Believe was inspired by a vintage book cover that has been in my collection for some time now. I loved the textured book cloth, the naturally brittle and distressed edges, and the beautiful gold embossing. The dark patch of color does not read as bold in real life.
I also knew that I wanted to use the face from this earring, which I had picked up long ago at a NYC flea market. Although I love abstract art, I also love to include faces as focal images.
I started out by using all six pieces from the just-released Spellbinders Superellipse die set.
I cut out the shapes from six different decorated pages.
I altered each of these pieces by edging them with gold metallic pigment ink and a border of black ink, created by using the inside of each die as a template. I ran the gold ink pad around the edge of the book cover for more contrast as well.
My plan was to stack the ellipses from large to small. I decided to add some fragment remnants underneath for more depth, complexity and texture.
I used one of the dies from Spellbinders new Sentiments set, which includes 14 descriptive words in text. In keeping with the color theme, I cut the word believe out of gold foil. I knew that when I attached it I would outline the word in black ink to make it pop.
I decided the face needed a surround. I chose the following metal ring from my stash...
...as well as a die cut, which I cut by hand so I could use part of the design to frame the face.
I then got to stacking and gluing and gluing and stacking until, believe it or not, Believe was completed.
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
GC-001 SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur® Machine
S5-188 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Superellipse
S5-200 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Sentiments
S5-146 SpellbindersTM Shapeabilities® Botanical Swirls and Accents
MM1-001 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage Foil Pack One
Preferred Promotional Partners: Tsukineko Delicata ink pad
Cross Promotional Partners: 7 Gypsies paper, BoBunny Press paper
Other: vintage book cover, decorated and hand painted paper, adhesive, paint brush, pen, embellishments