Hello friends!! Have you been enjoying all the Power Poppy previews? I'm sure you agree that Marcella has outdone herself once again! Her creative designs are so inspiring to work with, and today is no exception.
Today we're featuring a set called Wreaths Plain and Fancy, and it includes a couple of wreaths, some beautifully fonted sentiments, and three sweet little images that could be included with the wreaths, or stand majestically on their own. I chose to combine the rustic wreath with the church scene.
Now, I mentioned earlier that Marcella has a way of inspiring creativity with her images...and, that's just what happened with this card. I saw the rustic wreath and the charming little country church, and I thought how fun would it be to make it look rustic and vintage. Now, it didn't turn out just the way I wanted it, but this is the first time I tried this technique. Let me explain...
I saw a tutorial Jennifer Dove did on creating texture with Copics and thought what fun way to really add some "oomph" to an image. So, like she instructed, I colored the background with Copics first (leaving the wreath and church plain), and then used Copic's Colorless Blending Solution on some cheesecloth. Now, I was going by memory, and didn't follow her instructions exactly so I didn't get a "strong" result. The texture is subtle because I didn't hold the cheesecloth in place for 3 seconds like Jennifer instructs. I also am not a symmetrical kind of girl, so I'm not happy with how perfectly circular my background is, but it's a learning experience for the next time I try this technique. To be honest, unfortunately I learn better by making mistakes, which is extremely trying for a perfectionist. In fact, I thought about scrapping this image entirely, but I just adored the wreath and church and thought, why not share where I went wrong, so others can learn from my imperfections. It's humbling, but there ya have it. :)
Here's a close up so the texture is a little more visible.
Well, there ya have it my friends. That's it for my project today. If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the other Bloom Brigade Blogs. These gals have got some serious skillzzzzz!!! Let me tell ya!!
Copics: Background ~ E35, E34, E31 Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03 Church ~ T5, T3, T2, T1 Berries ~ R29, R24, R21
Thanks a bunch for dropping by!! Be sure to stop by again on the 18th for the Release Hop!! I saved one of my favorites for last!! It's festive and cozy!!
Stamps: Wreaths Plain and Fancy (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It and Bazzill
Dies: Standard Square and Labels One (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Sewing Machine