How did it turn out? Well, I didn't like my first banner so I ended up with versions 1, 2 and 3. That gives me 4 choices for a banner. I'd love to hear which you like the best. And I promise I won't be offended if you choose the LBMS transfer.
This shot includes the green version. Since the background color was quite dark, I had to use a light color for the raven. I used bright red dots to try to make him pop.
For my 3rd and final attempt, I painted the linen black. Then I worked up to a sky blue background and highlights, being careful to keep black intact for a rough look.
Thanks goes out to Michael of the Dalauppror blog for his tips and suggestions. I was getting a little frustrated with this and he helped see me through. That is the great part of blogging, isn't it? You can always reach out to a fellow blogger when you get stuck or need encouragement.
Both of my kids are home from college and that is the best part of Christmas. Where-ever you are, I hope you get to eat well, drink well, and spend time with the people you love. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!