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Monday 2 November 2015

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 5

Hello Tracy here and welcome to Terminal 5, our last stop in our October Journey.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Distress Spray Stain
Technique: Layering Stencil Embossing 
(Compendium of Curiosities III p.50)
Colour: Hickory Smoke
Substrate: A Tag
I decided to create a tag accordion to give me a little more space to create.
  1. Die cut a tag from scrap card using the Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates Die.
  2. Draw around the tag onto white card to create the accordion and score at the centre points.
  3. Die cut three separate tags to decorate and add to the accordion piece.
  1.  Take each die cut tag and place the Rays Layering Stencil onto each tag and then follow the step by steps on page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities for the Layering Stencil Embossing Technique.
  2. Spritz each of the tags with Hickory Smoke Distress Spray Stain and dab dry with a piece of kitchen towel.
  3. Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to the edges of each tag.
  1.  Stamp the flower and stem from Tim Holtz Flower Garden Stamp Set onto the background of each tag using Watering Can Archival Ink and then stamp the flowers once again onto a separate piece of card.
  2. Apply Hickory Smoke Distress Paint onto the rim of a lid, simply apply using a finger and then press the lid over the stamped image to add a circle of paint to the design, adding a further layer of interest and then dry with a heat tool.
  3. Apply a touch of Fossilized Amber Distress Paint to a non-stick craft sheet and then swipe an old credit card through the paint and then press the card onto the background of each tag to add scratch lines and then dry with a heat tool.
  1. Colour a piece of scrap card with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and then die cut the wording "Beautiful" from the card using the Tim Holtz Handwritten Love Thinlits Die Set.
  2. Take three lengths of vintage ribbon, apply Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to a non-stick craft sheet, spritz with water and mop up the beads of ink with the ribbon; repeat this process until the ribbon is coloured to coordinate with the card and then dry with a heat tool, scrunching the ribbon as you dry. Add the ribbon to the top of each tag.
  1. Colour each of the flowers with a Fossilized Amber Distress Marker. Cut out each of the flowers and then add them to the tags for dimension.
  2. Colour a piece of scrap card with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and then die cut hearts from the card using the Tim Holtz Shape Strips Die and adhere these pieces to the tags. 

Let's review the inspiration to date:

At Terminal 1 we have a floral delight from Jennie
At Terminal 2 we have Autumnal Inspiration from Astrid 
At Terminal 3 we have Julie who inspires us to start on our festive makes
At Terminal 4 we have Anne who created a spooky tag to celebrate her favourite time of year

What will be packed in the travel bag in November?  And how will each Creative Guide use the components to fuel our onward Vintage Journey? You'll just have to come back each Monday to find out... Bon Voyage!

Pop back on Friday for our new Vintage Journey challenge with Nikki.

Tracy Evans


  1. Your trip-tag is wonderful Tracy. Great idea for such a "beautiful" creation. The background, the placement, the colors - STUNNING. It's been raining here for 3 days so... your project really is a LOVELY last ray of sunshine! AND... I just can't tell you how much I love EVERY ONE of these wonderful projects. Normally there is one or two that stand out more than the rest for me.... but not this time. You all have out done yourselves on this journey. j.

  2. This is so beautiful, Tracy! So inspiring and the colours are spectacular.

  3. Gorgeous colors and use of the dies. Love them!

  4. Oh- I love your triple tag design Tracy - with the layered flowers and stenciled sunbursts - wonderful circles and splatter too! A lovely make with the October travel trunk supplies!! Julia xx

  5. Fabulous triple tag Tracy - such a gorgeous mix of colours and I love the way you used the cone flower. A fabulous make with our products for this month! Jennie x

  6. Love the idea of triple tags it just lifts the whole project to another level. Stunning design Tracey, love how those gorgeous flowers just pop right of the page, - beautiful inspiration, love it!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous Tracy - I love everything about this, the stenciling, the fabulous warm colours and of course, the gorgeous cone flower and to have it times three, what a bonus! Wonderful inspiration - love, love, love this! Anne xxx

  8. I love every detail of this Tracy - a fabulously creative project. Nikki xx

  9. Wow, Tracy - a wonderful finale to a great month of inspiration. I love your tag triptych with the fab dimensional pop to the beautiful cone flower. Fantastic! And lovely to see the whole array of amazing creations all in one go. What a team!
    Alison xx

  10. Yummy Golden Gorgeous tag triptych!

  11. Wow Tracy, what fabulous inspiration on your triple tag. I adore the design and colour combo and the way you have given the flowers extra dimension , this is one super amazing DI project, thanks for sharing. xxx

  12. Gorgeous! Tracy Love your cone flowers - they radiate such a warm glow . A great way to use all the DI ingredients .
    All the DI posts this month are terrific and so inspirational . Thank you all for sharing your talents . I've love seeing every one xx

  13. Absolutely gorgeous tag Tracy! I love the stamped flowers and the background. Looks so lush! xx

  14. A ray of sunshine on a dismal day Tracy. This is beautiful. Jenny x

  15. All beautiful creations... to come back and have a look once more!

  16. GREAT tag! . . love the "triple effect" .. .and love coneflowers! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  17. Love those coneflowers on your triple tag! Gorgeous coloring and fantastic Layering Stencil technique with the rays! So inspiring!

  18. A fabulous DI post Tracy and I just love your triptych and those beautiful flowers.A great step by step too and all the DI projects together look amazing.

    TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

  19. Every creation is a stunner, well done to all of you ladies. It's a pleasure to look at all the tags showed in this post following Tracy's creation from FB (so wonderful..!!!), they are all so gorgeous!!
    Thanks for the tutorial Tracy.
    Coco xx