I'm just beating the deadline with this post and the next one. These are my entries in the March Referral for Artistic Outpost using the only stamp plate I have from them, Quote & Quotables .
Today's make turned out so cool it is going to be my mini book's cover. I made a frame by using the mini cabinet card die inside the vintage cabinet card. I had envisioned a wood grain frame, well, y'all know how visions go, down the tubes, by the wayside, any which way but what you envisioned. :) So let me back up -
All pieces were painted with a mixture of gesso with peacock stain. Purposely using a streaky application. The frame was coated with embossing paste and a wood grain stamp (oh oh) pushed into it. When removed it made a sucking sound and stuck! So instead of wood grain I ended up with popcorn ceiling texture!! Oh well, I dried it just a bit then took my paste knife to it and 'knocked' it down. A real construction term here in the USA. This basically takes off the pointy bits and flattens the texture slightly. Bingo! Saved! Now to dry it. (another oops coming up) I sort of scorched the texture by getting the heat tool too close. Ack! Okay next remedy, let's rub a little sepia big brush ink into the edges, perfect camouflage! To tone down the brown I rubbed in a bit of Inca gold and the whole frame was spritzed with pearl perfect pearls mists.
Meanwhile, the main panel had it's own 'oops'. After painting the vintage cabinet panel, I ran it through an e.f. to give the background some swirly texture. And I was going to, actually did, stamp the quote onto tissue paper. Hmm, somewhere I'd picked up a bit of brown ink that smeared horribly when I attached the tissue to the panel. Ack!
At this point the whole project almost went into the trashbin!
Deep breath and forward we go...the next morning I reassessed everything. There was a bit of the paint mixture left in the baggie, using that I painted a scrap of white card, dried very carefully and re-stamped the sentiment. Then tore out the sentiment and distressed the edges a bit more before popping onto the cabinet panel. Added a few topaz colored gems and whew....looks great! What 'oops"?!
Attached the frame to the panel, added a few white pearls and finally - Done!
Unfortunately, I've had quite a time taking pictures this month, yes, it's been finished for weeks! Getting a pic has proven difficult. The shimmer of the frame against the matte panel is really cool IRL. :) Hope y'all like this one cause I sure do, even after all, maybe because of, all the work that went into it.
Celebrate tomorrow! woo hoo my birthday!!!
supplies: chipboard, vintage cabinet card dies, acrylic paint, distress stains, distress inks, archival ink, gems, pearls, perfect pearls mists, pitt big brush pen, artistic outpost quote & quotables stamps.