"Live Out Loud - front cover"
The background for all three panels is cut from a masterboard made by spraying pearlescent cardstock with various colours of Dylusions ink sprays and blotting. This allows the gorgeous, pearlescent sheen to come through those brilliant colours. Once dry, the background is overstamped using black archival ink.
The three birds on the front of the card are diecut and each of the bird panels is heavily embossed with thick layers of UTEE. After setting, the embossed panels are flexed to induce cracks in a roughly horizontal direction and a gold aquamarker used to frame the pictures. Gold thread is wrapped around the front panel emphasising the cracks in the panels, and the whole thing mounted on gold cardstock.
Inside, the cardstock is decorated with that fabulous Chocolate Baroque tree branch stamp by repeated heat-embossing in gold. Some of the gold thread used on the front of the card is braided to make the thicker string used for the closure and glued behind the panels. Two ornamental panels are diecut from the masterboard sheet and decorated with stamping in archival ink.
"Two little birds - inside left panel"
Spare card is stamped, cut out and mounted over the main stamping in the left hand panel to provide some extra colour and dimension. Some glitter was added to the moon using a quickie glue pen. The birds are shaped and mounted with Pinflair dimensional glue, and the diecut panel is adhered to the background with Pinflair to help it stand out.
The closeup of this pearlescent bird also shows some of the detail in the background layering and stamping. Some tiny self-adhesive gems are used for eyes.
"Let your mind wander and your imagination fly"
The sentiment reads "Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly". Oprah Winfrey (!).
I'm really pleased with how the frame turned out. Start by diecutting five frames from waste cardboard (I use empty cat food boxes) using Tim Holtz' Ornamental and mini ornamental dies. Stick them all together with plenty of PVA glue and set aside overnight to dry thoroughly. Then apply a good layer of Viva Decor Croco Gold paint, allow to dry and watch those wonderful cracks appear.
The birds are made using the same technique as the bird panels on the front of the card, flexing after embossing to produce some cracks, and going over the edges with a gold pen.
Chocolate Baroque stamp sets: Live Out Loud, Fly Away With Me
Sizzix Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers dies: Ornamental, Mini Ornamental
Dylusions spray inks
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Versamark clear ink
Sakura quickie glue pen
Viva Decor Croco Gold
embossing powders: UTEE clear, Stampendous Pirate Gold
cardstock: white pearlescent 200gsm, gold 160 gsm, brown 300gsm
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair dimensional glue
Entered for the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Take Flight
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Paint it Up
Joanna Sheen - Try Something New
Penny Black and More - Whiskers and/or Wings