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Monday, 22 August 2016

Destination Inspiration, Terminal 3 - Alison

Hello all, it's Alison here arriving at Terminal 3 of Destination Inspiration.  We've already stopped for wonderful projects at Terminal 1 with Anne and at Terminal 2 with Deb, and now it's my turn to create with the contents of the travel bag this month.
Just as a reminder, this is what's in the suitcase:

Product - Paint
Substrate - Tag
Colour - Smoky Grey Blue (think Stormy Sky and Weathered Wood)
Technique - Resist (paint, embossing or mediums)

And here's the tag I came up with...


I started by putting a coat of PaperArtsy Chalk Fresco Paint onto a plain manila tag, and then stamping Tim Holtz's Cracks background in Versamark and clear-embossing it.


So that was my paint and my resist - now for something for it to resist!  I used Distress Stains in Stormy Sky, Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke to create the almost stained glass look.


Having the coat of paint underneath means the Stains don't soak into the tag in the same way - they sit on the surface a little and create lovely effects as you dry them.  You can see the grain of the paint brush strokes too, which I really like.


By now I'd covered all the travel bag contents requirements, so I was free to go in any direction with what to put over my background.  Whatever I did next, I would still have my lovely light-catching resist mosaic.


The gorgeous Bird Silhouette is a favourite die of mine so I cut him from some Tim Holtz paper and inked the edges with Ground Espresso DI.


Some more paper scraps provide the "ground" for him to stand on.  He's mounted on padded tape, by the way, to give that extra touch of dimension.


I was in a gentle frame of mind, so I cut some soft off-white Wildflower die-cuts to go behind him (also inked with Ground Espresso)...


... and I added some actual dried Wildflower stems to the mix.  I love the fragile dimensionality - not one for sending through the post, this!


Adding the lower parts of the stems was an afterthought.  They're just tucked in, but I think they're positioned about right to create the illusion that they're all attached somewhere behind his back.



Obviously I needed some words - Small Talk stickers to the rescue, as so often.  I can't think what I did before these little phrases were released.


So that's my Destination Inspiration tag for you.  I hope you like it.


Do drop in next Monday to see who's at Terminal 4 and, in the meantime, we'd love you to come and play in Amanda's fantastic Stencil It challenge - there's still plenty of time.  Thanks so much for stopping at Destination Inspiration with me today.  See you again soon.

Alison x

35 comments:

  1. What an absolutely lovely background you created Alison - with the paint resist - the embossed crackle stamping and your wonderful mix of stains! You created the perfect background for your wonderful bird - and what wonderful texture added with the florals! A beautiful tag using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

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  2. Awesome resist background technique, Alison, I need to try this.:) Beautiful tag..Thanks for inspiration. <3

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  3. Oh Alison, this is gorgeous - the background is just wonderful love that cracked stained glass effect. the wild flowers are just perfect.

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  4. Love, love, love! Absolutely beautiful, Alison, and the background is sensational! Hugs

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  5. What an absolutely wonderful background this is! And I love the addition of the real flowers too :-)

    Sally xx

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. The crackle background is the perfect foil for your beautiful bird and dried flowers. Lx

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  7. The background is truly gorgeous Alison, almost a shame to cover it up, but you did so beautifully! Great use of the contents of the travel bag! Anne xx

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  8. Wonderful - the background is awesome - one to be cased!! Love your comment about the chit chat phrases - they have become a go to here too! xxx

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  9. That background is stunning! Gorgeous tag.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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  10. What a beautiful background!
    Sandy xx

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  11. Wow, wow, wow, I love that background, so cool ! The whole tag is fantastic !
    Corrie x

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  12. I love this mosaic background, perfect for this lovely bird!

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  13. I just love the stained glass look background Alison..gorgeous..love the bird too and your details..fantastic tag.

    luv CHRISSYxx

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  14. I absolutely love it Alison . Your tag background is totally gorgeous and you have adorned it so wonderfully with your bird silhouette, wildflower die cuts and actual dried wildflower stems , not forgetting those well chosen chit chat stickers too .
    You really have made incredibly effective use of the contents of the tranvel bag and made it look so easy too .

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  15. Oooh love your faux shattered glass type background and the natural tones against the blue work so well. Love the bird too. The natural wild flower type flowers work so well. Tracy x

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  16. Fabulous and absolutely love that use of Tim's stamp and stains!! The die cuts and the real ting look lovely together, and as always your talent with this palette is exceptional! xxx Lynn

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  17. Very lovely! Love that crackled background and the stained glass look you got when you colored it in.

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  18. Alison, if you do this every day all day I will be happy! These colors just work and you apply them so beautifully no matter how you attempt. I love the mosaic effect of your background and that wonderful pooling! I've never used this die and really am inspired to give it a go. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

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  19. Beautiful tag Alison, adore your stained glass background and the perfect embellishments and words you have adorned it with. A delightful use of the travel bag contents, thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo

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  20. Love that crackly blue background! xx

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  21. Fabulous tag and great tips. Thanks - S@ndy xx

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  22. Fabulous tag, the background looks great!

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  23. This is a marvellous tag Alison. Loving your background to bits!!! :)
    The completion is just fantastic!! xx

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  24. Love what you have made. What a great background. Wonderful sentiment and so true.
    Thanks for your explanation.

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  25. Such a BEAUTY! So delicate! Wonderful Alsion!♥♥♥
    Susi

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  26. Ooh that resist mosaic is amazing Alison,

    Lucy x

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  27. Fantastic tag Alison, amazing the stained glass background and lovely wildflower. xx

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  28. You've weaved your well honed magic again here Alison! LOVE that stained glass background behind the bird and foliage xx

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  29. Lovely soft colours and gorgeous design and detail, Alison!!!

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  30. Gorgeous tag Alison! The crackled background reminds me of the surface of a swimming pool in sunlight! Seasonal I suppose... Espresso and blue is a fantastic colour combination.

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  31. Gorgeous - love that crackly blue background! Chrisx

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  32. What a lovely tag. Great idea using the clear embossing powder over a white background. It works so well with the blues and browns.

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  33. Love that astain glass look you achieved! beautiful tag!

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