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Monday 16 January 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year to you all 

Its Amanda here and I'd like to invite you to travel with me on the 2nd leg of this months Destination Inspiration. Before we set off lets take a quick look inside the travel bag to remind ourselves of the contents
Product: Crackle
Technique: Wrinkle Free distress
Colour: Hues of Blue
Substrate: Wood .
As always, there's only a few supplies but I'm a big fan of travelling light so lets hop on board and continue the journey....

Here's what I have created

and how I created it...
The Wooden Frame
I primed the wooden frame with a couple of coats of Black Gesso which would serve not only as the preparatory coat on the wood but also as the colour to show through the cracks once they had formed. I then applied crackle paste with a palette knife and left to dry, after which I enhance the cracks using media fluid acrylic paint.

a close up

Wrinkle Free distress Technique
I inked up a panel of mixed media card stock using Tim Holtz Wrinkle free distress Technique. I prefer to use mixed media or watercolour cardstock for this technique as I find it can 'take' the water far better than regular card stock.
My ink selection

I used the top three inks for the first stage of the technique

and all the inks for subsequent smooshing, swishing, dipping and dabbing.
I then added more detail with some stamping using a couple of stamps with Archival inks

and stencilling using a layering stencil with both distress ink and Distress Grit paste

finishing the panel with a a few paint splatters and scratches before adhering in the window of the crackled frame .

The Wooden Hearts
I altered two wooden hearts the larger base heart by simply painting with gesso and paints

The smaller heart I covered with scrunched up tissue paper for a first layer of texture

 and then built up the texture further using both Distress Grit paste and Crackle paste allowing to dry between each application. Once dry I then 'worked' the texture with paints.

Here it is mid process....

and here it is finished, mounted in position and embellished with a Distress Grit paste circle and a Tim Holtz Ideology ring fastener.

adding not only texture but dimension too .

The finishing touches came in the way of Tim Holtz remnant rubs and a few pieces of ideology to embellish the frame

and a Tim Holtz small talk sticker provided an ideal title for my altered frame
'Listen to your heart it will show you the way '.

Thank you for accompanying me on the 2nd leg of this month Destination Inspiration. I hope both I and my fellow Creative guide Alison (terminal 1) have inspired you so far but be sure to stop back next Monday when a fellow Creative Guide picks up the travel bag of goodies and meets you at Terminal #3 to continue the journey. 
 We welcome you to join in our current challenge theme 'Going round in Circles'. 
We always love to see what you create and appreciate each and every one of your entries.
There's still plenty of time to enter as the challenge is open until the 2nd February.
Hope you all have a great week
Happy Crafting
Amanda x


  1. Wow Amanda! wonderful techniques for color and texture on this beautifully crackled frame and layered heart - thanks for sharing each step of it's creation! what a beautiful project using the items in your travel bag - this will look so lovely on a wall somewhere!! Julia xx

  2. Wow Amanda, what a completely brilliant piece! The frame looks great already with that wonderful crackle, te background panel and all the different steps to create it, looks fantastic and the two layered hearts with that brilliant texture effect on the smaller, are just the perfect finishing touch! Travelling light with a touch of genius, I love this!!!

  3. Just one word from me Amanda - MAGNIFICENT !!! Anne xx

  4. Gorgeous frame Amanda, I adore the crackle and those blue hues in the backdrop. Fabulous techniques creating a gorgeous dimensional tactile piece of art. Tracy x

  5. WOW Amanda this is fabulous! I love the techniques you have used and the frame looks fantastic.
    Linda xxx

  6. A crackle lovefest is definitely happening here Amanda ... it all looks amazing with stunning texturising. The small stickers really finish it fabulously. Hats off to you! Nicola x

  7. Awesome Amanda - loved it - till I saw the heart - then I really, really loved it!! xx

  8. Great use of the travel bag contents Amanda x the crackle frame and background insert look amazing and the two hearts really add great depth and more texture. Perfect embellishments too x thank you for a great step by step. ....... Certainly inspirational

    Hugs Annie xx

  9. Wow! Amanda you have used those travel bag contents to their highest and best use! Your crackle on the frame and the texture on the hearts is truly amazing! The elements you chose to embellish your work of art are perfectly simple! You rocked this! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial too! Hugs!

  10. What is this beautiful made!!

  11. I thought I'd already stopped by to say how fabulous this is, Amanda. Brilliant crackle and wonderful textures on your layered hearts and background.
    Alison x

  12. I love this so much Amanda! Especially the tissue crinkle on the heart, what a fabulous detail!

  13. My goodness you are good Amanda! I don't think even now you even get just HOW good! This is truly magnificent - that heart is a tour de force of texture and colour and you've framed it perfectly with even more!!! LOVE this xx

  14. stunning, and such a great tut