Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Starry Night

It is that time of the year to celebrate.  Me and my husband have a special date we celebrate and I created this card for him.  The painting by Vincent Van Gogh is one of our favorites and it also has special meaning for us.  So I had this idea of using the image but alter it to make it ours and reflect the meaning it has for us.  After several failed attempts, I created one that I was satisfied with.

The first thing I did was find a picture of the painting.  I then used my ink cartridge printer to print it.  Immediately after it printed I spritzed with water all over until the paper was soaked but not too much that it would tear.  Right afterwards I applied the heat tool until the paper was dry on both sides.  The effect is a nice washed out print that retains the original elements in an altered form.  

Once that was done I covered the image with a thick layer of Crackle Accents.  I applied the heat gun to get the corrugated texture and glossy finish. 

The stars were first punched and then I covered them with liquitex modeling paste medium in white.  Liquitex is sold at Michael's and Hobby Lobby in the acrylic and oil paints section.  The medium provided a rich textured effect, almost like icing, as I applied with my finger.  Takes for ever to dry but once it dried I mixed two shades of acrylic yellows and painted the stars.  Afterwards, I wrapped a tiny piece of wire around the star for added dimension and glued to the altered photo.  

The card was originally plain cream cardstock, but I recently bought the new Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Espresso and used a brush to apply all over the card.  The glimmery effect is awesome, while at the same time it gives some texture to the plain paper depending on your brush movement.  


1 comment:

  1. Liz, I LOVE how you created this card!! I learn SO much from you, especially about textures (your Journey into Textures is awesome!!) & once again one of your projects just blows me away :) I love using my modeling paste but never would have thought to use it they way you did with the stars & then adding a piece of wire to them for even MORE dimension - how cool!! I also love the way you spritzed the copy of your pic to get a watercolor type effect from it - one more thing I've learned from you :) I can't wait to try it on one of my fav pics!!
    Thanks so much for sharing your techniques & enthusiasm with us. You really help keep me inspired & motivated!!
    Happy Holidays to you & your family
    Ann Marie