The theme for this month ATC is "Distressed". Started by running a tea dye Distress ink pad over an old decorative shopping bag.
Lightly misted the bag with water, wrinkled it up, open it and let dry. Then used a darker Distress ink pad to color the creases. Paper was cut and mounted onto ATC sized card stock, and the edges colored with this same Distress ink.
Choose a vintage photo and darkened the image in print shop. Roughly applied gold pigment ink to the edges, added Pebbled Copper embossing powder and heat set.
Adhered the image to the distressed background. Painted some brass crackle paint (Tim Holtz product) onto a flourish stamp and applied to 3 of the 4 corners. This paint has to dry on it's own. The instructions read "do not dry with heat tool". It's hard to see in this photo, but there a lovely fine crackles in the dried paint. Also added some decorative copper stickers and a yellow rhinestone.