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Monday 19 June 2017

June Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #3

Welcome everyone to Terminal #3 of our June Destination Inspiration posts!  Julia here today with my project using the items packed in our travel bags this month:
1.  Product - Paint
2.  Technique - Any Resist
3.  Color - Orange
4.  Substrate - Coaster
And here's what I created with these supplies!
And now I'll take you through the steps I took to make this little panel.
I've been cleaning out and reorganizing my craft room for the last month and a half - and donated a lot of my excess to my church for their yard sale in June.   And one of the things I got rid of was all of my coasters that have been languishing in a drawer for years!  
(And as usually happens - as soon as you get rid of something you need it - right??!!)  
Never fear!   I just made my own coaster by cutting a piece of mat board 4" x 4" and curving the edges with my Zutter Corner Rounder!  So here's my substrate -  a coaster!
For my resist technique -  I stenciled over my coaster using 3 different Tim Holtz mini stencils applying white acrylic paint through the stencils using a foam applicator.  
Wash your stencils immediately after sponging with paint -  it dries really quickly!
Here you can see the result of the stenciling with the paint.
Now to add the orange color.    I rubbed 3 colors of Ranger Distress Oxide Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Walnut Stain onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.
I kept pressing the coaster into the inks until I was satisfied with the colors and the look of it.  The wetter it is, the more it blends - the less wet it is you get the look of droplets.
Then I got out some items I thought I'd like to put onto my project.  I added a Quote Chip along the top that I sponged in Ranger Distress Marmalade Ink.  I added butterflies and a vintage poster from Layers/Botanical.
I also added some Remnant Rubs/Botanical  and Small Talk Stickers
To finish off my project I added some orange rhinestones and propped it up on a little wooden easel!
Thank you for stopping by Terminal #3  at A Vintage Journey today - I hope I have inspired you with my creation using the contents of my travel bag.  We hope you are able to stop by again next Monday when there will be a new Destination Inspiration post by another of the Creative Guides using the same supplies!
I'd also like to remind you there is still time to join in on our June monthly challenge, "Use a Canvas" which will run until July 6th. You will find the link and all the challenge details  here.
Paper:  Cream Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix
Ink:  Ranger Distress Oxides - Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber, Ranger Distress Ink - Spiced Marmalade.
Accessories:  Idea-ology Layers/Botanical, Quote Chips, Remnant Rubs/Botanical, Small Talk Stickers,  rhinestones - Kaiser Craft, Zutter Corner Rounder, wooden easel - Joann, white acrylic paint, foam sponge, 3 mini stencils - Tim Holtz.


  1. AAAAH-mazing! Oh my gosh Julia! I am entranced by this lovely, albeit tiny, project! You combined every element perfectly. I especially love your grid of stenciling - I have never thought to do that in a geometric way and love it. The tiny easel really gives this piece the prominence it deserves. Thanks so much for an excellent post. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Fabulous artwork using the contents of the travel bag! Very clever to make your own coaster and your background is, as Autumn so aptly put it...A-MAZ-ING! Tiny work of art with a lot of BAM! Great tutorial! Hugs! Sara Emily

  3. What a beautiful happy design. Just love your resist and ink background.... So effective! Xx

  4. A positively glowing and radiant piece of art! Julia . The zesty tones of orange and yellow really do shine and all the touches of black in your added elements - so striking! Perfect choice and execution of a resist technique. Really LOVE your mini masterpiece and how you used the contents of the travel bag . x

  5. Fantastic use of the contents of the travel bag Julia, the colours are quite simply stunning, I love the beautiful butterflies and all the other detail you managed to pack into your wonderful coaster! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Such an uplifting feel-good atmosphere to this, Julia. Even though I usually avoid orange, I absolutely love it!
    Alison x

  7. Wonderfully designed Julia, you have made excellent use of the travel bag contents and created a fantastic summer inspired coaster, love it xxx

  8. This is such a wonderful project Julia! To be honest, orange is usually my least favourite colour, but the way you used it here with the stencilling and in combination with the browns and the deep read of the botanical image, it just gives a really up-lifting summery feel! What a wonderful use of a coaster, I really love this!

  9. mind blowing gorgeous creations ;O))

  10. What a gorgeous DI project Julia x Love the resist and the end result is so sunny and beautiful...just what we need here in Scotland as the sun has got lost again !!!. TFS and huge hugs Annie x

  11. Gorgeous summery project, love the background and colours.
    Linda xxx

  12. At last I have found time to pop around Julia, sorry for taking so long. I love your piece, the warm colours really set the tone for the whole piece. I love the stencilling in the background and those butterflies are the perfect addition, the white around the edges of the butterflies really pop. The black Remnant Rubs add a contrast to the bright colour palette. Gorgeous piece. Tracy x