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Monday, 6 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #1

Hello Fellow Travellers

Anne here, to welcome you to the first of our Destination Inspiration posts for November!  Let's have a look what is in the travel bag for this month:

Product  :  Distress Oxide
Technique  :  Faded Layers
Colour  :  Blue,/Teal/Green
Substrate  :  White Card

Hmm, quite the bag this month!  I am not a great fan of Alcohol Inks but I rose to the challenge, I hope - and I hope you will be inspired to have a go too!  I was definitely outside my comfort zone, but I actually enjoyed the process in the end!
I made two tags which I will use to decorate Christmas presents - Christmas is so worryingly close!
I chose Pesto (Green), Patina (Teal), Sailboat Blue and Stonewashed (Blue) and applied these with a Blender tool onto Alcohol Ink card (white card element).
Next up I took a Tim Holtz stencil and carefully applied Alcohol Ink Blending Solution, using a blending tool, this needs a gentle touch.  You will see various blue and green tones in my photos, because I did several before I was happy with the result!
Here is a close up of one of my backgrounds that I felt happy with!
I cut my card into tags with Tim's Thinlit tag die.
I mounted my two favourite backgrounds onto toning card and added a Remnant Rub to each.
I needed to use Distress Oxide and I took some watercolour card and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxiide and applied this to both sides of the card.
I die cut my poinsettias, leaves and pine cones to decorate my tags.
Finally, here is a close up of the decoration on the blueish tag, I added some Baby's Breath and gauze, the poinsettia centres are decorated with Tim's new Idea-ology stamens.

I hope you will join us in our latest challenge Mini Marvels, which you can find HERE.  Thanks too, for stopping by.

Hugs, Anne  xx

33 comments:

  1. These are really gorgeous Anne. Terrific clean lines and colour contrasts. Think I better start putting my christmas skates on, the weeks are flying in. Nicola x

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  2. Gorgeous tags Anne! Love the colors and such wonderful design.
    Hugs
    Samra
    Paper Talk with Samra

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  3. Beautiful tags Anne!! Wonderful technique to create those fabulous backgrounds .. I love the colours!! Your gorgeous poinsettia cluster is the perfect finish! Love, love, love these!! x

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  4. Such adorable tags! Love the poinsettias and the background!

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  5. I think you've triumphed with the Faded Layers, and I love the watery effect of those cool blue and green tiles. The vivid Oxide poinsettia and dark green leaves get such a lift from the dried flower stems and gauze - beautifully done.
    Alison x

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  6. These are charming Anne. Your alcohol ink backgrounds are perfect. I love how you have left quite a lot visible adding you gorgeous poinsettia embellishment. X

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  7. Beautiful & lovely tags ! Thanks for inspirations <3 Hugs.....

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  8. Wow, these are gorgeous Anne! I really love the effect you achieved on the background panels, it reminds me of a block glass window covered in frost on a wintery morning! So beautiful! Your poinsettia arrangements are wonderful and that red really pops against the cool blues! Wonderful sentiments and the shabby style ribbons are a great touch! LOVE!! hugs :)

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  9. Lovely Anne. Not used alcohol inks for ages, might just have to get them out again. Happy crafty week, Angela xXx

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  10. These are gorgeous! Anne. Terrific faded layer backgrounds - love that you kept them exposed to be truly appreciated and your poinsettia and pine cone arrangement embellish both tags perfectly . Fabulous use of the travel bag goodies . x

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  11. Beautifully done Anne, the backgrounds look amazing and make for such a lovely contrast to those wonderful vivid poinsettias! Great use of the travelbag contents this month!

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  12. love those backgrounds. gave me an idea for a Christmas ATC swap that I am in this month. Tim's poinsettias always look good - especially with his new centers. thanks as always for sharing.

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  13. Gorgeous tags Anne - I love the layered backgrounds and your flowers are gorgeous. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents x

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  14. Love these tags Anne. I hadn't thought of stenciling with AI but it is divine!! Hugs, S@ndy

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so beautiful!

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  16. Thise tags are simply AMAZING! Wonderful inspiration!

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  17. what beautiful tags you created with your alcohol inks and stencils Anne! Love the blue colors and the stunning contrast with your red poinsettias and delightful pinecones! Julia xx

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  18. Beautiful tags Anne ....great job with the alcohol inks xx

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  19. Such lovely tags Anne. They look fabulous.
    Toni xx

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  20. Only you could add that sweet poinsettia cluster to your tag and make it look petite and perfect, each element visible "just so" and just right! I am in awe! And using the stencil with the alcoholic inks is something I've never tried. The whole design is incredible, Annie!! Hugs, Darnell

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  21. Wow, Anne, these are absolutely stunning!! I love the colors of the backgrounds!! The poinsettias and the pine cones are such beautiful touches!! The entire designs of both are so gorgeous!! I love, love these!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  22. What a lovely idea to make gift tags. The flower looks great but I really like the way you've done the background - very effective. Elaine xx

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  23. Wow Anne! Beautiful colours for your tag base and those flowers sprays look wonderful! Chrisx

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  24. I love the effect from this technique anne - really cool - and the flowers are so pretty - a lovely pop of colour - gorgeous tags! Hugs rachel x

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  25. Wowsers, Anne! You hit this one straight out of the park! Your Faded Layers looks amazing! I had trouble with this technique 'til I used a little gift from you! I'm so happy I was not DI #1, because I got the product totally wrong...I thought it was alcohol inks (which is why I chose Faded Layers)! Thankfully I did use a LITTLE bit of DOX! Tee Hee! Your window pane background is STUNNING and so are your gorgeous poinsettias! Fabulous inspiration and a wonderful post! Hugs!

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  26. So eye catching. Great background technique and such a fabulous effect. Love the both tags and the poinsettia is stunning x

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  27. These tags are so beautiful! Gorgeous backgrounds for the vibrant poinsettias - fab colour combos. Love the alcohol ink technique for the backgrounds and the pretty poinsettias with the foliage and stamens are gorgeous! Hugs xxx

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  28. Gorgeous tags ♥ loving the stenciled backgrounds

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  29. Beautiful! Love the stencil technique. Also how the poinsetta's pop off the tags!!

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  30. Both tags look goreous. Love the background and the the poinsettias are amazing!

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  31. Lovely backgrounds, Thanks for sharing this technique!

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  32. Beautiful! Your poinsettias look as if they were made from wax - quite smashing!
    Sandy xx

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  33. Gorgeous Anne and fabulous Faded Layers technique, it's one I struggle mightily with, your results are gorgeous! Love the juxtaposition of the green/blue backgrounds with those lovely poinsettias, fabulous use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo

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