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Monday 13 March 2017

March Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello fellow A Vintage Journey travelers!   Julia here today welcoming you to Terminal #2 of our March Destination Inspiration  posts.  
This month we have the following supplies in our travel bags:
Product:  Acrylic Paint
Technique:  Layered Stencils
Color:  Turquoise and Teal
Substrate: Canvas
I didn't have a framed canvas hanging around in my craft room but I did have some Natural Sticky Back Canvas so I used that for my substrate.  
For my first layer of color, I rubbed Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink on my craft mat, spritzed with water and pressed the canvas panel into it.
For my second color I used one of my brandy-new Distress Oxide Inks - Broken China - again rubbing the ink onto my craft mat and pressing the canvas into it.
I let this dry and then randomly sponged over Tim's grid stencil using Distress Cracked Pistachio.
I used Tim's floral stencil with white acrylic paint for my second layer of stenciling. 
 (be sure to wash off your stencil right after using when you use paint!)  The canvas curls with the wet ink but lays flat once you adhere it to a piece of card.
While I let this dry -  I die cut Tim's Bird Branch and colored it with Oxide and Distress inks.
(I actually cut one out of white card stock and one out of a manila tag - and I show inking the white one but then ended up using the manila tag one on my card.)
First I pressed the branch part into Vintage Photo Distress Oxide that I had sponged on my mat and spritzed with water.
Then I colored the bird using the same technique with Distress Oxide Broken China - you can see I didn't try to completely cover the piece.  I let the colors drip and dried with my heat tool.
And finally, I inked some of the white spaces on tree and bird with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink from the mat.
Once the paint was dry, I removed the backing from the canvas and adhered it to a slightly larger piece of kraft card.  I sponged the edges of the canvas and the bird with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide.  Then I layered the bird branch over the canvas with foam tape. 
I added Idea-ology Clippings Stickers and 3 tiny brown buttons from my stash.  I love the way the coloring on the branch looks like layers of bark with the different colors 
(totally unplanned but happily appreciated!)

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I created something using the materials in our March Travel bag!  I'm really happy with how this came out - my first time trying the Distress Oxide Inks too!

Next Monday someone else will be arriving at Terminal #3 with another project using these supplies!   If you missed Terminal #1 - you'll find Astrid's beautiful project here.

I'd also like to invite you to join in the A Vintage Journey March Challenge - where we are celebrating our 3rd birthday!  You'll find the challenge and details here.


  1. Beautiful Julia- love that blue!
    Jackie xx

  2. Stunning background Julia with tha fab combination of the two inks! Love the stencilling work too and the bird just finishes it off to perfection. Great use of the items in the travel bag this month!

  3. Fabulous step by step and beautiful card showcasing the travel bag contents. Love this Julia xxx

  4. Lovely colors and a beautiful backdrop. Love your play and layering with the inks.

  5. Großartig! Und danke für die schöne Erklärung.

    Liebe Grüße

  6. Julia I love everything about this - the whole composition is just perfect! You made light work of those travel bag ingredients and created an absolutely fabulous card .

  7. This is absolutely lovely, Julia - a breath of springtime on a canvas. I love the stencil layers with resists, giving such lovely weathered effects, and I love the inking of the bird and branch. He looks wonderful perched there.
    Alison x

  8. What a wonderful project! It needs to be framed!

  9. Julia, you have used those Oxides to beautiful effect, your canvas conjures up wonderful thoughts of Spring! Anne xx

  10. Ooooh I love this. Wonderful background and gorgeous layout xx

  11. A fabulous DI spread Julia x love the background and colour combination.....great outcome

    Sending hugs Annie x

  12. This is stunning Julia! Love the background and wonderful quote.
    Linda xxx

  13. Just gorgeous, Julia! I love birds and you have given him pride of place on that beautiful background! Very creative use of the travel bag goodies!

  14. Wow Julia this has to be one of my new all time favourite crafty projects of yours, totally adore everything about this canvas card. Exquisite work.
    Julie x

  15. Really amazing project Julia! You make it all look so simple, but the result is far from! Stunning and inspiring. Hugs, Autumn

  16. Beautiful project! Love everything about it. :)

  17. I adore your card Julia, fabulous stenciled background and love how you coloured the Bird Branch die cut, so very effective. Wonderful use of the travel bag contents, thank you for sharing it! Deb xo

  18. Great job with layering stencils, Julia. Love the colours of this beautiful piece of art. Thanks for the step-by-step!

  19. This is stunning! I love the colours, the texture, everything! Thank you for sharing your how to with us x

  20. That gorgeous layered canvas background is what really makes the bird and branch come to life here Julia. As every you've made magic with the travel bag ingredients xx