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I chose to work with the 4 arch set:
When they arrived I was surprised at how small they are, but in fact that makes them perfect as an embellishment for a special card. So this is was I made:
I happened to have a card blank triptych in my stash and thought it would be perfect to use the arches on.
First I started by adding some texture to the little arches themselves by adding some texture paste. I used Liquitex Stucco paste, which really is like stucco, I applied it with my fingers to the little frames.
You get 4 little arches in the pack, but I decided to use just two, so I have two more to play with another time. Below you can hopefully see the stucco effect a bit better:
When the stucco had dried I rubbed a Versamark pad over it and then embossed with 3 different embossing powders: Ranger Antiquities Rust, Verdigris and Walnut Stain.
I added a scrap of paper behind each and stamped a word too and adhered that to the little panels. For the middle of my card I cut a larger Arch out of mount board with the Tim Holtz Arch Frame die and gave it the same treatment.
Onto my card:
I covered it in 3 different colours of Fresco Finish Paints: Nougat, Stone and French Roast blending with both a baby wipe and some Kitchen roll until I was more or less happy with the effect:
I wanted a kind of aged and distressed wood effect but then decided that would be too distracting behind the arches so blended Distress Inks, Pumice Stone and Gathered Twigs around the edges to tone it all down a bit.
I then did some some stamping, both with Picket Fence Distress paint and Plum Archival ink and then adhered my arches.
The Swirl stamps are from Stempel Glede, the scrip stamp from Darkroom Door. Below are some close ups of the panels still:
The word Live is part of a Kaisercraft stamp. I stamped it on a scrap from a mop up tag and outlined with a white gel pen. Not convinced that really worked, but too late now....
The central panel with a vintage photo from my stash and a metal embellishment.
And the final one done in the same way as the first.
Well, that's it, hope you like it, and if you have not yet participated in our challenge we all hope you will do so and you could win a fabulous prize generously provided by Tando Creative. You can read all about this month's challenge HERE
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