I've been a bit quiet lately. There have been a couple of reasons, one being that my husband has been in the hospital (he had a nasty infection in a gland in his neck and spent five days on intravenous antibiotics). Running to and fro to visit him, plus the demands of getting to grips with a new job and recovering from the old one (seriously stressful!) left me little time or inclination to craft. Then I got a bit carried away with my entry for the Quoth the Raven challenge...it turned into a real project. So this post is going to have quite a few photos.
The theme is "Anything Poes" - and I've taken my inspiration from "The Raven".
It was originally going to be a notebook cover. I began by embossing black cardstock and painting it to get the look of leather - one of Andy Skinner's Timeworn Techniques. The frame was made using a mould bought from a well-known internet auction site and is moulded out of paper clay, painted silver (Eco Green Antique Silver, as it happens.) The plaque I made out of Pearl white Fimo. When it was cooked I stamped the raven stamp (from the Tim Holtz Hallowe'en set) in black archival ink and covered it in Glossy Accents. I made the book cover out of chipboard (yes, the pieces that come to act as dividers in the boxes of envelopes we have in the office.) And I could have stopped there...but I didn't.
I decided to put the poem into a mini album using Laura Denison's "Stack the Deck" method. The great thing about this method is that it allows space for embellishments. I love getting a 3D element into my projects and my latest toys are some Martha Stewart silicon moulds, including this frame, so while I had the paper clay out it would have been rude not to make it. I made my own mould (with Siligum) of a rose-shaped bead and made a few paper clay roses while I was at it.
Ike's. (I like Ike's. They have some very fab digital stamps in the fantasy/gothic genre) On the right, the raven is from Smeared Ink - added to the bust of Pallas and coloured with my Speccies (hard to see in the image but it is really a light grey).