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Monday 5 June 2017

Destination Inspiration Terminal 1

Annie here to welcome  you all to Terminal 1 for the start of your June Journey. Within this month's Travel bag we have the following contents:

Product - Paint
Technique - Resist
Colour - Orange
Substrate - Coaster/Beer Mat

I have had coaster's in my stash for many years and never got round to using them so I am thrilled to have been able to incorporate them into my project here at Terminal 1. Grab a cuppa as there are lots of photographs/details  to share along the way xx

Here is the finished project:
 First of all  the coaster was placed on some heavy card stock, enough to take paint and whatever else was applied to it. I drew around the coaster and then cut out a piece for the front and back.
 Taking a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil I applied some Decoart Americana Paint in Canyon Orange using a  firm tipped paint brush then dried it with my heat gun. 
Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint were applied with a Distress Ink Tool and then wiped back  from the paint using a paper towel. By wiping the paint you can see how it resists the ink. 
 Various stamps from Visible Images were then applied to the background. The little dragonflies were stamped in Ranger Archival  Inks Forget - Me - Not and Dandelion. Some gesso was applied through a Crafter's Workshop stencil and  then dried with my heat gun.
 For the inside covers I took a very large Ranger manila tag and again drew round the coaster.  
A couple of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps were inked using Ranger Perfect Medium (you could also use versamark). Transparent embossing powder was then applied to the medium and heat set. You can just make out the images  below, which were taken just prior to using the heat gun.
 Using Tim Holtz "wrinkle free distress" technique I applied Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint to my craft mat, spritzed with water and then smooshed the manila card through. I heat set each time enabling me to build up layers with the DIO's. You can see that the transparent embossing powder is very subtle against these colours, hence I decided to use white embossing powder for my tags/pockets 
 Another transparent image using the Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio DIO's.
 Now that the inner and out covers were almost complete I added some orange and white paint in fine lines, using my Ranger scraping tool.
 Lin Brown's new script stamp was inked with Ranger Archival Dandelion and applied to various areas. Black Soot Di  was then applied to the edges of the coasters making the colours pop.
 Some lace from my stash was coloured with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink/lots of water and dried with my heat gun.
 The lace was then adhered using Ink Essentials Wonder Tape. (easily a favourite for this type of task as its so strong)
 Some ribbon from my stash also adhered with Ranger Wonder Tape.
To demonstrate the difference between embossing powders I applied  Cosmic Shimmer True White embossing powder to the Perfect Medium and you can see that its much more prominent.
Once heat set the tags, which were cut from Tim's Tiny Tags die, were smooshed through the same DIO's again using Tim's wrinkle free distress technique. (Think I have subjected you to enough photographs by now !!! )
 The covers were adhered with Cosmic Shimmer Glue, which allowed me some time to ensure they were correctly placed over the coaster. A small piece of card, which was inked, stamped and edged was then adhered around the back of the covers. 
 The inside of my project
 The back of the project
 Inside with tags removed and you can see the little tag holders that I made too.
Thank You so much for "Hopping on board" at Terminal 1. I do hope you have enjoyed this leg of the journey. As always there is another Destination Inspiration post next Monday, when one of our  amazingly talented Creative Guides will take you on yet another inspiring journey. 
Meanwhile, I hope you can join in with our new monthly challenge, "Use a Canvas" which began on Friday 2nd June and will run until 18:00 on the 6th July. (Click HERE for the challenge details)
Our challenge winner is always randomly chosen so everyone is in with the same chance of winning. The Creative Guides also choose three Pinworthy creations giving the artist the chance to guest here at A Vintage Journey.  Please make sure you check out the challenge description and rules, which can be found at the right hand side of the page under Travelling Instructions.

Have a lovely week

Annie xxx


  1. Another Wonderful post from you Annie. What a great idea for using up coasters too. Love all the perfect detail you have shown to create your little journal. Love the tags and they fit the holders perfectly. Brilliant tutorial too, so Thank You for that. Hugs Rita xxx

  2. A fabulous 'coaster ' project! Annie . Wonderful use of colour, technique, detail and a great step by step . Tfs the creative process .

    hugs x

  3. This is gorgeous Annie!! Thanks so much for the step outs! xx

  4. Brilliant Annie - would never have thought of doing that. What I great idea and beautifully out together xx

  5. Annie, what a brilliant project using the contents of the travel bag! I love the lace sandwiched around the edges and each of your panels and tags is a work of art! Well done, you! Hugs!

  6. Such a cool idea Annie and beautiful use of the coasters! The edging really brings it to life and the color is tremendous! Great inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

  7. What a lovely coaster book you created Annie! Love the mix of stampings and inkings and your lovely lacey border - the tags are so fun tucked inside on the pages too! Julia xx

  8. Oh Annie this is such a creataive way to use your beer mats!! Love how you did the backgrounds, such beautiful colours, and that lace around the edges is just the perfect finishing touch. The insides and the little tags look just beautiful too! A great first DI for this month! xxx

  9. Just fabulous, Annie - I adore your little beermat album. Gorgeous colours and the tag pages inside are delightful. Love the lace edging, and wonderful white resist stamping. A fantastic first stop at Destination Inspiration.
    Alison x

  10. Hi Annie, love how you created an album from beer mats, love the colour eat and your pages inside. Love the resist too. Fabulous Destination Inspiration post. Have a lovely week. Tracy x

  11. Gorgeous little book, Annie. I adore the colors you've chosen to work with. This little book is so sweet and beautifully done. Each page with the little tags is darling. Love the lace edging and ribbon, too. Great tutorial!

  12. This came together beautifully Annie with gorgeous colours and imagery to produce such a lovely little album. Great use of the DI travel bag contents xxx

  13. Wonderful Annie, adore the colours that you used and the lace around the edges of your little booklet are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it, wonderful use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo

  14. Wonderful project Annie, I love the use of color and the textures you have here are simply yummy. S@ndy xx

  15. what a really wonderful make Annie - I adore the way you have used the mats - so very clever! Beautiful make - the colours are gorgeous and the whole piece is so very pretty! Hugs rachel x

  16. Wonderful, inspirational album Annie! Love the vintage yet summery, happy colours. Thank-you for terrific step x step. Nicola x

  17. What a wonderful little album! Love the colours you have used! Sorry I am such a poor visitor - I had to limit my screen time as I have been getting bouts of vertigo! Much better now, so trying to catch up! Hugs, Chrisx

    1. Thank You Chris x hope you feel much better as vertigo is quite debilitating x