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Monday 26 February 2018

February Destination Inspiration - Pulling Into Terminal 4

Hello and thank you for stopping by, Deb here with you today for our fourth and final stop on February's Destination Inspiration journey.  If you missed the first three posts from Nikki, Annie and Amanda, our travel bags this month were filled with the following supplies:

Product - Paint
Technique - Crackle
Colour - Black
Substrate - Tag

This month's contents were all old friends to me and I was excited to play with them to see what I could create.  I have to admit I didn't start with a clear concept, I just pulled out my supplies and started to play and here is what I ended up with.

I have some pictures of how my Blackbird Fly tag came to be, read on for the how to.

I started with white cardstock that I cut into a #10 tag and painted the entire surface with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint.  After the cracks formed I covered the entire surface with Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic paint, wiping it back as it dried to reveal the crackle.

Next I stenciled Ranger Transparent Gloss Texture paste through StencilGirl Products 'Black Bird In Trees' stencil over the crackled tag.

A coat of Golden Titan Buff Fluid Acrylics paint was then added overtop the gloss texture paste stenciling and wiped back as it dried to reveal the stenciled pattern.

I wanted to add some more crackled elements so prepared two more #8 tags with a couple of different preparations.  The top tag had Weathered Wood Crackling medium applied overtop some Titan Buff acrylic paint with a top coat of Carbon Black.  The bottom tag was coated with Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture paste that was tinted with Black Soot Distress Reinker and then after it had dried and cracked the tag was inked with Black Soot Distress Archival ink.

In keeping with the avian theme of the stenciled background, a bird was die cut with Sizzix's Birds die from the DecoArt Crackling Medium tag and Tim Holtz's Bird Branch die was used to die cut a branch from the Ranger Crackle Paste tag.

The 'Field Notes' Quote Chips were inked with Antique Linen and Black Soot Distress ink.

And some of the wonderful lyrics from 'Blackbird' were typed out on the computer and adhered to a scrap of black cardstock for a bit more substance.

The song lyrics prompted the idea of stars in the 'dark black night' so I added dots of embossing ink with Ranger's Clear Embossing pen and then sprinkled on silver embossing powder.

And finally, I coloured a Charmed Adornments charm with Pitch Black alcohol ink, added a small Mirrored Heart to the bezel center and filled it in with Glossy Accents glue.

A few fibers from my stash were threaded through the punched hole in the tag and the heart charm attached with a jump ring and small black safety pin.  The song lyrics were cut out, inked and adhered at the top of the tag.

The blackbird and branch were adhered in the center of the tag;

and the 'field notes' Quote Chips added to the bottom left.

You can catch a glimpse of the silver embossed 'stars' below.

Love how the crackle on the tag background is still visible through the gloss texture paste stenciling.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how my Destination Inspiration project came together and since this is our last stop this month, here's a recap of all of the projects, I always love how we all come up with such different creations given the same ingredients!


Thanks for stopping by today and hope that you will consider entering our current 'Melt It!' challenge, you have until March 1st to get your melt on!

Deb xo


  1. Now I’m singing that song, I haven’t thought of it for years and I’m remembering how much I loved it when it came out! Your tag illustrates the lyrics perfectly Deb. Wonderful crackle, beautiful stenciling and lovely black bird in the dead of night!! Julia xx

  2. Great tag Deb, love how the foreground and the background work together and wonderful use of those travelbag ingredients too!

  3. A fabulous final stop at Destination Inspiration - I love that bird stencil (must use mine more often) and the subtle shadowy look means the deliciously crackled bird in the foreground really pops. Brilliantly done!
    Alison x

  4. Gorgeous tag Deb, love how the imagery in the background coordinates with the focal imagery. Love how,you used the ingredients. Tracy xxx

  5. Wow Deb, your tag is fabulous!! The bird stencil in the background is perfect for the beautiful crackled blackbird - I just love that bird. Great use of the travel bag contents! I love seeing all the projects lined up too, all so different and all so beautiful! Anne xx

  6. This is such a stunning tag Deb x fabulous background details with a subtle crackle x love the stencilled details too x great step by step and outcome using the contents of the travel bag
    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie x

  7. Your tag is fabulous , Deb. Love those colour tones and the various ways you have crackled. The shadowy feel of the background provides great atmosphere and is the perfect setting for your crackled black bird perched on his branch . Really enjoyed reading about the creative journey you went on- thanks for sharing .

  8. Deb, your tag is amazing! You have put those travel bag goodies to use in such a creative way! I love the crackle on crackle, and the bird theme makes my heart sing! Great tutorial on how it all came together! Thank you for sharing your process and your stunning artwork! A new favorite! Hugs!

  9. Wonderful tag, Deb. Love how you set that stencil off perfectly behind the gorgeously crackled bird die. xoxo

  10. Deb this is truly wonderful! I love that ethereal background with the glossy stencilling. The crackled black bird is perfect on top - a brilliant creation xxx

  11. Love this Deb, another stunner!! Hugs, S@ndy