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Monday 29 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal 4 with Anne

Hello fellow travellers, Anne here to welcome you to Terminal 4 
with January's Travel Bag to play with:

Product:  Sprays
Technique:  Stamping
Colour: Blue and Brown
Substrate:  Wood or Chipboard

Here's what I created:
I have to be honest, I am not a big fan of brown so I challenged myself to use as much brown as possible in my creation.  I wasn't so happy with my nearly all brown tag, so I mounted it onto a canvas that I made a while back....
I started by sticking down some Tim Holtz burlap to a piece of Ranger Manila card.  I stencilled over this with Tim's Burlap stencil using Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain.  I love the look of this technique and am always amazed that the stain does not 'seep' under the stencil!
I used my Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die to cut the tag.  I then inked around the edges of the tag with Walnut Stain Distress ink.
I found some chipboard cogs in my stash and I used Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain to colour the cogs.  I 'roughed' them up a bit with a piece of sandpaper to give them some texture and sprayed two more coats of the stain to give a good cover.
For my 'blue' element I added some DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue paint in a random fashion over the tag.  To give a more realistic look of rust to the cogs I gave them a spray of Rusty Hinge Distress Spray Stain.  To add a 'patina' look to the cogs I mixed some Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain with some Prima Artisan Powder in Trianon Patina and dabbed this here and there on the cogs.
I mounted the cogs onto the tag, added one of Tim's Paper Dolls (I inked around the edge to take away the whiteness) and added a sentiment stamped from one of Alison Bomber's sentiment stamp range.  I only used part of the sentiment.- that's the beauty of Alison's stamps...
I dyed some seam binding with Peacock Feathers Distress Spray Stain, crinkled it up and added it to the top of the tag.  As I mentioned above, I thought the brown was a bit overpowering and I added the tag to a blue crackled canvas that I made a while back.  I think it gives a bit of a 'lift' to the tag!  I cannot remember what I used to create the canvas but it would most certainly be Weathered Wood Crackle and Broken China Distress Paint on top.

Since I am the last one up on Destination Inspiration for January, here is a recap of the other wonderfully inspiring DI posts for the month:

Alison - Terminal 1

Autumn - Terminal 2

Jennie - Terminal 3

I hope that we have inspired you with our Destination Inspiration posts!   Our current challenge, 'Think Inside or Outside the Box' hosted by the talented Deb, still has a few days to run.  If you have not joined in yet, we hope you will!

Thanks from me, Anne, and all the Creative Guides!


  1. Love your blue and brown combo Anne! The burlap stencilling on hessian is fabulous, I am going to give this a go! Nikki xx

  2. A match made in heaven with those colours Anne, adding the stain through the burlap pattern stencil onto burlap really gives extra depth. It's a beautiful combination of elements where the eye is drawn in by the richness of those teal colours.. the brown just melts away. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
    Hugs Tracey x

  3. Wonderful details here on your DI project Anne x Love the hessian and the stencilling along with the beautiful background...great use of the travel bag contents xx Thats for sharing the process

    Hugs Annie xx

  4. Oh this is fabulous Anne, love those deep browns against the teal background! The tag has so many brilliant elements, from the clever stencilling through the burlap stencil onto a piece of burlap (great touch), to those wonderful patina cogs. The wee chap is just the perfect finishing touch together with Alion's stamp. A brilliant final DI!

  5. It wasn't until you said so that I realised you really don't work with brown, do you?! But I love where it has taken you - those rich coffee browns and the hints of teal patina, especially on the rusty gears, give this piece such weight and depth. The layering onto the fabulous distressed background panel is just fantastic. That nonchalant chap has been making his way on to a number of my bits and bobs lately, and he looks right at home here. I've loved this month of DIs (unsurprisingly!).
    Alison x

  6. It turned out wonderful!
    I love the blue with the brown!

  7. Wow Anne! love so many things on your beautiful tag, the stenciling on the burlap, the wonderful rust on the cogs and the lovely boy leaning against them! Great job using the contents of your travel bag this month!!

  8. Fabulous results using those travel bag contents! I would say you seem perfectly at home with the browns, but I know you don't use them much (if at all!). Pared with your chosen blue hues this tag delights me no end! Your rusty cogs looked like they've been ripped from some sunken ship's engine, and that is a good thing! Love this to pieces, Anne!

  9. This is so fabulous Anne! You must do brown again ! There are so many wonderful techniques but the rusty cogs are just stunning! Fabulous use of the Travel Bag goodies x

  10. Wonderful Anne. You may not like brown but you have used it to really good effect.
    Toni xx

  11. This is absolutely stunning, Anne!! The texture is amazing!! I love the stenciling on burlap and the rusty cogs!! They look amazing!! Gorgeous color and crackle, too!! Love this!!

  12. Such a great idea to mount your brown burlap tag onto that gorgeous blue canvas, Anne. Shows off so well that blue and brown make for a great combo of colour. Love your chunky rusty cogs and your little 'mester' adds character .
    Fabulous use of the travel bag goodies .
    What a fantastic month of Inspiration from you all .

  13. Gorgeous and great techniques too. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

  14. Fabulous to see everyone's pieces together. Anne love your tag, the rusty elements are perfect set against the blue. Love it. Tracy x

  15. Truly fabulous piece! Love the tag with all it's texture and the rich colours - it looks cool against the wonderful blue canvas. It's nice to see all the months pieces together. xxx

  16. This is really lovely Anne, I've always liked this colour combination, and the crackle and crinkle ribbon are the perfect touches. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  17. This is fabulous Anne!! You may not like brown but you used it beautifully! Love the stenciling on the burlap and the cogs are wonderfully rustic! Great idea to mount your tag on that amazing canvas. It looks spectacular!! Stunning project!! Have a wonderful day! hugs xx

  18. Well done with the brown, Annie, it is very lovely with the beautiful turquoise on your masculine tag! The texture and dimension are amazing, as always, and so YOU, as always! It truly is stunning inspiration!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  19. Anne, you've absolutely WOWed us all! This is just incredible with so many amazing color variations and textures. I adore this color combo and am pleased that you went out of your comfort zone, because you created a marvel indeed! Hugs, Autumn

  20. Love this beauty Anne, in one of my fave colour combinations. The burlap stencil on the burlap looks brilliant and the turquoise lifts it all perfectly. Yummy layering, texturing and effects. I finally splashed out on a pack of paper dolls recently, this little chap is super. Finally, note to self re brown. I never knew, and im fairly sure ive sent you some brown hued cards thru the years. Promise not to repeat! Nx

    1. Nicola, I treasure every single card you have sent me, I don't totally dislike brown, I just never seem to use it very much! xxx

  21. OOOw I love Blue and Brown as a comb...and that stencil over burlap ta is awesome!!! XXX

  22. Such fabulous ,inspiring pieces everyone! I don't think i really ever use that combination of colors, but will give it a try now. Thanks for sharing!
    Jackie xo

  23. Thanks to everyone for your lovely comments, perhaps I will use brown more often now!! Hugs, Anne xx

  24. Lovely projects! You may not like brown but there are a lot of shades and it goes perfctly with turquoise blue! Elaine xx

  25. Absolutely wonderful inspiration from you all this month and thank you for the fabulous step by step today on your creative it x

  26. Fabulous Anne and brilliant to use the Burlap stencil on the burlap, never would have thought of that in a million years! You have used the contents of the travel bag wonderfully and I think you should use brown more often, you rocked it! Love seeing all of the DI projects for the month together as well, fabulous creations one and all. Deb xo