Hi There!! Happy Wednesday–Thanks for joining me today!! I’m sharing a little something that I made last month as a birthday present–hence the name of today’s posting-Present for a Fossil (said ‘fossil’ will remain nameless!) 😉 🙂
I had one of those window shopping sprees again and ran across this totally cool fossil stencil at StencilGirl–and that’s all it took. I saw that stencil and this creation totally popped into my head and off I went! I took a few pictures while I was making this, so let me show you how my idea became this framed gift.
I made this simple frame out of pine trim to begin with.
I sanded the frame a bit then brushed on a coat of white gesso to prep the surface.
Using Gathered Twigs Distress Paint, I rubbed and dabbed it onto the surfaces of the frame. While the paint was still wet, I pressed pieces of crumpled tissue paper into the paint until the entire frame was covered.
I used DAM Quinacridone Gold and rubbed into the wrinkly surface with my finger to create an uneven, mottled base.
I brushed DAM Carbon Black Antiquing Cream over the surface and let air dry.
Using a damp cotton cloth, I gently rubbed the surface of the frame to remove some of the antiquing cream. To finish the frame, I sealed it with DAM Ultra Matte Varnish. This frame is ready for some art! 😉
I’m using a piece of coffee stained mixed-media paper that I have on hand to stencil this fossil onto. I used Potting Soil Archival, covered with Tree Branch embossing powder and heat set.
I removed the embossing to leave the stenciled image with a neat sheen over the surface.
Behind the scenes, I created the crackly mat board from thick chipboard, coated with gesso for tooth, then a brushing of DAM Crackle Paint. When dry, I rubbed the surface with Walnut Stain DI using an ink blending tool, then I rubbed in further with my fingers. I faux-rusted a couple of brads using DAM Texture Sand and Paints and used them to attach this metal word band.
I secured the stenciled fossil to its crackled mat board and mounted everything into the frame. The gift part is done–Now what about a card?
Easy Peasy–I made a simple card to match the gift! A card design that’s so simple, just change out the sentiment and it’s an every day kind of card–Love That!!
Thanks again for joining me today! I’ll be back a couple more times before the week is out, so I hope to see ya’ll again real soon!!
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Chipboard; Pine Trim; Coffee Stained Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Black Card Stock (Core’dinations); Tissue Paper; Pine Trim Pieces; Elmer’s All-Purpose Glue
- Fossil Stencil (StencilGirl)
- Archival Ink & Embossing Powder (Ranger); Crackle Paint, Fluid Acrylics, Ultra Matte Varnish, Texture Sand, & Antiquing Cream (DecoArt Media); Distress Ink & Paint (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
- Sewing Machine (Kenmore); Flat Paint Brush; Paint Dabber; Embossing Heat Gun
- Word Band (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brads