Saturday, September 26, 2009

House Book Page

I got in the new Catnip Designs Marie collage sheets. I've been anxious to play with them! The main image is from the "Let Them Eat Cake" collage sheet. The first photo is the finished piece. The second photo is the almost finished piece. I'm showing them both to illustrate the difference between the two. In the top photo, I colored Marie with some Copic markers. Which do you like best???

The arch is an iridescent white German scrap archway and the scrolls are the iridescent white fountain scrolls. I discovered today that the iridescent white color is very versatile. I smooshed Tim Holtz antique linen ink over the white. I let it dry and then very gently took a Tim Holtz black soot ink pad and skimmed it across the scrap. Both ink colors show up. The look is very antique, but the iridescence shines through. I love it!
To make the background, I glued down some striped scrapbook paper. I used my Acanthus stamp and stamped with embossing ink. I used Tim Holtz antique linen embossing power to emboss. I used a coordinating blue scrapbook paper for the roof and glued down bits of vintage dictionary pages. I used the Tim Holtz blending tool with weathered wood ink over most of the background.
I glued Marie on a vintage dictionary page. Next I glued on the prepared arch. I tore the entire image from the page. I wanted Marie to extend beyond the arch. I used my blending tool and weathered wood ink on the dictionary page edges of the main image. The Marie image was glued down. The "her royal highness" text is also from the "Let Them Eat Cake" collage sheet.
I used two prepared fountain scrolls; one on the left side. I cut the other putting part at the top of the roof and other part at the bottom right. I glued on aquamarine Swaroksky crystals on the scrolls in a few places.
I colored Marie's skin with a skin-tone Copic marker, Milky White and outlined her with a Snow Green marker. I like her better with a little more color.
The images, dictionary pages, German scrap and crystals are all available at Collage Stuff.
On to the back of the page next!


  1. What a gorgeous page. I know my friend
    Sarah would love it as she is a BIG Marie fan ;-)

  2. I like the colored one best. She's too white in the other one. I think you did her a service. But, for authenticity, I expect she wanted to be that white and the bottom one is best. I just like her better with some color. She's prettier.