i love dreamweaver's crackle embossing paste, but for the vintage vibe of this piece, bright white just wasn't the look i wanted. so i placed a scoop of the paste onto a paper plate and used a palette knife to mix in a teeny (srsly TEENY) bit of sepia colorburst pigment powder. when it was pretty well incorporated, i applied the softly sepia paste through a couple of my favorite foliage stencils, et voila!
when it had dried completely, i added my focal panel --a slightly stained and tattered illustration from a 1930's bird book-- and some diecut ferns. as soon as he saw the finished collage, lovely husband jeff dibbsed this to be his dad's birthday card! ♥
i was inspired by the foliage and colors of the march 1st curtain call challenge, "green":
meanwhile there's loads more inspiration over at SOS where both the design team and the projects definitely ARE all they're cracked up to be!!! :)