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Monday, 2 January 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 5

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to you all! Jenny here with the final Destination Inspiration in the current series. As a reminder the contents of our travel bag this time round have included;

Product: Lace
Technique: Heat Embossing
Colour: Silver
Substrate: Chipboard or Cardboard

This set of ingredients came to my rescue when assembling and finishing a canvas which, at first, had stubbornly refused to come together. In the end they became the key elements...

Recently I followed one of Wendy Vecchi's fabulous tutorials to create a set of 'cracked glass floral specimens' on pieces of mountboard. They've been sitting on my craft table teasing me ever since, so I started a canvas background for one of them to sit on. Great fun was had applying multiple layers of orange and pink shades of Distress Paint (from the vibrant Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon to the palest Wild Honey and Tattered Rose) before wiping the remains of Hickory Smoke and Gathered Twigs paint from my brush to add a touch of vintage. Trouble was that made it a bit too drab so the gentlest of silvery swipes with Brushed Pewter added an essential shimmer. Finally I broke up the colour with a look of torn lace, courtesy of some white texture paste and a Vintage Quilt stencil.

The floral plaque needed something to make it stand out so I framed it with a piece of silver embossed card before layering it onto a raft of other snippets of card (kraft, patterned and corrugated). I also wanted to add some rusted silver metal elements to the collage but it looked too harsh for such a feminine canvas so the lace, dyed to match, provided the perfect foil, as well as being a way to guide the eye across the design.

So that's it for my contribution to this round of Destination Inspiration projects. In case you missed any of them make sure to stop by the other posts from Julia A, Deb, Anne and Sandy.

Our 'Winter Magic' challenge closes on Thursday 5th January so there's still time to get those last minute entries in. Then the team will be back on Friday with the first challenge of 2017. Until then take care of yourselves and may you have a successful and creative year ahead.


  1. Extremly hot, hotter, hottest :) Love the vintage look. Seems like torn paper to me or old wallpaper coming of the wall. What a yummy combination of colours, snippets of paper and texture paste ♥

  2. What beautiful layers on this Jenny! Love the 'plaster' look to the stenciled background, the torn edges of the layers, the bits of lace scattered over the piece and wonderful orange/tan colors - the crackled center of attraction draws the eye right in! A lovely project using the contents of your travel bag!! Julia xx

  3. A fabulous canvas Jenny ad I echo all that Julia mentions above. I am not usually a fan of orange tones, but here they are just the perfect background to that floral picece! Wonderful use of the travel bag items, a great finale to this month's projects!

  4. Wow this came together beautifully with the DI elements, I love the colour tones and the fabulous collaged layers - great one Jenny xxx

  5. This piece is so lovely, the colors and lace create such a feminine palette and background for that lovely floral and the silver background layer is just the right amount of lift to showcase it! Truly beautiful piece.

  6. Fabulous! Jenny. Your cracked glass floral specimen makes for a wonderful focal point on your gorgeous altered canvas full of texture , colour and layers. Great use of the contents of the travel bag offering lots of inspiration .
    Happy New Year ! x

  7. A fabulous DI post Jennie. Love the colour combination but the central layers are my favourite. Thank you for a great step by step.....stunning piece
    Huge hugs Annie xx

  8. This is fabulous Jenny, love the texture and design
    Linda xxx

  9. I love the look of this Jenny! Well done as always!!!

  10. The floral plaque looks gorgeous with the layered backdrop and wonderful canvas - great make! Nikki x

  11. Absolutely "delicious", Jenny!!! Happy New Year to you as well!!!
    Carole from Chicago

  12. Oh wow Jenny, this canvas is gorgeous. I love how you managed to create an 'aged' plaster background and the 'cracked glass floral specimen' is just stunning! I love your super layering too - fabulous use of the contents of the travel bag! Anne xx

  13. Stunning artwork Jenny love the colours and all that gorgeous texture

    Happy and Healthy New Year

    Hilda xx

  14. Lovely canvas Jenny, love the plaster effect in the background , a real eye catcher. The focal image is perfect and yet so delicate , a lovely combination of elements to create such a wonderful cohesive design. Tracy x

  15. I like the tone on tone look of this and that background is gorgeous!

  16. Gorgeous textures and layers to set off that delightful floral plaque, Jenny - and I love the cheerful warmth of the colour palette, perfect to brighten these gloomy days.
    Alison x

  17. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous! Reminds me of an old french inn with gorgeous peeling wallpaper! Exquisite inspiration Jenny! Happy New Year AVJ!

  18. Gorgeous canvas Jenny, the background is fabulous with all those wonderful layers and textures and love how you directed the eye towards that wonderful cracked glass floral with the multiple layers and lace. Thanks so much for sharing it! Deb xo


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