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Monday 19 December 2016

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 3

Hello everyone, Anne here, thanks so much for travelling along on the third leg of December's Destination Inspiration!

You may remember from last week that the contents of the travel bag this month are:
Product:  Lace
Technique:  Heat Embossing
Colour:  Silver
Substrate:  Chipboard

I love Christmas, especially wrapping all the presents, I usually add handmade tags so that was my inspiration for today's post.
First, I gathered up the elements that I wanted to use.
In addition to the above, I also used Ranger Archival Ink in Fern Green and also Wendy Vecchi's Fern Green Embossing Powder and some white card for the die cut skates (one of my all time favourite Tim Holtz die) and some silver paint.
I started by stamping the greenery from the Tim Holtz Scribble Woodlands set, using Fern Green Archival Ink onto Heat Resistant Acetate and heat embossed this with Fern Green EP.  I added some berries with Stickles in Red.  I roughly cut out the foliage - because it is acetate I did not need to be too careful as the acetate tends not to show.
The chipboard tag was covered with Tim Holtz paper and I dabbed a glue stick around the edges and added some of Ranger's Foil Sheet in silver.  It gives a nice sheen to the edges.  I die cut some foliage in white card using the Holiday Greens die set.
I gave the skates a light coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint and once dry I brushed Distress Ink in Pumice Stone around all of the edges to give them a slightly scuffed appearance. I added some red laces and a jingle bell.  The heel was painted in Black Soot Distress Paint and the blades are coloured with silver paint.  For my lace element I added some black lace to the top of the skates.
To finish off I added a big shabby bow using some wine coloured ribbon from my stash.

I hope you feel inspired to make some tags for presents, they are reasonably quick and easy to make and I think people always appreciate that hand crafted touch!

Our current challenge 'Winter Magic' is still running and we have had some wonderful entries so far.  If you have time we would love to see you join in too.

It just remains for me, and the whole of the A Vintage Journey team, to wish you all a very Happy Holiday season!  All the very best to you and yours!   Anne xx


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  2. Wow Anne! what a WONDERFUL tag! LOVE the crackle on the skates - the bells, black lace - the bright green foliage - this tag will make the gift SO special for the receiver. A lovely project using the supplies in your travel bag! Julia xx

  3. Oh Anne what an AMAZING tag!!! Dramatic, clever and just fabulous!! I always adore what you do with those skates (I'll never forget my card from a couple of years back), but te addition of black lace here, really gives them a pop. The crackle is so cool too and those red jingle bells.... just wow!!

  4. An utterly delightful tag Anne and a brilliant combination of the DI bag contents. I love the techniques you used and beautiful festive look xxx

  5. Such a wonderful DI post Anne and I too adore those beautiful skates xx love the background and crackle finished off with that beautiful bow

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x x

  6. That's just fabulous, Anne - I always love it when you get your skates on! Brilliant use of the travel bag contents - I love the background paper with the foiled edges, and fabulous crackle on the boots.
    Alison x

  7. This is fabulous Anne, love the layers and gorgeous skates.
    Linda xxx

  8. Your card is beautiful, but how do you lace the skates? I have that die and can't seem to figure it out. Any advice?

    1. Hi Michelle, thanks for your comment. I start at the top of the skate, go through the hole from the back and then go in every second hole all the way down. It should bring you to the right place at the bottom so that you can come back up, using the alternate holes that you left blank on the way down. I hope that makes sense!! Anne xx

  9. Stunning tag Anne, it is a gift as well.
    Toni xx

  10. Absolutely stunning tag, Anne!! I love how you decorated the skates!! They look amazing!! The layers and details are just perfect!! Love, love this!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  11. I absolutely love this Anne! This is one amazing tag and those laces really make me smile! :)

  12. A fabulous tag Anne. Love the richness of the ribbon against the vintage feel of the tag. Very Christmassy indeed. Elaine xx

  13. What a beautiful tag - I definitely have to get this ice skates die! Great background and awesome crackling :-) Thanks for sharing!
    Tamara /

  14. Stunning Anne!! And you attach tags of this detail to your gifts!!! Each is a gift in itself. FAB-U-LOUS! Nicola x

  15. Wonderful Anne - I do admire the way you aged your skates - Merry Christmas Sugar!
    Sandy xx

  16. Fabulous tag! Anne. No matter what you make with the skate die its always a winner - this being no exception. Love the scuffed crackle on the skates and the jingle bell laces made me smile - took me back to my skating days when I always had to have the funkiest laces for my skates . These would have been perfect .
    Super use of the travel bag goodies
    hugs x

  17. Brilliant Anne, another fantastic project. Merry Christmas hugs, Angela xXx

  18. Love how you have used all the elements to create this wonderful festive tag.x

  19. Wow what an exquisite festive tag Anne and so beautifully made with wonderful attention to detail.
    Julie x

  20. Awesome tag Anne, I love the skate die.

  21. What a marvelous tag, Annie! Truly a keepsake! Those skates are the whitest white and you've managed the reddest red on the laces and the tag bow! Exquisite execution, as always, and so inspiring!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  22. ooh an awesome tag! Love all the detail and pure Christmassyness. the skates look marvellous - your attention to detail always amazes me! xxx

  23. Love the background with all the wording and the subtle crackle on the skates Anne. Lovely idea to add a handmade tag to your gifts, such a lovely touch and one that will be so well received. Lovely. Tracy x

  24. Love your tag Anne, so festive. I'm sure it is an added treasure to the gift. Happy Holidays, S@ndy xx

  25. What a huge treat to see you in action here! I LOVE the way you've used that greenery stamp with the acetate - so imaginative! - and the clever use of crackle on the skate boots. This is a gem of a tag and I'd be saving it as a present in itself. Thank you so much for sharing xx

  26. Love those skates!!! Do you know if that particular die is still available anywhere? I would love to add it to my winter collection, we have three daughters and a granddaughter-they would love these in their memory books🤗

  27. As you know I adore your skates Anne and this tag is absolutely stunning. Great use of the travel bag contents

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx