Oh deary me, it's been a tough couple of weeks on the old health front I have to say - bronchitis in July is not what you expect. Never mind though we are slowly getting better and we have a few days away soon in Southwold on the east coast to look forward too. A bit of sea air and some Adnams ales will see us right I'm sure.
Speaking of sea this is what I've made slowly this week. I love the PaperArtsy hotpicks sea themed plates and I've got lots of ideas for using them and this is just one.
I have to says I struggled with it a bit, made the frame with and the A6 sized card but wasn't sure if they fitted together. So I tried colouring an 8x8 piece of card to put the A6 card (which I really loved) but that didn't really work and ended up in the bin.
Finally went back to the frame and realised what the problem was. There wasn't enough contrast between the card and the frame and I was looking to get a really rusted wetherworn look to it all - solution? Rusty Hinge Distress Ink (name gives it a way really doesn't it). I used that to go round the edge of the card and finally got contrast!
You can't really see it but the A6 card has a crackle glaze finish in Inky Pool on the bottom and Ice Blue on top. The fish from the various plates were stamped in grey Stazon which is less "in your face" than black Stazon. They were coloured in China Blue Distress Stain and a bit of dry brushing in Honeydew and finally that Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
The shell was stamped in Aquamarine Archival on a calico that had been given a light wash of Ice Blue. I used the Pacific Oysters stamp to add the lines around the edge (just inked up the edges) Little bit of Rusty Hinge around the edges. Glued onto a piece of Kraft card and the eyelets added. This was then glued onto the piece of Crunchy waxed paper that had been stapled onto the A6 card.
I'm really pleased I had the brainwave of the Rusty Hinge because I think it really lifts it and ties in with the Crunchy paper, Kraft card, string and eyelets to give it that left out in the sea air kind of look.
Well it's a major UK sporting afternoon ahead, the tennis wins in our house (even though Silverstone is only 10 miles from us and all we've heard this morning is helicopters going over). I shall sit and watch it adding some border rows to my granny square crochet blanket - keeps me warm on these chilly summer evenings!