Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Mom Gothic Arch - #1 Segmented Collage

Today we're going to begin our Mom Gothic Arches...I'm calling it Mom's but of course you can make it for anyone who needs a lift.  I am going to try and list items in general terms but I will also list specific products I use for those of you who are interested.

Mom Gothic Arch #1
Segmented Collage


Gothic Arch Template
Light-Medium Weight Chipboard
Specialty Papers, Ephemera, Printed Paper, etc.
White Glue (use your favorite)
Dye Ink (spray, re-inkers, or pads)
Archival or Permanent Ink
Rubber Stamps
Collage (digitalcollagesheets.com), Photo or Stamped Main Image
Embellishments (Antique Gold Flitter Flakes; Stickles Glitter Glue; Dresden Trim; etc.)


1. Gather an assortment of scrap specialty papers, ephemera, or other papers you especially like.  For this collage I am sticking with 2 colors (green & blue) plus a few metallics.  I am also using some fun papers I got from PaperArts.com as well as some of my favorite bits of ephemera...old book pages, vintage sheet music, and bits from an old map.

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2. Tear the papers into approx. 1" strips...since we're working with a small area you won't need too many strips.

3. If desired, dye the ephemera to match your color scheme.  I am using Tsukineko's Willow and Cornflower Walnut Ink Sprays.   I really like these inks because they dry with a little tinge of brown along the edges of your colors.

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4. I realize that some of your specialty papers will be too lumpy and bumpy to create a good stamped image.  Sort those papers out and set them aside.

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Now, stamp desired images on the remaining scraps of paper.  I like to use a variety of ink colors for interest.  The stamps I used for this collage are my new Steampunk stamps from the March Get Inked kit as well as some funky retro shape images from Judikins.

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5. We're ready to begin the collage.  We'll be working in small sections as the white glue tends to dry quickly.  Spread the white glue along the top portion of your chipboard.  I like to use old gift cards to spread the glue out...it works like a charm and you can cover a large area at one time.

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6. Lay the first strip of paper in the glue making sure that it hangs over the edge so the entire piece of chipboard is covered.

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7. Continue alternating between steps 5 and 6 building your collage with each layer until you have enough of the collage completed for your particular Gothic Arch.  Let the glue dry completely before moving on.

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8. Trace your Gothic Arch onto your layered collage and cut it out.

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9. Apply black (or other desired color) ink to the edges of your arch.  This gives your arch a finished look.

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10. (optional) If desired, highlight the layers by applying Stickles Glitter Glue, Distress Stickles, Glitter, Mica or similar medium to the edges.  I am using a product called Antique Gold "Flitter" from Meyers Imports. I'm not exactly sure what it is made of but it has the look of mica flakes but is lighter and easier to control taking less adhesive than mica would.  I think it is a happy medium between mica flakes and a large flake glitter. 

I simply applied a broken line of white glue to each layer, dumped a pile of the Flitter on my arch to coat the glue.  Shake off excess and return it to your bottle.

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It yields a beautiful antique sparkle!

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11. Embellish your arch as desired.  I next added a bit of Dresden Trim to the upper and lower edges.  In place of the Dresden Trim you could use a paper punched boarder, fibers, ribbon, fabric trim, border stickers, etc.

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12. Stamp flourish or other desired image in a couple spots...  I also added a few dots of Lime Green and True Blue Stickles Glitter Glue to my flourishes.

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13. Add a bit of mesh, burlap, or other textured material for contrast and to help seperate your main image from the background.

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14. Tear the edges of your photo and apply desired color(s) of ink to the torn edges. 

NOTE: Most of the main images I will be using come from digitalcollagesheets.com.  They have an amazing array of images to choose from including several free sheets for you to try. 

15. Mount the main image to your collage; add your "life lesson" and finish embellishing as desired.

And here is my finished Arch....

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So there you go...
Arch #1 Finished!

See I told you this would be easy ;)
Remember, if you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them for you...all you have to do is ask.

Tomorrow we'll continue with another Arch an "Inch" at a time....


  1. Awesome and I really love your step-by-step instructions!!!

  2. I too love your step by step, it sure helps to have this kind of tutorial to follow along with, we all have ideas but getting it going is the hard part, you are magnificent, I am so enthused!
    Happy Tuesday from Dartmouth Nova Scotia!

  3. Thank you for a terrific tutorial, will definitely try this. You are such an inspiration. Annette

  4. Exceelent step by step Roni, I love the background, completely different to anything I've done before. I'll start collecting my bits together, and try and have a go. Judith xx

  5. that was fabulous!! your step by step instructions are wonderful- you make it look so easy...thank you!!

  6. I really appreciate all the steps. Thank you!

  7. I am so exited to begin this fabulous project - you make it look so easy!

  8. THX for the tutorial...easy & fun, and great results!! Love it :)

  9. Can't wait to gather my supplies and get started!! Your arch is beautiful!

  10. Can't wait to get started! Last weekend was the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp show in Indianapolis! So I have some supplies to try out on my arches! How exciting!

  11. it's so beautiful and the tutorial was wonderful! THANKS so much

  12. Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. I think even I can do this...LOL

  14. This is so cool. I don't always comment, but really enjoy your blog and all your tutorials. You are so generous to share.

  15. Roni.... is so awesome... I am behind schedule... gotta get to work on my first page... Thank you as always for the tutorials :)


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