The Timeless Britain collection by Mike Goss for ArtKure is one of my favorite lines from Crafter's Companion. I love his detailed images. But, sometimes that very same detail can also be a bit daunting as well -- if you are in a hurry or if you don't like to color. So I'd like to show you how the beauty of these images can stand on their own -- all I did was add a touch of glitter.
I used the Mary Arden's House image as my focal point, stamping it in black ink on to vanilla card stock. Then I die cut it in an oval and die cit a black scalloped mat for it. Next, I used the clear 3D Crystal Lacquer to cover the roof, the bushes by the stone wall, and the pine trees. While still wet, I sprinkled it with fine white glitter. Set this aside to dry. Here is a close-up image of the house. Can you see how the crystal lacquer adds a nice raised dimension, in addition to acting as glue for the glitter?
On a large black mat layer, adhere a striped designer paper to the bottom half and an ivory Swiss-dot embossed card stock to the top half, leaving a 1/8" margin of black showing. I often use a Swiss dot embossing folder to evoke the feeling of snow. Attach a wide ivory grossgrain ribbon at the seam and tape on the back. This is then layered on to a folded A2 vanilla card base.
The focal image was mounted using these adhesive foam circles. I like to do that when layering over ribbon because it raises just enough to avoid having a funny line through the image, and keeps it more secure.
Final touches were a small black bow centered at the bottom of the image, and two small paisleys and pearls in the bottom corners.
Do you like these Art-Kure Timeless Britain images? Here's another project I had shred back in June, made with another image from this line (Buckland in the Moor) -- it is an altered box done in the same ivory and black color scheme.