Wednesday 25 August 2021

Fearless and powerful

I’d been meaning to play along with the current challenge at Lost Coast Designs which is asking us to feature a human face. A couple of projects got started but ended up in the circular file. Then Gail, who facilitated me getting him as part of my recent prize when my name came out of the hat on a Lost Coast challenge, suggested using Frankie. It was an idea I’d already considered but got no further with, but something about her suggestion made this idea emerge and refuse to go away. 

I guess some might argue that Frankenstein’s monster is not human (I’m sure Mary Shelley would approve of the philosophical debate arising from that) but I think it’s easily countered in this case by arguing that it’s Boris Karloff playing Frankenstein’s monster in any case. Of course the English Literature graduate in me balks slightly at the fact the stamp is called “Frankenstein” but others might use the word “pedant”!

Let’s Squash It is currently asking us to emboss something other than paper or card and I decided to combine challenges by putting Frankie on a backdrop made from a thick aluminium tray (the sort you might get to serve food at a big party - remember those? Your local pound shop probably has the trays if you’re in the UK). I dabbed a thin coat of black acrylic paint on there and wiped back over the high spots to bring out the design. As the novel has unease at industrialisation as an underlying theme, I thought this folder would be appropriate. 

The quote is actually from the novel, done with a Dymo label maker. 

ETA - I've corrected an earlier "oops"  where I stuck the words down in the wrong order, changing the meaning entirely. Why don't you see these things until you're looking at a photo of the finished project?! Apologies to Shelley and to the monster (and to you if you saw an image with an incorrect quote!). I'm afraid that means there's now sun glare off one corner but I'm happier to live with that!

Frankenstein (Carmen’s Veranda)

Bristol board

Brilliance by Tsukineko  (Graphite Black)

Aluminium tray
Uber embossing folder (Couture Creations)
Black acrylic paint
Copic markers
White paint pen by Posca
Pinflair glue gel
Dymo label maker

Thanks for stopping by!



Wavejumper said...

I dont see any glare. :)
I never would have thought of doing that with an aluminum baking pan! How creative! It looks great! I did not even know acrylic paint would stick to metal. I learn from you all the time! :)

It is a great card!

hugs Margot

Dotty Jo said...

Hi Joanne, I wish I'd thought of using a platter - I've got a bashed-up one in the larder that would have worked a treat. Your card is brilliant and all the elements look fab together. Thanks for getting squashy with us, Jo x

Conniecrafter said...

very creative using the tin pan for this, I think I have some pie tins that would work too :) Love that embossing to go with "Frankie" :)

Jane Willis said...

What a great piece of repurposing and a franktastic card!
Guest Designer at Let's Squash It

Sue said...

This is fabulous, and what a great idea to use a baking tray! I'm watching Penny Dreadful at the moment and loving the 'Creature' Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at Lost Coast Designs and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

Laurie said...

Love this Frank stamp from Carmen's Veranda and you've used it brilliantly. Your embossed background is awesome and really fits with this stamp. Love the sentiment as well. Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Design Challenge!

ionabunny said...

Bwahahahahaahaaaaahaha. My heart always skips a beat when I see Frank. He's such a hunk and looking gorgeous against that steampunky embossed background. Couture Creations do do such fun embossing folders. Love this card. Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest places bwhaahaa. Thanks for joining the fun at Let's Squash It! and also at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity. Hugz

Robyn Oliver said...

Well done Joanne, using al foil tray to create the embossed background for you cool card, Robyn

HilaryJane said...

This is great and your background is fantastic. Thanks for the idea. Love your CCC card this month too xx

Witchcrafted Life said...

What a captivating, wonderful design. I seriously dig this take on the challenge.

To my mind, Dr. Frankenstein's monster (who interestingly enough, was never directly given a proper name in either the book or Karloff's movies) was perhaps hyper-human, if you will, given that he was comprised of components from multiple people and brought to life not as an infant, but as a full-grown adult man.

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