Monday, May 27, 2013

Patriotic Picture

My Design Team submission for the latest CREATIVE CUTTING CHALLENGE turned into this patriotic picture.  I started out using my newest SVG file, the LIBERTY BELL cut from some pretty bright background papers---which is about all I had for 4th of July--and cardstock scraps.  To tone them down, I brought out my trusty Distress Inks and Stains and went to work.  Here's a break down on how this came together:
1.  The bottom layer of designer paper was a scrap of blue and white stars that had nice shading already so I left it as is.  On top of that was layered a rectangular piece of designer paper that had been white with blue and red stars---much too bright!  I fixed that by covering it with Distress Stains (Vintage Photo and Barn Red).  The third layer is a book page which I tore and then distressed with Barn Red Distress Stain.  After it was dry, I used the distressing tool to add Vintage Photo around the torn edges.  I zigzag stitched the book page to the other layers.
2.  I cut the Liberty Bell Elements using my electronic cutter then embossed with Texture Fade folders.  The background done with "Dot Matrix", the bell with "Cracked" and the top with "Woodgrain".  Then I used Distress Inks (Walnut Stain and Vintage photo) all over--which really made the embossing stand out and dulled down the bright cardstock.  I applied Perfect Pearl Medium to the raised portions of the bell and brushed on gold Perfect Pearls.  It gave a nice sheen to the bell but still kept the distressed look.
3.  Finally I added the wording which was an embellishment I've had laying around for years.  I backed the entire piece with chipboard and placed into the glass-less frame.  Now it's all ready to display on a shelf or hang on the wall...almost instant art!
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Missy said...

Super card Cindy I really like the liberty bell image! Thanks for joining our FCCB Memorial Day challenge this week, happy Memorial Day!!

Bernadet Rodakowski said...

Great job with all the distressing - plus I love everything that uses recycled book pages, very creative!

sparklingblackrose said...

What a fabulous piece of art! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge this time, hope youll join us for the relaunch and blog hop next month with some fab sponsors! Elaine-xxx-

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is creativity at it's best!
Thanks so much for joining us this week at CAS-ual Fridays :)

Sylvia Blum said...

Great idea and so creative!!!
Thanks for joining our CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!
Sylvia xx

Kelly Griglione said...

What a great project! So many details here. Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

Kim's Kreations said...

Wow! love all the distressing and layering. Thanks for entering your project in the Memorial Day challenge this week at FCCB. Kim Ogden

Tammy Schmitt said...

Super creative! Love all of the distressed inks you used.
Thank you for joining us at FCCB this week:-)