Welcome & Good morning. Back again with a birthday card made with an Impression Obsession image by Gary Robertson called Wagon Wheel. Gary is one of my favorite of the IO artists and his images are always so evocative of a bygone time..very detailed and take time to color. I decided to use Polychromos pencils on this one. Thought it would give a more vintage look to the final card. I keep trying to improve my pencil blending, but it doesn't come easily to me. Our family has a lot of birthdays during the summer, so this is one of the first ones due for a nephew.
- Image was colored, then die cut with a S/B deckled rectangle.
- coppery background was an attempt to create the faux tile technique I had seen on SCS, done by Dina Kowal. Mine didn't turn out as nicely as did Dina's, but I liked it anyway. Covered a piece of cardboard from a Cola 6 pack carrier with gesso, and while it was wet, covered it with aluminum foil. Let that dry overnight. Next used some metallic copper acrylic paint, spread with a brayer, several coats.
- C/B oriental motif EF to emboss this piece, and discovered the aluminum can tear easily.
After this embossing, used some Inca Gold (in the larger containers. I've found that the small pots of this stuff - which may be an older formulation - dry so completely that you cannot rehydrate them. So I will not buy any more of this small pots!!!). Spread this with my finger - trying to get just on the top of the embossing. Then carefully wiped this down with a paper towel. I think the places where the silver foil peeks through adds a bit of patina.
Some Starform gold stickers for the corners & sentiment finished it off. As I look at the photo, the sentiment is not showing up as well as it should. However, it's down well, so I am not about to try to change it now! Been there, done that, and wished I had just left things alone.
Base card is just a slightly textured brown. I think it will work well for a guy. Hope you like this one.