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Monday 26 June 2017

June Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #4

Hello Everyone and Welcome

Amanda here today, all ready to greet you at Terminal #4 , the penultimate leg of this months Destination Inspiration. Lets begin by taking a quick look inside the travel bag to remind ourselves of the contents:
Product: Paint
Technique:Any Resist
Colour: Orange
Substrate: Beer Mat/ Coaster
Just a few, but as you will have seen if you are journeying with us this month Annie (Terminal #1) , Deb (Terminal #2) and Julia (Terminal #3) have not let the lack of supplies limit their creativity. If you have been delayed and are just arriving be sure to check out their projects by clicking on the relevant links provided.

Here is the project I have created 

I have used 2 resist techniques in my project
1. Remnant Rub Resist on the coaster base
2. Gesso Resist Stamping on the house and door.
Here are the colours of Distress Ink I have used throughout the project

Lets start with the coaster. I added Tim Holtz remnant rubs from a few different sets around the sides of the coaster.  I then applied distress inks ( Mustard Seed, Wild Honey Rusty Hinge) with a blending tool to the 'remnant rubbed' coaster building up the colour until I was happy. The inks picked up the 'spongier' surface of the coaster and created a delicate texture whilst the remnant rubs resisted the inks .

I then adhered the coaster to four more coasters, one on top of the other to create the base/plinth for the house adhering Tim Holtz designer tape (Chatter) around the edges to finish off .

Now for the Tiny House. I die cut a house from thick brown card stock using Tim Holtz Tiny Houses die,assembled and put to one side. I applied Deco Art White Gesso to Tim Holtz Slate stamp (CMS299- Slate and Stone)

and stamped on to two strips of card. I dried with a heat gun before adding colour using Distress inks. This is how the build up of colour began and you can see how the gesso stamping resists the ink - love this technique but I maybe 'gesso 'biased' as I love the product!

I kept adding more and more ink, eventually covering the green tones you can see above, bringing in more yellow and orange tones until I was happy with the depth and intensity of colour. I then die cut the house again from these strips of card and adhered them to the brown house I had already made . By using two layers of thick card the house has better rigidity and good stability.

With the main structure of the house all assembled it just needed a bit of'dressing up' and of course a roof and door!
I used the Gesso Resist Samping technique again on the door, but this time using one of the stamps from Tim Holtz Birch and Pine stamp set (CMS280) and colouring with Distress Inks.

I hand cut the roof from wood grain card stock as I wanted it to be slightly wider than the roof die that is included in Tims Tiny houses die. I used Distress Paints ( Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso , Black Soot) to colour.

To 'dress' I stamped one of the butterflies from Tim Holtz Flutter stamp set (CMS294) using Black Archival ink, water coloured it using Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Mermaid Lagoon) and applied a coat of glossy accents to give it a glossy appearance. I adhered a Tim Holtz Ideology game spinner to the body of the butterfly before adhering in position on a Tim Holtz Alpha Parts arrow which points upward to an Ideology game piece painted with Distress Paint (Mermaid Lagoon). There's also an Alpha Parts arrow adhered in front of the door pointing outward .

A view from the back

from the side

and finally from the front

Thank you for your company today. I hope you have enjoyed your time here at Terminal #4 and leave with a little inspiration. Pop back next Monday when a fellow Creative Guide will be ready to greet you at Terminal #5, this months final stop.

We hope you will be able to join us in our current challenge 'Canvas'
The challenge is open until Thursday 6th July 2017 so there is still time to enter.
We always love to see what you create and appreciate each and every one of your entries .
Wishing you all a great week
Take Care


  1. Oh, my goodness, Amanda! This is just amazing! You have made a masterpiece using the contents of the travel bag this month! Love that butterfly! Hugs!

  2. I echo Sara's comments completely! Wow!! A genius way to use the coaster and the rest of the project has the real wow factor too. The contrast between the orange/brown tones with the the blues are fantastic, and absolutely stunning creaation and wonderful use of the contents of the travelbag!!

  3. A fantastic way to use the contents of the travel bag, clever use of the coasters, beautiful colour tones and wonderful design! x

  4. Love seeing all your resist techniques Amanda. A wonderful designed Tiny House = lots of fab details xx

  5. Totally love your fabulous project Amanda x Great way to use the coasters and i love your step by step.....................FAB !!

    hugs Annie xx

  6. Love the depth of colour Amanda, so vibrant and rich. Gorgeous base and I love the texture from the beer mat. Love the butterfly . Gorgeous piece. Tracy she

  7. This is really cool! Loving the color tones you have achieved Amanda! xo

  8. Oh yes Amanda this is certainly a stunner and beautifully thought through and put together. Nothing better than a bit of resist and your remnant rubs and gesso proved the perfect partners. Great use of the travel bag contents this week. xxx

  9. Absolutely brilliant - the plinth is fabulous just by itself with the taped edges and the rub-on borders, and then the wonderful brickwork on your house gives it a lovely warm glow. I adore the glossy butterfly and perfect embellishing. A real delight.
    Alison x

  10. What a stunning project! This is just brilliant! oxo Susi

  11. I just love your little brick house built up on the layers of coasters Amanda! Wonderful buildup of colors - your butterfly really stands out with that lovely blue! a wonderful project using the supplies for this month! Julia xx

  12. This is fabulous, love the techniques you have used. Fabulous colours too.
    Linda xxx

  13. This such a great project Amanda. Love every bit of it. You have used the travel bag in the very best way. Hugs, S@ndy

  14. Oh my. I'm in love with this, it's just stunning. Enjoyed the read. So clearly explained. Thank you for sharing. x

  15. This is brilliant, Amanda! I just love how you built your base and depth in color. The butterfly is spectacular and pops so well against the rust. Love love this! Hugs, Autumn