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Monday 4 December 2017

Destination Inspiration : December : Arriving At Terminal 1

Hello to you all and welcome to a new month and a new bag of travel goodies here at Destinations Inspirations. Jennie here with you kickstarting December at Terminal 1 with these wonderful things in my bag:

Product : Tissue Paper
Technique : Embossing (Dry or Heat)
Colour : Silver or Gold
Substrate : Acetate

My Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die is never far from my desk at this time of the year so I decided to use it with Acetate to create a focal point for a frosty Christmas tag.

I used Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art acetate modelling film to cut out three flower leaves. However, before I cut them I stuck (badly!) some Tim Holtz Frosting Film to the acetate to give it a bit more definition. I really love this effect but normally make a better job of smoothing out the bubbles which did not want to go this particular time!

I love how the leaves once heated can be moulded to shape. I shaped each individual leaf first, layered them and then added this glorious stamen.

As you can see the bubbles are still there under the frosting film, but at least it adds a little more texture .....

This is the reverse side of the acetate and you can see how shiny it is without the addition of the frosting film. I love how the moulding acetate gives so much depth to the flower whilst only using three leaves.

So that was my use of acetate and now to the rest of the goodies in the bag.

I have this wonderful DecoArt tissue paper which when added to a tag using Gel Medium appears more translucent and takes on the colour of the tag underneath. It appeared quite golden and so that inspired me to stick with gold rather than the silver I had thought to use.

I wanted to create some interesting layers under the flower but without losing the lovely tissue paper. I started with some die cut circles .....

....... then a small piece of muslin ......

..... a white ribbon bow and the flower. 

Once these elements were in place I was able to tuck my other embellishments in and around them.

Plenty of white frosty berries and gold string ....

.... and some white wooden snowflakes.

And now for my final product in the bag ..... a little bit of embossing. Now I am the absolute worst person in the world at embossing and even with my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform had to do this zillions of times before I got something half decent!

I love this set of Christmas and Winter stamps created by our fellow Creative Guide Alison Bomber and had this Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote in my head all the time I was creating the tag. My initial idea had been to use the gold embossing on kraft card but it didn't sit well against the  similar colour tissue on the tag. A shame really as this was my first attempt at embossing and it came out perfectly ... !

My Frosty Christmas Tag using all the lovely things in this month's travel bag. 

Thank you so much for joining me today and do be ready at Terminal 2 next Monday where another Creative Guide will be welcoming you with another inspiring project using these same products.

Also don't forget to join us in our current challenge Winter Wonderland - all the details can be found HERE.

Happy Crafting!

Jennie x


  1. Gorgeous Acetate Poinsettia Jennie!! Love this tag, thank you for inspiration!

  2. An absolutely stunning tag Jennie, - that poinsettia is spectacular and I love how you arranged the other embellishments around it, that beauiful quote is the perfect finishing touch. Fantastic use of the travelbag ingredients!!

  3. Wow Jennie a stunning Christmassy tag with this months travel bag. Your acetate poinsettia is beautiful Xx

  4. Hi Jennie xx Great use of the travel bag contents in your fabulous DI post. I love the poinsettia and great techniques used. The DA tissue paper is the perfect backdrop finished with one of Alison's quote stamps....Brilliant !!

    TFS and hugs Annie xx

  5. Simply stunning! Jennie . Your acetate poinsettia is a real showstopper and personally I think those air bubbles were meant to be- they give the inmpression of a frosty morning's dew slowly thawing out. Boy have you created a beautiful beautiful tag with the contents of the travel bag .

  6. Oh, my... this is an absolute beauty to start the month of DI posts off. Your snow-speckled poinsettia looks simply glorious, and I love those swirly die-cuts and snowflakes behind. The gilded embossed quote is the perfect finishing touch. Amazing!
    Alison x

  7. Oh wow Jennie, your poinsettia is GORGEOUS (I didn't even notice the bubbles) and the quote is just perfect!! Anne xx

  8. This is a fabulous tutorial Jennie! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty! Your poinsettia is stunning! Love this little bag! It is a gift all by itself!

  9. Jennie, you have created the most beautiful poinsettia I've ever seen! the tissue background and all your embellishments make for one stunning tag! The embossed quote is the perfect finishing touch! Love this, and you have done a fantastic job with those travel bag ingredients!

  10. This is so beautiful and I even love the bubbles in your flowers. They really look like snow on the surface. Or dew drops! Really lovely work! Carol x

  11. Good gravy Jennie...she's a real stunner! that poinettia would make a GORGEOUS broach. Thanks for Sharing!

  12. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. What a beautiful beautiful creation Jennie! The poinsettia is just gorgeous with the film on the acetate (even the bubbles!) and the heating and molding certainly do give it wonderful dimension - and then all of your added bits make this a work of art tag for sure! Love it! Julia xx

  14. A gorgeous poinsettia on a beautiful tag. I love the subtle bubbles on the poinsettia. I think they are lovely. May I ask your source for the pointed stamens? If you have time.

  15. So much to love on this beautiful tag! The white clearly for art is so pretty used this way. I have black and need to find a way to use it. I just love this tissue and your gorgeous use of Alison's quote stamp. The circle scribble dies tucked in are my favorite detail, so pretty! Hugs, Autumn

  16. Wow, your frosty Christmas tag is amazing! It looks so stunning and the white poinsettia that you created is so elegant and pretty 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a Happy December! J 😊

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Jennie, love your wintery colour palette and I agree that the bubbles on your lovely poinsettia look like wee raindrops or dew drops, fab use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo

  18. Fabulous - absolutely fabulous!! No wonder everyone knows who you are!! I do love your Poinsettia - so beautiful and delicate looking too. Wonderful make Jennie - I am definitely saving this post (wonder why) and thanks for the tutorial!!!
    sandy xx