This week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge is called "Winged": Create a project using something that flies (butterfly, bird, dragon, etc.). When I saw the word "winged" I immediately thought of butterflies so that's the subject of my project.
I recently saw an episode of Paint, Paper & Crafts on TV and saw a wooden photo frame being customized by using chipboard die cuts adhered to the frame and then painted over. It gave it the look of hand-carved wood! I decided to try this technique using a simple wooden plaque...and it worked!
I used my Cricut Home Accents cartridge to cut both butterfly cuts and their shadows (using the deep cut blade and the "Multi Cut" feature. I adhered each die-cut to its shadow and then used Modge Podge to adhere them to the wood. Once dry, I applied one more coat of Modge Podge and then one coat of white paint. When that was dry I applied my taupe paint. To "age" it, I mixed antiquing medium with one drop of Chocolate (CTMH) re-inker and brushed over liberally, then wiped off the excess. Once dry, I sanded the edges and over the top, including gently sanding the die cuts. I then inked the sides with Timber Brown Staz-On ink to give it some definition. I cut the word "dream" out of brown vinyl from the Home Accents cartridge and applied it to the bottom corner.
The finished plaque has a very "aged" look...kind of looks like it's been sitting around in a shed for a while (I LOVE that look) waiting to be rediscovered! I love that it looks like it was actually hand-carved, and not just created with cereal boxes...HAH! Not sure where I'm going to put it, but I'm sure I'll find the perfect spot!
Head over to FCCB and link up your "winged" project! And be sure to check out all the fabulous DT projects while you're there!
Thanks for looking and have a creative day! :)