Urban Grunge: Today’s inspiration comes from me! No live from me today as my Mom has been poorly, but rather than leave you without, here’s a written piece instead x
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Rather than treat the diecut as houses, I went more urban grunge for this piece.
You will need:
- Pretty Arty-Tecture Die Bundle
- Mermaid Pearls
- Pretty Arty-Tecture Paper Kit
- Pretty Foliage Dies (out of stock at time of writing)
- PGG Flowers or other paper crafting flowers
- Sprays such as the Pretty Amazing Sprays as well as Distress Oxide Sprays (see Affiliate section below for places to buy)
- Stringy stuff in natural
- Die cut black card and a solid piece of black card
- White card for die cutting
The base is made up of two pieces of card, the top one is waste from cutting out large letters, the bottom piece is slightly thinner and taller to give the unusual silhouette. Dry brush with white gesso to emphasise the cut shapes before spraying with sprays of your choosing. I used a combination of Distress Oxides and Pretty Gets Gritty sprays so some sections are chalky and others really shine. One the piece is touch dry, place under a weight to get your base flat as this will give you a better finish. You can add an additional foam panel to the back, if you wish, in order to give extra rigidity without adding weight.
To create the window embellishment, die cut the window frame die from white card. Then, adhere to a figure of your choice and trim round.
Die cut the group of 3 buildings and paint in Get Metalled Russian or similar dark metallic paint, don’t be afraid to let your brushmarks show.
Spray or paint another piece of card in teal tones darker than your background. Die cut your texture from this as it is easier to colour before cutting these fine dies. Snip into the diecut to create a random shape. Do the same with a foliage die using a light green tone.
From the word print sheet choose a sentiment and something for your factory to make. You can paint these using sprays or watered down inks so the tone in.
Assemble your layout adding flowers, mermaid beads and stringy stuff to finish. I added some of the background sprays to the flowers to tone them in.
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