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Monday, 9 November 2015

Destination Inspiration - November - Terminal #1

All Aboard at Terminal #1!   Greetings fellow Vintage Journey travelers!  Julia here today as your AVJ Creative Guide for this week's Destination Inspiration journey!  We always travel light on these journies - and for the next 4 Mondays in November our travel trunks will contain these 4 essential items:
1.  Product - Idea-ology Ribbon or Jute
2.  Technique - Smudge Stamping - Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 pg 42
3.  Color - Rusty Hinge
4.  Substrate - a Card 
I went a little dimensional with my card today - using Tim's Acorn Blueprint Framelits along with a mix of Rusty  Hinge and Ground Espresso Distress Inks for fall.  The technique we are using this month is Smudge Stamping.  First I stamped my image on a piece of Ranger Specialty Paper and then immediately rubbed over the image with a clean sponge - giving it a great smudged look! (I tried regular card stock first but the ink dried before I could "smudge" it!! Lesson learned!)
Next I stamped one of the Ledger Script stamps in Rusty Hinge around the Acorn stamping and smudged that in the same manner. (I later cut my panel down to 4"x4".)
 I stamped the acorn a few more times on pieces of Specialty Paper using the same technique of smudging and die cut the individual pieces.
 I layered them over the panel with different thicknesses of foam dots (more under the 'hat' of the acorn, less under the side piece), added a piece of Regions Beyond Tissue Tape on the left side, adhered a piece of Linen Ribbon (sponged with Rusty Hinge) behind the sentiment - attaching it with sweet little Star Fasteners. I layered the whole panel to a slightly larger panel of brown cardstock and layered that to my Rustic Cream card base.  Final card size 4 1/4" x 4 1/4".
Here are a few close ups to show the layering.
Lovely colors for the fall season - don't you think?! I hope you have enjoyed your journey with me today at Terminal #1.  We always appreciate your traveling along with us on A Vintage Journey!  Thank you so much for stopping by!


  1. this is so wonderful Julia - love the color, it conveys fall in a most beautiful way. S@ndy xx

  2. Fantastic Julia! Love the way you've added real dimension to this beautiful design. Jenny x

  3. Simply stunning Julia! Beautifully put together! The smudge stamping effect you have achieved looks amazing! Fabulous card!!!

  4. Love, love this Julia, it's very evocative of late autumn when the leaves have changed to yellows, golds and browns. A fabulous card and great start to showing us how we could use the four essentials in this month's travel bag. xxx

  5. I just love the rustic earthy colour tones, Julia, and the smudge stamping looks brilliant - really adding to the texture of the whole thing. A really fabulous card created from the contents of your travel bag - I love it.
    Alison xx

  6. Fabulous autumnal colour palette Julia and love the smudge stamping, it gives such a lovely time worn look to your beautiful card. Thanks for sharing it! Deb xo

  7. Oh Julia, I love what you did with this travel trunk of goodies, the colours are so beautifully autumnal and you have created some wonderful dimension with your layering - LOVE this!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Absolutely STUNNING in every way..... WOW. j.

  9. A really fabulous card ! Julia The smudged effect stamping is perfect for your choice of image - along with the colours it gives a real autumnal worn appearence . Love the dimension too x

  10. Sorry to be late catching up Julia! You have created a fabulous card with those four ingredients - I love the smudged effect and your choice of colours is just so Autumn. Great layering too to create such wonderful dimension. Gorgeous! Jennie x

  11. Gorgeous colors and great project!

  12. Fabulous use of this months ingredients Julia, love how it looks like a wood finish.
    Julie x

  13. Great card ... with so much Tim Holtz goodness going on... the smudge technique is great !


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