Sunday Stampers this week as the theme is Rhinestone Cowboy and I have used gems on this, so this is my entry :)
Maybe I'm finally getting used to the heat, or maybe it has cooled down a degree or two, but anyway, I managed to finish off the box that was languishing on my desk on Wednesday. I woke up yesterday with some ideas buzzing around and set to work dry brushing some Claudine Hellmuth Classic Teal over the Traditional Tan, then wiped it over with a wet baby wipe to fade it in to the background. I stuck some scraps of patterned paper into two of the squares and then spritzed the whole thing with some light blue mica and water in a mini mister. The other two squares were filled with some scraps of TSS metal run through a couple of cuttlebug embossing folders. The patterned one was just sanded off and stuck in, the bird one I coloured with some alcohol inks. I then coated the frame with rock candy crackle paint (because it was on my desk and the transparent croco had been put away). I also coated the PPs and a bit of the corners on the metal squares. it crackled, but I think I prefer the effect of the croco.. bigger cracks. Anyway, at that point I was dragged off by my DDs for a meal out. We went to a bar called Belgo (I think) which had the most sublime mussels I have ever tasted. Not only are they the biggest and juiciest mussels, but they do them in loads of different ways, not just the usual Mariniere (which I love BTW, but it's nice to have something different), all washed down with chilled Belgian beer. Wonderful!
On to this morning then, when I rubbed some Walnut Stain DI into the crackles (such as they were) then rummaged about in the box of wonders (aka the RUB with all the broken jewellery and stuff) and found some faux pearls which I glued in one corner, and a little wooden heart (I feel a song coming on!), which I painted with Classic Teal then stencilled a swirl on with some Viva Precious Metal in Blue Ice.
Not sure if I should put some of the trim across the middle as well. I did offer some up to it, but didn't think it looked right, but now I'm not sure if it looks right without it. What do you guys think?