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Monday, 12 October 2015

Destination Inspiration October Terminal 2

Hello fellow Vintage Journey travellers, Astrid here with another project to hopefully give you a bit of inspiration for your own Tim style journey.
This month we have some wonderful essential ingredients in our travel bag, - here is a list of what they are:
Product: Distress Stain Spray
Technique:Layering Stencil embossing ( from page 50 of a Compendium of Curiosities Volume III
Colour: Hickory Smoke
Substrate: Tag
I have to say, with those ingredients in my travel bag, I could not wait to get started, because they all belong to my absolute favourites.
So this is where my journey took me:
I decided to use a size #10 tag, to give me a bit more space to play on. Below are some of the stages of the journey that got me there.....
I used the Shattered stencil and Hickory Smoke and Ground Espresso following Tim's Embossed Layering Stencil technique.
Given the time of year I decided I wanted to give my tag a Halloween/Autumnal feel, so chose Dried Marigold, Persimmon and Rusty Hinge as additional colours and used both the inks and sprays to create the rest of my background, using the Crackle Layering Stencil in the other corner of my tag.
Using the sprays made for a lovely drippy droppy background, but I lost some of the details. In addition it also got a bit dark, so I added a couple more layers of background stamping with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint and Jet Black Archival, some more stencilling with the Crackle stencil and finally added some more interest using both black and white remnant rubs from the Apothecary collection.
Now the Shattered Stencil always reminds me of a spiderweb, and so I put a spider from the Remnant Rubs in the centre. The new(ish) Remnant Rubs Tool is a godsend for this, thanks so much Anne for gifting it to me!!!
Now, even though I had chosen to go with a Halloween theme, I am not really a fan of the whole skeleton, zombie and skull scene, so I decided to keep more to the Autumn Harvest side of Halloween, and created an autumnal cluster using a variety of die-cut leaves, berries, some beech nuts and of course a pumpkin.

Though I own a little pumpkin die, it was not the right size for my cluster, so I made one using three oval die-cuts, an idea I saw somewhere on Pinterest. Here is a close up:
I used the same colours of Distress Inks to colour the pumpkin, added some Rock Candy Crackle Paint and when dry added a few spritzes of Ground Espresso Distress Spray to bring out the cracks.
I created a ticket with a stamp from the Odds and Ends set, adhered it all to my background, added a bit of the Ideaology Trimming Black and Natural to the top and my tag was done.

Well, thank you for joining me for the next leg of our journey this month, hope you enjoyed my project and remember, there is still plenty of time to play along with our latest challenge, Art Journalling with Tim. Hope to see you there and don't forget to come back here next Monday, when there will be another Inspiration post for you to enjoy.
Happy travels!!
Astrid

35 comments:

  1. Unbelievably cool texture on that cobweb and the colours are glorious! Love the pumpkin made of ovals - clever stuff - and your gorgeous autumnal gatherings. Fabulous, fabulous tag!
    Alison xx

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  2. What a wonderful fall background you created on your tag Astrid - love the inks, paints and stenciling and the cluster of autumn berries, leaves and pumpkin anchor the bottom beautifully! A lovely fall tag using the ingredients in your travel bag! Julia xx

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  3. Fabulous with such a beautiful background , love the nature autumn feeling!!

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  4. Just absolut stunning tag here Astrid. As always I just love, how you put it all together in one place and made this amazing tag here. Simply amazing and just sooo perfect together.

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  5. Beautiful tag Astrid, love your colour palette and the embossed stenciling is wonderful, fabulous textures. Love the floral spray and how smart to use the ovals to make the pumpkin ! Thanks for sharing it with us, Deb xo

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  6. Hallo liebe Astrid,

    dein TAG sieht fanstastisch aus. Ich bin total begeistert von der aufwendigen Gestaltung. Es fasziniert mich wie viele Schritte nötig sind, um zu dem wundervollen Ergebnis zu kommen. Ich bewundere deine Werke sehr. Ich wünsche dir einen guten Start in die neue Woche. Ganz liebe Grüße Silvi

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  7. Fantastic tag! I love the tip about the pumpkin.

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  8. Gorgeous seasonal colours, this autumnal tones are so warm and eye catching . Love the shattered stencil in the backdrop too and the cluster of embellishments work beautifully . Tracy x

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  9. Gorgeous tag, Astrid. I love how you showed the steps and changed direction of the tag as it was developing. The added stamping, especially the white really brightened up what was already a beautiful tag. Love the added nuts, berries flowers to your pumpkin. Great crossover from Halloween to a combined autumnal theme.

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  10. Such a fabulous tag Astrid and I just ADORE that background !!!! The autumnal tones are just wonderful. Jennie x

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  11. Astrid, what a fantastic Autumn tag and I love the added Halloween bits! The background is gorgeous and the white rubs really add such a nice pop of interest! Love the Autumn Cluster and your pumpkin is so clever! As always a great share! Hugs!

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  12. Astrid, what a fantastic Autumn tag and I love the added Halloween bits! The background is gorgeous and the white rubs really add such a nice pop of interest! Love the Autumn Cluster and your pumpkin is so clever! As always a great share! Hugs!

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  13. WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, with a bit of tangled yuk combined!!!!!!!!!!!! When I mow, here at the ranch, I am always getting spider webs on my face/body - hehehehe - so that's why I say - tangled yuk! Seriously, this is truly STUNNING Astrid. The colors and texture just FABULOUS. Never do I see one of your creations that I don't fall in love with - you are just so great at what you do girl! HAPPY HARVEST! j.

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  14. absolutely stunning tag astrid. the colours are perfect and the shatter makes a perfect web. lovely! hugs rachel xx

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  15. Fabulous tag Astrid I much prefer your take on Halloween, great colours and texture.
    MaggieH

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  16. I LOVE how you made the shatter stencil look like a real spider's web, it is fantastic and the background colours are wonderful! I made a mental note to look out for the pumpkin die and then read that you made it yourself - it is fantastic Astrid, love the shape, the colour, the crackle... Your embellishments are beautifully rustic and so perfect for this time of year, love your gorgeous tag! Anne xx

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  17. OMgosh golly, this tag is fantastic. Thank you so much for the incredible inspiration. I really need to get my sprays and inks out and play! Happy Halloween to you!

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  18. I love the spider web, so rich textures! And an amazing autumn harvest!

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  19. Fabulous tag, Astrid! I love how the white stamping lightens things up without disturbing your beautiful blends....wonderful autumnal feel to it all! xxx Lynn

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  20. I love your elegant Halloween theme! The background is lovely, and I agree that the white really adds the perfect touch. I'm guessing it was hard to cover any of it, but your autumn spray is gorgeous!

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  21. If this isn't beautiful, I don't know what is!!!! Outstanding Astrid!
    sandy xx

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  22. Such a gorgeous tag! Astrid. Love the beautiful colors on the background and all the pretty embellishments. :)

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  23. Oh my Astrid this is utterly delightful with such amazing texture and wonderful autumnal colour blends. Love it xxx

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  24. I am back for a second look- kind of like a second opinion when you know what it's going to be! Yep -- it hasn't changed one bit - still gorgeous!
    sandy xx

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  25. Stunning details and wonderful textures Astrid. A great step by step and I love the Harvest cluster.
    Sending my best wishes
    Annie xx

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  26. This is amazing as always Astrid I love the background and how you built it up.
    Dee x

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  27. Just gorgeous... this is soooo beautiful!

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  28. Stunning tag Astrid, loving the spider, textures and details.
    Julie x

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  29. Astrid your tag is fabulous, awesome, fantastic. LOVE the colors and your background. Fantastic details.
    Astrid can I ask you how you made the flower in the beautiful cluster ? Did you use a pointsetta die ? Dark cardstock ? Added gold Mica, or how did you create it ... Please share how you created this gorgeous flower. Also where did you get the beech nuts from ? I dont live in a country where these would be easy to find in a forrest. Can you buy them on line somewhere you know of ??? I'm crazy about your cluster and would be very grateful for any help...please ??
    Thank you for sharing your lively art.øhugs from Monica... Spain
    ( mamablitger@hotmail.com )....

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  30. Astrid - another stunner!! Love every detail and bit.
    S@ndy xx

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  31. Oh WOW! Astrid!!! LoVE how you've combined the remnant rubs with the stencilling on this gorgeous tag. Jenny x

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  32. What a fabulous Tag! Astrid I love all those rich autumal colours on your background and your stencilling is fantastic . The spiders sits so proud in his web ! Your self made pumpkin -very clever .Your autumanal cluster is the perfect embelllishment for your fabulous tag x

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