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Monday, 21 December 2015

Destination Inspiration - December - Terminal 3

Hello everyone, Nikki here to share our third stop on our journey this month. I think our travel bag this month has been a challenge - certainly for me! This is what we are playing with:

1. Product - Remnant Rubs
2. Technique - Extreme Masking (Compendium of Curiosities I, page 61)
3. Colour - Festive Berries
4. Substrate - ATC

All fabulous elements, but a challenge to put them all together... here is what I came up with.
 
I started by planning what I was going to do. I cut a piece of card to ATC size and then played around with the stacked stars bigz die to get the right configuration. As I wanted to use both the positive and negative of the masking sheet I didn't want too many pieces.  
 Once I was happy I replicated my design - cutting the same format from a masking sheet - as you can see I taped down the small pieces so I didn't lose them!
I then took some card and cut my ATC. I placed the first part of the mask on the card so that I was inking the stars shapes. I used antique linen for this.
 Keeping the mask in place I added some little stars.
 I then removed my mask to reveal progress to date!
Now I added the other parts of the masking sheet - so covering the stars but revealing the rest of the card. (This wasn't easy and you can see the imperfections if you look closely!)
 I inked with Festive Berries - and then spritzed with some water.
Once dry I carefully created a halo around my stars with a little hickory smoke DI using a tiny piece of cut and dry foam.
 I removed my mask and added some remnant rubs to complete my ATC! 
As the greeting on my ATC says - may I wish you all a wonderful Christmas.
xxx

13 comments:

  1. Fabulous ! Nikki I love how you have used the ingredients of the travel bag. Very Clever way of using the stacked stars die - your configuration is perfect and the black stamp detail you've given the stars is a wonderful touch .
    Merry Christmas xx

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  2. What a great ATC using the extreme masking technique Nikki! love the stars with the little stars - and the wonderful depth you achieved with the Hickory Smoke ink - super job with the supplies in your travel bag! Julia xx

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  3. Wow! What a fantastically funky ATC, Nikki - amazing retro look, and the sharp look and fab spritzing on the Festive Berries are so cool. Love all the different stars of all sizes - just brilliant!
    Alison xx

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  4. Very clever quirky ATC Nikki. Love,how,you used the stars, very effective indeed. Tracy x X X

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  5. Absolutely brilliant use of the travel bag contents Nikki, great idea to use the stars and I love the stamped stars - and I cannot see any of those imperfections you mention either! Love this! Anne xx

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  6. So very clever Nikki, I adore the lay out of this! The Festive Berry background looks fantastic and I love the little stars and dots you added t the bigger stars. The Hickory Smoke halos add so much depth, super ATC and very ingenious way to use the items in the travel bag!! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  7. Adore your extreme masked ATC's Nikki, your stars just pop off of the background with the shading behind them and love all the tiny stars within them. Wonderful project made with the contents of your travel bag. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday season! Deb xo

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  8. Oh, I'm applauding loudly over this one, Nikki! What a technical nightmare this was, but you pulled it off wonderfully! Tremendous, ingenious, brilliant, clever...the adjectives just don't do this supercalefragelistic ATC justice! Love it!!!!

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  9. Oh, I'm applauding loudly over this one, Nikki! What a technical nightmare this was, but you pulled it off wonderfully! Tremendous, ingenious, brilliant, clever...the adjectives just don't do this supercalefragelistic ATC justice! Love it!!!!

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  10. Such a supremely and spectacularly successful idea Nikki!!! Absolutely love the whole clever design and that dynamic look to the stars. Jenny x

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