Mar 30, 2016

Variegated Embossing with Stencil Paste

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Just a quick post today to share this rather unusual journal spread.  I picked out this couple from Tim's photo booth stash and found him and her in their younger years, or so we'll imagine.  I decided this trio of images would make for an interesting composition.
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For the circle stencil, I cut a Tim die twice from plastic, butting the flatter side together so the pattern would repeat nicely.  I used texture paste and then carefully poured pewter, gold, and copper embossing powder over the paste (one color at a time) to create this variegated look, though some of the pewter is lost in the sea of ochre watercolor.
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I have treasured this hand dyed lace remnant, given to me by my dear friend Barbara, for ages.  I decided it would make the perfect little bundle with a Tim leaf die, some string, and a rhinestone.
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Each image in my trio is backed with a piece of metallic kraft core embossed with one of Tim's tree folders.  I worked hard on this for last month's AVJ challenge, but it just didn't come together.  I ripped it apart and used little sections here to create my frames.
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I tried to embrace the industrial/steampunk side of altered art with all this metal, even adding a little stamped hot air balloon.  I hope I get credit for trying.  I just don't own any gears!
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Honestly, this couple makes me laugh.  They look like the couple at the Crackle Barrel that never speaks while they eat.  Anyway, they lived a long life together and decided long ago to just be themselves.  Gotta give 'em props for that!
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35 comments:

  1. Loving all the sepia tones Autumn and it's one of those that you want to reach out and touch to feel all the lovely embossing.

    B x

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  2. Wonderful Journal spread Autumn, love the colour with the metallic additions and texture.
    Avril x

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  3. Wow, your mix of different textures together is so pretty. Beautiful vintage look to your pages and gorgeous colours.
    Julie x

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  4. I do love the background, the metallic touches and the way you connected the two pages, they are very beautiful!!
    I have become a follower of yours.

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  5. Oh, Autumn, how I love your art journaling! This art journal spread is simply amazing! What fantastic background textures and those metallic additions are fabulous! I am impressed and so inspired! Big hugs! Branka xx

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  6. Oh wow, Autumn, this is amazing!! What gorgeous texture!! The colors are so fabulous!! I love the photos of the couple, then and now ;) The details you added are perfect!! Stunning my friend!! Wow!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  7. Oh Autumn! I so LOVE these art journal pages! You've given these such a vintage, heirloom appearance! Love the texture and the aging you've done on them.

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  8. I love this autumn - the colours are fab as is the use of texture - but what I love most of all is the handwritten words linking the photos - love it - its so perfect xx

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  9. I was intrigued by the title of your post - what a beautiful way to emboss, the colours are so rich looking and the embossing creates such wonderful dimension to your project. I love the photo booth pictures you chose, they work so well and that fragment of lace is so lovely! I think you have done a brilliant job embracing the industrial/steampunk genre! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. What great journal pages, Autumn! Love all textures and details, and especially the metallic pieces, the images look fabulous on them. Mar :)

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  11. Gorgeous project. Love the colour scheme and all the detail, brilliant. Angela xXXx

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  12. This is certainly an awesome look. Love what you've done with the metallic embossing, and how cool to get the 3 colors as you've done. Looks great with the vintage tone of the 'papers'. Loving that lace, and the way you've backed the photos. Those blew me away, and what an imagination you have, to see the various pictures, and imagine a story, carry it through. It's just bloomin' marvelous, Autumn. I was also chuckling when I read that you ripped apart an effort that didn't work, and then followed through with this piece. I tell ya, it was meant to be this way!!! TFS

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  13. Wow - some great colors and details! You did some really cool techniques and interesting embees! Wow!!!

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  14. Love the rich, warm colors, Autumn! Love how you used your embossing powders...beautiful!

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  15. Beautiful pages, Autumn. You have captured the flavor of the era so well with those warm, lovely colors!

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  16. Wow these really could have been the younger and older versions of the same couple, how clever of you to put them together and on such wonderfully textured pages. Love these Autumn xxx

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  17. Love this Autumn - the metallic tones are so rich and the texture fabulous, and your story about the photos is delightfully whimsical.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  18. Beautiful work - the background is fab with such wonderful textures and I love the little embossed frames around the photos - you have such a great eye for detail. Love it!

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  19. I would say this came together very nicely ... your ideas and artistic eye are awesome ...

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  20. Oh, Autumn, this is a masterpiece of beautiful colors and textures! I love it and love the wonderful photos and your hand-written comment - so true! Hugs, sweet friend! xoxo

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  21. I am loving your beautiful vintage pages. I love how you drew the lines to connect them. I definitely said, "Wow" when I saw them.

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  22. Autumn, your pages are absolutely beautiful! So many wonderful details. I also want to tan you for your lovely comment on my craftchaos blog.

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  23. This is really pretty Autumn, I love the lace that you've used. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Country View crafts. Sue xx

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  24. Autumn - how I love visiting your blog. I am never ever disappointed, always learn something and my eyes literally come away dancing from delight - many times my heart joins in too. This time - it's both my heart and eyes!! I love how you did the pictures... so fun and made my heart happy even loved your comment about Cracker Barrel - ehehehehheeh!!! And then, dear me, this is LUSH with texture and metal and that precious lace piece looks completely perfect in your fabulous 'bunch'. The pieces that didn't work before are perfect now girl. And of course, the color - just right up my ally. So... for me... this is SUPER SPECTACULAR. Big hugs. j.

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  25. This vintage journal spread is so full of luscious texture, I just want to reach out and touch it! Wonderful use of the unused scraps to frame the pictures and the string to tie all three together. Your color choice is gorgeous and so grungy fab! Awesome sauce and fantabulous! Hugz! ~Niki

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  26. Wow Autumn!! This is just glorious! I love every inch of texture and every element you included! What a fabulous flow your page has, and the vintage palette and feel of this is stunning! hugs :)

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  27. Fantastic textures, I love this vintage style spread Autumn! xx

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  28. I love your story here...so fun and I think you did a great match-up with the pics! Love the metallic embossing powders over the texture paste because it gives an awesome texture. Enjoying your journal :-)

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  29. This is such a beautiful journal spread, Autumn!
    I love everything about it - the texture, the reduced colours and the composition! Absolutely wonderful!

    Thank you for playing along with us at SAnDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

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  30. Imaginative story here, but possible! Ha! Love 💘 texture and the linear link.

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  31. Amazing page and composition of all elements! Lovely!!!!
    Thank you for playing with us at Mixed Media Warriors! :)

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  32. Amazing, thank you for playing with us on MixedMediaWarriors :)

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  33. Beautiful page Autumn .. You are very good at this !!

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  34. Wonderfully done, Autumn!!!! Love the great vintage look!!!
    Hugz
    PS. Love your new profile pic!!!!

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  35. Really beautiful Autumn!! Love those rich vintage hues!!! Stunning detailing and design. Nicola x

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