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Monday 20 April 2015

Destination Inspiration #3 - It's the small things ..

Well it is Trace (inkypinkycraft) here today to follow part 3 of the destination inspiration posts with Brenda and Anne before me, so using the same ingredients here is my stop on the destination inspiration journey :

Product - Distress Paint
Substrate - Canvas
Technique - Grungepaper flowers (Vol 1 of Tim's CC3C Book, page 65)
Colour  -  Picket Fence

I decided to use the inside of two canvas pieces to create a hinged piece, allowing me to decorate not only the front but the inside of the two canvas pieces too.

So here is the inside...

and here is how the two canvas were joined together ....

I will save the covers of this piece, or the outside of the canvas later on in the post..

To start I covered my canvas frames with tissue tape, to covered the join of where the canvas was stapled on ..

I extended the tape around the sides, careful not to overlap onto the front of the two pieces.

I then applied some picket fence distress paint to soften the detail of the tissue tape..

Continuing when the paint was dry with walnut stain distress ink and splatters of picket fence distress paint. I picked up the paint using a splatter brush from distress paint applied direct to my craft sheet and spritzed lightly with water.

Now for the fronts of the canvas... I started by applying some decoart media crackle paste through the latticework this stencil so much!

I applied in areas on both of the canvas fronts.

I then applied some picket fence distress paint direct to my craft sheet and sprited, dabbing the canvas fronts into the paint..and allowing to dry .

When dried I sprized some pumice stone distress spray stain onto the top of the canvas , spritzed with water and allowed to drip , the heat dried .

When dry I added some walnut stain distress ink around the edges using a blending tool, it is amazing the difference these small touches make...and I think walnut stain distress ink makes anything and everything look better!

Now for the flowers, made using Tim's tutorial , Grungepaper flowers (Vol 1 of Tim's CC3C Book, page 65). I used various vintage papers and papers from Tim Holtz paper stash collections and edged the flowers in walnut stain distress ink.

To complete the flowers I added more splatters of picket fence distress stain and some of the idea-ology custom fastners.

To complete the covers..I added one of the pocket cards , cut into pieces and distressed and some sticky backed canvas leaves , die cut using spring greens die.

I love how the picket fence paint has resisted the distress stain spray in the background...and still think this is such a cool property of the distress paints that they react with water until dry and then are permanent.

Now ...for the inside...

I collected together elements from ephemera packs, pocket cards, idea-ology and distressed edges playing around until I was happy with the layout of the pieces. I added a photo booth photo to the centre of each collection. I tend to collect lots of pieces and then discard pieces that don't seem to fit..

here is the collection for the left hand side..

and here is the collection for the right hand side..

Now to finally add them to the inside of the canvas pieces ..

so to complete the left hand side some more grungepaper flowers and canvas leaves around the frame created by the inside edge of the canvas.

and the same for the right hand side ..

Finally to join the two pieces together I added an idea-ology hinge.

So hope you liked my make and make sure you stop back next week for another destination inspiration using the same recipe .

keep those fingers inky!
trace x 


  1. I love how you hinged together two canvas frames here Trace! Wonderful inking, stenciling and pasting - along with two great collages of ephemera inside each - thanks for sharing each step you used to achieve your great backgrounds! A beautiful project using this month's recipe! hugs, Julia xx

  2. Lovely canvas and that's a double bonanza. I enjoyed reading the process and can't agree more on the magic of Walnut stain! I love that ink too. the tissue tape background is beautiful and is an amazing backdrop. Hugs.

  3. What a great project Trace. I love the way you hinged the canvas together and all the elements on the inside and out. The way you added the Picket Fence made the entire thing come together. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  4. Great project Trace. Love the hinge.

  5. Absolutely brilliant Trace, the detail is amazing! What a great tutorial and the end result looks fantastic! Wonderful to have you with us again!

  6. Wow Trace, absolutely fantastic tutorial and wonderful creation. Love all the details and your process with the paints. Lovely to see you back. Nikki xx

  7. If anyone could rock Picket Fence it's gonna be you! I LOVE the whole look to this, kinda Scandinavian style meets Mid West vintage! Tons of clever ideas throughout your fab tutorial too. Huge round of applause from me! :) Jenny x

  8. An absolutely stunning creation, Trace... I love Jenny's Scandi-Wild West description! Beautiful delicate ink and paintwork and fabulous textures throughout. And lovely collaging to finish it all off - a showstopper!
    Alison xx

  9. Gorgeous, glorious, magnificent. Love this Trace - it's a fabulous DI creation and post.
    hugs brenda xxx

  10. Amazing project!!! Love all the details and paintwork with stunning textures!

  11. Wow, just breathtaking Trace! I love all of the soft tones and the crackle texture is amazing! Fabulous images, and your big blossom is gorgeous! Such an amazing project, LOVE IT! hugs :)

  12. Awesome ... Love the Canvas .. !!

  13. Stunning project Trace and so beautifully showcased. Love every detail on your canvases.
    Julie x

  14. Gorgoeus Trace - love it all xx GailT xx

  15. Your tutorial is fantastic Trace and I love, love, love your canvas creation, especially the way you hinged it. The Ephemera looks wonderful inside and the flowers look amazing! A fabulous project. Anne xx

  16. awesome work as always Trace - when I said I was coming over here to see the goodies I never imagined it would be this beautiful - absolutely fabulous! That crackle stuff with the stencil looks amazing - will be trying that very soon! Huggles Rachel xx

  17. A beautiful make Trace with gorgeous details. Love the stencilling and painty layers. Stunning florals too. Thanks for sharing such a great step by step.

    Hugs Annie x

  18. In awe - definitely INSPIRATION... Wow. Thank bunches Trace for the wonderful tutorial too. So happy to learn from you. j.

  19. Love that you showed us your process, it's so inspiring watching through it. Great piece, hugs, Georgie xx

  20. Spectacular, Trace! Absolutely Love every detail! :) I love the outside as much as I love the inside! Thank you sooo much for sharing your steps! XOXO-Shari

  21. Trace, this is total fabulousness! What a clever idea to add the hinge to the canvases and love all the textures and flowers! Hugs!

  22. This is spectacular Trace!!! I do hope you have it on display with daily rotations! Love each and every scrumptious detail. Superb tutorial too. Very inspiring creation. Nicola x

  23. Wow Trace, that is so fabulous! Love how you hinged the canvases together and all your beautiful distress techniques. Fabulous textures and so much interest with this beautiful monochromatic colour palette, love!