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Monday 5 December 2016

Destination Inspiration December - Arriving at Terminal 1

Welcome to our December Destination Inspiration - Julia A here to hopefully inspire you with my project using the items in this months Travel Bag.
I feel like this month the train just may be the Polar Express!!

1.  Product - Lace
2.  Colour - Silver
3.  Substrate - Chip Board or Cardboard
4.  Technique - Heat Embossing

I created a little holiday decoration that could be on display throughout the winter months!
I have a few photos showing just how this was created.  First I die cut Tim's Prancing Deer out of white mat board.
Then I embossed him, front and back, using Aged Silver Frantage embossing powder - I love how vintage this thick powder looks!  It's a little tricky to heat as a lot of it blows off when you try to emboss it - I blow it from underneath at first to start it melting, then move in from the top starting at a high distance away!  
The embossing looks  gold in the photo but it is just the lighting on my worktable reflecting off it.
Next, I colored my bristle brush tree using Peeled Paint and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stains.  The sprayer had clogged on my Brushed Pewter (!) - so I just poured some on the paper and added it to the edges and wooden base of the tree with my finger! 
When I spray stain I put everything inside an old pizza box I keep under my work table!
Then I sprayed a slice of aspen tree trunk with the Peeled Paint Spray Stain.  We found a long piece of aspen tree that had fallen down along our local walking path - we took it home - and Kent sliced it up for me -  I heated the pieces in my oven at 200 degrees for an hour to help dry it out.
I die cut the PEACE from Tim's Holiday Words: Blocks out of brushed silver card, and folded over the bottom edge so I could glue it to the wood.
I added Idea-ology Mirrored Stars to the tree top, the antler of the deer and the PEACE panel and then glued everything to the wood with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.  I just glued the feet of the deer to the wood and it has held wonderfully - it is also very close to the tree which also helps hold it up.
Here's a close up of the wonderful embossing, the lace knotted around his neck (the lace was just stiff enough to look like the wind is blowing it behind him!)  I also added a black rhinestone for his eye.
I hope you have been inspired by my little deer decoration -  please check back here next Monday to see who will be at Terminal 2 with another project using the contents of our December Travel bag!


  1. Great project Julia, so festive and love the way you used the embossing. Happy Holidays, S@ndy xx

  2. Beautiful, Julia!!! I love the aged silver embossing on your deer!

  3. What a cool project Julia, love what you did to that deer, the embossing looks fantastic and tying the lace round his neck is such a clever way to use that item from te travel bag!

  4. This is a fantastic piece if Christmas home decor and beautifully put together. Thanks so much for sharing it Julia xxx

  5. This is wonderful, Julia - I love the heat-embossed texture on the deer, and the fabulous earthy green tones. Great use of the travel bag contents!
    Alison x

  6. This is such a beautiful decoration Julia, I love how the embossing looks on the deer and his little scarf does look like it is blowing in the wind. I also love that you used a real piece of wood, and it is the perfect size! Anne xx

  7. WOW this is fabulous Julia.
    Linda xxx

  8. Fantastic Home Decor piece Julia xx love the details and the addition of the lace is so perfect for your sweet deer

    Great step by step xx TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

  9. Gorgeous home decor piece. I love the Mercury looking reindeer and the fabulous rustic stand. The lettering is perfect Tracy x

  10. Julia, this is wonderful! Love the deer (he's one of my favourite dies!) and he looks fabulous embossed in silver. Love his lace scarf streaming out behind him as he walks through the lovely and scene you created for him. Inspired use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo

  11. Fabulous Julia - I love your embossed dear and the aspen tree trunk piece - Wonderful creation xx

  12. This is fabulous ! Julia Love the aged, metallic look of the deer and the way you've made the lace scarf seem like its gently blowing in the wind is a wonderful way of adding movement. The Aspen tree trunk makes for the perfect base . Inspirational use of the Travel bag supplies for sure .
    Love it x