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Getting My Vintage On!
I’m excited to be a Guest Creative Guide at
A Vintage Journey today!

I’ve been invited by Nikki to inspire you to use crackle on your creative pieces.
When I went to grab my crackle paste it had all dried up…so I went for my favourite crackle stamp instead.  I love stamping so it was fun just play with stamps.
Here is my creation for you…using a new stamp set from Stampers Anonymous called ‘Sideshow’, some distress crayons, inks, stencils
and my crackle stamp!

My usual style is one-layer, but for this challenge I’ve gone with some layers.
The crackle is used to give a vintagey feel.

The main panel is stamped with distress inks.  Every time I looked at the umbrella man holding out the umbrella, I kept thinking that he needed to have something under it…
so I went for man’s best friend – a dog!

The dog was stamped with distress inks first, masked, and then the man was stamped.
It really didn’t need masking, but did it anyway just to be on the safe side in case he didn’t quite fit. 

I discovered that when using my new Misti (love this gadget!!!), I could add some black soot to the edges of the image and re-stamp it.
It gives a lovely two-tone effect which I quite like…and will definitely be doing this again!

I have to admit that the background was soooo much fun to make!
It is made with distress crayons, lifting some off using a baby wipe through a rectangle stencil.
I have highlighted some of the rectangles using water colour pencils so that they popped a little more.
A little over-stamping with some words and crackle stamps gives it all a gorgeous vintage effect I think.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.
I hope you have enjoyed this vintage piece.
Pop on over to A Vintage Journey and check it out.


I am entering this in the Craft Stamper November challenge…

12 Responses to “GCG at AVJ”

  1. Dot, it's like Christmas Day in my house this morning. I was just scrolling through my posts as usual, when I saw one of your cards flash before my eyes, then another, then another :). Yay! I'm not sure how you've done it Dot but it's worked and it looks like all of your posts from Inkartdesigns have come up. I absolutely love the card that you've posted today. Such a gorgeous stamp and you've worked wonders with it as always. I love the vintage look and the crackle effect, in fact, I just love everything about it. It's really lovely to be seeing you again Dot. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Brenda Brown says:

    Dot it's wonderful to have you as a guest designer at AVJ and with such a fabulous card, thanks for sharing your talents with us today xxx

  3. Oh my Dot this is layer upon layer of gorgeous grunginess. Not only my fave colours (OK all colours mixed together are my fave) but you have collaged everything together so that even though the stamped image is the focal point your eye sees everything at the same time.

    Sometimes when I see other makes their starting point is fab but then they spoil things by plonking things on top that is not needed. Not so with your designs every layer is spot on, crisp, neat and so pleasing to the eye.

    Can you tell I love it!!!!!!

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  4. Redanne says:

    Your card really made me smile Dot, all that gorgeous crackle on that fabulous background – and then adding the dog with Umbrella Man – a genius idea, he looks right at home and he is such a fun addition! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us at AVJ too. Anne x

  5. You"re a clever cookie Dot!!!!! This is BRILLIANT!!!! Love love love it – full of inspiration too – well done!!!! Go Dot!!!!!
    Your biggest fan – (ok, I'm probably fighting with Shirley and Sandra there…….and many others too!!!!!! – but in my mind, I'm your biggest fan!),
    Leanne xx

  6. Annie says:

    Hi Dot x it's lovely to have you as Guest Creative Guide at AVJ today and I so love your project x the background looks fabulous and like Anne, I love the addition of your gorgeous dog stamp.

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

  7. Wowww, just fantastic!
    Have a nice weekend. Hugs Carola

  8. Such a fantastic card Dot, very cleverly put together!! Love how you did that distress crayon background, a stunning card from start to finish!!

  9. Sue says:

    Dot this is brilliant, I love your dog under the umbrella! xx

  10. Team Clark says:

    This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! What a cool idea and awesome use of these stamps. Hugs, Autumn

  11. Linda says:

    This looks amazing!!! Thanks for playing long with the Craft Stamper Challenge xx

  12. ElizabethR says:

    That is fabulous Dot, love how you've built up the background. Thanks for joining in with us at the Craft Stamper Challenge, Elizabeth xxx

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