Travelling in Vintage Style

Happy New Year to you all!
May your year be full of happiness, 
health and crafting!

and welcome to my first post of the year which is a project for our new challenge at A Vintage Journey which is

Vintage Travel and Luggage

Let your imagination carry you back to the bygone eras setting off on an exciting journey for the New Year. Keeping it in Tim's style, we would love to see what item of luggage or mode of transport you would use on your journey - think hand luggage, travel trunks, hat boxes, hot air balloons, ships and trains.

I have had a little paper mache trunk for absolutely ages, so I thought our current challenge would be a wonderful opportunity to get going and alter it! I am afraid there are no "how to" photographs as the weather has been so dark this last couple of weeks leading up to the shortest day, but I will take you through the steps.

I painted the trunk firstly with Vintage Photo Distress Paint and then covered it randomly using torn up strips of printed Tissue Wrap. I used Ranger Multi Medium to stick everything down and give it all a final coat.

I then gave everything a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze.  It goes on quite thickly and you really do have to be patient and let it dry! I had to do each side of the box separately so the glaze didn't drip off, but it was worth the long wait.

Once dry and beautifully crackled I rubbed Gathered Twigs Distress Ink all over the trunk to highlight the cracks and "shabby up" the edges. I let everything dry overnight and then gave the trunk a coating of Multi Medium to seal everything.

The trunk is tiny !!! so it didn't need much in the way of embellishment. I still have a few grungeboard pieces left and so I painted these with Distress Paints and gave them a coat of DecoArt Crackle Glaze to give them an aged look.

I also used tissue wrap inside the box too but left it "au natural". 

And the trunk is going to be very useful as it holds a huge number of ATC backgrounds all ready to use.

I do hope you will join us in our challenge and for some fabulous inspiration why not hop on over to  A Vintage Journey to see the amazing projects created by my Creative Guide teamies.

With very best wishes to you all for this first day of 2016.

Jennie x


Jenny Marples said…
This is such a fantastic little altered trunk Jennie! Love the tissue covering and floral top. It really is the perfect place to store those ATC's. Happy New Year! Jenny xxx
Absolutely gorgeous Jennie. I adore the vintage colour and the crackle is fantastic. Wonderful piece. Happy New Yeqr. Tracy x
Julia Aston said…
Oh my - I just LOVE your little vintage trunk Jennie! what a wonderful covering and crackle you gave it - inside and out! and the little adornments on top are perfect along with the beautiful key piece on the front! A decorative place to keep those ATC cards! Happy New Year! (we have 40 minutes to go as I write this but you are already there!!) Julia xx
butterfly said…
What a wonderful vintage trunk, Jennie - I adore all the stamping and crackle, giving it such character. Hope you've managed to dry out a bit... and that the weather in 2016 will be a bit kinder to us all. Happy New Year!
Alison xx
Redanne said…
Your little trunk is fabulous (and so useful too), I just love how the crackling turned out, it really does look vintage. This is such a great interpretation of the theme Jennie! Happy New Year to you and yours! Anne xx
Unknown said…
What a cute little trunk, I love the vintage script and text xx
A Pink said…
What a cute little travel trunk altered so fabulously! Jennie . Love the really worn,vintage feel you have created - the printed tissue, the crackle ( definitely worth the wait ) and the simple embellishments .
So great that it can be used as a lovely way to store all those ATC .

Hope the weather is improving for you and that the New Year is full of Happy for you
hugs x
S@ndy Diller said…
Just love that crackled look and the key is perfect. What a great and fun project. So happy you shared it with us. S@ndy xx
Nikki Acton said…
Just brilliant! Such a superbly 'vintaged' creation - who would of thought it was paper mache. Happy New Year Jennie xxxx
SewPaperPaint said…
What brilliant and inspiring technique for the base - love it!
Such a lovely altered piece to hold yourcrafty treasures Jennie. The colors and the crackle add the perfect vintage look. Wishing you a very happy new year. Hugs.
Deb said…
Jennie, what a fabulous little travel trunk, love all the wonderful vintage French tissue collaged on it and the crackling is spot on perfect as are the colours you chose, LOVE! And brilliant idea to use it for your ATC backs, what a treasure it will be to open each and every time you need one. Thanks so much for sharing it and wishing you and yours much joy in the New Year! Deb xo
Curls N Twirls said…
No words to describe this lovely cute little box .. Would love to own this box .. Enjoyed reading through this Post .. Would give a hand in creating a similar one :)
Suzanne C said…
Brilliant and gorgeous! I need to create one for my atc's! Lovely texture and design!
Indigogh Girl said…
So charming! Love it! I was curious on what you used for the tissue wrap. Was it commercial, or did you make it yourself?
Brenda Brown said…
A wonderful box full of treasures that you will be able to use in the future. Great crackling and vintage appeal.
hugs Brenda xxx