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Monday, 11 December 2017

Destination Inspiration - Welcome to Terminal 2

Hi Vintage Journey travelers and welcome to Terminal 2.  It's S@ndy here as your guide for this  creative stop.

Let's see what is in the travel bag -

Tissue paper
Silver or Gold

I've put together a large tag using these fun items so let's get started.

Beginning with one of the Tim Holtz Tags, coat with gesso.  Cover tag with Tissue Wrap using gel medium. 

For this project I'm trying out a new, to me, product from Aladine called Izink.  I put a drop on my craft matt and added some water (one spritz). 

After mixing the Izink and water, I applied the color to my tissue covered tag.
This color is Topaz - when dry, it leaves a lovely pearlized sheen on the surface.

Next I added some Izink Dye Ink around the edges.  I then wiped most of it off leaving me with that aged look that we all love.

Now for the embossing part - I dabbed embossing ink all around the edges of the tag and then added  silver embossing powder.  I worked in sections and heated it as I went along so it was easy to hold on to.

In the left corner of the tag I added some Geranium Izink and moved it around so that it faded into the background.  I stamped and embossed a flower from an Aladine clear stamp set and then glued in place.

Using the same stamp set I stamped and embossed three more flowers and five leaves on kraft cardstock and then cut them out.

Using the Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly die and matching embossing folder I cut 2 butterflies from acetate.  They were then embossed.

Using some thin wire I created the top of the butterfly.  From my stash I got some rhinestones for the swirl.

Because these inks have some unusual properties, being acrylic inks, I was able to add a drop of alcohol on my matt and then mix the ink unto it creating my own alcohol ink.  I used more Geranium, then Mimosa and was able to come up with the color I wanted.  I then dabbed the ink on one of the acetate butterflies with a color blender and a felt pad.  It's important to use a felt tip on the blender for this process.

For the second butterfly I again mixed the ink with alcohol but this time I added each color separately.  Using the Topaz first and then the Geranium right on top which made the two colors mix creating the desired color.

When everything was dry, which didn't take long, I began adding the elements to the tag.

I have miles of ribbon but, for some reason, it seems that I never have the color I'm looking for.  To solve this problem I simply colored my own.  Using white ribbon - wet ribbon completely with water, add a dot of Izink Topaz to craft matt & spritz with water.  After mixing the ink and water simply dip ribbon into ink.  Dry with heat tool and you have perfectly matched ribbon.

The flowers and leaves were added with some foam tape to give demention.
The final touches are some Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and Nuvo Drops.

Thanks for joining me at this stop on our travels,


  1. What a fantastic tag, Sandy - I love the colours in that tissue wrap background (always forget about tissue wrap and it's so wonderful!) - and your butterfly is stunning. The translucent wings look amazing in your custom-made alcohol ink colours. I'll definitely have to check out the Izinks. Fabulous!
    Alison x

  2. A fabulous tag! Sandy. Love the colour palette, the script backdrop and the butterfly is one of my faves - yours is a real beauty . Thanks for introducing me to some new products and for your great tutorial.

  3. This is so incredibly beautiful Sandy! What an amazing product! I've seen it used on videos and have been wanting to play with it, well done to you! :) I love the beautiful colors and layers on your stunning tag. Thanks for the inspiration! Autumn

  4. Sandy, the background is gorgeous and the butterfly is a real stunner. Those Izinks certainly are versatile, I think I may 'need' some of those! Your tag is beautiful and your tutorial is excellent! Anne xx

  5. Sandy this is a stunning tag and a fantastic step out! Thos Izinks look amazing, the butterfly looks incredible but for me what really stole the show was those stamped and embossed flowers along the bottom! Super use of the travelbag ingredients!!! xxx

  6. Sandy, you have created a beautiful tag with those travel bag contents! I think the star of the show are your amazing Izinks which you have worked MAGIC with on the background, the butterfly and the ribbon! Wow, what a versatile product, and the colors looks really amazing together! I am loving those Kraft stamped flowers, too! Well done, Sandy on this lovely piece of artwork! Hugs!

  7. Lovely design Sandy and some fab techniques! I have seen these inks but not played with them! Looks fun. Xx

  8. What lovely depth you created with your gorgeous layered and colored acetate butterfly and the pretty flowers white on kraft! a beautiful tag made with the items in your travel back Sandy! Julia xx

  9. What a gorgeous tag Sandy, love the embossed edges and your beautiful acetate butterfly and those pigment inks sound very intriguing, thanks for sharing and great use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo