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Monday, 26 October 2015

Destination Inspiration October - Terminal 4

Hello to our fellow A Vintage Journey travellers, Anne here and it is my pleasure to share the penultimate stop of our October journey, using the contents of our travel kit bag:

Product : Distress Spray Stain
Technique : Layering Stencil Embossing 
(Compendium of Curiosities III Page 50)
Featured Colour : Hickory Smoke
Substrate : Tag

Since we are close to one of my favourite times of the year, Halloween, I have created
an extra large (scary) tag for the occasion.
I really wanted to 'go large' so I used a No. 12 Ranger Manila tag and cut a couple of inches off the bottom to give a chunky tag.
I could not decide which Halloween stencil to use for the base so I used two, the Bats and the Shatter stencil, along with the Undertaker set of stamps, the Arch Frame die, the Sized Arches die and the Wicked Alpha Parts for my embellishment.  I always try to gather the elements together to start with.
Using the technique outlined on Page 50 of CC III and the Bat stencil I created a random pattern of bats using Black Soot Distress Ink.  I stenciled through the Shatter Stencil with Pumice Stone Distress Ink across the rest of the tag.  The whole tag was sprayed lightly with Smoked Hickory Distress Spray Stain.
I cut the frame and backing and then used Tim's Layering Stencil Embossing technique again, on the frame backing, this time using the Gothic Stencil (after changing my mind from the Shatter stencil) and Wilted Violet Distress Ink.  I used a blending tool and applied Shaded Lilac over the whole frame and then gave it a light spray with the Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain.
I stamped and embossed the Undertaker image (in both sizes because I was not sure which one I would use) twice, cut the eyes and nose from one layer and used foam pads to layer the images up.  This gives the image more dimension. I could not resist adding spooky eyes....

I coated the frames, which I had cut from black card, with Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed at first that the paint turned white-ish, but it all came good in the end.
Once the crackled frame parts were dry, I sprayed them with Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain and I loved the effect it created.  The Rock Candy coating turned a beautiful colour with some lighter patches here and there.
In the end I chose the smaller image as he fitted the frame better.  You can see the result of the spraying over the crackle much better in this photo.
I used the word 'halloween' and a bat from the Wicked Alpha Parts set and I coated the word with Wilted Violet Distress Paint, left it for a few seconds and then lightly removed some of the paint to create a weathered look.
I finished the number 31 in the same way as the word.  I added some vintage ribbon which I dyed using Wilted Violet Distress Spray Stain and add a Halloween word charm 'wicked' to finish off.
A final look at those scary eyes, they look much better in real life.....

Thank you so much for joining me at Terminal 4 and that you feel inspired to get your stencils
 and sprays out to have a play.  Do please come back next Monday for Terminal 5 
inspiration,  In the meantime there is still time left to enter Alison's challenge HERE.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Oh I just love this Anne! Super colors with the purple and black - your background is so cool with the bats and spider webs - and those eyes are totally spooky!!! Julia xx

  2. Simply brilliant Anne!!! I LOVE the layering with those stencils and the spooky chap is positively eerie with those glowing eyes. Another outstanding DI with those ingredients. Jenny x

  3. Wonderful vintage Halloween Anne. Gorgeous layering and such a wonderful mix of colours. Great use of the travel kit ingredients! Jennie x

  4. Fabulous Halloween piece ...... Very spookylicious! xx

  5. Another brilliant Halloween piece Anne! Wonderful stencilling and layering and I love what you did with the skull! It looks super! I am always amazed how the same ingredients can be used in so many different ways and styles.....

  6. Wonderful creation with great colours. I love how you have used the different stencils and a range of distress products to create the different layers delivering so much depth and interest. Nikki xxx

  7. a fabulous tag Anne and I love the elements you have used. The background stencilling looks wonderful as does the arch..............a great step by step too

    Love it !!

    Annie xx

  8. can't get enough of the undertaker. very spooky eyes! the layering is awesome. thank as always for sharing.

  9. Love your tag Anne. The purple is a fantastic co,our choice for Halloween and I love your undertaker. The bats in the background are a lovely touch and I love the arch . Great elements combined together beautifully . Tracy x

  10. Anne...this is really cute!

  11. Anne you have definitely showcased the contents of your travel bag fantastically . I was gripped from the first photo and every subsequent one. Such a striking colour combo used so effectively . Love the stencilling on the tag and the frame backing . The effect on the arch frame is stunning as is your Undertaker with those spooky eyes - fantastic touch .
    As always your design, composition and attention to detail is flawless . Thanks so much for sharing your 'How to' and for the inspiration hugs x

  12. My goodness those eyes truly are scary! Superb make Anne with wonderful step by step. Nicola x

  13. What a fab background and great design Anne. The texture looks super on the undertakers hat and his eyes.....spooky !
    Julie x

  14. Love it Anne and thanks for the great tutorial. Wishing you all a great spooky week, Angela x

  15. Yes He is less scary now, perfectly shaped in his frame... The colours still give a dramatic look which fits so wonderfully to the theme.

  16. I love halloween too! And I love this, that little token with the purple is super cool and I love the skull with the top hat. Loving the dark with the purple too xx

  17. Brilliantly spooky, Anne - the smoky colours are splendidly eerie, and I just love the cobwebby batty background - so subtle. Fabulous texture on the frame and I bet those glowing red eyes follow you wherever you go in the room! Fantastic... though I don't think I'll be hanging around Terminal 4 after dark!!
    Alison xx

  18. Nobody, and I mean, nobody does Halloween as well as my friend, Annie, but then I might be prejudiced! This is phenomenal!! Hugs, Darnell

  19. Fabulous Annie, love your ghoulish bat and shattered background and the Wilted Violet gothic stencil behind the undertaker's skull was the perfect choice. Love your tag, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

  20. Fantastically spooky in the best way, love it; S@ndy xx

  21. Anne, this is the first year I just have not been in that Halloween mood, but I am so loving all your spooky fabulousness! The purples and blacks against the neutral background is very striking! Oh and I do love that hat! Hugs!

  22. Brilliant Halloween project once again. I definitely need the web stencil and the wicked violet. Not so keen on the skulls but the eyes are very spooky and the colour scheme and crackle is fab. Elaine xx

  23. Be. Still. My. Heart. Anne, you have really captured the spooky essence of Halloween with this lovely tag! First your background is fabulous, and I'm so happy you were undecided about which stencil to use, as they look great paired up the way you did with the two techniques. the crackle turned out perfectly, and that Wicked Violet is a shade I must get my hands on. This is just a delight from top to bottom! Those eyes are just ghoulish! Big hugs!

  24. I am thrilled to see this Halloween Spookie showcased here. Loved reading the How-to-s...and brilliant use of the products - as create a scary motif of a masterpiece. Just brilliant for Halloween (and I just got the new purple and orange sets recently...must use them!) TFS & big hugs. Congrats on another well-turned out project.

  25. Wow Anne, this is fabulous...Spook-tacular!!!
    Toni xx

  26. Wonderful layers, colours and techniques put together to make this scary tag Anne, I love how you built up the arches to create the depth and the even scarier top hatted skull to finish it off. Great piece of halloween hocus-pocus xxxx


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