Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Little Western Flavor

Steps to create the longhorn skull medallion.
1. Use a crackle stamp cream colored leather with archival brown ink.
2. Stamp skull with black pigment ink, emboss with fine line black powder.
    The beads on the horns have been attache with beading thread.
3. Using a die cut or a coluzzle template, cut around the image.  Your die will
    probably not cut all the way through the leather if it is really thick like this
    leather was.  I had to finish the cut with a scissors.
4. Sponge and archival dark brown or sepia ink around the edges of the leather.
5. Attach the round leather image to a dark brown card stock, trim with a decorative scissors.
6. Tear out a circle from a piece of card board that has the corrugations exposes.
7. Heavily sponge with dark brown or sepia ink.
8. Attach skull layers to corrugated card board.
9. Attach end of a wild turkey feather under card board.

Steps to create snake skin.
1. Snake skin look is done by first splotching light and medium brown
    archival inks on a white or cream card stock.
2. Emboss with a snake skin embossing plate or folder.  This is a Fiskars embossing plate.
3. Lightly run a sponge over the paper to just catch the raised portion.  You want the
    snake skin look to stand out.  Heat dry to set ink.
4. Brush glossy water base varnish over the whole and let dry.

The dark brown border in the center of the snake skin is from an EK Success punch.
The outer border is a decorative scissors.

The card base is a light biege parchment paper that has all the edges sponged with dark
brown ink.

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