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Monday, 29 June 2015

Destination Inspiration - June Terminal 4

Hello all, Alison here from Words and Pictures, and I'm delighted to have arrived at Terminal 4 to share June's fourth and final Destination Inspiration project with you.

Packed in the travel bag this month we had:
Main Colour - Walnut Stain
Technique - Layering Stencil and Texture Paste
Substrate - Watercolour Paper
Product - Any Tattered Die

Three of my fellow Creative Guides have already shared their inspiration with you, keeping us all fuelled for the journey (you can see their roadmaps of inspiration again at the end of the post), and now it's my turn.  Here's what I came up with...  (I had to make this some time ago before life got busy, but I'll do my best to remember how I put it together!)


I started by cutting a large tag out of a sheet of watercolour paper, and applied texture paste through the fabulous Typo stencil before spritzing with Walnut Stain Distress Spray.  I tried to keep some whiter spaces, and places where you can really see the delicate splatter pattern from the spray.


I decided I wanted the Typo lettering to pop a little more, so I did some dry-brushing with Picket Fence Distress Paint to highlight the texture.


I'm not much of a flower-maker in the general way of things, but I know where to go when I do want to do some... my fellow Creative Guide Jennie has some amazing tutorials over at her blog Live the Dream, and I almost always go there for help when I'm using the Tattered Florals die.


I followed her Cabbage Rose design for my large flower (I've enjoyed the results in the past, and it didn't fail me this time either) and a sort of half version of the same for the smaller ones.  I did less curling of the petals on the small roses as my book pages I was using weren't really strong enough to take it.


So with all my components in place, I now had the fun of adding collage elements and embellishments to finish the whole thing off.


I used one of the brilliant Photobooth photos, and layered up paper scraps and other ephemera to frame it.


I altered my metal embellishments with alcohol ink and some Treasure Gold.  I think the clock looks pretty good peeking out from behind the roses.


I particularly like the effect on the WordBand.  I thought about applying paint to accent the lettering, but decided I rather liked how subtle the words are like this.


I like the dark Teakwood and Espresso alcohol inks contrasting with the bright gilding.


I needed something a little brighter to carry the eye on a longer journey and capture the light in places, so I grabbed some thick card off-cuts from the Frameworks Honeycomb die which were hanging around on my craft table and gave them a coat of Antique Linen Distress Paint and then one of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.


Once it was dry and cracked, I pressed the pad of my Walnut Stain Distress Stain down onto them to let the ink sink into the crackles to highlight them.


The seam binding at the top has had a close encounter with the Walnut Stain inkpad so that it tones in with the rest of the tag.


And I'm a complete spatter fiend at the moment - can't resist it!  You can see the dry-brushing and a little hint of Treasure Gold highlighting the texture here too.


So there you have it... my roadmap of inspiration to re-charge your batteries for the next stage of the journey.


 I hope you like it.

As promised, here's a recap of all the Destination Inspiration projects from this month.  I love seeing how each Creative Guide uses the same luggage from the travel bag to create such different and individual projects.


Terminal 1 - Jennie



Terminal 2 - Anne



Terminal 3 - Astrid



Terminal 4 - Alison


So there you have it - I hope your creativity is firing on all cylinders after all that.  You've still got a bit of time left to come and join in S@ndy's Celebrations challenge, so get cracking!

What will be packed in the travel bag next month?  And how will each Creative Guide use the components to fuel our onward Vintage Journey? You'll just have to come back each Monday to find out... Bon Voyage!

Alison xx

36 comments:

  1. I love your tag, Alison! Absolutely beautiful!

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  2. Wow Alison - this is gorgeous - love the 'burnt' look to this - wonderful browns and tans - the pasted stenciling looks so pretty as well as the lovely flowers! Julia xx

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  3. What a fantastic tag, Alison - you always "dress" your tags so beautifully. I love those roses!

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  4. Gorgeous tag Alison with those lush roses! Love the highlights on the texture and those crackled honeycomb pieces are just the perfect addition! Wonderful last terminal on this inspiration journey!

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  5. Love your project Alison, especially the wonderful layout and background textures. What a wonderful group of projects for this month's DI travel bag....love them all.

    TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

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  6. I LOVE this final tag Alison! Amazing stencilled background (almost a shame to cover it!) and the crackled honeycomb is inspired. Jenny x

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  7. Such an awesome tag...with your stunning eye for details Alison.
    Greetings, Alie

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  8. So now my batteries are FULLY charged, Alison! What a fabulous tag, with so many luscious, vintage details! You had me at that beautiful background, then you added those yummy book page flowers (yes, I turn to Jennie's tutorials any time I need to make a flower, too!), and metal embellishments (sigh with delight!), and paper embellishments (Love, LOVE those crackled off cuts!). Love the entire package! Thank you for sharing your journey! Hugs!

