Tuesday, June 11, 2019

AALL&Create - Elegant Peacock

Hi folks, it's Tuesday and time to share this week's Guest Designer project for AALL&Create. I decorated the cover of a Mini Book with the gorgeous Elegant Peacock #163 stamp set designed by Tracy Evans. I decided to keep it simple and create a metallic shimmering background using Ranger Perfect Pearls, a product I haven't used for years, with the image as the star of the show. However, I quickly realised as the project moved along, that the shimmer was going to be a challenge to photograph and I warn you in advance, there are lots of "shot from all angles" photographs in an effort to capture the shimmer without the glare.

I began by die-cutting a notebook from mat board using Sizzix Travellers Notebook die, applied a coat of Black Gesso, stamped the image from Elegant Peacock #163 with Versamark ink on the front of the notebook and heat embossed with Ranger Superfine Clear Embossing Powder
I scooped a little Ranger Sunflower Sparkle and Pewter Perfect Pearls into the lids, added water to a thin paint consistency and applied with a brush randomly on the front cover. The embossing will resist the Perfect Pearls allowing the images to show through.
I repeated the process with Perfect Bronze and Turquoise.
I mixed up a separate wash of the three metallic colours and applied in layers to the back cover, drying between each layer and added splatters of all four colours.
I applied the same wash of just three colours to black card
and stamped the words from #163 Elegant Peacock with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.
I fussy cut the words, fixed to white cardstock and added to the front cover using Distress Collage Medium Matte. I painted the spine of the notebook with Black Gesso and also used it to add shadows to the edges.
To finish, I added highlights to the images and randomly on the background using a Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen. Because I mixed the Perfect Pearls with water to make a paint, the water reacts with the resin in the Perfect Pearls making it permanent, so no need to seal.

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  1. Kath, I can just imagine how glorious this peacock must look in real life, the colours are stunning. The sunflower sparkle background really makes the beautiful peacock stand out so well. Love this!!! Hugs, Anne xxx

  2. Kath this looks so gorgeous. Has a real opulent feel to,it with those colours and shimmer, very rich looking. I adore it . Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the rich colours. The stamp is now on my wish list. xxx

  4. Such an elegant cover! The colors and stamp are magnificent. I imagine the perfect pearls add just the right amount of shimmer to the cover to create that little extra "something." Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. WOW Kath this looks stunning, loving the peacock.
    Linda xxx

  6. Wow that peacock is a beauty, the colours are perfect, what a wonderful piece.xx

  7. That peacock is amazing Kath and I love the way you have created the wonderful background x TFS and hugs Annie x


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