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Monday 25 July 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal 4

Hello travellers, welcome aboard to Terminal 4. This is Tracy Evans here to share the fourth leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for the month of July. You can view Nikki's Destination Inspiration, Terminal three HERE.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:
Product: Ephemera Collage Elements
Technique: Use A Brayer
Colour: Teal or Turquoise Shades
Substrate: Card
I opted for a masculine mixed media card with many layers to add to the card a real tactile element.
 1 Apply a thin layer of Gesso to a piece of kraft card; applying the Gesso with a palette knife to give a more random feel and then dry with a heat tool.
2 Add a small amount of Peacock Feathers Distress Paint to a non-stick craft sheet and then roll the brayer through the paint. Roll the brayer over the sheet to remove some of the paint.
3 Brayer the paint lightly over the background of the card.
4 With any remaining paint dip a wet paintbrush into the paint and then add delicate splatters to the background and then dry with a heat tool.
1 Place the Ringer Layering Stencil uppermost onto a flat surface and then apply Evergreen Bough Distress Ink directly to the stencil.
2 Spritz the stencil lightly with water.
3 Place the stencil ink side down onto the background of the card and then dab with a piece of kitchen towel.
4 Remove the stencil and then dry with a heat tool. Repeat this process to add more random circles to the background.
1 Cut out one of the images from Tim Holtz Found Relatives pack and distress the edges of the cut out with the edges of a pair of scissors, to add further to the aged feel.
2 Colour the edges of the cut out with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
3 Add random torn book pages to the bottom of the card.
4 Add the cut out image to the background of the card. Apply Peacock Feathers Distress Paint to the edges of a container and then press the container onto the background. This adds a painty circle to the image, acting as a spotlight. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
I added a 'friendship' Chitchat Sticker which I thought was perfect for this image. I also added shading to the edges of the Sticker so that it coordinated with the overall feel of the card.
I also added Remnant Rubs for a further layer of interest.
To complete the design I added delicate splatters of white paint to the background.

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 more inspiration for you over the next couple of weeks.



  1. This is such an amazing collage, Tracy! I adore it!

  2. LOVE the wonderful texture with your gesso Tracy - great splatter and ring stamping over your collage elements! Julia xx

  3. Love love love this project! Everything is magical! Colors , design and textures are perfect! Stunning work! barbara

  4. Totally brilliant Tracy, a super tactile and beautiful collage with all your stunning mixed mmedia trademark elements, - love it!!

  5. Gorgeous piece! I love how loose and "unfussy" you kept it.

  6. Some great techniques on this tag, love the image!
    Linda xxx

  7. Honestly Tracy ... what you can do with a palette knife, brayer and a circular container is beyond me. This is one of my favorite cards. I LOve it!! Texture and color and focal image and seniment. Wow! Thanks for the inspiration -- Mary Elizabeth

  8. Fabulous! Tracy The PF paint and Eb DI look great on the kraft card with the textured gesso . Love how you've used all the contents of the travel bag in such an inspirational way. TFS the step by step x

  9. Totally wonderful Tracy - adore the gesso with brayered surface - as you say the random feel just works a treat! Nikki xx

  10. It really is a beautiful project Tracy, I love the turquoise with the Kraft and the fussy cut image is wonderful! I enjoyed seeing your step by step too. Great use of the travel bag contents! Anne xx

  11. Gorgeous project and I also love the Turquoise and Kraft colour combo.
    Julie x

  12. Tracy, so much to love on this card! I love the colors against the kraft and the gesso and your collaged design is just perfect! Great idea to use the cup for one of your circles and that found relative just makes this so much fun! Hugs!

  13. A fabulous project Tracy and so good to see your process! Chris xx

  14. Fabulous Tracy, love the kraft and Peacock Feathers colour combo and how you created so much depth and interest with your brayered and stenciled background. Love that vintage image too, it's one of my favourites! Deb xo

  15. I love your vintage project. Turquoise against craft card is fab. Lots of layers for the eyes to chase X X X

  16. Quite simply stunning Tracy. LOVE that background xx

  17. Completely gorgeous, Tracy - amazing work with stunning attention to detail.
    Alison x