onto the prepared shadow box background and it was adhered into place.  The truck from Tim's The Journey clear stamp set, a sentiment from Classics #16, a compass from Forever In Time's Timepieces stamp set, more vintage travel posters from Dover Pictura and a plane from Tim's Emporium Ephemera pack were adhered into the shadow box, popping some of them up on iCraft 3D Zots (I got the planes, trains and automobiles in there!).  The front of the vintage valise was adhered to the hinges and more vintage travel posters added to the inside.

Two Mini Pulley Wheels were painted with Ground Espresso Distress Paint and then given an aged patina with Distress Crayons in Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge and Tumbled Glass.

The Pulley Wheels were adhered onto the bottom of the valise.

A handle for the valise was die cut from several thicknesses of mat board with the Vintage Valise die that were glued together, painted with Brushed Corduroy Distress Paint, stamped with the Birch stamp and then coloured with Ground Espresso Distress crayon.  A tag was die cut from Tim's Hotel Components stamp (I was going to use it on the inside of the valise but it proved to be a little too big).

The handle was then adhered onto the top of the vintage valise and it was complete.

Here are some closeups of the finished project.

I ended up adding a couple more elements to the inside of the valise, an image from my stash of vintage luggage (courtesy of The Graphics Fairy) and a stamped ticket from Tim's Ticket Booth stamp and die set.

And here is the back of valise.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how it all came together and thanks again to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog for the inspiration, I had a lot of fun with this one!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Oh my what a fantastic creation Deb, I love the vintage look to your suitcase and how it’s jammed full with wonderful elements. Such a great project. Enjoy the weekend xxx

  2. This really made me smile when I saw it on Facebook Deb! It is a shame that it is not 3D but you have done a brilliant job making it into one. I just love all the elements you added and the wheels are such a fabulous addition! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Deb! How cool this little valise is! I love the little wheels on it. Your details are amazing. The leather straps look so good. And the “durable” metal corners...LOL. The handle is so great. Such fabulous attention to detail. I’ve so enjoyed my journey on how it all came together. Sure makes me want to pack that valise and go on a vintage trip. Bon Voyage!

  4. What a fabulous project! I love everything about this. How you structured it is very clever- especially with the wheels on the bottom. It screams ADVENTURE before you even open it! Once we do see the inside, it is bursting with a sense of travel and the exotic. Great work, as usual, and I always enjoy seeing your work so much! Thanks for your support of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

  5. Wow.. this is such a stunning creation! Deb. Love all the fantastic embellishments and beautiful vintage effect. All the details are amazing. :)

  6. Brilliant Deb. This is a great way to use the die and I have to admit I don't think I've used it either! So that#s another bit of stash that might find the light of day. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx


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