The true value of laser cut surfaces is the level of detail that the designers can put into them.
Southern Ridge Trading keeps raising the bar in this regard , with creative and dynamic designs to tweak your creativity. This Gears frame had the juices flowing pretty quick!! The first thought is to go steam punk.. so I decided to go a bit more classic and keep the frame light and colourful.
I used DecoArts NEW Extreme Sheen Metallics, the Copper , gold, and bronze tones, and brought in a little turquoise to give it a light patina. I also tossed in a few small chip board gears and keys to give it a bit more dimension.
I added some shadows to separate the gears a little and create the illusion of depth. Then glued a few of the Keys and the smaller gears in place to enhance that. A few highlights, with some white adds to the dept and helps separate the gears and years more effectively.
The background of the panel is a light buttermilk colour, then Stamped with a Stampendous stamp to create the vintage script and the butterflies. A little antiquing with the same colour gives it a parchment look. I traced and transferred my grapes design onto the background.
I used light floats of transparent colour to create the grapes and leaves, I wanted the background to show through .. a little bit.
I used a golf leaf adhesive to paint in the lettering and the details on the leaves. Once it was dry I laid the ThermoWeb Foil onto the adhesive and burnished it with from pressure , with my finger tips. The flash of the metallic is just a fun punch of flash!!
The results are pretty cool I think!!
Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:
- Gears 2
Other Supplies Used:
- DecoArt: DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallics - Copper, Antique Bronze & 24 Kt Gold and DecoArt Americana - Light Buttermilk, Asphaltum, Soft Black, Napa Red, Diox Purple, Lamp Black, Bahama Breeze, Warm White.
- Therm O Web: Gold Foil and Adhesive Old Gold
- Stampendous: Vintage Script - CRP249
- Dynasty Brushes: Dynasty Black Gold Brushes - 1/2 angle, 10/0 liner, 3/4 flat wash, #4 Filbert
Designed by Tracy Moreau