Originally I was going to use wrinkled water color tissue paper for my background but alas while I was taking the tissue paper off my water color paper it ripped. So the next best thing was to use my water color paper. I did think it was too harsh so went ahead and brushed Liquidtex Iridescent Medium over it. The medium didn't really change the original look but did soften the colors. I wish my camera would have captured the sparkle.
I'm not sure who makes the stencil. It was one I found on sale at Michaels. I placed my stencil on card stock and used gesso.. When the gesso was dry I placed the stencil back down and air brushed. Then I decided to use green metallic rub over it. However I didn't like the results with the background so then rubbed gold metallic rub over it. It looked too brassy. I decided to airbrush with the same marker I used for the heart. Yuck! It turned an awful orange color. Figuring I had nothing to lose I used alcohol solution. It dissolved some of the gesso pattern along with the color. It was still too brassy looking though. So I decided to use black shoe polish like I had used on my foil key. Eureka! Instant antique look. I didn't want my words to compete with the other elements so I printed using clear label tape.
I didn't like how the wings with the key looked on the background so I took a scrap piece of tissue wrapping paper and my heart stencil. I airbrushed that and then cut out the heart.
I invite you to join in one of the challenges.The mixed media challenge which goes until the 25th http://themixedmediacardchallenge.blogspot.com/. Or the Stampotique challenge http://stampotiquedesignerschallenge.blogspot.com/.
Do you ever use things like shoe polish to give an aged look?
I am having so much fun with the wing theme that I may have to create one more card for the challenge. Especially since I have a couple of fairy stamps.
To my women readers I want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. Also wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!