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Monday, 1 January 2018

Destination Inspiration - Terminal Five and a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Nikki here with our final stop on the December Destination Inspiration journey. Our new challenge begins on Friday so even though it is January and 2018 we have one final visit to this travel bag:

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

I cheated a little bit - my original intention was to use the acetate as it is intended in this month's mix - as the substrate to work on, but it just wasn't working for me. Forgive me !

I began with a canvas board and gave it a coat of neutral paint before heat embossing Tim Holtz's background lattice stamp.
Next I took my tissue paper and built up a texture border and left to dry.
Once dry I added a watery wash of blue paint - mmmm not quite the result I was after!
Dry brushed in black around the border....
Still wasn't happy with this but continued and added random stamping to the centre of the panel masking off the area the die cut circle would be.
I die cut about 8 Seth Apter Drip Drop's and adhered 6 together and 2 together. I also cut a circle of acetate to fit the centre.
I embossed this with a folder.
Forgot some photos here - I painted the drip drop dies in black paint and heat embossed some frantage and gold embossing powder. Once dry I adhered the acetate between the 2 sections.
I then began placing it all together and realised it needed more gold - so reached for the gilding wax.
A few close ups to finish... The stars are below the acetate layer.
Before we leave this journey let's recap the stops along the way:

Friday see's the start of a new challenge here at A Vintage Journey. 
Once again, a happy New Year from us all - may it be a creative and happy one.



  1. Wow, Nikki! You pulled a rabbit out of a hat with this fabulous artsy creation! Your background is a fabulous setting for those Seth Apter die cuts and stars! I love how you've given the die cuts their metallic finish as well as the 'frame'. Great use of the acetate; so clever to emboss it! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this make! Happy New Year, indeed!

  2. The black and touches of gold drip drop die looks fabulous against the wonderful blue background and you used the acetate in such a great way - a wonderful make Nikki! Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Stunning! Nikki. Gorgeous colours and terrific use of all the travel bag goodies . Fabulous design and execution. Really Loving this!
    What a fantastic way to start the New Year!

  4. Wow, Nikki, simply brilliant!! What a fantasic finale to this month's DIs!!! A great step out and superb use of both Seth's dies and the travel bag ingredients! The embossed acetate looks so cool!

  5. So many awesome techniques here Nikki! I just love the layered blue tones and amazing artsy textures. What a stunning design! Hugs, Autumn

  6. what great colors and textures on this Nikki! Love the layered Seth die and the starry acetate piece - a beautiful canvas using the supplies in your bag! Julia xx

  7. Niki this is totally fabulous and right up my street xx Amazing textures and details using the contents of the travel bag xx Wonderful step by step full of inspiration.

    Happy New Year to All xxxx

    Huge hugs Annie xx

  8. Love the colours and the way you added the border on this great piece Nikki. I know you struggled with the acetate but it has worked perfectly, this is a fabulous finale DI project xxx

  9. Fabulous project Nikki, the colors and textures are amazing and who doesn't want to Dwell in Possibility? Hugs, S@ndy

  10. Wow! A mixed media masterpiece to round off another wonderful month visiting Destination Inspiration. Fabulous work with Seth's bits and bobs, Nikki - this is so cool!
    Alison x

  11. combining the built up layers of chipboard with the acetate and embossing - a stroke of genius. love the coloration as well. thanks as always for sharing.

  12. Happy new year Nikki. Another winner here! Gorgeous texture and your idea of the acetate is brilliant. Thanks once again for making my products look their absolute best!!

  13. Fabulous Nikki, amazing textures and the embossed acetate is the bomb! Thanks so much for sharing it, wonderful use of the travel bag contents! Deb xo