Friday, 3 October 2014

A Vintage Journey’s Heavy Metal Challenge

Heavy Metal!

Fantastic new challenge at A Vintage Journey a great opportunity to use the fabulous ideology from Tim Holtz or his metallic techniques on your project

Now my go to on metal challenges is always Steampunk, So I decided to challenge myself to not use gears and cogs!
I don't make cards very often either and I keep seeing all these fabulous accordion flip cards and after some research settled on the Karen Burniston oval one

I have always admired the Riveted Patchwork effect which Tim used on his Heart and Soul Project and it appears in A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 Using
Metal Foil tape and Alcohol Inks, this was a great opportunity to use the technique with embossed foil

I cut the three section on a heavy weight card and then embossed the Ranger - Inkssentials Metal Foil Tape Sheets with Tim Holtz Regal Texture Fades
Then cut them the same shape peeled of the back and applied to the card
On hindsight it would have been better to have applied to the card first!
A point to remember that the embossing will only stay on the areas that are open in the die, but where the die is solid it compresses the embossing slightly but it does creates interesting textures
I embellished the outer two panels with Tim Holtz Key holes and screw top brads

I then started applying Adirondack Alcohol Inks Pitch Black, Espresso, Sunset Orange Pool, Stream and Butterscotch
Dripping them neat onto the foil and moving them around with the felt applicator, I love how it flows into the recesses and how if you have applied too much dark colour if you drip a lighter colour it will disperse

I used the turquoise and gold tones in the centre with the darker browns and black with a bit of orange towards the edge

I cut out a further oval in the central panel and applied one of Tim's ornate plate embellishments
I attached a small Tim Holtz heart charm on a chain behind this and applied metal corner embellishments with Glossy accents

Once dry I assembled the card as per the instructions, I hope you have enjoyed my project
Please pop back to A Vintage Journey to see all of the Design Team Projects and more details on the Challenge
Jools : )


  1. WOW Jools, I never thought of using metal with these dies, just love it and will have to give it a go. Aren't these dies fun? Endless possibilities. I love your take on this challenge.

  2. That looks amazing, I am a fan of Alcohol inks but you have taken them to a new level.

  3. Karen's accordion dies are amazing to work with and I love what you have done with her oval one. This is a stunning piece of work Jools! Anne x

  4. Beeeeautiful Jools, I love the interesting textures you have created and the wonderful mix of inks. I can't believe how different this flip card looks created in this way and you certainly hit the heavy metal for this one (and no cogs lol). Love it.
    Have an enjoyable weekend.
    hugs Brenda xx

  5. Jools, taking and running with the Heavy Metal theme using the accordion fold card, is spectacular! I love all the metal details and how absolutely gorgeous this is! So rich and elegant. Love this and hope your weekend is wonderful!

  6. Wow, wow, wow, you make me want to rush out and buy alcohol inks now ! This is beautiful !
    Corrie x

  7. You've turned this into such a stunning card, fabulous piece!
    Amanda x

  8. Absolutely stunning Jools and it looks amazing. I love these techniques and your card shows them off perfectly.
    TFS and have a great weekend
    Annie x

  9. A striking piece - so clever and so well done, Nikki xx

  10. Brilliant Jools, love your heavy metal accordion flip! Stunning colour tones and textures and well done for staying away from the inevitable cogs, never has heavy metal looked so shabby chic and gorgeous all at the same time! And all of that without any Decoart lol....

  11. I have never seen anything more beautiful made from paper - outstanding!
    Sandy xx

  12. Jools that's amazing, loved the way you coloured the 'metal', fantastic technique! Also loved the idea of using something else than cogs in metal theme! hugs, Ruth

  13. Positively jewel like Jools and that accordion style really suits this look. So beautiful. Jenny x

  14. You have given "heavy metal" a whole new sound! The richness of the colors in amazing against your silver backdrop! Amazing work, Jools!

  15. A fabulous piece of art! The work with the alcohol inks is fantastic!

  16. What a wonderful design! love the beautiful colors of the alcohol inks on the metal paper!

  17. Wonderful piece Jools! I'm loving all that texture and wonderful choice of alcohol inks too. Love it. Karen.x

  18. I love this Jools! The colours of inks work so well with the texture and card design. Dee x

  19. I just love the earthy colour tones - such a beautiful metallic gleam to the whole thing too - perfect!
    Alison xx