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Monday 25 January 2016

Destination Inspiration - Welcome to Terminal #4

Hi, it's S@ndy here today welcoming you to Terminal #4.  We have enjoyed some wonderful inspiration from Jennie, Jenny and Amanda and now it's my turn to inspire you with all the same contents - let's review what's in the travel bag:

Product:  Archival Ink
Technique: Stamping
Color:  Dusty Concord
Substrate: Acrylic/Clear Packaging/Acetate

Here's how I used them.
Here's how I did it:
Begin with a piece of acetate, this one has a protective film on both sides. Trim corners and punch hole in top center.  Any clear acetate or packaging can be used.

 Emboss with embossing folder,  two passes were needed here since the tag is longer than the embossing folder.

Peel protective coating from back.
The conventional way to use Alcohol Inks is to drop them on felt that is on a blending tool.  However, I wanted a thicker coating on this so did it a little differently.
Drop several drops of Eggplant Alcohol Ink, enough to cover tag back.  Smear around and then pounce, let dry.  Drop on several drops of Gold Mixative, smear around and then pounce, let dry.  Be sure to cover the entire back of tag.
Using the Weathered Clock Die, cut 1/2 clock from Grunge Board.  Cover entire front of clock with Versamark Ink - add black embossing powder, heat until embossing powder is melted.
The arrow is a Grunge Board piece from my stash that was treated exactly the same way.

On front of tag, edge with Archival Black Ink - add lace and ribbon.  Items used here are both Graphic 45 Staples. Clamp in place until glue is dry.  Because this is acetate I used Glossy Accents as my glue.

Silk flowers were used here, white flowers colored with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Stack three flower parts - hold together with a brad in the center.  Add clock and arrow to tag.  Punch hole in tag and place flower with brad through hole.  Add leaves.
I used two chipboard gears from my stash and colored them the same as the clock and arrow.
One black brad was added to the small gear as well as to the center of the arrow. 
 Stamp sentiment on manila paper, this stamp is from the new Karen Burniston collection, using Dusty Concord. Tear edges and ink with Dusty Concord, add to tag with pop dots.
The final step is to add 2 lengths of ribbon through the top hole of the tag and tie with twine.

I certainly hope you've enjoyed this stop on the journey.  Don't forget to add your link to the current challenge, Vintage Travel & Luggage.
See you at the next stop,


  1. A fantastic tag Sandy and your step by step is very inspiring. Wonderful details and a great technique with the AI

    Best wishes
    Annie x x

  2. What a creative idea to color the acetate with the Alcohol inks Sandy - and what a cool dots embossing folder! The half die cut clock, florals and torn sentiment piece decorate the tag wonderfully! A wonderful project using the items in your traveling bag this month! Julia xx

  3. Wonderful tag Sandy, love the way you coloured the tag with the alcohol ink and mixative and the black embossing on the clock, arrow and gears was the perfect touch. Great creation using the contents of your travel bag! Deb xo

  4. Brilliant Sandy, great tutorial, fabulous use of your travel bag contents and the end result is wonderful! Love how the clock turned out and had not seen that embossing folder, which as now been added to my wish list....

  5. What a great textured tag, Sandy - and your detailed tutorial is great too.
    Alison xx

  6. Great tag and tutorial Sandy. Love the bubble background and the striking black clock, gears and arrow- they really do pop ! Such a clever way to use the contents in the travel bag . x

  7. Beautifully done Sandy, love how the acetate looks as the tag and the colours are superb. The delicate flower is a brilliant contrast to the other more grungy elements.Great job xxx

  8. Love the texture on this tag and beautiful composition.
    Linda xxx

  9. I love your tag S@ndy, the background looks so opulent in those wonderful colours and the flower looks so delicate against the background - you certainly made wonderful use of the items in your travel bag! Anne xx

  10. Fabulous use of the travel bag products and such a gorgeous acetate background. A stunning tag. Jennie x

  11. Sandy this is such a lovely tag. I love the effect of acetate on top of the colored background. And I also love that you kept it rather simple ...meaning not too much embellished.
    Thank you for a great and detailed step-by- step.. It was such a fabulous way to inspire all of us.
    Hugs from Monica... Spain

  12. Lovely tag Sandy, love the touch of delicate colour in the flower and the acetate is a fabulous touch and I love how you added colour. Love the step by steps, thank you. Tracy x

  13. Sandy, what an amazing tag and fabulous and informative tutorial. I've learned and will take away several things from your bag of tricks today! Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs!

  14. Hi Sandy, I am loving this tag and the process you showed making it. fabulous and fun. Thanks so much for sharing. x

  15. Great tag Sandy - love how you have used the embossed acetate and alcohol inks - such a wonderful effect. Nx

  16. Oh Sandy that's fantastic! A real feminine twist on the industrial. Jenny x