When I became a DT member for Darkroom Door I received various Montage sheets. I had an idea mulling around my head to create a collection of cards to submit to Take Ten but the idea was always on the back-burner until I received some wonderful sentiment stamps from Redlead Paperworks with a theme relating to the ocean. The idea of pairing up the Redlead stamps with Seaside Montage images came together and I set about gathering little scraps of this and that to bring texture to the cards. The Redlead stamps were a trio of sentiments but I really wanted a collection of four cards so for the final card I dipped into Oxford Impressions’ The Deep for the final sea related sentiment.
I was overjoyed to discover that not only was this collection published in The Stampers’ Sampler but one of the cards was selected to make me Cover Girl! With an issue jam packed full of incredible artwork by so many artists who I admire, this was such an honour.
For each card I selected a Darkroom Door Seaside Montage image in two sizes which I distressed and clipped together with a mini wooden clothes peg which I had painted. I knew from the outset I would use Kraft cardbase but I also knew this would me a stark background so I went to town splattering paint and Gesso to bring texture and a hint of colour but I also wanted a sense of energy as though it was water spray from the waves crashing against the rocks.Heavily distressed edges to the images with touches of paint swiped on with my fingertips.All of the sentiments, this happens to be the Oxford Impressions’ one, were stamped onto painted balsa wood. I like this as a surface, so light which is perfect for cards and a breeze to paint and stain and perfect for stamping onto. More fragments with a length of painted muslin tucked behind the sentiment and images.It is so clever of Darkroom Door to provide varying sizes of the same image.This is one of the Redlead sentiments taken from this stamp HERE. As written in the introduction to the Cape Cod Escape feature in The Stampers’ Sampler, they noted that by stamping the sentiments onto bits of wood, it compliments the beachy theme, creating an effect comparable to driftwood found as the tide comes in from the ocean. This was exactly the effect I wanted to achieve so I was more than happy that they picked up on this.
The final card.The blue paint splatters pick up the blue in the Darkroom Door image. I kept to a minimum of colours:- pastel shades of blue, green, pink with white.Thank You to Stampington & co for publishing this collection and a thank you to Redlead and Darkroom Door (and not forgetting Oxford Impressions) because it is always fun to create with their products.
Now I know that Rachel Greig’s images will not be from Cape Cod but it was lovely that The Stampers’ Sampler selected this location for the feature’s title as it is a place my Mum has always said she would have liked to visit, Cape Cod/Martha’s Vineyard. However, I am unlike my Mum when it comes to her desire to view the sea and walk along a sandy shore as I do not like the feel of sand between my toes and I have a definite sense of unease at the thought of what lies beneath the ocean! Although I do share the same desire to visit Martha’s Vineyard as it looks so beautifully picture perfect.
I wonder, are you yearning to spend time at the seaside, dipping your toes into the ocean or submerging yourself to be carried along by the waves, floating in happiness!
03 Jul 2015 16 Comments
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