Friday, May 17, 2013

Ornate Doors and Gates

That is the theme Pam chose for her book in the round robin happening in the Kindred Souls group.  The book itself is a masterpiece of creativity and paper engineering.  So much so, that each artist receiving it reported being at least a little intimidated.  Yep, me too.  We all wanted our pages to be as wonderful as the book Pam created.  So far, I think we've succeeded.  Just hope Pam agrees. :)

For this project, we are only doing one page, with our information and minor decoration on the back.
Here we go:

 
 
 
The image of the door comes from Graphics Fairy, a great site for free images, mostly vintage.  It was printed on plain copy paper, glued to cardboard, and enhanced with some ink, embossing powder, and a little metal on the top of the arch.  It is attached to the base with a combination of adhesive and brads, and it's a pretty strong connection.
 
 
 
The background is just a decorative napkin.  Some floral stamps were used to add some flowers from the background onto the door, and then a few very small Prima flowers with dots of stickles in the center finished that off.
 
 
 
The door does open.  I used one of those little photo tabs to hold it closed.
 
 
 
So, what lies beyond this garden door?  Why, a garden gate to a secret garden, that's what.
 

 
This door/gate is made of thin wood, but I covered it with micaceous iron oxide paint so it looks like old metal. I don't have the packaging it came in, so am not 100% sure of its origin, but I THINK I found it at Navel Jelly.   My apologies if I'm wrong.  So hard to keep track of all the supplies, you know.  The garden beyond is paint on deli paper;  the flowers were "painted" with both glaze and souffle pens.
 
Onto the back:
 
 
 
The background is some decorative paper from Stampin' Up that I've had for ages.  I stamped the LaBlanche garden gate stamp right over the text.  The little girl is another great image from Graphics Fairy, and I gave her some extra flowers to hold.  My personal information will go on this page.






10 comments:

teri flemal said...

So many layers here to love. I feel like I could walk right in to that garden.

Bearcrazyman said...

Incredible as always.

Patzee said...

What an amazing door and entry to the secret garden. Love how well each element enhances the the magical feeling. Fabulous swap!

Carol Sweeney said...

Gorgeous! Love all the details. Thanks for sharing your process also.

Elena said...

The fromt AND the nack are gorgeous!

Elena said...

The fromt AND the nack are gorgeous!

Sue Young said...

I totally agree with Elena that the fromt and the nack are both gorgeous!

Dorothy said...

This is very cool eileen!!

Pam Austin said...

You surely did my book VERY PROUD! Your door is a fabulous and magical creation and the garden theme is colorful and inviting. Thank you for adding such wonderful detailed pages to my book. Can not wait to see it in person! Thank U Thank U!!

Pam Austin said...

You surely did my book VERY PROUD! Your door is a fabulous and magical creation and the garden theme is colorful and inviting. Thank you for adding such wonderful detailed pages to my book. Can not wait to see it in person! Thank U Thank U!!