Mixed Media Altered Coffee Jar

Hi guys! Sorry it’s been a while but I have been super busy setting up my local craft classes, that are currently going really well. This project is one we did in the second class and it seemed to go down well so I though I would share it with you too. I began this project with a clean empty glass jar, the first step was to paint it with white gesso in order to prime it for other mediums.

For texture the first medium I added after gesso was Finnabair clear crackle texture paste, but we didn’t use this in class as it takes a while to dry and you can’t speed up the process with a heat tool. Once the crackle paste had dried I added some Ranger opaque matte texture paste through a Prima stencil shown above. I then added more texture with Prima art stones and mini art stones which I attached to the jar using 3D matte gel.

Some of the embellishments I used on this project I coloured before I attached them ,such as the paper flowers as they are quite delicate. The Tim Holtz Bigz dies Gadget Gears #2 and Garden Greens are cut from mount board and coated in gesso which made them fairly strong so I attached them before adding ink. I used a hot glue gun to attach all the embellishments purely for how rapidly it dries so we can move on quickly in class. Given more time I would use Finnabair 3D matte gel to glue everything on as it is a much more reliable and stable adhesive. I also added some paper clay pieces before inking that I made using a Prima mould and then coated in gesso. Then it was time to colour! For this project I used Lindy’s sprays, Tebetan poppy teal, Sassy sapphire, Gator gumbo olive and Buccaneer bay blue. I also dripped some Tim Holtz alcohol inks, Mushroom and Mermaid, from the top of the jar to run in between the art stones. Once I was happy with the colour I added the rest of my embellishments to the project, paper flowers, buttons, a Tim Holtz clock face and game spinner. All that was left was to add some highlights, for this I used Creative Expressions Graphite and Chocolate Bronze gilding polish, which gave the project definition and a nice metallic finish.

As you can see by all the smiley faces, this was a popular project. I hope this post inspires you to create your own mixed media altered jar? If it does, tag me in your social media pictures of your awesome projects using the #winstoniancrafts as I would love to see them. Happy crafting!

Vintage Floral Birthday Card

Hi guys! I thought I would share this birthday card with you today, I made it for a close crafty friend so I put in a little extra effort. I began by cutting out a card base 5×7 inches and putting together some pieces of scrap card that complemented each other. I roughed up the edges of all the pieces of scrap card and then distressed then further using the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I also used the Vintage Photo ink to distress a piece of lace and burlap I selected to embellish the card.

After layering the scrap card, burlap and lace onto the card base I selected some embellishments to for create further layers. The paper flowers I used are cream so I added some more Vintage Photo Ink to blend them with the project. I also chose to used some corrugated cardboard as its one of my favourite textures to use in mixed media projects due to its dimension and natural colour.

After assembling the card I decided to add some metal embellishments and a happy birthday banner that was from the Tim Holtz Simple Sayings stamp set and then die cut using the Tim Holts Tag Collection. I brought the metal embellishments from Ebay in a bulk lot a long time ago but they fit perfectly in this project. I hope you enjoyed this project, if you did, why not have a go at creating it? If and when you do take some pics and post them on Instagram or Facebook using the hash tag Winstoniancrafts so I can see them. I would love to see your take on this project. Happy crafting!

Burlap Journal Page

Hi guys! This page is created in my Dina Wakley Media Journal on a burlap page but is inspired by Tim Holtz. I don’t really share many journal pages but i really like this one and I hope you do to? The burlap pages within the journal can be a bit scary for a start but they really are the most fun to create on once you get over that. I began by sticking down some ephemera from the Tim Holtz Emporium, Thrift Shop and Expedition packs on the page using the Vintage Collage Medium. Once that layer had dried I pushed some Ranger Opaque Matte texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, to add some raised interest to the background. I also roughly applied a small amount of texture paste to the burlap that wasn’t covered by ephemera. To help blend the page together I added some Walnut Stain Distress Paint to the texture paste and Walnut Stain Crayon around the edges of each piece of ephemera.

The background was now complete so I added a large feature image from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives pack which I tinted with a wash of Walnut Stain Distress Paint and stuck down with foam pads for added dimension. The next step was to add some wording, I used a metal panel from the Tim Holtz Quote Bands pack which I attached using some string that I tied through the burlap page. I also used some stickers from the Big Chat book in black that I edged with the Walnut Stain Crayon. The final part of the project was to add some brads from the Tim Holtz Dapper Fasteners pack that added further dimension to the page. This project turned out to be super fun although it started out very scary, I would defiantly recommend the Dina Wakley Media Journal to anyone having difficulty creating different journal pages. The various surfaces within this journal pushes you out of your normal way of creating and helps diversify your creativity. I hope this inspires you to create something a little different and out of your norm? if it does post a pic on social media and use the #winstoniancrafts so I can have a look and we can share our experiences. Happy crafting!

