Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Challenge Entry: Feelin' Lucky

Howdy ya'll!
This month's theme over at Gingersnap Creations is "Cowboys & Cowgirls" and it has motivated me to create outside my normal subject matter.  C'mon, I live in Michigan...last time I looked, we didn't have any cowboys, but hey, I'm always up to a challenge! 

I found this great poker-playin', gun-totin', sassy gal over at the Graphics Fairy and was inspired to create this Feelin' Lucky plaque for GC101: Chestnut Theme Challenge - Cowboys and Cowgirls.

The Details:
  • The base for the plaque is recycled cereal boxes.  Two layers glued together using spray adhesive forms a stable base for small plaques like this one (approx. 6" x 7")
  • I actually cut into a new piece of background paper for this project!  Can you believe it?  I think it's K&Co paper.
  • To create a faux tooled leather effect, I embossed large flourishes in copper, then rubbed the embossed areas with steel wool when the embossing powder was completely cooled.  This dulls and distresses the finish.   I then added depth with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  While the DI will not stick to the embossed areas, it fills in where the steel wool left scratches and deepens the color around the flourishes. 

  • Once the lace, twine, flower, and copper brad were added, I felt the need for another metal accent...some sort of trinket.  I searched the stash, and found a copper tag from SU!...bright, shiny copper (like a new penny).  Well, that color just wouldn't do, so I pulled out the steel wool again to knock down the finish, then added Mushroom alcohol ink.  This gave the copper the perfect patina.  The finishing touch was stamping "luck" in StazOn Timber Brown.

: K&Co; scrap pattern papers
Image: Graphics Fairy 'Cowgirl'
Stamps: Inque Boutique ‘Ornaments’; SU!
Inks: Distress Inks 'Vintage Photo', ‘Old Paper’; Alcohol Ink 'Mushroom'; StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; Top Boss embossing ink
Embellishments: PTI rustic button twine; copper brad; crochet lace ribbon; Prima flower; SU! Copper tag; TH trinket pin; TH copper jump ring; copper embossing powder

Tools: heat gun; 3M Super 77 spray adhesive; wire cutter; TH paper distresser; foam ink blending tool; Fiskars deckle decorative scissors; foam tape; glue dots; hole punch
Misc: scrap cardboard (cereal boxes); wire; steel wool


  1. Beautiful- love the background! Great image!

  2. This is looks so old time authentic, great job!

  3. this is perfect Vicki! and agree with Max -- so old timey!! judy

  4. Wonderful! Love your leather technique, your vintage image and all your tiny details. perfection. thanks for playing at Gingersnap Creations!

  5. i love this--great details and the sentiment is fantastic. Thanks for taking the Gingersnap Creations challenge!


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