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Monday 17 July 2017

July Destinations Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello and welcome to Terminal 2 of our Destination Inspiration posts for July. We have a wonderful array of travel ingredients for you this month:

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

Here is what I have created for the second leg of our journey:

I decorated one of Tim Holtz Etcetera tags using the paint marbeling technique.
I began by adding Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron Distress Paint to a Non-Stick Craft Sheet and then spritzing the paint with water. I only added a small drop of Seedless Preserves as this colour is quite strong.
Make sure the paints are nice and fluid.
I drew around the Etcetera tag onto a piece of glossy card, cut out the shape and then swiped my cut out piece through the beads of paint. Look how the paints marble, I love this technique.
I spritzed the paint with water, I love the effect. I tried not to add too many layers of paint as I wanted the marbling to be visible and some white space still remaining.
Now onto my layers for my design. I coloured a piece of cheesecloth with Wilted Violet Distress Ink to tone with my background and then dried with a heat tool and scrunched the cloth whilst drying.
I added a picture to a Tim Baroque Frame, the glue was still visible at this stage as I take time to play around with the composition. I added five random pieces of Chatter Design tape to the background along with some Texture Paste through the Trellis Layering Stencil to add yet a further layer of interest.
At this stage I decided I was happy with the composition and began to layer my elements.I die cut a Wildflower using Tim's Wildflowers #2 Thinlits Die, I cut from black card which I though worked well against the more colourful backdrop.
I added some Bouquet pieces, the white giving a contrast to the other colours. I also applied Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet Distress Crayon to the stencilled areas.
Some twisted silver wire adds further dimension and interest and I added a touch of Twisted Citron Distress Paint to my frame, applying with my finger.
A few delicate splatters of black paint and delicate scratchy lines around the edges.
'Hope is never lost' Quote Chip and random Remnant Rubs complete my design.
I hope you have enjoyed the second leg of our journey for July.

I hope I have given you a little inspiration to play along with the travel ingredients. We will have stage three of our journey next Monday and if you would like to see Terminal One of our journey, please stop by HERE.

Tracy Evans


  1. Such a beautiful design, fabulous marbling effects and delightful elements that have come together to create a really gorgeous tag. I love the colours on this one Tracy xxx

  2. Stunning tag Tracy... That marbling is beautiful. A wonderful design! Nikki xx

  3. Great use of the marbling technique Tracy and such an interesting colour combo! Fabulous tag making great use of the DI travelbag contents this month!

  4. Fab tag Tracy. Lovely colour ways and wonderful marbling effect. Such great use of the contents of the travel bag! x

  5. Wow Tracy, the marbling in the background is stunning and your embellishments are just perfect to showcase it beautifully. Truly beautiful, love how you used the travel bag contents!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Your paint marbling is just gorgeous Tracy! Love the texture and whimsy the cheese cloth adds behind the frame and the purple coloring really pops on it - all of the added elements add great interest to your design - a lovely project using the contents of this month's travel bag! Julia xx

  7. This is my kind of marbling! A beautiful result. Love the addition of the lime green. Stunning project! Hugs, Autumn

  8. Thanks so much everyone for your lovely comments. Tracy x

  9. Fabulous DI post Tracy and such a gorgeous tag. Love the marbling detail and created layers........inspiring !!!

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xx

  10. The colours here are just luscious, Tracy - the marbling is so cool, and I love the wisps of fabric giving the whole thing a soft romantic feel. Lovely work with the travel bag contents.
    Alison x

  11. Oh, I agree with Alison...the colors are just 'melt in your mouth' yummy! You have executed the paint marbling technique to perfection; it's as if you had total control over them! I love the Twisted Citron on the frame which looks stunning against the delicate cheesecloth! Gorgeous, Tracy! PS You could be a hand model!

  12. I love this fresh colour combination and all the wonderful detailed work you added... absolutely beautiful!