Well, this was a fun project! First, I used burnt sienna acrylic paint to do a back ground. I went light in the center and then mixed some umber to darken the paint for the background.
I used my vinyl cutter to cut an image of the Nashville Skyline that I found in a Google search. Then I adhered it to the painted background. I used off white/cream colored paint and a palette knife to follow the Cricuit cut stencil's outline. I trailed off at the end to give it that "fading out" look at the bottom. Then I painted a "water line" below, leave a break for the free hand rendering of the General Jackson in the water. I love Nashville!