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Monday 16 May 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 May. You can view Astrid's Destination Inspiration, Terminal One HERE.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Sprays or Brushos
Technique: Gesso Resist
Colour: Blue
Substrate: Card

I opted for a masculine tag accordion for this months creation using tones of blue, brown and touches of white to lift the design.
I began by placing the mini layering stencil onto one of the tags and then applying Gesso over the tag, remembering not to add too much Gesso so that it does not bleed under the stencil.
Dry the Gesso with a heat tool. Mine has a tint of brown to it as this was colour left on my stencil from a previous project but this does not affect the technique in any way.
I repeated this process with the Gesso on all four tags. The tags were all die cut using Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate Die.
To add a further layer of interest to the background I also splattered the Gesso onto the background using a paintbrush and then once again dried with a heat tool.
From this picture you can see the added texture the splatters of Gesso add to the background.
I then applied a good layer of Broken China Distress Ink to the background, blending with an ink blending tool to apply. I distressed the edges of the tag to add to the vintage/aged feel of the design.
And now the magic of the technique. Spritz a piece of dry kitchen towel with a touch of water and rub over the Gesso areas, which resist the ink and now appear in white, giving a pop to the design in the background.
From this picture you can also now see the splatters, adding a further layer of interest to the background.
Take a piece of acetate or recycled plastic packaging; spritz the plastic with Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.
Spritz the stain with water.
Now dab the inked plastic onto the background. This way I can place the spray exactly where I want it on the tag and then dry with a heat tool.
I repeated the same process with the spray on all four tags. I then flicked water onto the background to bleach out some of the areas and then dried with my heat tool.
As you can see the Gesso resist is still visible and so are all the other layers added to the background.
Now it was time to add some focal imagery and further layers to my design. I used Tim Holtz Sideshow stamp set to add my focal imagery to all the tags using Black Archival Ink.
I added circles of white paint to spotlight each of the images.
Jenny's challenge this month is "Sew Special" so I thought I would also add a touch of random machine stitching to my design. I also included some embossed circles using Tim Holtz Typewriter and Keyboard Texture Fade set, cutting them up to add further interest.
I added stamped numbers to the background to add a further layer to the design.
I had a piece of watercolour paper on my desk and used the perforated edge to add random pieces to my design.
Delicate splatters of white paint have also been added.
I love adding layers to a piece of work and this was so much fun to create.

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.

Please check out our current challenge (link in the side bar) and of course there will be several Inspiration Journeys too during the rest of the month.



  1. Great step-by-step, Tracy! Fabulous quartet of tags.

  2. Fabulous tags Tracy, love the colours and layers you added especially printing with the spray on acetate. The focal and interest layers really add depth and dimension and I particularly love the white circles, the stitching and the random pieces of watercolour paper. Great job xxx

  3. Wonderful tags Tracy. Thank you for teaching us how to get this look. Hugs Rita xx

  4. Love, love, LOVE your tags Tracy!!! You've got that balance of pattern and beautiful design spot on in my eyes xx

  5. Wow Tracy, your accordion of tags look amazing with the beautiful colours and those wonderful textures. Anne xx

  6. Totally brilliant Tracy, fantastic use of the techniques and brilliant use of the focal imagery! Super step by step too, the white rings and random stitching add just that edge that makes these tags really special, love it!!

  7. Fabulous tags Tracy, great techniques, thanks for the step by step.
    Avril x

  8. Thanks so much everyone for your kind comments, I really appreciate them. Tracy x

  9. A fabulous quartet of tags! Tracy Wonderful way to use the gesso resist technique . Love the colours , the focal imagery and the layers of interest . Clever use of the typewriter/ keyboard texture fade .
    You have made great use of this months travel bag goodies .

  10. Fantastic! I love the colors, images and that it is a tag album!

  11. A great DI post Tracy and the outcome is fabulous x great idea to use acetate in this way

    The stamps look wonderful and the White circle of paint really makes them pop x

    TFS and hugs
    Annie x

  12. Fabulous step by step and loving the stamps.
    Linda xxx

  13. Love this accordion tag Tracy! Great colors, stampings and techniquies! The splatter and white circle highlights add great punch to the visual impression! Wonderful inspiration using the items in your travel bag this month! Julia xx

  14. Super step by step tutorial Tracy. Loving how you built your background layers finishing off with your amazing stamping design. love love love !
    Julie x

  15. LOVE what you have created Tracy. I love the addition of the circles over the stamped image. That for me took it to a whole other level! Well done!

  16. Love every bit of this - thanks so much for sharing your talents with us. S@ndy xx

  17. Wonderful tags Tracy.
    xxx Hazel.

  18. This looks awesome! I really need to try some of these splodgy backgrounds. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  19. Wonderful creations Tracy - great tip with the acetate - will use that, thanks! Love the stitching too xx

  20. Thank you for sharing your process Tracy - I picked up some new tricks today and I am very grateful for that Karen x

  21. Amazing Tracy, I love your layers and splatters xx

  22. My gosh Tracy, that is fabulous! Love the gesso resist and the spray technique with the packaging is inspired, thank you for sharing it. Love how you've used the Sideshow stamps here and the white circles around the focal images really make a statement. Thanks so much for this, Deb xo

  23. I love the layers and stamped images!

  24. Thanks so much everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment, I really appreciate it x X X

  25. Terrific layered grungy tags, Tracy - they're so cool. Brilliant use of the new stamps.
    Alison x