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Monday 24 April 2017

Destination Inspiration: Arriving at Terminal 3

Hello everyone, Anne here, welcoming you to Terminal 3 of April's Destination Inspiration.

We have been using these items in our travel bag this month:
Product - Distress Ink / Paint
Technique - Stencil Mono-printing
Colour - Green
Substrate - MDF

When I planned to use Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts, I mistakenly thought they were MDF, but I think they are close enough as I don't have any other MDF in my stash....  I went for a clean and simple design with my project. 
I wanted to use one of my favourite Wendy Vecchi stamps - rules to live by.
The base is from Wendy's Artful Shrines Art Parts, I just used the inside piece and coated it with some white Gesso.
I gave the base a good coat of Distress Paint in Bundled Sage.
For the mono-printing element I used Tim Holtz's Honeycomb stencil and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink which I hoped would give a nice contrast.
I applied the ink directly to one side of the stencil, spritzed it well with water, laid it on top of the base, pressed all over with a piece of paper towel and dried it with my heat tool.  Heat setting it really brings it to life.  I love that this technique does not give a 'perfect' print but I am always amazed at how well it works (apologies for the shadow, I was crafting at night time)!
Once dry I stamped with this lovely Wendy stamp, I just love that some of the words are bold.  I keep this stamp on show in my craft room for encouragement!
I did not do a step by step of the flower but these are Wendy Vecchi Art Parts too.  I painted the large flower with Scattered Straw Distress Paint and the smaller one with Spiced Marmalade Distress Paint.  The leaves and stalk were painted with Pine Needles Distress Paint.  I gave each piece two coats and then overstamped with Hero Arts Newspaper Background stamp.  I added the little copper 'nut' (Prima I think) after painting the word 'Art' with Pine Needles DP.
Finally, the whole piece was edged with Pine Needles Distress Ink.

Like I said, clean and simple but it shows how well the mono-printing technique works, I hope that our projects this month have encouraged you to try the technique, if you have not done so already!

Our current challenge 'The Magic of Three', hosted by the lovely Annie is still running, we hope you will join in HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting, please come back next Monday for some more inspiration using our April Travel Bag! 

Hugs,  Anne xx


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous, Anne!! I love the sentiment!! The flower looks amazing!! The background is beautiful!! Love, love this!! So inspiring!!

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  2. what a beautiful piece Anne! Love the bright sunny colors and wonderful art parts that you stamped and colored - and that sentiment is lovely - how nice that you keep it out for your own encouragement! Julia xx

  3. A fabulous Wendy style pice of art Anne, the lovely fresh colours, the delightful flower and honeycomb design fit perfectly as a springtime project and the words are very inspiring. Great use of the travel bag items xxx

  4. Oh I just love how each of our DI projects come out so differently, yet using the same ingredients.... This one is stunning Anne, spelling Springtime all over with those colours, - so well designed too, love how you used the art parts and the quote is super!

  5. Delightful! I love the text stamping on the flower, and that Rules stamp really is great - what a lovely idea to have it standing by in the craft room for inspiration. Fabulous WV-inspired make - and a completely different look for the travel bag ingredients - very cool.
    Alison x

  6. I love how we all interpret the travel bag so differently. Lovely to see some WV inspiration Anne. Love your flower and the added text. Great backdrop too. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  7. Absolutely Gorgeous! Anne. Wonderful design and execution . You have made those Wendy Vecchi parts truly glow with beauty. Love the quote stamp
    hugs x

  8. Anne, this is a gorgeous inspiration piece! Your monoprinting turned out beautifully, and I love the newsprint on the flower--how clever! (Now I need that stamp!-Ha! Ha!) Great rules to live by and this is a perfect piece to hang where you get to see it every day! Fabulous step by step instructions and post, too! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

  9. What a beautiful piece Anne.
    Toni xx

  10. Beautiful. Great way to start the week with a sunshiny creation by YOU Anne. :) Xj.

  11. This is gorgeous, love the colours and background. The sentiment is brilliant too!
    Linda xxx

  12. Beautiful project Anne, I love your happy flower it compliments your sentiment and bright colours so well.
    Julie x

  13. Loving your clean and simple project Anne. Its a great word stamp and you've shown it off beautifully! Elaine x

  14. How beautifully you altered this substrate, Anne! I just love this project. Amazing quote and gorgeous color on the flower. Hugs, Autumn

  15. Beautiful Anne, love it to bit. Big hugs, Angela xXx

  16. So gorgeous! Beautiful colours and the words are just wonderful! Love the flower. Hugs xxx

  17. You know I love CAS, so this beautiful creation really speaks to me, Annie! Excellent work, as always! I love those rules to live by and still read them every day when I look at the frame you made me, It still sits so pretty on my window sill after all these years!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  18. Fantastic WV project Anne x Love the background details, fabulous sentiment and the stunning flower too. TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

  19. Great tag Anne and the rules are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the details of you background with us. Now why do I never think of doing this. That's why you get paid the big bucks!!!!
    Sandy xx

  20. brilliant Anne - a really wonderful piece and I love that stamp - its all so true! Big hugs rachel x

  21. That is truly beautiful Anne. The perfect choice of stencil for monoprinting and I love your choice of Art Parts to accompany those words. Thank you for a great tutorial xx

  22. Beautiful Anne, love how you've used Wendy's wonderful products, what a great quote! Deb xo