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Monday 23 May 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Hello Everyone and Welcome
Its Amanda here hoping you'll join me on the third leg of this months Destination Inspiration. Before we set off lets just have another quick look inside the travel bag to remind ourselves of the contents :
Product: Sprays of Brushos
Technique: Gesso Resist
Colour: Blue
Substrate: Card
and now for the creativity.

I have made a card using one of my favourite Indigo Blu stamps as the focal image and creating a faux 'whitewashed' brick wall using the gesso resist technique . 

I actually made a few resist backgrounds to see how the technique worked and the results it gave and I guess it was during this creative time that I thought of the idea of trying to create a whitewash wall effect - why whitewashed walls should pop into my mind at this point when I was 'full on colour'  I have no idea?!!
So with the idea fresh in my mind here's what I did .
 I cut a piece of mixed media heavyweight paper to 6x4inches and embossed it using Tim Holtz brick wall embossing folder. Then using a dry piece of natural sponge I applied gesso onto the embossed brick wall panel
 and left to dry - doesn't take long .... 

.... when dry I then spritzed the panel with Distress Spray Stains and a touch of water to help distribute the pools of ink. At this stage you can see the gesso beginning to resist the ink as the inks are water based and one of the features of gesso is that it will resist water based products.

When dry I used a lightly water spritzed cloth and rubbed over the surface of the embossed panel to reveal the full effect of the gesso resist technique. Though I don't claim to be an expert with this technique I was happy with the result and continued to make a few more panels. 
 I chose this one to use on my card as I felt it had the closest resemblance to a whitewash brick wall due to its lighter tones and rough texture.

Now for the stamped focal image - 'Lost in Thought' by Indigo Blu. I've had this stamp for a while as it was a definite 'must have' for me when it was first released but shamefully it has remained un-inked until now.
 She's inked onto white card stock using black Archival ink and painted using distress inks as watercolours. I even gave her some 'lippy' and painted her nails!
  I then fussy cut around her

and adhered her using dimensional glue against the wall on the finished card. For the shadow you can see around her I used pumice stone distress marker.

The quote, from Tim Holtz stamp set 'Warehouse District', is stamped onto white card stock with Black Soot distressed edges using black Archival ink  

Splatters of Stormy Sky and Black Soot distress paint on the brick wall and some gem topped hex nuts add some simple touches of detail to complete the card.

 Thank you for accompanying me today on the 3rd leg of this months Destination Inspiration. I hope both I and my fellow Creative Guides Astrid (Terminal #1) and Tracy (Terminal #2) have given you some inspiration to keep on creating. 
Be sure to stop by next Monday to see whats on offer at Terminal #4 ,the final stop for Mays Destination  Inspiration.
Our current challenge is 'Sew Special' and we welcome you to join in with us. There is still time as the challenge runs up until the beginning of June 2016.
Time now for me to go and pack the supplies back into the travel bag so I'll wish you all a great week ahead 
Take care 


  1. Your details all work together wonderfully. Thanks for sharing your creative process! :)

  2. LOVE that wonderful brick wall effect Amanda and the lovely lady of course! Great work xx

  3. Stunning work here Amand, the background looks fantastic and love the colouring of the girl, - super project and great use of those items in your travel bag!!

  4. This is so beautiful Amanda, I just adore the fabulous whitewashed wall in the background and the girl looks so pretty with her lippy and painted nails! Great use of the contents of the travel bag! Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Such a great card, Amanda - brilliant, subtle colouring of the image, and the background creates a great atmosphere reflecting her thoughtfulness. Beautiful!
    Alison x

    1. Thanks Alison. You've put into words so well what I was hoping I'd convey with this card - an atmosphere that reflects the girls thoughtfulness. For the life of me though when I was writing the post I had a mental blank so thank you xx

  6. Love your white washed wall Amanda - thanks for showing just how you created it! and the coloring on your wonderful image is beautiful - wonderful shadow with the marker - a beautiful creation using the supplies in your travel bag this month! Julia xx

  7. What a fantastic background! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Hugs, Autumn

  8. Love the subtlety of the background Amanda, which seems perfect for,the focal image and I love how,you have coloured her so delicately too, great combination of elements. Love how,you have used the supplies Amanda. I always love seeing how differently everyone uses the same products. Tracy x

    1. Thanks Tracy. it is great isn't it seeing what we all come up with and like you say more often than not each one is different. Oh how the mind works hey x

  9. This is fabulous! I do love the background and image.
    Linda xxx

  10. This is superb Amanda - the subtle tones really compliment the focal image. Wonderful technique too! Nikki xx

  11. awesome work amanda - I love this stamp - she is just perfect. Hugs Rachel x

  12. This is fabulous and that stamp is a stunner

    1. thanks so much Moira. She is a stunner isn't she x

  13. This is fabulous and that stamp is a stunner

  14. Wow your whitewashed wall is amazing and the perfect background for your stamped image. Love how you added the touches of her lippy and nail varnish. Super DI post.
    Julie x

  15. Fabulous background technique Amanda, love the white washed brick effect! Great card using the contents of your travel bag, thanks for sharing it. Deb xo

  16. A great DI Amanda x love those background details. Love the main stamp too

    Tfs and best wishes
    Annie x

    1. Thanks Annie Hope lifes good for you - we miss you x

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