Friday, 31 August 2012

"Meeresschätze" / "Treasures from the Sea"

I have been storing some driftwood for quite a long time now and after the oceanic stamp set from Artemio had arrived a few days ago an idea for a project to finally use them started to take shape in my mind.

This is the result, which I am going to enter to the challenges from Catered Crop "No Stress to Distress"-Challenge, the StampotiqueDesigners Color challenge and  Simon Says Stamp and Show 's Challenge "Inspired by Summer Distress" as the new Distress ink "Salty Ocean" turns out to be my new favourite...


It's a box, were I can store the driftwood which I covered with stamped tissue paper. And because one of the wood pieces looked like a handle, I made it a handle by screwing it onto the lid of the box. But first I gave this screw an aged look by dyeing it with AAI "rust". 
 Here is a picture of the most important materials used in this project: 

For a start I distressed the white washed driftwood pieces with Distress inks "salty ocean", "walnut stain" and "antique linen". 

 Letting these dry, I stamped the oceanic images from the really coooool Artemio stamp set with black archival ink onto a single layer of tissue paper and let these dry too.                                                                                                            
I crumpled up two sheets of ordinary white copy paper, inked the crumpled edges with "salty ocean" Distress ink and sprayed the sheets with water from the Mini Mister afterwards to let the colour bleed out a little. I also added some dashes of Glimmer Mist "Moonlight" and Maya Mist "Espresso brown", to create a beach-sandy impression. 

While letting this paper dry, I tore the stamped images from the tissue paper sheet and glued them onto the wood pieces using Art Podge. After finishing that, I had a lovely collection of "treasures" for my box:

In the meantime my self-coloured paper had dried and I cut the stripes with which to cover the outside of the oval box and lid, giving it one additional centimetre width to glue around the edges to the inside. For the upside of the lid I glued the lid directly onto the selfmade paper, cutting around the edges afterwards. Then I inked all of the edges using Distress ink "walnut stain". On the outside of the lid I stamped a "word border" saying "Ocean" in various languages with a darker blue colour.



On the outside of the bottom section I stamped a fish (using "salty ocean" again), "swimming" around the box and it's treasures inside. At last I made a tiny tag, saying "Treasures from the Sea" and fixed it with rough cord onto the handle of the lid and glued two more wood pieces to the right and the left of the center wood piece. 

As the inside of the box was already pale lilac, I sprayed some Glimmer Mist and Espresso brown to the inside, to give it some texture. Done!

Here are some close-ups which I hope you will enjoy:




47 comments:

  1. Das ist ja echt genial gewerkelt, gefällt mir supergut, Claudia.
    HIer auf dem Blog ist das Schmuckstück bzw. die Schmuckstücke noch besser zu bewundern. Echt klasse

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    1. Meinen allerherzlichsten Dank, liebe Rosie!!

      Freut mich sehr, dass es dir so gut gefällt und dass du hier auch noch reingeschaut hast!!!

      Bussi aus Wien,

      Claudia

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  2. Wauw! I am once again blown away by the creativity, the imagination, and the execution of your work... those tissue stamped driftwood pieces are heavenly, and your box looks sensational with your handmade papers covering it. I love that you've stuck with only one of the Distress colours too - it looks glorious!
    Alison xx

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    1. Once more a heartfelt "Thank you sooo much", Alison,

      for your kind comment on this project, which I really deeply dived into while creating it. I love driftwood anyway, but altering it was a very satisfying action today. They look a little like chocolate in a delicate chocolate box, don't you think? ;)

      So glad, you like it so much!!!!

      CU and wishes!!!!

      die amelie xxx

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  3. i love the texture of the stamped drift wood, great idea and a beautiful make.

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  4. Gosh, these are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your creations with Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week. Gez

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    1. Thank YOU, Gez, for stopping by and leaving this lovely laud!

      die amelie xx

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  5. Great work, love so much your ideea!!!

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    1. Thank you, Mihaela,

      for stopping by and leaving this lovely laud!

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  6. Absolutely stunning Amelie! I love your take on the use of the distress inks and your driftwood pieces are even more enhanced by your treatment of them! Love how you made one of the pieces into a handle for the box as well, it's all dreamy and beautiful. Chris x

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    1. Wow, what a great laud, Chris!

