I wanted to do a bigger project with the glorious Paperboy plate by Artistic Outpost which Terry so kindly gifted to me and this took ages and I am still not completely happy with it, but I think if I keep going I will just make more of a mess by throwing more things on! I am pleased with the background though, which you can see more clearly in the shot from behind:-
I used arch dies by Go Kreate which have three concentric shapes which are pretty large, and I used the biggest one in the middle. I used white card, painted it black, then embossed it with a large Cuttlebug cogs folder, rubbed it with copper Inka Gold and then with Patina gilding wax by Creative Expressions which is lovely, and then the Ranger Patina set, and buffed the whole thing with a soft cloth. I used grungeboard hinges from the Elements pack and gave them the same treatment.
The pointy bits at the top of the arches are from the Whimsical Melange set and the bicycle is from Lovely Day as I thought it might help with delivering newspapers but I am probably historically way out. The cogs are all cut from shrink plastic using the Tim Holtz dies and shrunk with Distress Embossing powder. The pencils, the word 'News', and the shrink plastic typewriter are all from Secretary Pool. All the images have been coloured with Distress Inks and stamped with a mixture of black, sepia, russet, and coffee Archival. I added a piece of Tim Holtz film strip over the girls' faces and curled the end. I dotted some copper cog 'sequins' all over the background but they were a bit bright so I darkened them a bit.
For the central arch I cut a frame for the 'You are a Hero' wording using sticky backed canvas and stamped it with the background text in a mixture of Archival inks as before. I splatted some water over the text and shredded the edges of the canvas a little and darkened the edges. I then finished off with a clock, cog, and spinner, to which I have added a bit of the patina treatment.
I showed this to Terry in advance and I said that, where I think I struggled with this is that the arches are very large and it gave me three large areas to fill. I think it would have been easier to make something smaller and then overlap/layer the images more. It was fun to make though! I am entering this into the Artistic Outpost April referral programme.