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Monday 28 September 2015

Destination Inspiration - Last stop for September - Terminal 4

Hello, Nikki here, and welcome to the last stop on our September journey. My fellow travellers have shared some wonderful creations this month using the nominated contents of our luggage. As a reminder we are travelling with:

Product - Distress Inks
Technique - Wrinkle Free Distress
Featured Colour - Wild Honey
Substrate - Anything 3D

Let's review the inspiration to date:
Terminal 1 - Astrid with her wonderful, autumn toned altered box for her alphabet stamps:
Terminal 2 - Alison gave us a masterclass of craft, imagination and story telling:
Terminal 3 - Julia shared a fabulous little house full of glorious details that just makes you smile:

And so for our final stop this month I have created a reverse canvas shadow box incorporating Tim's Bird Silhouette die.

I began on the reverse side of a canvas and used tissue tape to cover the outer edges to hide the staples. I then added some texture paste through Tim Holtz clockwork stencil. I changed the colour of the frame at one point but this is how it ended up - I painted it with brown acrylic and once dry - dry brushed gesso over the surface to catch the embossed areas. I then took my wild honey paint and dry brushed again - the colour showing over the white gesso.

Next I used the wrinkle free distress technique to colour some card - far more than I needed of course! The first was just wild honey and scattered straw but on some I then added some browns for contrast. I die cut the bird silhouette out of the wild honey piece and added a little vintage photo around the edges. I also die cut the bird out of mountboard and painted it brown before gluing the two elements together.
I took one of the slightly darker wrinkle free distressed pieces of card and added a little picket fence distress paint by placing the paint on my kraft sheet, spritzing a little and swiping the cardstock through it. This became the background for the shadow box.
I also cut some branches out of my distressed card too. I added some small talk chit chat stickers to complete the piece.

A new journey will begin in October with a new kit big so do look out for the first Destination Inspiration post of the new month next Monday.
In the meantime you still have a few days to enter our September challenge - Home Sweet Home.

Reminder... we are seeking two new Creative Guides
If you would like more information and details please email Brenda... by Monday 5th October.

See you soon


  1. What a wonderful little shadow box you created here Nikki! I love how you added some watered down Picket Fence to the background - a lovely ethereal look behind your beautiful bird! The texture on your frame reminds me of tree bark - love this! Julia xx

  2. Such a wonderful way to end the month. Your bird is simply beautiful and I love the verse. Great Job!!!
    Sandy xx

  3. It's been a wonderful month and Nikki's project is a fabulous round-off!

  4. Stunning shadow box Nikki! That bird looks so fabulous...also love the quote :)
    Suchi xx

  5. A fantastic finale Nikki! Love both the frame and the inside of your shadow box! The dry brushing really brings the frame to life! The bird is the perfect centre piece and I love how the colours blend and pool around him, - just beautiful!

  6. Absolutely fabulous piece of Art! Nikki . I love how you've altered the frame and your wf background is such a gorgeous blend of colours and the perfect backdrop for your lovely wf bird . Love how you've given the bird dimension and the shadow effect of the leaves gives a great sense of depth .
    What a delight of creativity you talented ladies have made for Septembers Journey . I have enjoyed the ride ! x

  7. Your Wild Honey bird is stunning, Nikki - and I love the textured frame, beautifully dry-brushed to bring out all that fabulous detail. Gorgeous cloudy effect from the Picket Fence DP in the background too - just love the whole thing!
    Alison xx

  8. Such great color and depth to this piece! I have this die and am so inspired to play with it now!

  9. this is stunning nikki ... love the colours and details.. wrinkle free at its best. brilliant! hugs rachel x

  10. Oh WOW! Quite simply WOW! This is STUNNING Nikki!!! LOVE the multi distress background and that fabulous stencilled border. What a way to end this particular journey! Jenny xxx

  11. Wow Nikki, this is stunning, the warm glow of the wild honey and the elegance of this design have made a fab DI post, love it.
    Julie x

  12. Beautiful Nikki you have brought all the DI items to life with a fabulous conclusion. Love it xxx

  13. Nikki, your reverse canvas is absolutely gorgeous, I love how you did the frame and the background is stunning! Anne xx

  14. Beautiful Nikki, love the texture on the frame and your colour palette is so warm and welcoming. A wonderful shadow box and once again, stunning makes by all of the Creative Guides using the Destination Inspiration ingredients! Deb xo