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Monday 8 August 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 1

Hello!  Anne here to welcome you to Terminal 1, our first stop on the August
Destination Inspiration journey.  This month in our Travel Bag we have:

#1 Product - Paint
#2 Technique - Resist (paint, embossing, mediums)
#3 Colour - Smokey Grey/Blue
#4 Substrate - Tag

Here is a look at my finished tag.  
I am on a mission to use some of my older stamps!
I gathered together some of the items I wanted to use - a white tag base (cut from Ranger Speciality Stamping paper), Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and a Tim Holtz stamp set - Artful Tools.
I decided to use a paint resist technique.  I applied Black Soot Distress Paint, with a small
piece of Cut and Dry foam, to the stamp, working quickly as the paint does dry quite fast (you 
may want to practice this technique on a scrap piece of card first).  I stamped the impression 
onto the card and set this aside to dry naturally.  The paint creates a wonderful resist.

Make sure you wash your stamp straight away as dried paint and stamps are not
a great combination!

Next I added Remnant Rubs to the other side of the tag.  Remnant Rubs will also act as
a resist.
I created this layer of colour by smooshing the Stormy Sky Distress Ink onto my mat
and spritzed it with some water and then dragged my tag though the colour.  You may need
to do this a few times, drying between each layer, to build up a good cover.
I omitted to take a photograph of the next step but I used a paint brush, dipped in water to
remove some of the blue colour from the the brushes as I wanted to add some further colour.
You could leave the blue and paint over but the added colours will be less 'true' if you do that.

I also distressed the edges of the tag with a distressing tool and applied Story Sky
Distress Ink to the edges.

Once the tag was dry, I added some colour with several colours of Distress Ink (Stormy Sky, Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy), watered down, to the stamped brushes, to give them a bit of 
a lift.  You could use brighter colours but I wanted an 'aged' look.
Next, I stamped the brushes onto some masking paper, cut out each brush and placed
these over the brushes so that I could add some splattering to body of the tag only.
To finish off I added some more Remnant Rubs to the bottom and a bow at the top,
made from vintage seam binding coloured with Fired Brick Distress Spray Stain. 

I do love using resist techniques, it just adds another dimension to your crafting!

I hope you have enjoyed your Terminal 1 stop today and that you will check in again next Monday
to see what my next team mate comes up with, using the contents of the travel bag.

In the meantime, our lovely Amanda has kicked off another challenge theme - Stencil It
and one lucky entrant will win a £20 voucher from the fabulous Country View Crafts.

Take care and happy crafting!  Hugs, Anne xx


  1. a wonderful presentation; thank you for that!! can you tell me the name of this stamp, or where I can buy it? thank you in advance (

  2. Fantastic tag Anne, what a great use of the items in your travel bag!! Love that you used one of the older stamp sets (one of my all time favourites). The pops of red in both the colouring and the ribbon really bring it to life! Great start to the month!!

    I have answered the lady above as Brenda asked me a while back to answer blog comment queeries, so don't worry about that. xxx

  3. Fabulous tag, I love resist techniques too and you have used them beautifully and I also have those stamps which haven't been inked up. They look amazing. Great DI post and project Anne xxx

  4. What a wonderful tag Anne! I love the resists you've used and the careful painting of those brushes. Love this xx

  5. Fabulous tag Anne, love those brushes and I really must try this resist technique . Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

  6. A super tag Anne and the paint brushes look fabulous combined with the resist technique.
    Thanks for sharing, Julie x

  7. What a fabulous tag to start this months Destination Inspiration Anne. Love your stamp choice and the 'bleaching out' to add other colour is so effective - I love using that technique. Wonderful use of the contentsof the travel bag .
    hugs x

  8. Love this tag Anne, and especially that great contrast with the red bow, really makes the whole design pop! xx

  9. Love your techniques on this tag and the finished product is amazing! As Georgie noted above it's a great color combination and your techniques are executed perfectly! Hugs!

  10. Love your techniques on this tag and the finished product is amazing! As Georgie noted above it's a great color combination and your techniques are executed perfectly! Hugs!

  11. Love how your resist technique worked on the background Anne. Wonderful flow with the brushes stamped up the side of the tag, and the little touches of colour are just perfect. That bow really grabbed me, what an amazing pop of colour!! Beautiful! hugs :)

  12. Love this technique and the beautiful colors that you used! I'm going to have to get that stamp! I love it!

  13. Wonderful tag Anne, the colouring of the brushes gives fab oomph! Thanku for lovely clear step x step. Nicola x

  14. Gorgeous tag, love the step by step too. Thank you.
    Linda xxx

  15. Fabulous tag Anne, love the colors and the resist. Great tutorial too. Hugs, S@ndy

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  17. I will try again lol. Lovely tag Anne. Love the pop of red and fabulous to see this image , not seen it in a while . Love the resist . Tracy x

  18. Gorgeous tag Anne, love it. Well done you for using some older stamps. Thanks for sharing the 'doing it' bit too. Happy crafting, Angela x

  19. Wow! What a fabulous tag! So sorry to have been such a poor visitor lately! Trying to catch up while travelling with Grandsons - we are going to have some fun over the next few days! Hugs, Chrisx

  20. Always enjoy seeing the step-by-step pics of your process. Bet cutting out a mask for each of these brushes was a bit fiddly, but it did pay off...the spattering w/out changing the brush colors looks so good. And using the paint as a resist, was something I'd not think to try. Love the brilliant red bow that trims off the look of this vintage tag, and big applause for you, at using some of your 'vintage' products as well. Nice to give the oldies some love too. TFS & Hugs

  21. Gorgeous colors and design on your tag, Annie! That bold red ribbon really makes everything pop!! Thank you, as always, for the detailed tute on how you arrived at the lushilicious end result!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  22. Love the stamps you used Anne - how wonderful to get out older sets and give them another go! Great techniques and products used - a beautiful tag using the supplies in this month's travel bag! Julia xx

  23. A stunning creation Anne. I adore the subtle colours and wonderful design. Xx

  24. A fabulous tag Anne showing the resist techniques off perfectly, and a great tutorial to go with it. Love the stamp you have used, it's great to see you making use of older stamps. I am doing this a lot this year with all my stash and I think it is good to give them an airing, some things are far to nice not to be used. Mo x

  25. I love this tag, Anne - the red accents really work beautifully against the smoky blue and the paint resist is so effective. Love that you're using older stamps too - something I definitely want to do if I ever get back to my craft desk on a regular basis!!
    Alison x

  26. Wonderful tag! I love the stamp and the red and blue look cool together! It's cool to use older stamps too! xxx

  27. Wonderful use of your travel bag contents Anne, love the red combined with that lovely blue grey and fabulous paint and remnant rub resist techniques. I am in agreement with everyone about that fab stamp too, love it! Thanks for sharing your lovely tag, Deb xo

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  29. Wonderful tag Anne! It is definitely you - all artsy fartsy and a gorgeous red bow on top - I definitely think this tag looks like you!!
    Sandy xx