Saturday, 30 April 2016

The Craft Barn Alpha/Dictionary Challenge - Letter S

The letter "S" in the Craft Barn Alpha /Dictionary Challenge should be easy-peasy but no, we have to incorporate a shell in our project. I didn't want to do another seaside themed postcard as I did one for a previous letter, but what to do? Nothing came to mind until I was having a long leisurely bath - I do a lot of thinking in the bath! There was obviously a connection between my bath and the stamp that came into my mind - my nude stamp! Then my thinking moved on to the girls who performed at the Windmill Theatre who'd have a feather or scarf "strategically" placed. I had found my word.

I started the background on my postcard with the wrinkle free Distress Ink technique which I never tire of using  - I love the serendipity result. I then stamped over it using various stamps. I brushed some Distress Ink onto a piece of card and then stamped the image, cut it down to fit the postcard and edged it in gold. I cut around the woman's arm and hand and tucked in the shell which I had cut from a sheet of teabag folding images that has been in my stash for years. The photo corners were die cut and Treasure Gold applied to the embossed parts. As I had too much space on the right hand side of the card I cut a flourish from cream linen card and applied some Distress Ink to soften it.

Postcard Recipe
Anna Marie  Smooth Stamping Card 300gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer 200gsm
Brown card
Craft Creations cream linen card
Distress Inks -  Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap
Versafine Sepia
Pen-touch Calligrapher gold pen
Treasure Gold - White Fire 
Script - Crafty Individuals CI-161
Diamonds - Kaisercraft CS152
Crackle - Kaisercraft CS876
Nude - The Artistic Stamper
Photo corners - Spellbinders
Flourish - Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes
Computer generated dictionary definition - Typewriter font
Shell - Craft Creations tea bag folding sheet MP008


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I say your bath produced a beauty. And I love how your shell was placed, too. Very clever use of both word and images.

thassos456 said...

so beautiful. I love it. The image is gorgeous :)

Craftyfield said...

Yes Venus coming out of the bath (sea)! Great idea and a lovely background to accompany that beautiful lady stamp.

gardenpinks said...

Very imaginative use of the letter Maggie and just love the use of the shell. Your soak in the bath is obviously good for your creativity :)

WendyK said...

A great image for your lovely card.

buterfliecrafter said...

this is so cool and great out of the box thinking with your word strategical and using the shell as cover up.

Scrapmate said...

I love your use of the shell to hide your lady's modesty. It's a great idea.