Bee You Journal Page

Hi guys! This weeks project is a little different as I wouldn’t normally post pictures of journal pages due to their personal nature, but this one was too cute not to. I created it in my new journal from Dina Wakley with various surfaces to work on such as watercolour paper, craft card and burlap which I love.

I began by sticking some torn up book pages down with gel medium and then covering my page in a thin layer of white gesso to prepare it. I then added some texture paste through the Tim Holtz circles stencil to look like honeycombs and then through the Tim Holtz sunbeam stencil to add interest to my page. I then stamped some Bee’s in the background from the Tim Holtz Oddities Stampers Anonymous set using black Archival Ink. I also used the Archival to create a shadow honeycomb by adding it through the circle stencil beside the texture paste circles. It was now time to add some colour, I used some Dylusions sprays, Black, Lemon and Satsuma. This gave me a beautiful combination of colours that I also used to colour my die cut and embossed bee from the Tim Holtz Bigz die named Layered Bee. After attaching my die cut bee to my page I stamped some wording on some white card that inspired me at the time, and stuck it on to complete the page. I hope you enjoy this post and perhaps it inspires you to create something in your journal? If it does share it on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook using the #winstoniancrafts so I can see it. Happy crafting!

Steampunk Oxide Explosion Box

Hey guys! This project started out as just a bit of fun, playing around with my latest purchase the new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks. I really liked the effect from placing Distress, Oxides and water on a craft mat and then tapping card into it. But to start I’ll give you some measurements for the Explosion Box in layers, layer 1 (12 x 12 inch) being the largest outer layer, giving the box its shape. Layer 2 (11 1/2 x 11 1/2 inch) being the first of the inner layers and layer 3 (11 x 11 inch) the smallest inside layer. The next step is to score each side of each page in at 4 inches and trim off the excess square corners to make your box shape. To make my explosion box a little more inventive, instead of trimming off the excess corners I used them to create pockets for tags and flaps that open for more space for photos. The final piece is the lid which measures 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 and scored in at 1 1/2 inch on each side.

To decorate layer 1 & 2 I applied Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Distress Ink using a wet wipe for a smooth coverage. For layer 2 & the lid I dabbed the card into Walnut Stain and Mermaid Lagoon from the normal Distress ink line. And from the new Oxide inks Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio and Iced Spruce. This combination of colours and inks gave a rich depth and rusty look to the project that I loved, and that inspired me to decorate the box with a steampunk theme.

For decoration on layer 2 I decided to put in two corset pages using metal eyelets and turquoise ribbon from my stash (unsure of the brand) again carrying on with the steampunk theme. I also began sticking either turquoise or brown card photo tabs on each of my layers to eventually stick photos over the top of them. To signify their purpose I stamped a camera image in the centre of them from the Tim Holtz mini blueprints stamp set using the Oxide inks. I also used this stamp, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Game Spinners and the Xcut Chronology cog dies to further decorate some of the other layers. After creating little pockets for tags in layer 3 I die cut some tags from the Tim Holtz Framelits die set to fit in them, trimming the bottom off as they were a little too large. I also cut a half circle out of the top of the pockets to make it easier to remove the tags using circle punch.

The final touch for this project was adding a cupboard door knob that I had found in a local DIY shop through the top of the lid, so it made the explosion box opening process a little easier. This project was really fun, and a great way to get used to using the new Oxide Distress inks for backgrounds and stamping. I’m sorry if the instructions are a little hit and miss but its not the easiest project to explain how to do and it’s probably the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to photograph. Overall though this is a project I would definitely recommend trying as they make great gifts and are easy to personalise. If you do give it a go use the #winstoniancrafts on your social media posts so I can have a look, I would love to see your take on it. Happy crafting!

Steampunk Tag

Hey guys, after playing around with the birthday card I made for my dad last week I came across some awesome card in my stash and decided to make use of it and create a little steampunk tag. I began by cutting out a tag using the largest in the Tim Holtz Framelits Tag collection set on white card, and the cog patterned paper from the Enjoy The Ride pack (unsure of the brand). Before sticking them together I tore off some of the edges of the patterned paper so I could stick some lace in its place. Giving the impression there is a layer of lace underneath the paper peeping through, pretty nice effect.


