Friday, January 15, 2010

Broken and remade fish - SSCC#21

Not quite sure if this fits the 'make it look broken and repaired' requirement of the Stamping Sisters In Christ challenge this week, but here goes - this was this only technique that I could think of, so I used it.

I started with a background that I had chalked about two years ago - I had spent an afternoon just messing with chalks and things to make up some backgrounds to have 'on hand'  - not that I have used them a lot, but this one was timely.  Basically I took a torn piece of paper and chalked along the edges, moving the paper around and at times turning it over as I went so the waves did not look all the same.

Before I mounted the background piece on dark blue, I sponged the edges with Brilliance Mediterranean Blue ink, then stamped it with one of the stamps from Hero Arts set Woodland Leaves and Grasses in Adirondack Bottle ink to simulate seaweed, stamping off several images from one inking to give dimension.  I also stamped the sentiment in blue and clear embossed it.

I then prepared a smaller piece of card to match the background, and  stamped and silver embossed the fish stamp from Hastings Rubber Stamps in position on the card and on the extra piece, and painted both images with Twinkling H2O paints - in between text messages from a friend :-).

I then measured the second image and divided it into three and trimmed it into three sections, making sure each section was 1mm smaller than it's original measurement.  Each section had the corners rounded with a punch and edges sponged with the blue ink before mounting on dimensional tape, each slightly apart from the other.  The effect is that the backround fish just shows through and the image is seen as a whole. 

 This photograph does not show the underlying image very clearly, but does show the wonderful sheen from the paints.

I am not sure that this image could really be called broken and restored, but I know that God has restored the life that I had so willfully broken and messed up, and has given me a wonderful husband and family!!

Thank you for calling by and letting me share my craft with you - I would have more to share, but I have been holding the ladder for DH while he paints the house - and that is an essential task, if not inspiring :-).


Lovely Linda said...

Hi Maxine - what a great card for the SSCC#21 - it is perfect! Love the embossing on the fish and your colouring is gorgeous!! You have excelled with your DP too - amazing Maxine - all this and holding the ladder too - you are so reliable girl - what a blessing!! We want to see a photo of your house when it is painted....a touch of NZ would be good for my eyes! LOL! Thansk for sharing Maxine! God bless you my friend!!

Grace said...

Hi Maxine! Oh I think this is perfect for the broken and beautiful challenge!!! I love the colors and the shine... and your scene you created is perfect! You are so clever!!! Have a blessed weekend!!!

Candace said...

Oh, this is cute! Love how you popped it up! Perfect guy card! Thanks for playing with us at SSCC! :)

Anonymous said...

WOW! stunning card. What a clever take on the challenge. Thanks for sharing your art with us at SSCC.

Pamela said...

Great card!