Saturday 24 March 2012

Against the tide

I'm just sneaking under the wire with a postcard for this month's swap on UKStampers. Our theme this month is "windows".

I went for a specialist window - a porthole. It must be on a submarine since there's a fish just outside! The fish is stamped on acetate and painted with Precious Metal paint and then flipped so you can see the detail of the stamping. The base is metallic silver which made it hard to photograph since I either got glare off the acetate or the silver bleached out to white!

I've layered up the piece painted with silver acrylic with a die cut hole, the stamped acetate and a piece painted with various turquoise acrylic paints for the background. A ring cut with Nesties makes the porthole frame and I made dots with glue for rivets and let them dry hard before painting. I used some pewter Perfect Pearls to add streaks to age things a bit.

The wording is done by printing onto the shiny side of a transparency sheet with an inkjet printer, laying it onto the painted surface and then burnishing with a wooden stick. You need to remember to print wording in mirror image if you do this but it works well, particularly for a slightly grungy look where you don't need a super crisp result!

A quick spray with Krylon Matt sealant to give it a bit of protection and it's done.

Under the Sea (Darkroom Door)

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Graphite Black)

Smooth white
Acetate sheet

Class ic Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinder
Acrylic paints (silver and various turquoise blues)
Precious Metal paint by Viva Decor (Pearl and Azure)
Perfect Pearls by Ranger (Pewter

Thanks for stopping by - hope your weekend is a good one!


Karen said...

There are so many interesting techniques in this postcard Joanne. Its incredible! I love your idea of a submarine, xxx

Effie said...

Nice postcard... It might just swim my way!

Kath said...

I love how metallic it all looks. The fish is very life like too.

salamanda said...

Love the different layers on this and a wonderful take on windows.

Kaz said...

What a fab postcard Joanne. I love how you've done the porthole - very clever x

Deborah said...

Love all the inventive/different things you've done on your postcard.

Sue said...

Oooh lots of clever techniques on this. I love the way you've done the rivets on the porthole, very inventive. Super colour for the sea as well.
Sue x

tracy said...

clever postcard joanne,so many techniques on one thing :)

JulieD said...

This is a really clever piece! Love the quote.

Traceyr said...

Stunning Joanne you are a clever crafter. So many new techniques I've never tried before. The fish is so lifelike.