      Thank you so much for these kind words and the wonderful visit of yours!

      Hugs,
      die amelie xx

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  7. What a beautiful project! This is pure eye-candy. Thank you for joining us at Stampotique this week. Xoxo

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    1. So delighted by your lovely visit and the great laud, AssiCrafts!!!

      Glad, you like it so much!

      die amelie xx

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  8. Beautiful stamping project, what a wonderful idea. Kim

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    1. Thank you very much, Kim,

      for your lovely visit and the comment! :D

      die amelie xx

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  9. Quite simply beautiful - I love this project so much!! Great idea just to go with the one colour and I'm blown away by your creativity with this. So very clever of you.
    Juliaxx

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    1. So blown away by your great laud, Julia ! ;)

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment and I am so happy you like this project so much!

      Hugs,
      die amelie xx

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  10. Very very cool! WOW! Love this and glad u joined us at Stampotique! :)

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    1. Very glad you like it so much, Jane! :)

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  11. Wow, wow...I totally love it...great idea and you did amazing work! I am glad that I have such a talented blog friend!
    Hugs from Slovenia

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    1. Soooo heartwarming of you, Ana!!!!

      I am glad we stumbled over each other in blogland too!!! I so love my visits at your blog to see your latest creations full of sparkle and creative spirit!

      Hugs,

      die amelie xxx

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  12. WOW.
    Recently my dear friend Dorthe sent driftwood from her home of Denmark and it is such a beautiful material to work with. Absolutely adore this creation, to have a special home for your driftwood.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynne!

      Love driftwood too, as every piece of wood tells a story of it's individual "journey". So happy you like my treasure-box!!!

      Hugs,
      die amelie xx

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  13. Wow...0
    You are very creative. Thank you for joining us this week at Stampotiue DT.
    Hope to see you again very soon.
    Sarinda

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  14. Wow this is absolutely amazing!!!! and so very original. Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarinda and dutchstamptramp,

      for your lovely visits and the comments. The pleasure in this challenge was totally on my side.

      die amelie

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  15. wow its beautiful, love things from the sea!

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    1. Thank you, Karin,

      for stopping by and leaving this lovely comment!

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  16. what an absolutely stunning piece, love the soft colours and the beautiful Elements you have put together!
    TRACE X

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    1. So glad, Trace,

      you like it! Thanks for stopping by and the laud!

      die amelie xx

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  17. Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with the DT from SImon Says Stamp and Show, I love it, it is just fabulous the stamping the colors wowwzresss, hugs terry xxxx

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    1. Your wonderful laud makes me so glad, Terry!!!

      Thank you so much for the visit and the challenge as well.

      Hugs,
      die amelie xx

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  18. I really love your blog, so many inspiring projects. I'm your newest follower. Michelle x

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    1. So glad to be able to welcome you here, Michelle!!!!! :)

      Thank you so much for the lovely laud and visit!

      die amelie xx

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  19. This is so soft and beautiful, I just wanted to keep looking at everything! Just....Wow!!

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    1. Thank you very much, Renee!!!!

      So happy you like my "stuff"!

      die amelie xx

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  20. Wow, such a great idea and it turned out wonderfully. Lovely textures and everything is just so beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

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    1. Thank you, Anna-Karin,

      for your lovely visit and the great laud!

      die amelie x

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  21. What a wonderful project! I love your use of found objects...reminds me of scrimshaw.

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    1. As I did not know scrimshaw, I googled and - yess, I see the affinity. :)
      Thank you for this info and your kind visit and laud, Maura!!!

      Greetings from Vienna,

      die amelie x

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  22. Gorgeous and wonderfully original and inspirational. Thanks for joining in with us at Stampotique this week.

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    1. Thank you very much, Samantha,

      for your kind visit and the great laud! :)

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  23. This is completely gorgeous! WONDERFUL project, and great way to join the Stampotique challenge colors. Wowza!!

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    1. So kind of you to stop by and leave this lovely laud with me, Libby! Thank you very much!

      die amelie xx

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  24. Just found your blog and I love your creations, such creativity and inspiration. TFS
    hugs {brenda} xox

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    1. So glad to be able to welcome you here, Brenda!

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving this lovely comment!

      Hugs,
      die amelie xx

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