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Monday 14 March 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal 2

Hello travellers, welcome aboard to Terminal 2. This is Tracy here to share the second leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of March.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Something Metal
Technique: Rust Effects (perhaps using rusting or embossing powders or rust coloured paints)
Colour: Lilac or Pale Purple
Substrate: Board (eg grey board, coaster board, cardboard)

I spent some time deciding what to use for my metal product and in the end opted for a used sardine tin.
I began by sanding the tin with sandpaper before applying any product. I then opted for Alcohol Inks Ginger and Rust to colour.
I applied the Ginger first and then followed with touches of the Rust Alcohol Inks.
Cogs were then die cut from recycled cardboard using the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die.
I adhered the cardboard gears one on top of the other and then applied DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste to the top and edges of the stacked gears using a finger.
Once the Texture Sand was completely dry I then added DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paynes Grey and a touch of DecoArt Media Tinting Base to a non-stick craft sheet and blended together to give me a mid grey tone.
I painted the stacked gears with the grey and then dried with a heat tool.
Touches of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Carbon Black were added to the edges of the stacked gears and then dried with a heat tool.
Paynes Grey Fluid Acrylic was then diluted with water and a wash applied over the stacked gears.
The final layer was a coat of Quinacridone Gold Fluid Acrylic to give the rust effect.
I continued to apply the Quinacridone Gold until I was happy with the finish and then I dried with a heat tool. To remove the shine from the paint I also applied a coat of Ultra-Matte Varnish.
The next step was to die cut three flowers from white card using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals Thinlits Die. I then painted each flower with a coat of Shaded Lilac Distress Paint and then touches of Dusty Concord to add as a second layer of colour.
I added the flowers to rusty wire stems and also added coils of rusty wire for added interest and texture.
A Tim Holtz Salvaged Doll, coloured with a touch of Dusty Concord Paint has been added standing on top of an Alpha Dice. A 'dreams' Chitchat stickers has been adhered to the stems of the flowers again coloured with Distress Paint.
I added splatters of Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Paint to the background of the tin and also added touches of the same paint to the outside of the tin.
The rusty stacked gears act as a pot for my flowers at the base of the tin.
Thank you for travelling along with me, I hope you enjoyed the journey! Please pop back next Monday to see the next creative step along our journey from our next Creative Guide.



  1. Oh Tracy!!! This is truly wonderful! I adore every detail!

  2. I love this! The lavender is so effective against the rusty colors.

  3. Love your creative mind Tracy and this ingenious and unique use of the travel bag contents. Xxx

  4. Wow Tracy, you have used the contents of the travel bag brilliantly!! I love your sardine tin idea, it looks beautifully rusty and the lilac flowers look wonderful against the rusty background. Clever and beautiful! Anne xx

  5. Brilliant use of the travel bag content Tracy, each little step in your process adds up to a beautiful and unique finished project. The rusting of the gears looks so genuine and makes for a perfect base for those pretty flowers!

  6. Fabulous Tracy - adore the way you have used the contents here. Such a stunning contrast of the rust and gorgeous flowers. A gem!

  7. What a wonderful creation Tracy! I just love the scene you created inside your tin - the stacked gears give great visual texture as your vase. Your flowers are beautiful on their rusted wire stems - this is just the sweetest!! Julia xx

  8. Gorgeous Tracy! Fabulous altered tin!

  9. Inspirational use of the contents of the travel bag! Tracy. Love the delicate lilac flowers in contrast to the rusty wire , the stacked cogs and the metal tin . Thanks too for sharing 'how to'

  10. Oh my gracious this is so fun Tracy! Love the rusty stacked gears and the rusty wire just makes your flowers look incredible. This is just SUPER FINE all the way. Big Wow! j.

  11. This is fabulous! I am loving the cogs and wires.
    Linda xxx

  12. Thanks so much everyone for your support and kind comments X X x

  13. Superb Tracy! I love the whole transformation of this tin can into something so vintage and beautiful. Jenny x

  14. Wow, I love this! I would have never guessed it was a sardine tin in it's former life!!

  15. Fantastic, loving the rusty look. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  16. Wonderful vintage rusty goodness, I love your altered tin Tracy! Gorgeous rust patina on the cogs set off beautifully when contrasted with the delicate lilac coloured flowers. A real treat, thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  17. This is so perfect for the theme. I just love all things 3D and this is one of the best. Great Job!! S@ndy xx

  18. What a wonderful assemblage piece, Tracy - I just love it!
    Alison x

  19. Incredible Tracy! I utterly love the cardboard gears! When I saw the first photo I thought they were rusty metal or wire. So clever. :)