After sticking the two tags together and attaching the lace I distressed the edges using the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink to make the whole project look aged. When deciding on embellishments for this project I just dived into some of my old paper flowers, metal cogs, cameo pieces and plastic flowers. Unfortunately all of these are unpackaged so I’m unsure of the brands, however I did also use some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Clock Faces and game spinners

To attach all these pieces I used Finnabair Art Basics Heavy Body Gel to ensure some the heavier pieces wouldn’t fall off. The finishing touch for this project was to add some stickers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Big Chat book, ‘Appreciate Beauty’ seemed to work. I hope you like this quick project and brief overview of how I made it, it certainly was enjoyable to make. Why not have a go at making something similar in your own style? If you do use #winstoniancrafts on your social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook, I’ll see it. Happy crafting!

Vintage Burlap Panel

Hi guys. This has got to be my favourite piece I’ve posted on here so far, mainly because its comprised of lots of different Tim Holtz products and I seriously love that guy. It all started when I purchased some Burlap panels and wanted to try one out immediately, thankfully I’m really happy with the outcome. I began by applying a small amount of texture paste to the Burlap panel with a pallet knife, waited for it try and added some Ground Espresso Distress paint.

Once this had dried I began placing some various pieces of Tim Holtz ephemera from the Expedition, Thrift shop and Emporium packs. Some I stuck flat to the panel using my Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue and I then started to build it up using sticky foam pads. The final paper piece I added was picture from the Tim Holtz Found Relatives which I fussy cut around so you could still see every layer behind it. Of course, I distressed every layer before attaching it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it more definition.

The final touch was adding some embellishments which I painted with Ground Espresso Distress paint. I then added a piece of string going all the way around the panel, underneath some of the top layers held up by sticky foam pads.

This was a really fun project to make, lots of layers, very vintage, loads of Tim Holtz products. Perfect! Why don’t you give it a try and send me some pic’s on Facebook? I would love to see your take on it. Happy crafting!

Flowers & Cogs Canvas

Hi guys. So this is a canvas I put together to display on my wall in my new craft room, which is still a work in progress at the moment but I’m so looking forward to it completion. I chose to used turquoise as my main colour as it is probably my favourite to craft with, its bright, fresh and coordinates beautifully with most metallic colours. The products I used to create this are…….

  • 7x5inch Canvas Board
  • Large wooden paint brush
  • Gesso
  • Ranger Opaque Matte Texture Paste
  • Bigz Gadget Gears #2 die set
  • Dutch Doobadoo Stencil A5 Bricks
  • X-cut Chronology Cog Die set
  • Pack of Craft Paper Roses
  • Pack of Papermania Paper posy
  • Selection of buttons
  • Small piece of gold ribbon
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Big Chat stickers
  • 1 Sheet of White heavyweight cardstock
  • Scraps of craft card
  • Dylusions Teal Ink Spray
  • Distress Mica spray Tarnished Brass
  • Distress Paint Brushed Pewter
  • Distress Paint Ground Espresso
  • Mini Mister
  • Water Brush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic glue
  • Sticky foam pads

To begin I painted my Canvas and the metal part of my paint brush with a thin layer of Gesso, waited for it to dry and then applied my texture paste to my canvas through the brick stencil. While that dried I die cut 10 assorted cogs and gears with some white heavyweight cardstock. I then painted them using the Distress Paint Dabbers, Brushed Pewter first and adding a little Ground Espresso to make them look a little dirty. The paper flowers were coloured adding a very light mist of the Teal spray and then use the Mini Mister filled with water to spread the ink around. This gave the flowers a water coloured finish, I then added the Mica spray and of course they need a little blast with a heat gun to dry them off. I was then able to do a dry layout to see how it all looked, playing around with it placing buttons in spaces I didn’t like.

After finding a Layout that I liked it was time to finish my background before I stuck everything. I put a small squirt of Teal spray on my craft mat and used the water brush to lightly apply some colour all over my canvas, continuing with the water colour look I had achieved with the paper flowers. This also needed a good Blast with my heat tool so I could begin sticking, starting with the large paint brush using my hot glue gun. I used my Cosmic Shimmer glue to attach the cogs so they sat nice and flat but everything else I used hot glue for an instant stick. After the main body of my Project was stuck I flicked through my Big Chat sticker book to find some words I felt worked for this project. I backed them with some craft card before using some sticky foam pads to attach them. This was a super fun project and can be adapted in so many ways, give it a try? Happy crafting!