Here is an atc showing the "before gesso" and "after gesso" (and other stuff). The original image was too bright for what I wanted. To tone it down, I applied a light coat of gesso which I then sanded lightly after it was dried. I adhered german foil trim on the left side (which I also sanded lightly). I stamped the text with Staz-on ink. Then, after masking off the text box, I used a glue stick to apply a small bit of adhesive around it's edges - which I next dusted with gold pearl powder. I drew rough lines with gel pens (gold and white) to further define the edges of the text box.
This is for a swap later on this month, but it also goes with today's challenge on Wednesday Stamper - "Gesso".
I especially love the text. It came as part of a larger set of mostly unmemorable stamps - except for this particular one which really speaks to me:
In the depth of winter
I finally learned that within me
there lay an invincible summer.