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  9. So now my batteries are FULLY charged, Alison! What a fabulous tag, with so many luscious, vintage details! You had me at that beautiful background, then you added those yummy book page flowers (yes, I turn to Jennie's tutorials any time I need to make a flower, too!), and metal embellishments (sigh with delight!), and paper embellishments (Love, LOVE those crackled off cuts!). Love the entire package! Thank you for sharing your journey! Hugs!

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  10. Gosh, that background, it's amazing!! You have such a way with composition and colours xx

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  11. Gorgeous tag Alison, I am loving that background! Your flowers are so wonderful, a dreamy vintage creation!! Great to have the recap, so many stunning makes this month! hugs :)

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  12. wow Alison gorgeous xxx love it

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  13. Just GORGEOUS in every detail.. great to see the other fantastic projects all again... fabulous ART Ladies!!

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  14. A fabulous tag Alison. just love the alcohol inks and treasure gold - just about to try that one. Thanks for a great post too. xxx

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  15. Great pieces everyone!!
    Alison, your attention to those fine details and elements always make your pieces shine and sparkle- even with the color palette you have chosen this time! Gorgeous!!! xoxo

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  16. I love every last detail of your tag Alison. From the colors to the flowers to the great embellishments. Simply beautiful! Thanks for inspiring us.
    S@ndy xx

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  17. A fantastic post Alison, I just adore the gorgeous background you created, the light and dark shades work so well. The alcohol ink and treasure gold look amazing on your metalwork and your flowers are simply stunning! Anne xx

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  18. As your sneak peek already promised : fabulous, you are so talented ! Beautiful tag !
    Corrie x

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  19. Stunning tag! Alison Love so much about it where do I start ?? Especially love the stenciling n how you've highlighted it with the dry brushing n TG . I'm always sold on metal n alcohol inks n like you love the effect created on the wordband ! Such clever use of the cut offs ! Lovely arrangement of all your ephemera .Ya rocked those flowers n the splats are the perfect finishing touch..... thank you for sharing your journey loved every minute xx

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  20. wow - this is really gorgeous - the background is stunning - and the crackle - and I adore those flowers - amazing! Big hugs rachel xx

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  21. Fantastic destinations they are all beautiful!

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  22. A complete stunner Alison! Truly beautiful. Your flowers are just as good as Jennie's too so well done you!!! Nicola x

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  23. Alison LOVE and ADORE your tag. So many fantastic and decorative details. The card cut offs hexagons are so lovely and a great idea adding crackle to them. You made an amazing job.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  24. Love the look of this tag, beautiful!

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  25. Love the look of this tag, beautiful!

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  26. Alison, Your tag is splendid! So rich in color and textures. Each time I look...I see a new detail. Thanks as always for sharing your talent. Kim

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  27. Alison...you never disappoint with your gorgeous creations.

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  28. Just beautiful Alison -- Love this tag. The dry brushing on the paste stenciling is perfect. Wonderful vintagey layers of ephemera to compliment your found relatives. And I will just have to visit Jennie's cabbage rose tutorial. WoW! Just adds so much to overall design. You've outdone yourself again my dear friend!! -- Mary Elizabeth

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  29. Alison, I love all the goodies you pulled out of your travel bag! What a gorgeous tag and I love the texture and colors! Hugs!

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  30. Oh WOW! This is a stunner of a tag, Alison and such a lovely way to end this month's Destination Inspirations! I love every single layer of paper, ephemera, embellies and those fabulous paint splatters that you've treated this tag with :) This just makes me love Walnut Stain even more!! Cheers to all of the CGs for simply marvelous DI creations!! XOXO-Shari

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  31. Stunning as I said! So many wonderful techniques xxx

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  32. Wow, Alison - you hit it out of the park here! Love your spatters....and those honeycomb crackled bits are fantastic against all the lovely, rich browns.....utterly fantastic inspiration, and thanks for sharing all the rest of the destinations - what a great team, as they are all fabulous! xx Lynn

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  33. Oh this is so perfect...I adore that walnut stain spray and the effect you achieved..definitely on my list...glorious roses...well no more words..I LOVE THIS! Ruth x

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  34. Gorgeous tag Alison! All the gorgeous texture and detail, just love it, Angela xXx

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  35. Oh my! I love the way you made the background but then oh! oh! oh! Look what you did then! Fabulous! !! Chrisx

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  36. Oh Alison - I can only dream and wish that the good fairy of talent would sprinkle your dust on me!!!!
    sandy xx

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