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Monday 18 July 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 3

Hi everyone and I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We are arriving today at our third stop on this month's Destination Inspiration where our travel bag includes:
Product : Ephemera / Collage Elements
Technique : Use a Brayer
Colour : Teal or Turquoise
Substrate : Card

I seem to have interpreted the Ephemera / Collage Elements slightly differently to my teamies and have used deli paper to create my collage.

I started with some white card, my brayer and a some PaperArtsy Fresco paints.
I built up the layers until I was happy with the result.
I then added a little background stamping.
Next I took some stamps (these are PaperArtsy Lin Brown - ELB26) and stamped with archival ink on deli paper.
I cut my flowers out and created an arrangement before gluing to the card base. 
Once dry I went back to my paints and spent a happy half an hour painting my flowers and adding some outlines and highlights with pens.
Finally I stamped my greeting on some of the brayered card stock.
Thanks for stopping by today. 


  1. Love this Nikki! The subtle stampings on your brayered background, and your beautiful painted blooms on the deli paper - wonderful mix of blues and purples! Julia xx

  2. Such an original take on the travel bag ingredients Nikki, - love what you did!! The background is stunning, love the subtle stamping on the brayering and those flowers o the deli paper look super. Like Julia said already, the colour combo looks relly fantastic too!

  3. So inventive Nikki, gorgeous brayered and stamped background and the deli paper flowers are fabulous! Wonderful interpretation of the travel bag contents, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo

  4. Beautiful Nikki! I love how you made the flowers with the deli paper and the colours are gorgeous - loving the highlighting on the flowers, it really makes them stand out beautifully! Anne xx

  5. Love the brayered background and fabulous flowers Nikki. Great colour combination too

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x x

  6. Fabulous Nikki, love the brayered backgrounds and wonderful flowers.
    Linda xxx

  7. Wonderful! Nikki Love your brayered stamp background which would have looked good with just a simple sentiment but then you really enhanced it with your beautiful deli paper flowers . Lovely colour tones. Inspiring. (Just to make you smile I read your 'happy half hour painting my flowers' as 'happy half hour painting my fingers' and even when I went back and read it again thinking I must have read that wrong you were still painting your fingers according to my brain!! hahaha. x

  8. Hi Nikki, love your bra here's backdrop. The blues are gorgeous and very fresh looking. Love how,you used the deli paper for,your echinacea flower. Lovely. Tracy x

  9. This is so cool, such great colors and images!!!

  10. Your background is really lovely Nikki but my favorite part is the way you enhanced your flowers. All the little outlines and highlights are PERFECT and makes each one just look like it could be picked right off the page and given to someone! Love the colors too. GREAT inspiration. Xj.

  11. Gorgeous dreamy colours and the background is just beautiful.
    Alison x

  12. Nikki, I really love the folksy look to your flowers and the background is just magical with the subtle stampings and brayered paints. Love this!

  13. Beautiful layering on this wonderful folksy style piece Nikki LOVE it! xx