Thursday, June 13, 2019


Hi everyone, this month the Emerald Creek Dares Challenge is an "anything goes" theme based on the summer, and the song Summer In The City. Today I am on the blog, sharing "liberty."
I wanted to make something directly related to the inspiration "Summer in the City." I have created a small vignette of New York City, a wonderful place to visit any time of year, and most especially, the Statue of Liberty, which is an incredible summer tour destination.
I begin with a wooden vignette box. The inside is covered with a layer of white gesso and allowed to dry. I know that I will be using the translucent Baked Velvet powder in Agean Sea to create the sky, and want a clean base to best display the color. I begin with one layer of embossing powder on the back panel as well as the interior top and sides. The powder is heat set and then cooled. Once cool, I brush on random areas of embossing ink and add another coat of Agean Sea powder. These areas are heat set, manifesting a deeper color, adding interest and also perhaps representing wispy clouds.
The interior base of the vignette box is coated with embossing ink and covered with Deep Sea Baked Texture embossing powder. This powder is also translucent but a much darker shade of blue/green. I thought this would be perfect for the waters that surround Ellis Island and NYC.
Once the backgrounds are complete, I begin work on the city skylines. I know I want to have at least a couple rows of buildings to give the vignette depth. Using pieces of skyline die-cut, I determine which sections will be in the foreground and which will set into the background. The pieces are cut to fit inside the vignette box. The background skyline is coated with VersaMark embossing ink; covered with Seth Apter's Eclipse Baked Velvet embossing powder, then heat set.
The foreground skyline is covered with Seth Apter's Chunky Rust Baked Texture embossing powder and heat set. Once cool, the pieces are set into the vignette box. I use a piece of wood dowel along the bottom edge of the first skyline to create a gap behind the piece. The second skyline also has a wood spacer to set it a distance in front of the first.
I like the shadow lines this creates as well as providing plenty of visual depth.
The Statue of Liberty chipboard shape is coated with embossing ink and covered with Patina Oxide Baked Texture, one of my favorites of Seth Apter's original release. The flame is first covered with Mirror Platinum then a layer of Ancient Amber Baked Texture is added to give the flame an authentic look. Lady Liberty is secured to the edge of the vignette box with a strong adhesive and set aside to cure.
The label letters forming the title "LIBERTY" are die-cut from Metallic Kraft Stock and adhered to the bottom rail of the vignette box with collage medium. I think this will be a fun piece to display and evoke memories of a wonderful experience.
I hope that you are inspired to play along with the Emerald Creek Dares challenge this month, we'd love to see what you've been creating with a summer theme. Be sure to add your link, if you dare.  When posting on any of the social media sites, use the hashteg #ECJUNE2019.
Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Project Supply List

Emerald Creek Embossing Powders:
Baked Texture: Ancient Amber, Chunky Rust, Deep Sea, Patina Oxide
Baked Velvet: Agean Sea, Eclipse
Classic: Mirror Platinum
other supplies:
Dina Wakely white gesso
Distress Collage Medium: matte
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts: Landmarks
Ranger Embossing Dauber
Tim Holtz Ideaology vignette box
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Alterations dies: skyline, label letters
VersaMark embossing ink pad
Wagner Studio Precision Heat Tool
wood spacers


Redanne said...

Ann, I really love how you used the embossing powders, the rusty buildings look fabulous and the Statue of Liberty stands out beautifully. You make me want to visit NYC again! Hugs, Anne xx

Edzellinni aka Linda Edkins Wyatt said...

Beautiful piece! My favorite embossing powders + my favorite skyline + your hands = magic!

sarascloset said...

Wonderful depiction of NYC, Ann! I love the embossed city skyline layers and how you've given them the appearance of shadows. Lady Liberty herself looks just like a chip off the old block! Great patina on her! Many fold memories brought to life here--we used to drive to the city every weekend for church and my uncle would sometime take us there on business trips. So fun, although I'm sure a lot has changed since then. Happy weekend to you!

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

This is fabulous! The embossing totally makes it so! LOVE the Statue...just the perfect color!