Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Voyage of the Mary Celeste

There has been another reported sighting of the Mary Celeste, sailing the high seas around the coast of Spain.  Headed towards Gibralter the ghostly image appeared briefly on the horizon before once more, disappearing into the setting sun.

 
For this tag I cut a piece of plain, dark blue card and rounded the corners.  I then pasted some crinkled-up white tissue paper over that and when dry inked over the wrinkles with Distress Ink in Blue China.  I spritzed over the top of that with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage  Mist in Astral Mystery and just as this was drying, sprayed lightly over the top with water and dabbed randomly over the area with a baby wipe.  This created the very dark, mottled patches around the edges.
 
For the main image I used a piece of very pale blue watercolour paper and using my watercolour pencils coloured the sea and the sky using a mixture of blue, green and red.  I left a feint white line for the horizon and then blended the colours of both halves with water.  Onto this I stamped the Crafty Individuals CI-295 Voyage of Discovery stamp, having masked out the surrounding area, using Black Soot.  This gave a nice ghostly image.  This was then matted onto a piece of white card which had been inked with  Vintage Photo and a little Pumice Stone.  The postcard image is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous collection.

 
Some of the watches were stamped onto white card using Frantage Aged Teal embossing enamel, although due to the fine outlines it doesn't really show up.  I then inked the centres with Rusty Hinge.   The others were stamped onto acetate using StazOn black ink.
 
I'm entering this piece into two challenges:
 
CRAFT ROOM - The Age of Aquarius
 

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5 comments:

Debi said...

love this tag Sue, and the ghostly Mary Celeste prompt :) thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

Annie said...

Hi Sue :-) love your tag....gorgeous watercolours, layers and images. Thank you for joining us at Craft Room Challenge

Best wishes
Annie x

Meggymay said...

A fantastic nautical tag. Thank you for joining us at FSC this time.
Yvonne/Meggymay

Claire said...

Gorgeous tag, beautiful colours and I love the focal image. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time
Claire xx

Amber Milone said...

Gorgeous tag! I love the background you created with the mists and distress inks. Thanks for playing along with us at the Craft-Room Challenge Blog.