Sending love out to all our crafty GSLC peeps! I loved the look of the triptych piece and wanted to find the perfect images, and when a friend passed these lovely Inkado Valentine cutaparts on to me, I knew they would be just right.
When you match up the triptych pieces, you will notice that the two that are meant to go on the ends have small protruding "feet". so be sure to place the pieces in the right order when you attach everything later, and of course when you decide how you are decorating them.
I decided to use FolkArt Crackle Medium, which is a three-step process that creates a terrific crackled effect with whatever two colours of acrylic paint you choose. Paint all pieces with the first colour (the one you want to show through the cracks-I chose gold) Be sure to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. You may use a heat tool to dry the paint if you wish. Afterwards, brush on an even coat of the crackle medium, trying to brush in smooth strokes going in one direction as much as possible. Use a thick coat for larger cracks and a thin one for finer cracks. (I used a thicker coat) Allow to dry thoroughly and do not use the heat tool for this step. After this you may brush on your surface paint (this is the colour that will show the most), again using long, even strokes that go in one direction, Allow to dry naturally once again-the cracks will form as the paint dries.
Afterward I sanded here and there on the edges for a more distressed look and then rubbed tiny bits of dark gold ink on those areas with my finger.
I cut paper to fit into each of the triptych pieces; when you cut your paper don't worry about the scalloped edges-you can cut the paper a little smaller than the base pieces because the frames will cover the edges.
I added some heat-embossing to my paper pieces, stamping them with Versamark ink then using Stampendous Aged Copper embossing enamel. The photo shows the details of the flourish design but the colours are a little lighter in person, more of a deep coppery gold with flecks of verdis gris.
I attached the images, then added a few metal embellishments, ribbons and flowers to finish the look.
I had some tiny metal hinges that I attached to the back to connect the pieces to each other; you may cover the back with paper as well and/or decorate it if you wish.
The triptych could be used with so many different themes-any holiday, to showcase quotes or poems, or to display photos. I'd love to see what creative way you find to use this great chipboard set! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentine's Day!
GYPSY SOUL ITEMS USED
OTHER ITEMS USED
FolkArt Crackle Medium by Plaid
Gold and White DecoArt acrylic paints
Blue Fern paper-Courtship Lane
Stampendous embossing enamel-Aged Copper