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Monday 14 December 2015

Destination Inspiration -December, Terminal #2

Hi everyone :-) we have reached Terminal 2 of December's Journey and it's Annie here as your Creative Guide.  I am ready to share some further inspiration using our amazing travel bag items as detailed below:

1. Product -Remnant Rubs
2. Technique-Extreme Masking-page, page 61 of CC1
3. Colour-Festive Berries
4. Substrate-ATC's

This was a real challenge as the extreme masking technique, which was my choice, actually works better on a larger substrate, where you can add more layers of stamping detail.
However, sometimes it's good to play outside your comfort zone !!!!!!

I cut my ATC using Tim Holtz Bigz Die, which includes small corners.
 As I did not have any of Tim's masking sheets I required to improvise. To do this I took the stamp and die set you can see below, cutting out the dies, which also left me with a negative over which to stamp.
 Holding the disc cut pieces in place I began to ink the ATC using Wilted Violet DI.  Once complete I applied Festive Berries and Mermaid Lagoon DI's.
 Once I was happy with the blend of colours on my ATC I inked some Tim Holtz stamps with Jet Black Archival Ink. 
 The ATC corners were inked with Festive Berries DI and then adhered to the ATC with Cosmic Shimmer Glue. I applied some glue to my non stick mat and used my fingers to apply it to my corners.
 Rub Ons were then applied to the ATC creating a further layer. I also added an embellishment from my stash and a little disc on which I stamped Merci.
The same technique was applied to the second ATC below using the butterfly die cuts from the same set as the Eiffel Tower etc. I applied Vintage Photo and Festive Berries DI's and more stamping of Tim's Stampers Anonymous stamps.
 More Rub Ons were applied using the rub on tool.
 And to finish it off I applied some little butterfly die cuts, which were gifted by my lovely friend Anne. (Redanne)
 And there you have it two ATC's using Tim's Extreme Masking Technique, Festive Berries DI and Rub-Ons.
Thank You for hopping on board and I hope you have been inspired. It's been great travelling with you xx

Our current monthly challenge is 'Vintage Christmas'(details HERE) and it would be lovely to see you joining in.  Do please check out what my talented teamies have created to inspire you.

Huge hugs
Annie xx


  1. Your ATC cards are so amazing Annie, to get these techniques on to something so small must have taken a lot of patience. I so love the colour combinations on both cards it would be really hard to choose a favourite. Two real works of art. Hugs Mum xxx

  2. Two lovely ATC's Annie! The colors are so vibrant on both and I love the subject matter you used - the Eiffel Tower and popped up butterflies add wonderful depth! Beautiful creations with the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  3. Brilliant idea! Waste nothing, create something incredible! I LOVE the way you've used the die 'waste' and the die cuts in this way to produce two stunning ATC's - thank you so much for sharing! Jenny x

  4. How clever to use the Framelits - and what fabulous ATCs you've created. I love the colours - so vivid and beautifully blended - and the stamping looks fantastic. What a great Destination Inspiration post!
    Alison xx

  5. Love your thinking outside of the box Annie to create these two beautiful ATCs. Both are gorgeous mini works of art with gorgeous colours and imagery. Great job with your travel bag contents.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  6. Beautifully styled ATC's Annie and great vibrant colours.
    Julie x

  7. These look fantastic Annie. Thanks so much for sharing. Nicola x

  8. Two fabulous ATC's Annie using the travel bag ingredients . Such clever improvisation too!
    Love the coloursand imagery you have chosen to use - they work so wonderfully together. x

  9. Wonderful ATCs Annie, I love the Wilted Violet with the Mermaid Lagoon and Festive Berries combination, they look so beautiful together! The popped up butterflies on your second ATCs are beautiful. It is not easy in a small space, I know, but you rose to the challenge brilliantly! Hugs, Anne xx

  10. Stunning ATCs Annie, both of them! Wonderful colour combinations and a great step by step too! Wavin hi from across the miles :-)

  11. Thank You for your lovely comments...really made my day xxxx

    Best wishes over the festive season xxx

  12. Fabulous Annie - love the use of the negative and positives and wonderful vibrant colours. Nikki x

  13. Hi Annie, at last I find some time to pop by and visit. Love the vibrant colour palette you have used on your ATC's , so uplifting and I love the imagery too. Love them. Tracy x

  14. Beautiful Annie!! Love the red and purple together!
    Jackie xo