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Monday, April 16, 2012

Making Waves





This has been in the making for a long, long time. The real scallop shell was decorated months ago and has sat around since then waiting for attention.  Because of the shells links with the sea I wanted to do some craft related to that environment so did this 3D scape.  All contained in its own shell home.

The shell was thoroughly washed and then painted with stripes in Viva precious metal colour in gold and turquoise.  It took a couple of coats to cover properly. The edges of the shell were then gone over with gold Krylon pen to neaten.  Some acrylic gems were adhered around the edge of the shell with more Glossy Accents and alternate gems coloured with the brush pen in green.









All stamped elements (apart from the waves) came from a plate of polymer stamps by Pink Paislee (Nantucket).  The shell, seahorse, word seal and words were all stamped on white card with Memento tuxedo black ink which were then coloured with Marvey alcohol brush pens before trimming out and edging with AI to cover white card edges.  A word seal and two seahorses were glazed with Glossy Accents.

The sea was made up from a border stamped multiple times on printed paper, trimmed and layered and edged with a Quickie glue pen and glittered with transparent blue water Art Glitter.








Some fused green sizal was cut into frond shapes before assembling and layering all elements as shown with hot melt glue to make a 3d seaside scene.

The shell has been supported for display using a plate holder.

It turned out just as I had envisaged it and it was great to use up that shell !!  You know what they say ......... 'Better Late Than Never'

It will also fit the challenge over on the Happy Daze Design Team blog this month which is 'April Showers' and the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge which is 'Anything Goes'

Sid xx

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37 comments:

Karenliz said...

WOW absolutely gorgeous! So pretty!

jinxxxygirl said...

I think this is just wonderful!

Diane O. said...

I have a bunch of unfinished projects too, you've inspired me to finish them!

Deborah said...

Really inventive.

Effie said...

Fabulous stuff!

Hermine said...

What a gorgeous project! Feels like summer

Rein said...

Wonderful project, Sid!

Angelnorth said...

Love the use of the shell, fab 3D scene!

Handmade by Elaine said...

wow love the colours you have used, I always wondered what to do with shells like this. thank you for your kind comments on my blog.
Elx

art bliss said...

Sometimes a project must wait for the attention of our muse to catch it...glad you waited, this is just a stunning piece. The way you've painted the shell has bought out the beauty of its pattern, lovely work.

sam21ski said...

Wow Sid it was definitely worth the wait. Love the colours of the shell and your arrangement of the other elements just balances it out perfectly.

Sam xxx

Casmiles said...

Sid - I LOVE it. I love anything to do with the ocean, so it's a good thing I live so close...I never thought about using my shells in lieu of cs for a project. Beautiful - layout and colors. Absolutely beautiful!

joann said...

oh Sid, this is one of your most beautiful pieces. It was well worth the wait. Incredible job.

Ginger said...

This is lovely Sid. You should link it to the happy Daze challenge this month as it will fit in well with the water theme. X

cardesque said...

that is fab Sid and on a real shell too!

Carol Q said...

fab Sid - inspired!

anna christensen crafts said...

I absolutely love this! The 3D effect is brilliant and the glossy accents on those wonderful seahorses is fantastic xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Wooow, I am really speechless! This shell is amazing! Love the colours, beautiful shades. It was worth the wait - it turned out beautifully!

Lorraine said...

some lovely stuff lately Sid

Gail said...

A lot of work here Sid and well worth the effort! Lovely summery feel

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

This is great Sid,, what fabulous colours and I just love seahorses. Clever use of your borders too:0)

Gillian .... said...

What a wonderful project Sid, beautiful array of sea inspired elements.

Daniele said...

wow just loving your shell Sid, lurvvvvve viva paints and thanks for popping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment

Dragon said...

Woo that is beautiful. If you had told me about painting a shell, I would have said you were gilding the lily!! But this is so lovely... the paints really enhance it... FAB!!!
Frankie
xx

Terry said...

Hiya, thank you for sharing your fabulous sea project I love the colors on the shell wowza, thank you for sharing your project with the DT from SSS and S. Hugs Terry xxxx

Brenda Brown said...

Love the colours and elements you have used on this shell Sid. Fabulous.
have a great day.
hugs {brenda} xox

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow! This is brill. I have never even though of altering a shell before!

Samantha Read said...

I love this Sid! Fantastic and innovative.
Thanks so much for joining in with us at Happy Daze and good luck!

Netty said...

Loving your wonderful 3d project, its fab especially those great seahorses. Love it. Thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze, x

Annie said...

Hi Sid What a fabulous piece. Love the colours and images. Very creative. Thanks for sharing and joining my blog. Happy crafting......Annie :)

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Love this Sid and I think it should also go into April Monthly challenge on Beach theme

Ephemera said...

Hi Sid this is fantastic, I love your sea collage, it looks so gorgeous and shimmery. The sea horses are beautiful, thanks so much for joining the Happy Daze challenge. xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking piece, great shell background.

Linda said...

Wonderful piece! The metallic paint looks just perfect!

Amy* said...

Sid this is absolutely fantastic! I just can't resist an ocean theme :) The shell is gorgeous, the stamps, the sizal, the finely glittered waves...every glorious detail is just divine. I love how you glazed the images with GA...thanks for the tip! If I got this card I would have to frame it and hang it on my wall <3

Amy*

Carol said...

Hi Sid thank for joining my site, you shell is fab i like the colours.

Neet said...

The sheen of those paints really shows up Sid. What a fabulous piece of artwork you have created.
Hugs, Neet xx

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