Friday 4 October 2019

Inky Wings..... A Vintage Journey.....New Challenge

Hi everybody! It's time for another challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Our talented Creative Guide Annie, is our host for this month and the title she has chosen is 'Inky Wings'. I think you'll agree that there is fabulous scope here and I can't wait to see what you come up with. After all, I don't know many crafters that don't like a wing or two! As usual, there is some wonderful inspiration from the Creative Guides, over on the A Vintage Journey Blog. This is what Annie has to say about the challenge......

Make any project you like as long as ink and wings are included in some way. This includes backgrounds, stamped images, art journals, and portions of your project coloured with ink. Any kind of ink is welcome, so let's get creative within our preferred styles of vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.

I said there was plenty of scope! This is how I put my project together.........
I used a template for a pop up box card, and cut it out from white card. I sprayed the card on both sides, with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen. I then used the script stamp from the 'Entomology' stamp set on the box flaps.......
I stamped out several winged insects in black Versa Mark ink and heat embossed them, before colouring, with water colour brush pens.....
After cutting out my insects, using the corresponding dies, I heat embossed each one with clear embossing powder.....
I also die cut a couple of leaf sprigs leaves, using card that had been coloured with Distress Oxides. The next step, was to attach the insects to some thin strips of clear acetate, which I had salvaged from discarded packaging. I used Cosmic Shimmer glue, which seems to have held them on very well.....
It was now time to assemble my pop up box. I'm afraid there are no pictures of the assembly, as you just have to keep going once you start. I've put four card divisions inside the box and attached the acetate 'stems' with double sided sticky tape. If you have never made one of these before, there are templates and videos available on line. Just search for 'pop up box card'. They are good fun to make and I think the possibilities for decoration are endless. Here's a close up of the insects. The clear acetate 'stems are barely visible and make the insects look as though they are flying out of the box. Yay result!......

and here's  the finished pop up (again).........

If you would like to join in with our Inky Wings challenge, please hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog with this link. Once there, you'll see Annie's beautiful project as well as some fabulous work by the the other Creative Guides. I hope you will join us, as I know we are all looking forward to seeing what Inky Wings you come up with.x 


  1. What an amazing creation, Toni! I adore your glowing insects, beautifully vibrant in colour, and they look just fantastic all emerging from the gorgeous vintage text box. Magical!
    Alison x

  2. Wow, what a stunning project! The pop up design looks amazing and I love the vintage finish with all the foliage and insects - beautiful 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a wonderful October! Happy Friday and weekend! Hugs, Jo x

  3. Incredible project Toni! Love evEything about it especially your colorful insects and the vintage feeling you gave it! Barbara

  4. I simply love this piece - you got the vintage vibe perfectly and the butterflies are amazing. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Hugs, S@ndy

  5. Wow!!! I love the way those Inky Wings are flying out the pop up card Toni x Such a clever design !!!
    As you say you don’t see the acetate .... clever !!
    Have a great weekend xx
    Annie xx

  6. Toni, what a brilliant design, amazing idea to use the clear acetate to support your flight of insects! Wonderful details on the box as well with the spray inks and stamping, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  7. Toni, this is such a cool project and super clever, those inky wings really look as if they are about to take flight, brilliant make!!

  8. Oh what a treat in this vintage box! LOVE the buggies and the plants, and great idea to keep them suspended on the acetate!

  9. I just love pop up boxes and yours is just delightful Toni! Wonderful mix of insects and foliage - the text on the box adds great interest along with the sponging of it! xx

  10. What a stunning project, Toni! I love this pop up boxes and those flying insects.
    Hugs, Ann.

  11. toni, I know I'm very late to this party, but I've admired this over and over again. I felt it was time I left you some love! This is one incredible project! I especially love how you've colored your bugs! They are gorgeous! Hugs!