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Monday 12 June 2017

June Destination Inspiration - Arriving At Terminal Two

Hello everyone and thank you for stopping by.  It's Deb here with you today as we pull into terminal number two on our Destination Inspiration journey for June.  If you recall from Annie's post last Monday, our travel bags have been packed with the following supplies this month.

Product - Paint
Technique - Any Resist Technique
Colour - Shades of Orange
Substrate - Beer Mat or Coaster

I couldn't decide which resist technique to use for my project so finally decided to make a little resist techniques book out of coasters using as many shades of orange as I could.

I pulled out my Creative Chemistry books volumes I & III by Tim Holtz and revisited some tried and true resist techniques, come along for the ride!

I started with beer coasters courtesy of my local pub and decided to use 5 of them for my mini book.  I was afraid the advertising would still show up through any gesso that I covered them with so decided to use some scrapbook and mixed media papers to cover them instead.  I pulled a piece of unloved scrapbook paper from my stash to create a masterboard for the covers, painting it with gesso and then randomly adding Distress Oxides in Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade.

Sprays with Distress Spray stain followed in Dried Marigold and Fossilized Amber, love how the DOX migrates up through the stain!

Random stenciling with Transparent Gloss texture paste through the Splash layering stencil was followed by more Distress sprays in shades of orange.  The Flourish layering stencil was then used with Antique White acrylic paint over the background; the wet paint pulled up even more colour from the orange inks and DOX underneath it, turning the Antique White acrylic paint a lovely shade of dark orange.

A further spray with Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray stain followed after the paint resist stenciling but it was way to intense for me so I wiped it back with a rag, added some stamping with the Papillon stamp and Ground Espresso Archival ink and then stenciled with Nuvo gold mousse here and there through a honeycomb stencil. With the masterboard complete, I cut it up and adhered it to the outside of my front and back covers.

On to the resist techniques from the Compendium of Curiosities books.  I typed out which volume and page I'd found each technique on and added it to the finished pages for a quick reference when I need some inspiration.

Perfect Distress was used for the front inside cover and Dabber Resist (or stamped paint resist) was used on the first page.

On the inside front cover, the Perspective butterfly was stamped with Barn Red Distress ink and covered with Perfect Pearls onto a background created with various shades of brown DI and then stamped with some Crafty Secrets stamps.  For the Dabber resist page, the Distress Damask stamp was stamped with Tattered Rose Distress paint onto mixed media paper and then inked with Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral DI and overstamped with a little bird from Crafty Secrets again.

Shield your eyes for this one, it's very orange!  Remnant Rub Resist on the left and Layered Stencil Embossing on the right.

For the Remnant Rub Resist page, Elements Remnant Rubs were applied onto mixed media paper and then covered with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress stains and overstamped with my beloved Umbrella Man.  For the Layering Stencil page, the Grid Dot layering stencil was inked with Spiced Marmalade DI, clear embossed and the then whole page was inked with Carved Pumpkin DI and more stenciling followed through the Bubbles stencil with Barn Door DI.  Some circle stamps from Tim Holtz's Mixed Media 101 stamp set finished it off.

Blended Batik on the left and Shabby Chic on the right.

For the Bleneded Batik page, the numbers from the Perspective stamp set were stamped and embossed over Wild Honey DI and then inked with Spiced Marmalade DI and overstamped with stamps from AALL & Create.  I neglected to take an in process photo of the Shabby Chic technique but basecoated the page with Ground Espresso Distress paint, stamped and clear embossed the Rosette stamp and then covered it with Wild Honey Distress paint and overstamped it with some Wildflowers in Black Soot Archival ink.

And finally, the Rusted Enamel technique on the left and Perfect Distress again on the inside back cover.

Have to remember to use this Rusted Enamel technique more often, it's so effective!  Rusty Hinge DI was applied first, then clear embossing powder was followed by Ground Espresso DI and I overstamped the background with a gears stamp from my stash.

I bound all the pages together using a single sheet bookbinding stitch that I saw in a YouTube video by SeaLemon, love how all of the pages lie perfectly flat with this binding stitch despite the thickness of the coasters.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing how my resist techniques coaster book came together, it will be a useful reference tool for future projects.

Thanks again for stopping by and hope that you will pop by again on Friday to see the wonderful projects created by some of our previous Pinworthy winners for our current Canvas challenge.  Hope that you will enter our Canvas challenge yourselves for a chance to win a generous voucher from our sponsor Shimmerz Paints or a chance to be one of our Pinworthy guest Creative Guides in the future.  Happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Just love each page Deb. Orange is my favorite color and you have used it so nicely. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. What a great idea to make a technique book Deb! So many wonderful pages, colors, stencils and images! Thank you for your complete how to and link to the binding technique - you really went all out with the supplies in your travel bag!! Julia xx

  3. WOW I really like this book! Your play with tone on tone is luscious. Really lovely!
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  4. This is brilliant Deb, a great reference book for revisiting some of those fabulous resist techniques we can often forget about and each page a unique and interesting design to capture our imagination. Love the colour blends and continuity throughout with the master board being the perfect starting point. Great use of the travel bag contents xxx

  5. Love love loveeee everything about this!

  6. First up, - I LOVE the idea of this, such a great reference to look back on! But, more importantly, each doube page is just brilliantly executed and looks fantastic, - so well explained too. A briliant DI post!!

  7. Wow a fabulous idea and creation. I really ought to have my own little reference book as I forget techniques the minute I have done them. For now I will refer to yours. Great work Deb xxx

  8. As the saying goes, great minds ..... I just did the same thing for a book I was working on. I had to make a lot of tags for all the pockets and I went back to the Creative Chemistry reference books for ways to embellish the tags. Isn't it fun to refresh the techniques. I just happen to have some coasters lurking so great inspiration for how to use them. thanks as always for sharing.

  9. What a fantastic reference book Deb, I love how each page showcases a different technique, lovely idea and so useful. Love your step by steps Deb and how you added stamped elements. Tracy x

  10. Brilliant book Deb, love it all. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

  11. Fabulous DI post Debs and I just love the stunning outcome. A great idea to have a mini book with all the resist techniques. Each page so beautifully executed with amazing layers of detail

    Huge Hugs
    Annie xx

  12. A terrific mini 'resist' reference book! Deb . Such a fab idea! Wonderful examples of the various resist techniques and like the way you have noted the CC pages too- great for speedy access to the pages in the books. Fantastic use of this months travel back goodies . Tfs

  13. Fantastic pages - a terrific mini book is this!

  14. Just fabulous, Deb - the orange glow is a real feel-good look, and all those textures and images take the eyes on a fabulous journey through the pages. Brilliant take on the June travel bag.
    Alison x

  15. Oh wow Deb, what an amazing reference book (I am bookmarking it for future reference myself!). You have used the resist techniques beautifully - and you have made fantastic use of the items in the travel bag! Hugs, Anne xx

  16. Deb, your resist reference book is fabulous, and I'm bookmarking this for reference myself! (oops, Anne just said that!) What an amazing project, filled with some great forgotten techniques! You have executed them to perfection and made brilliant use of the travel bag goodies! Sending hugs for a job WELL done!

  17. This is a great idea, fabulously executed & great tutorial!! YAY

  18. Good old Kokanee Deb! Love your coaster masterpiece!

  19. Absolutely brilliant Deb! The color is amazing for this time of year and I love the concept of a technique book, especially an upcycled one! The binding and pages are wonderful - thank you for the inspiration! Hugs, Autumn

  20. I love it, Deb! Very creative!