I have been thinking really hard lately about where i want to take my creative journey in the next few months. I looked back from the beginning and i have come really far since then but i looked at my style and decided that there are two distinct areas i really shine in which are mixed media and vintage so i want to focus on those styles. I also want to take this blog in a new direction starting from next month and make this blog more inspirational and more interactive so i will be including more tutorial based projects and i will be learning to create the dreaded tutorial videos. In October i will be launching my very own monthly sketch challenge and there will be more scrapbook layouts going on the blog too just like there used to be.
So today i have been playing with the gorgeous Gypsy Gypsy paper pad by Craft Consortium and i love the vintage style prints on this pad so this really suits my style. I started off by taking two sheets of paper and covering half of a 6 x 6 card with each color.Next i took the really bright floral sheet and cut a 4 cm x 4 cm square and turned it on it's side to create a diamond shape. I then printed out my image which is a preview of one of the free sheets i will be giving out as part of the Gecko Galz blog hop in October.
I painted up a wooden frame using black gesso as the base and then i added a layer of Weathered Wood Crackle Medium over it once dry. Then i painted DecoArt White Crackle paste over and left it to dry. I learned this technique of Teresa Morgan and you can see a more advanced version on her blog http://www.thefatcactus.co.uk/?p=5368 but i kept it as it is to give it a more worn look. I then trimmed my image to fit inside the frame and added a wooden butterfly to finish the topper.
I have a basic video here showing how to get the crackle effect
I added a doily to the center of the card and the a length of lace before sticking the frame down. I then finished the card off by using the rub on stickers that come with the paper pad.
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