** 2/22/14 Top 3 at Shopping Our Stash! **
I've been so busy with personal commitments and other design team efforts that I feel like I've abandoned my post as guest designer for Bombshell Stamps! But I've gone "that extra mile" to make up for it... I've created a Mermaid In A Bottle! I've wanted to do this for a long time and finally have the perfect mermaid stamp, so I did it! I took my time with it and it took me a little over a week from start to finish.
Using the acetone-soaked twine with flame trick, I "cut" the wine bottle in two near the bottom. I cut a styrofoam ball in half and glued it into the bottom piece and filled the moat around the ball with clear glue. I sprinkled metallic blue, metallic seafoam and silver metallic micro marbles, as well as blue and green flock over the glue. I let it dry for several days and added a little more clear glue, micro marbles and flock to the sunken areas, and let it dry for several more days.
In the meantime, while the sea bottom was drying, I stamped the Bombshell mermaid, treasure chest and ship's wheel with sentiment on ivory cardstock and colored them with Copic markers. I used a Sakura Stardust pen on the mermaid's tail for added shimmer. I also used Deco Liquid Silver and Gold paint on the booty in the treasure chest. I attached the mermaid and the treasure chest to narrow pieces of clear cardstock and set them aside until final assembly. For the tag, I cut the ship's wheel and sentiment with a circle die and inked the edges, and set it aside.
I stamped the seaweed twice on clear cardstock and cut both clumps out. After a day's drying time, on the non-stamped side, I outlined the seaweed in green, teal and blue Stickles and sprinkled the blue and green flock on them while still wet. I let these dry for a couple days.
After a little over a week, it was finally time to assemble my project! I cut slits in the bottom and glued the mermaid, treasure chest and clumps of seaweed in place. I found some coral and fish stickers along with a tiny seashell in my stash which I thought were perfect additions to my sea bottom! I glued the top of the bottle back onto the bottom and let it dry for a day. I applied a narrow strip of clear packing tape around the seam and then wrapped the seam in twine.
I applied a bronze eyelet and jump ring to the tag, cut a small length of ball chain, and attached the tag to the bottle.
I'm proud to enter my Mermaid In A Bottle into the following challenges:
- Stamping Sensations: February Challenge - Wings, Fantasy & Fiction
- Addicted To Stamps and More! Challenge Blog: #82 - Make Your Mark
- Word Art Wednesday: #119 - Anything Goes
- Crafty Girls Challenges: #11 - Anything Goes
- Challenges 4 Everybody: #38 - Anything Goes
- Shopping Our Stash: #138 - Oh, Shiny!
- GKD Pure Luxury Ivory cardstock; Heartfelt Creations clear cardstock
- Bombshell Stamps Mermaid Treasure stamp set
- Memento Tuxedo Black ink
- Copics: E00/33/51/99, G24, C1, B02, V15, R85
- Sakura Stardust pen
- Ranger Walnut Stain Distress Ink
- Spellbinders Classic Circles die
- Tim Holtz Idea-ology ball chain and jump ring
- Empty wine bottle
- 1/2 styrofoam ball
- Clear glue
- Blockheads Metallic Blue, Metallic Seafoam and Silver Metallic micro marbles
- Patina, Waterfall and Starry Night Stickles
- Recollections Horizon and Cricket flock
I hope you like my Mermaid In A Bottle! To get your crafty mojo going, be sure to check out the coolest stamps in town... Bombshell Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)