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Monday 7 November 2016

Destination Inspiration November - Arriving At Terminal 1

Hello travellers, Tracy Evans here, welcome aboard to Terminal 1, the first leg of our journey for November.

So what do we have in our bag to inspire you:

Product: Patterened Paper
Technique: Altered Paper Techniques
Colour: Orange/Rust
Substrate: Notebook or Journal Cover

My challenge piece is an organic, rustic bird cage housing a Tim Holtz layered bird using Tim's Sizzix Bird Silhouette Die.
I began by using the cover of a Notebook, the back cover.
I covered the front and back of the Notebook cover with Tim Holtz Regions Beyond Paper Stash, the colours were perfect for the challenge brief.
I then covered the paper with a good layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and allowed to dry completely.
Once the Glaze was completely dry I applied a coat of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream, applying with my finger and removing any excess with a damp baby wipe.
I love how the Antiquing Cream settles into all the fine cracks, highlighting the wonderful texture.
I then applied a coat of DecoArt Matte Medium to make sure the Antiquing Cream was then permanent and could no longer me manipulated or moved in any way.
I cut 8 lengths of rusty tin wire, folded them in half and then used Eileen Hull's Twist and Style Tool to twist the wire together; this tool makes it so easy!
I then created my rustic/organic bird cage.
I added Vermilion and Raw Umber DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to a non-stick craft sheet.
I mixed the two colours together.
I then painted a Prima frame with the mix of paint and allowed to dry; adding a second layer of colour for good coverage. I also die cut 8 lots of the Silhouette Bird from thick white card.
I adhered all the layers together and allowed to dry completely.
I covered the dimensional bird with book pages and then covered with a layer of DecoArt Crackle Glaze and allowed to dry. Once again I applied a layer of Raw Umber Antiquing Cream to highlight those wonderful cracks. I added a piece of driftwood to adhere the bird to and to ensure he stood securely.
I found a number paperclip in my drawers and thought this made a perfect eye and the colour was just what I needed, don't you love it when that happens!
I gave my bird a hat which I covered with DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste, applying with my finger and allowing to dry completely before painting. I then painted the hat with Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber and touches of Carbon Black.
A copper letter has beed added to the base of the stand and I also included coiled pieces of rusty tin wire for added texture and dimension. I attached my cage by drilling holes through the base and feeding the wire pieces through the base.
I added a sentiment to one side of my cage base. I also added stamping around all four sides using Tim Holtz background stamp.
I added natural moss around the base of the bird.
I added a piece of cotton tape, stamped with the word BIRD to the top of the cage which I coloured with a touch of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
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. What a wonderful project Tracy!! LOVE your thickly layered bird with his lovely decorations and hat, nested in the bright box! Your cage is coming up around the bird - LOVE this! Julia xx

  2. Gorgeous, amazing and incredible unique I just love this Tracy xxx

  3. What a clever and original idea for using the travel inredients, - genius and such a brilliant end result!!

  4. Unbelievably brilliant - a huge WOW from me... creative, inventive, and technically fabulous.
    Alison x

  5. How fun! Loves the wire cage especially 😘

  6. WOW this is amazing! Thanks for the step by step instructions.
    Linda xxx

  7. Such a fun idea and so beautifully crafted! Just love it!! Jennie x

  8. Un esplendido trabajo.

  9. Oh my Tracy... YOU are INCREDIBLE... THIS project is FABULOUSLY FUN and WONDERFUL. Wow. Wow. Wow. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Just LOVE this. YUMMY in every way... SERIOUSLY SUPER. Xj.

  10. Fabulous use of the contents of the travel bag Tracy, this has to be my favourite of your projects to date, it is fun, clever, brilliant and beautiful!! xx

  11. What a fantastic project! Tracy. Quirky and so individual. A real 'thinking outside the box' way of using the contents of the travel bag to create a wonderful piece . Just love the depth and the crackle of the silhouette bird .
    Great inspiration.

  12. what creative use of the travel bag goodies! I love how you made the dimensional bird--very clever! And your crackle is superb!

  13. He is absolutely remarkable! The ultra thick stacked dies is so great! The vintage palette and wire form are both amazing. Love this so much. Hugs, Autumn

  14. This is so fun and creative Tracy. Love all the great details that you added and the bird is fab. S@ndy xx

  15. What a fabulous project, the twisted wire detail is great! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  16. Hi Tracy x totally love this spectacular DI project x so many wonderful details/techniques shared with us. The bird looks fabulous but most of all I adore the bird cage

    Tfs and hugs
    Annie x x

  17. That is fabulous Tracy, love your wonderful bird and how inventive to use the notebook cover to create the base for your cage, unique and inspired use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo

  18. Tracy this is just fantastic! I love the crackled bird with his funky little cap and paperclip eye! Cool vintage design from beginning to end!

  19. Tracy, this is just too clever and oh so delightful! I really love your idea for building the bird and your crackling is just beautiful! xo

  20. Breathtakingly gorgeous!!! Tracy this is a work of wonder and I LOVE it!!! Thank you for sharing xx