Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Titanic Relic

Picture it…

December, 1997.

Mike Tyson bites off Evander Holyfield’s ear, Tiger Woods becomes the youngest person to ever win the Master’s and the first Harry Potter book is released.

All of that pales in comparison to one thing – TITANIC.

Ohhhh yes, you remember the first time you saw it on the big screen. You were snuggled up to your Honey, holding your breath as long as you could and even though you KNEW what was going to happen, you sill CRIED your eyes out!!!!
And I’m willing to bet if you go see it in theaters again when it is re-released, you will cry this time too :)

With this in mind, I popped in my copy of Titanic and got to work.

In honor of Titanic I created this card using my VivaLasVegaStamps! All of the stamps I used on this project came from plate 1337, which is FULL of ATC art doll images. I used three of the faces, two different sizes of the fan , two sizes of mirror and one of the hats. This is a very versatile plate with multiple sizes of the same images which can be used together for a fun look.

I found some Titanic memorabilia online, sized it in a Word document and printed it in copy paper. I made the card by cutting a manila envelope into fourths and cutting off the tab.

I added color with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in tea dye, tattered rose, mustard seed, black soot and vintage photo and stamped my three lady images with black soot.

Next I glued my memorabilia to the card using gel medium.

I stamped on the fans, mirrors and hats using rusty hinge Distress Ink and then embossed all of them with VivaLasVegaStamps! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder . Using a white Gelly Roll pen, I added some text about Titanic and a few quotes from the movie.

I thought I was finished with the card at that point, but then it seemed to me that this could have been a journal or scrapbook page one of the passengers may have made to remember that extraordinary voyage. (I actually JUST had that idea about 10 seconds ago!)
I decided to age the card and make it look like it had been sunken and buried with the wreckage for all these years, only to be discovered for this blog post :)

I submerged the entire card in a tea bath (it is soaking right now) and I will let it soak overnight. I will finish this post tomorrow.

(It is now the next day) –

I took the card out of the tea bath and put it in the oven to let it dry completely. Well, I kinda forgot about it and it ended up staying in the oven for about an hour. When I pulled the card out, it had completely curled up and all of the embossing melted off... BUT, I LOVE the finished project!!!

I laid it out with some heavy books on top, so it’s not quite so curled up, but it is still warped, the ink has run and the ‘missing’ embossed spots actually turned out looking like a resist. I think I accidentally ended up with the exact look I was going for :D I feel like this really looks like it could be a relic from the Titanic so I am THRILLED!

You can view more of my art on my blog.


Sheri said...

very cool! love the distressed look to it.

Crystal said...

Cool 'art-ifact' !!!!

Molossus said...

Very awesome project! I liked it before it was baked, but I looove it after.

Aren't happy accidents wonderful?

Anonymous said...

Neat, it looks 100 years old!

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