This week's challenge on the Simon Says Stamp & Show blog couldn't have been more up my alley! You're to make an art piece in the style of Wendy Vecchi. Woohoo! Oh, what to make, what to make?!??
The new flourish foliage (Botanical Art) was stamped with olive archival ink around the outside of the wreath. I stamped the sentiment (Card Art Essentials) with coffee archival. The foliage dots were touched with the Gold Liquid Pearls. The gems are various greens and reds stuck on randomly. I ran the gold paint dabber along the scalloped edges to help tie in all the gold accents.
Wendy's bird (Let Your Art Have Wings) was inked up with cranberry pigment ink, stamped on the houndstooth background (Well Worn Art) then on grunge paper. After cutting it out (and an extra for the wing) I distressed with browns before adding gold paint to the outside edges. Black Enamel Accents makes a wonderful eye. There are several layers of grunge paper behind it for elevation. The 'feather' (Make Mine Mini Art) on the bird's head was embossed with gold, cut out, and distressed with browns before adhering it behind the head. A twine bow and my bird is resting comfortably in the wreath. A gold mesh bow at the top provides the crowning glory on my holiday hanging.