I first stamped the image in Antique Linen Distress Ink onto some Strathmore Watercolor Paper. I chose the following colours: Mustard, Violet, Sun Yellow, Iris Blue, Apple Green, Fuchsia and Teal Green.
Behind the pencils, is the coloured and die cut image..sorry I didn't get an "in progress" shot! I was in the colouring zone and totally forgot.
Here is a closer view:
I ended up spritzing the map with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer. It looked ok but didn't really "wow" me. So I remembered a technique that Yana Smakula showed on her blog. It was using embossing ink and clear embossing powder over your entire image to make it POP. And it worked!!
It's hard to see in the photo, but it is super shiny and has locked all the shimmer underneath!
I used the die cut on a piece of black fun foam and adhered the image on top with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.
I cut a panel using a stitched frame die from My Favourite Things in the same color as my card base and a scalloped oval die (also, MFT) out of a piece of grey cardstock (Stampin'Up).
I cut one of the sentiments from the set and manipulated them to arc around the oval..my Mini Misty worked great for this!!
And here is the final result...
I wish I could capture the sparkle and shine on camera, but take my word for it, it's there!!
Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed!