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Monday 23 November 2015

Destination Inspiration - November - Terminal #3

Welcome to Terminal 3 for our  latest Destination Inspiration Post here at A Vintage Journey..........Annie here to share some inspiration on the following items contained in November's Travel Bag.

Product:Idea-Ology Ribbon or Jute
Technique:Smudge Stamping ( Compendium of Curiosities Book, volume 3, page 42)
Featured Colour:Rusty Hinge

Having so many birthdays in November I decided to make an 8 by 8 card, using three of Tim Holtz Stamp Sets from Stampers Anonymous, some Frantage, embossing ink, a tag, dyed crinkle ribbon, stencils, Idea-ology and lots of inks/paints.................very messy....but fun!!!!
Here's my Step by Step

Taking a manila tag, size 8, I tore a piece off the bottom, then I stamped and smudged the gorgeous bird on the branch from the SA Urban Tapestry stamp set. Out of respect for Tim I am unable to share his Smudge Stamping technique with you but you can find it within your CC Volume 3, page 42.
Next step was to take some embossing ink, applying it to another of the Urban Tapestry stamps, sprinkle on some Frantage, remove excess powder, then heat emboss it with my heat gun.
  Rusty Hinge Distress Ink was applied through Tim Holtz Bubble Stencil then the edges of the tag  were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  A piece of card, 7.5 by 7.5 was my base for more Smudge Stamping, using the numbers stamp from the SA Purveyor Stamp Set. I really love the effect of the Smudge Stamping for backgrounds as it creates more interest.
Lots of layers of Rusty Hinge Distress Ink were applied to the card then spritzing and flicking with water. Excess water/ink was mopped up with paper towel then dried with my heat gun. 
Some Rusty Hinge Distress Paint was  also spritzed with water, picked up with a fine paint brush and flicked on to the cardstock. 
 A closer look x
 I also applied the same technique using Black Soot Distress paint  and love the combination of colours as displayed below. The edges of this piece of card were then distressed  with my Tonic Distressing Tool and Black Soot Distress Ink applied. I find that edging with a dark colour of ink really gives definition, making the central colours pop! 
I did not have any Idea-Ology Ribbon or Jute but I did have American Seam Binding, which takes Distress Ink beautifully so I applied Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to my heat mat then sprayed the ink with water.  The seam binding was smooshed in the mixture then dried with my heat gun. I completed this technique three times until I was satisfied with the depth of colour.
Taking two of Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge stamps from SA I applied them in various areas of my background. Some of the stamping was second generation as I did not want that solid inked appearance in the central area of the card.   The Seam Binding was applied to the tag along with an Idea-Ology Philosophy tag, which you can see in the final photograph.
The background was then matted on to a piece of black card stock before adhering to the card with Inkessentials Redline Tape, which is really strong. 

I am pleased to say that the recipient loved this card and I hope you do too.

Well it's been my pleasure to have you on board, however, we have came to the end of the journey here at Terminal 3. There is no need to worry as we have weekly journey's and our fabulous Creative Guide Debs will be here with you next week. 
We also have our current challenge "Baby You're a Firework" running until the 3rd December, and it would be lovely to have you join in. To check out the challenge details and view some amazing projects by the Creative Guides click HERE

Farewell for now and I will catch up with you soon xx
Hugs Annie xx


  1. What a sweet card design with the torn tag on the panel Annie - beautiful stenciling, stampings and waterspots along with that wonderful Frantage embossing - and the sweet pop of color with the ribbon! I can see why the recipient loved receiving this card from you! Very creative use of the supplies in your travel bag! Julia xx

  2. Great project Annie - so interesting to see what comes out of that old travel bag. You have done a great job with the items in this bag. S@ndy xx

  3. Wonderful creation, just love how you have used all the elements! Gorgeous background... And love the torn centre panel xxx

  4. So amazing to see how the same ingredients can produce such different results... Love your card Annie, that colour combination is so striking and the use of the torn tag as focal point to that great background is such a clever idea! A fantastic card and I am sure the recipient loved it!

  5. Love this, Annie - that splattered inky background is fabulous, and I love the torn tag edges - such a great touch. Beautiful work with the contents of the travel bag!
    Alison xx

  6. You did a fantastic job with the contents of the travel bag Annie, I love the torn tag idea and the great background you created on this beautiful card! Anne xx

  7. Gorgeous card Annie! That bird stamp is one of my all time favourites. Nicola x

  8. gorgeous card annie. i love the colours and the smudge stamping loiks great xx

  9. Lovely card, the rustic tones are so warm and inviting . Love your background too. Tracy x

  10. What a great way to use the travel bag ingredients! Annie I love the combination o f colours you have used and the second generation stamping works perfectly to frame your beautiful torn tag . x

  11. What a fantastic card! I love the way you've taken that bag of essentials and weaved creative magic with them. Jenny x

  12. What a fabulous card. Love the textures and the warmth of the colours too. Really beautiful . Hugs Mum xxxxx

  13. Great card and autumn is my favorite color!

  14. Fabulous card, love the background techniques ... those Compendium of Curiosities Volumes are such a treasure !!!

  15. Just lovely Annie- such a pretty pallet! xx Jackie