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Monday 11 April 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Welcome aboard fellow travellers!  Anne here to welcome you to Terminal 2
of our Destination Inspiration Journey for April, here are the contents of our 
travel bag:

Product:  Gesso
Technique:  Crackle
Colour:  Spring Green
Substrate:  Kraft

I decided to create another card for my birthday box!

I started by gathering up all my supplies.
The flowers were die cut using Tim Holtz Wildflower thinlits and the
corrugated Kraft was die cut using the Mixed Media thinlits.  The card
base is Kraft card, both pieces of card were edged with Walnut Stain
Distress Ink.
I gave the wildflowers a good coat of DecoArt Gesso to give some 'tooth'
for my next layer.  I left them to dry naturally.
I painted the white card base with a mix of Distress Paint in Twisted Citron
and Picket Fence to give a 'Spring Green' colour.  Once dry, the edges were distressed.
For the 'crackled' element, I used the new Tim Holtz Collage Medium - Crazing
as I wanted quite subtle crackles on my tiny wildflowers.  I used a thin coat on
the stems and applied it much thicker on the flower parts.
Once the crackle was dry, I applied Distress Crayons in Twisted Citron and Picked
Raspberry.  I used my fingers to apply the crayon and then smoothed it out with a
nearly dry baby wipe (a tip picked up from Paula Cheney).  Having the Crazing
Collage Medium there made it so easy to apply the crayons.
I hope you can see the subtle crackles in this photo.
My final element was the ribbon, which I dyed using Distress Spray Stain in
Twisted Citron.  I scrunched it up, whilst drying it with my heat tool.
Here is the bow in place.  I really love how the Distress Paint, the Distress Spray
Stains and Crayons work beautifully together.

Thanks so much for travelling along on this leg of the journey.  I do hope you 
will come back again next Monday to see what our next Creative Guide does 
with the contents of the travel bag!

Our current challenge - Spring is in the Air, can be found here, I hope you
will find time to join in the fun.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. The die cuts through the corrugated cardboard look so nice on this Anne - with the wonderful spring green peeking through and repeated on the stems of your lovely bright and crackled blooms! Love the multi- looped ribbon - it ties the whole design up so luxuriously! What a lovely spring birthday card using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  2. Love the green and the textures, gorgeous card!

  3. SO dramatic Anne! LOVE those crazed flowers and the clever harlequin corrugated background xx

  4. So beautiful Anne. The fresh colours and the textures make this a super creation and a card that anyone would love to receive.
    Toni xx

  5. Love the vibrant colour of the flowers against the kraft card and the citrus background peeking through, another beautiful card Anne. Mo x

  6. Love, love, love the super bright colours! Gorgeous flowers and the die cutting with the thinlets looks so cool with the background showing through. The ribbon is fabulous and it all looks brilliant on the Kraft card!

  7. Oh wow Anne, Spring s certainly well in evidence in this fantastic card, what a fun and funky creation! Beautifully put together love it!!

  8. Glad to see someone else makes cards for a box of future needs. We are still waiting for spring here in NE Wisconsin. Our weather can't make up its mind if is winter or spring as we bounce between snow, rain and ice. You green and pink give me some hope that spring may actually arrive sometime soon. thanks as always for sharing.

  9. A Wonderful card! Anne that really lifts the spirit with those bright n cheerful colours. They look fab against the kraft and corrugated card . Loving the crazing on your hot pink wildfowers and how the lush spring green shows through the die cut corrugated card- clever idea.
    Such a great way to use the contents of the travel bag .
    hugs x

  10. Anne...your card is so pretty and your tutorial is really good! Thanks so much for sharing your steps in creating this lovely card. I love that floral die cut. You've really done such a beautiful job of crazing and coloring it with such bright colors. LOVE the colored ribbon to match! Love the corrugated kraft background with the die cut harlequin design.

  11. Such a fun card Anne and I adore your ribbon.
    Julie x

  12. So love how you used the corrugated board Anne. I always get excited when I see it use - no idea why!!! And the contrast between it and the very bright florals/bow is just STUNNINGLY LOVELY. Xj

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, Anne!! I love the colors!! The details and design are so fabulous!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  14. What fantastic bright and breezy colours - gorgeous, happy card. A welcome sight given the ongoing deluge here today! Nicola x

  15. How do you come up with all of these ideas anyway - don't know a thing about the Crazing Collage Medium. I think you must own every TH product out there! Beautifully made Anne!

  16. The pop of green and pink is a delight and so uplifting. I love the cut out pieces, they add a lovely element to your design. Now I do feel like Spring is officially here. Lovely Anne X X

  17. What a fabulous shot of springtime colour to wake us up! Gorgeous vivid colours and lovely subtle crackle.
    Alison x

  18. beautiful make Anne - love the colours and the subtle crackle - looks wonderful! Big hugs rachel x

  19. Gorgeous Anne, loving all these bright colours. Big hugs, Angela x

  20. Your neon pink and green are perfect for springtime, Annie, and this will warm the hearts of those still having the odd snowfall happening! What really impressed me most was how great your substrate is on this amazing creation! Okay, trying to be funny, cuz I love the use of the word in this challenge! In all seriousness, this is gorgeous! Your phototute is so well done each step of the way!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  21. Love your card Anne. So bright and cheery yet staying vintage. Great job on the tutorial - thanks for walking us through it. S@ndy xx

  22. Gorgeous Anne - what a super bright card - the crackled wildflowers are brilliant. What a great tutorial too - wonderful photography! xx

  23. Loving the Twisted Citron on this - such a lovely bright fresh Spring Green! Also like the way you've die cut out of the kraft to lighten the background a bit. Great card Anne. Elaine xx

  24. Fabulous technique - I love how you've used that crazing medium and the new crayons! Very welcome herald of Spring as well - beginning to wonder if it is ever going to get here, lol! xxx Lynn

  25. Stunning! I love those wild flowers - have that die ordered but they are taking so long to get to me I don't think I will order from this site again.
    Our spring has been rather grey - not any rain really but grey. We are supposed to have thunder storms and rain tonight.
    As I said - looking forward to pictures and a make or two from your very exciting weekend!
    Sandy xx

  26. This is how old my brain is getting - I had previously commented on the post - oh woe is me!

  27. Wowzas Anne, what a wonderful card! Those brilliant colours just leap off the lovely corrugated kraft background, great use of the contents of your travel bag! Deb xo

  28. Wonderful spring card with lots of gorgeous details! Great use of those products!

  29. Wonderful spring card with lots of gorgeous details! Great use of those products!

  30. This is gorgeous, thank for sharing.

  31. Really spring like I love it