You know what blogging leads to? Blogging leads to other people's blogs and those blogs lead you to new products and new products lead you to addictions and new addictions lead you to fun and fun leads you to challenges and challenges lead you back to people's blogs and, well, you get the idea...
So I'd like to quickly blame Tammy for my latest addiction because now I'm in love with yet another blog, From The Heart's Digital Stamp of the Month Challenge (July) and my always loved Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog.
I thought the progressive challenge of using this month's digital image, Inner Tube Birdbrain, with #14 Summer Days would be perfect together.
Here's how I made my faux wood mixed media Summer sign.
1.) Begin with a rectangle cut out piece of foam board from Walmart. Cut the edges real jagged and then cover it with a sheet of adhesive canvas.
2.) Spread a light layer of Gesso for sealant and let dry. When dry, spread a light layer of crackle medium and let completely dry.
3.) When crackle medium was dry, I took a ruler and drew two lines with a black pen and smudged with my finger to make lines for a faux wood sign appearance.
4.) Pulled out the Distress paints and went to town coloring a beach scene.
5.) Colored up the challenge image with Copics and attached it to the sign. Added a layer of frantage with gold specks for a sandy beach, cut out sunglasses and flip flops on my cutting machine, painted them up and then adhered and lastly, added a jute twine for hanging.
6.) I aged up the edges with Antique Photo DI and then sat back, took a deep breath and wished I was there!
I loved being inspired by Summer Days Challenge with the pink flamingo. Figured this bird would be a more than adequate replacement and I loved the bejeweled glasses, so I had to add them too. The beach sign just made me think I had to create this bird's very own retreat. Hope you like it!
Thank you SO much for your visit. I appreciate YOU more than you know.
Hugs and happy crafting,