This week's theme on the Gothic Arch Challenge is "Gold" so I have gone for the aged tarnished and peeling religious icon look! It has come up looking more coppery than gold in the scan but there really is plenty of gold in there.
I stamped flourishes and old text images on the black leather look card stock using Gold Brilliance ink then edged the arch with Krylon Gold Leafing Pen. I cut the image from decoupage paper, used distress inks to tone down the vibrancy of the colours and added detail with gold and black pens, including outlining the image itself with the Krylon Gold. I wanted it to look really old so I used one of my favourite products (Helmar's Antique Crackle medium) and then rubbed burnt umber oil paint into the cracks (which don't show up much in the scan). I sprayed the whole arch lightly with Moon Shadow Mist in gold - the walnut ink part of the mist left lovely drops on the crackle finish. It is sealed with a coat of Dorland's Wax. I aged some gold German Scrap and added it to the bottom of the arch and then punched small holes around the two curving sides and added small gold brads/split pins to create a frame. It really does look better in real life - a lot richer.