Tuesday 15 December 2015

Sepia Arches

This card was inspired by a demo that I saw on TV by Sheena Douglass - the designer of the stamps and embossing folder that I used for my main focal points.  She is such a talented designer and crafter that I could watch her for hours.

I used brown card for the embossing as I wanted it to tone in with the sepia tones of the distress ink used over the stamped image.  The base card is a 20cm x 20cm ready made white card blank.  Before I embossed the main image, I stamped and heat embossed one of the corner and the Latin text stamps from the Ageing Beautifully Little Bit Sketchy stamp set by Sheena Douglass.  I used Versamark ink and gold detail embossing powder.  I then embossed the 5" x 7" panel using the Ancient Arches embossing folder.  Before matting the embossed image onto gold card leaving a narrow border, I rubbed over some gold gilding wax in places to emphasize the arch shape.  Once matted up, I wrapped some gold organza ribbon round the panel towards the bottom.
On a separate piece of white pearlescent card, I stamped the matching Ancient Arches stamp in black Archival ink; trimmed the sides to leave a narrow border round the image and added distress ink: Old Paper in the centre and Vintage Photo and Black Soot around the edges.  I then used a water brush to take out some of the ink; adding sun rays coming through the left hand window and sunlight coming through the door at the back and pooling onto the floor.  The image was matted onto gold card, leaving a narrow border.  
The final element is a strip of brown card 3cm x 10cm; embossed using a section of the Sun Rays embossing folder by Craft Concepts; rubbed over with gold gilding wax and a piece of the gold organza ribbon wrapped along the length in the centre.  This was a late addition as I wasn't happy with leaving a bare spot in the upper left hand corner of the card!

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