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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Stampotique Triptych Card challenge. Spanky does The Birth of Venus.

The Stampotique Challenge for the next fortnight is to make a Triptych card using Stampotique only stamps.
There is a random draw to win $30 to spend in the Stampotique store, which you need to win because have you seen the new stamps released this month? Jo Capper Sanderson has some new stamps including two wonderful owls and Daniel Torrente has done 3 mermaids and other fabulous animals. There goes my crafting budget for this month. Life is always sunny in the Land of Shiny.
But this is my last project for Stampotique as guest designer, aaaw.

So what did Spanky make huh?

She had a ball with this one and whizzed back in time to 1484 and is the Official Queen of Ginger this fine spring morning.

Click on any image to make it bigger.

Mirror, Mirror on the tree,
Who's as pretty as can be?

Now just in case you don't immediately recognise (as if!) Sandro Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, here is the centre of the painting.

Now everything that could possibly go wrong whilst making this; did go wrong and a few more previously undiscovered errors to boot.
It's just as well that the "Spanky does.." are my favourite makes.

The triptych template I used is this free one from Mirkwood Designs.
 They also have a paypal button for donations to support their endeavours.

The background paper is by Basic Grey from the Urban Prairie range.
If I had to choose a Basic Grey range I had to marry it would be this one.

I used Versamark and Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder in Copper Bronze Lustre for the Large Lace background stamp.  Isn't it gorgeous like this?
The one and only Stitch has embroidery floss hair glued onto card using Golden Gel medium. Anything is possible using gel medium as a glue. 
If I had to choose a glue I had to marry it would be this one.

I had to go a bit lower with her hair than is esthetically pleasing but I needed to cover up her claws and then rearrange her arms.
The colouring is with Derwent coloursoft pencils. You really can't go wrong with any Derwent pencils.
If I had to choose a pencil I had to marry it would be a Derwent one.

Now the tiny gold stars are new (to me) and I didn't do a test glue with them, so I ran a line of Glossy accents around the edge and wow did a lot more of them stick than I had planned.
The beads at the bottom are Suze Weinberg's Beadazzles in Electric slide (also new to me) and oh my, don't they go everywhere, they just followed the little stars...absolutely everywhere.
The mirror is made out of mirror card with silver stickles around it.
Whichever Daniel Torrente lady character stamp I am working with becomes my favourite stamp.
If I had to choose a stamp company I had to marry it would be Stampotique :-)

Happy creating everyone!


Jane Wetzel said...

just fabulous! and laughing over here cuz I kno what u mean regarding "marrying" any stamp co...I feel EXACTLY the same! :) Stampotique is awesome! You make the images complete tho too my dear! :) tfs!

Electra said...

Is it you or Spanky who is in the marrying mood? c'mon, fess up. I'll have you know I didn't click on ANY image to make it bigger, I clicked on them all. Stampotique must be sorry to lose you. But you may sit and rest now. NOT SPANKY!! I didn't say SHE could rest! Love Venus' hair, BTW, I wish my hair were as lush as that. And I have to tell you (but don't tell anyone else), when I saw the title of your post I thought it said "Spanky does the birth of Jesus", and er, I'm sorry, but I thought to myself, that's it, Gini has finally gone off her rocker. But I'm glad I read it wrong. I feel so much better now. Great project!


OMGoodness Gini what a fabulous creation - love everything about it - your imagination knows no bounds!!! The Stampotique style is definitely "you" - I'm off to buy a Big Hat for the wedding!
Love and hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Willy said...

What a cute and fabulous creation, Gini! Thanks for the great story!

Jingle said...

Fabulous triptych! Love it!

Kaz said...

Wow gini!! This is so clever!! you really are very talented!

Karen said...

hahahahaha lmao! But its ok... I won't tell anyone that you will be a bigamist my lovely!!!!! Such a shame this is your last week but I know you so I know that this is not the end of your Stampotique love affair by any means! This is tru Gini-style and I love it :-D I have all the mermaids on order & cannot wait to get stamping with them, HUGS XXX

Summerthyme Studio said...

Love both of your projects Gini!!! Thanks for playing with us this month!


R.Maria Sabina(Lollyrot) said...

amazing! i love that painting!!!! when you have time read about Hamadryad! thanks for playing with SDC this month!

Sherry Edwards said...

I was too busy laughing at your funny narrative to appreciate your fantastic triptych card the first time - but it is brilliant Gini, what a fab job you've made of it. I love how you've re-created the painting and the hair is gorgeous!
... and I bet if they had to pick a guest designer to marry, Stampotique would pick you Gini!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Fab use of the challenge, very creative!

Sue said...

This is brilliant, I can't tell the difference between yours and the original Botticelli's. I know how you feel about each stamp, I'm a 'Love the stamp you're with' kind of girl too x

Valerie H. Wilson said...

It's wonderful to know that we are, each one of us, just as cracked as the next gal!! LOL!! Not only is your project absolutely brilliant, but I'm still giggling about all of the products we want to marry!! There's gonna be some cat scrappin' over who gets to marry Stampotique!!! LOL!!!

I can't wait to see your next creations, Gini... your work is wonderful!

Val :)

Linda said...

This is brilliant......you have the best ideas Gini.
(Apart from marrying a stamp company .....thats crazy. I'd much rather marry my embellishing machine :-)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fabulous triptych, love the images.

PaulineC said...

Only just found your blog. I just love your sense of humour. I realised exactly the painting you were interpreting before I scrolled down to it. Wonderful!