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Monday 13 November 2017

Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal #2

Hello friends and visitors! It's Sara Emily here with you today to guide you through the 2nd leg of this month's creative journey. Each Creative Guide is using the same four items in our travel bag. To review, we are using the following ingredients:

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

You can see my talented teammate, Anne's fabulous Christmas tags here. While she says she is not a fan of alcohol inks, I can say I'm not a fan of the Faded Layers technique. But I'm always up for a challenge! I've never had success with the technique using the old alcohol ink papers, but I tried it this time on both the old glossy alcohol ink papers and on some Yupo paper Anne sent me last year. Thank you, Anne! This stuff is the ticket!

Substrate and color:

I chose Bottle, Stream, and Mermaid alcohol inks and Yupo white cardstock (yup, that's what the package says it is). The panel pictured above is not the one I ended up using. I tried this 4 times before I came up with a background I was satisfied with.

I applied my AI colors to my craft mat, squirted the colors with AI Blending Solution, and dipped and dragged my card into the puddle until I was pleased with the outcome.


 I made a puddle of Blending Solution and dipped my clean felt applicator into it, and then gently tapped that onto my surface through my tree stencil. You can see I masked off areas as needed, since I wanted to give the appearance of distance in a forest.

Here is what it looked like before I did the next two steps. 

I wanted it to look like the trees were dusted with snow, so I took a clean felt applicator and added Snow Cap Mixative to it. Having replaced my stencil, I tapped this through on just the right side of the trees in the foreground. Once this dried, I took my Speckles stencil and a new clean applicator with blending solution and repeated the Faded Layers technique around the trees. You might be able to see the speckles in the close up photo below.


Well, I kinda goofed on this, but it turned out all good. I could have sworn the product was alcohol inks, and was the reason I chose Faded Layers as the technique. ( Imagine my shock when I saw Anne's post listing Distress Oxide as the product! No time to start over!) I did happen to use a little Distress Oxide on my trees, so that keeps me honest about the product, I hope.

I die cut my trees for the background and dipped in Peeled Paint Distress Oxide and a touch of Evergreen Bough and Forest Moss (not shown) Distress inks.

For the cut Christmas tree on the car and bow, I colored my die cut white card with Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss (again not shown in my process photo). Before gluing the edges of the two trees and tying it up with string, I put some foam dots between the layers to give it dimension.

Other stuff:

Using the same die set (Home For the Holidays Thinlits) for the entire card, I cut Merry Christmas and the package from gold Metallic Kraft Core and the snowbanks from vellum. I edged the vellum with DecoArt Snowriter and Glamour Dust. The car was cut from Kraft Core Nostalgic, a scrap of Woodgrain card and bumper, tailpipe and hubcaps from a leftover altered scrap of silver Metallic Kraft Core. Lastly, I finished up with a light splatter of Picket Fence Distress paint and matted with white card and more Nostalgic Kraft Core.

Thank you for stopping by today! Our current challenge, Mini Marvels runs until the last of November! I hope you'll join us!

Please stop back next Monday when another Creative Guide will be taking you through yet another creative journey using the travel bag contents.

Sara Emily


  1. Love your card Sara Emily. The colors are so great and of course who wouldn't love that car with the tree. Great use of the products in the travel bag. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. There's a fabulously fresh and icy feel to your colours here, Sara Emily, and I love what you've achieved with the Yupo - really cool alcohol inky effects. The snowy forest really does give a lovely depth to the card - great results from pushing through your initial resistance to the Faded Layers!
    Alison x

  3. Well Sara like you, the faded layers are going to be a challenge for me too, but wow, you certaily achieved fantastic results here!! Love the icy blue tones and beautiful effects on the stencilled trees! The addidional die cut trees add real depth to the card, and of course that wonderful retro car is the perfect finishing touch! Great use of the travel bag contents! xxx

  4. It's a huge WOW from me Sara, what a fabulous result you achieved with the Faded Layers technique!! Your card is so impressive, I love how you used vellum for the snowy area and your faded trees are superb! The die set is my favourite for this holiday season and you have used it (and the contents of the travel bag) brilliantly! Thanks for your kind shout out too. Hugs, Anne xxx

  5. Fabulous use of the travel bag contents and the faded layers technique! Gorgeous colours and such a lovely design. Love it! x

  6. This is gorgeous Sara. I love the background you created with this technique .. your card is fabulous!! Love the colour palette, the faded trees and the vellum was perfect for the snowbanks! Love this!! hugs xx

  7. Awesome card, Sara Emily! A lot of work went into this and it turned out wonderful!

  8. Amazing mixed media card, love the background and the trees! Thanks for sharing all the process

  9. Great job of you AI background with the Yupo Sara Emily - the car with the tree on the roof is such fun - and brings back so may memories of going to get the yearly Christmas tree and bringing it home on the roof! love the snow flakes in the sky too! Great project using the contents of your travel bag! Julia xx

  10. such a fabulous background Sara xx I love the stencilled trees....they look amazing !!! That car is so cute............must add it to my ever growing list !!
    Brilliant use of the travel bag contents and great set by step too xx

    Annie xx

  11. AWESOME! I am intrigued with thestencil stamping on alchol ink background! It turned out marvelous!

  12. Your faded layers technique looks wonderful, Sara and along with your oxide trees , snowcapped hills and super cool car you have created a really fabulous Christmas card . Terrific use of the travel goodies .

  13. You have done the technique brilliantly - love the faded layer tree scene and what a wonderful overall design! xx

  14. I so enjoyed reading your post and thank you for the step by step. Learnt lots and what fabulous inspiration and amazing creation x

  15. Sweet Sara Emily, how charming is this card! I don't have but a couple of alcohol inks and now you've been a bad influence and I need more! ;0 What an awesome effect with the trees. I love these lively colors and most clever design. Hugs, Autumn

  16. Fabulous Faded Layers technique Sara, you nailed it! Love how you repeatedly lifted the stenciling to give that great depth and the snowflake effect with the Speckles stencil is beautiful. Can't go wrong with that great vintage car and trees, what a wonderful card and great use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo