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Monday 24 July 2017

July Destination Inspiration - Pulling Into Terminal #3

Hello and thank you for stopping by, Deb here to share a project with you created with the contents of our July Destination Inspiration travel bags:

Product - Flower Dies
Technique - Any Marbling Technique
Colour - Purple
Substrate - Glossy Card

I took the opportunity to play with a couple of different marbling techniques, something I'd not attempted before, in creating my Choose To Shine mixed media canvas, read on for the how to.

I searched on YouTube for some videos on water marbling techniques and discovered that there are some very specific materials needed for traditional water marbling which I didn't have.  But then I found a video by Crystal Shaulis on water marbling with cornstarch.  Cornstarch I had so I played around with some purple and white acrylic paints and a cornstarch (with a bit of flour) water bath to create these marbled papers.  The purples dissipated in the water bath so the colours were rather muted but I had fun playing and will definitely explore this technique more.

Next I did some faux marbling on glossy cardstock with Ranger Alcohol inks (Sunshine Yellow and Butterscotch), Alcohol Blending Solution and white and gold Mixatives that was inspired by this YouTube video by beetlewing.

Flowers were die cut from the purple marbled paper with Tim Holtz's Tiny Tattered Florals and Small Tattered Florals dies and Platinum Stickles applied to the centers of the flowers.

Tim's Bird Branch was die cut from Deco Foil Foam Adhesive and the die cut foam then covered with Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil.  The foiled foam die cut was adhered over top the alcohol ink marbled glossy cardstock which had been mounted onto a piece of burlap Textured Surfaces.

A label was cut from the purple marbled paper with Tim Holtz's Styled Labels Movers and Shapers die and a phrase from his Clippings Stickers applied over top.  The quote was outlined with a black Micron pen and then embossed with multiple coats of clear embossing powder.

A Quote Chip was inked with Antique Linen and Ground Espresso Distress ink and a piece of burlap from my stash was frayed and a few threads pulled out before singeing it with a lighter to age it (be very, very careful if you try this technique that you don't catch it on fire!!).

To bring a bit more purple into my design I cut a piece of Gina K. 120 lb white cardstock about 1/4" larger on all sides than the burlap background and inked the edges with Distress Oxide in Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves, spritzing it with water to activate the Oxide ink.

A Small Easel was die cut and adhered to the back of the inked cardstock for displaying the finished project.

The burlap panel was adhered over top of the Distress Oxide inked background and the prepared components assembled.  The marbled label was added to the top left corner;

and some of the Tattered Floral flowers arranged around it.

The foiled Bird Branch die cut was outlined with a black Micron pen and a white Gel pen to add definition,

and the burlap square, the Quote Chip and another marbled Tattered Floral flower were layered on the bottom of the panel.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my July Destination Inspiration project came together.

If you missed the previous stops on our July Destination Inspiration journey, click here to see Autumn's project and here to see Tracy's and be sure to stop by next Monday when Julia will be here with the final stop on our July travels.  And remember to check out our July challenge, All Squared Up, you have until August 3rd to enter for a chance to win a lovely gift from Tando Creative!  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. What wonderful marbling techniques you found to try Deb! They made for beautiful backgrounds on your card - you incorporated so many purple pieces - your lovely flowers, your embossed label and shiny purple bird/branch all add nice texture and shimmer! You made great use of the items in your travel bag! (it cracked me up that I wouldn't have known what color inks you used on the Quote chip without you telling us - their covers are so covered in other inks!! - a true artist!! ) Julia xx

  2. I love how you've incorporated all the elements of the travel bag into your design Deb with such amazing success. The experiments with the cornstarch look fabulous resulting in such pretty flowers and the wonderful yellow marbling is a beautiful sunny background for the bird and branch. Thanks for sharing your process steps and thoughts as this lovely canvas came together xxx

  3. Lovely to see and learn how you achieved those fabulous marbling effects Deb and what a stunning effect. Love the overall layout too with the wonderful colour combinations combined with the burlap xxx

  4. Fabulous bright and sunny piece Deb, love that clour contrast! Great marbling effects too, thanks for the links to the youtubes! The addition of the burlap gives it all such a textural feel, - fantastic use of the travel bag contents!

  5. Fantastic colour contrasts here, Deb - and I love all the mottled inky splotches and splashes. The burlap layers give a lovely touch of texture - what a great stop at Destination Inspiration!
    Alison x

  6. The subtle cornflower marbling looks amazing Deb (need to check that out!) and the inky marbling is wonderful! Love how you used all the contents of the travel bag and tried out new techniques so effectively!! xx

  7. Wonderful use of your chosen marbling techniques Deb. Never heard of the cornstarch one before but love the subtle results it creates. Thanks for sourcing the links and sharing . The yellow marbled panel emits a real sunny feel while the burlap brings a terrific touch of texture to your fantastic project.
    You have made such great use of the contents of the travel bag .

  8. Deb, fantastic use of the travel bag goodies! I REALLY love the mustard color against the purples-so very rich! Thank you for sharing your links for your marbling techniques--it's something I've never tried before, and it looks like fun! All of your elements work so well together! Great post! Hugs!

  9. It really is a cool technique and you've used it beautifully. Amazing layers and contrast. Hugs, Autumn

  10. totally love this stunning card Deb xx A fabulous DI post using such wonderful contents within this months travel bag. Great step by step too

    TFS and hugs Annie xx