Urban Mermaid Designs

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Marilyn Monroe Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a hand-made Christmas card inspired by some online blog challenges.

The first inspiration is a sketch challenge over at Make the Day Special, this is a UK shop that has some great US imports that are unavailable elsewhere. (e.g. the Winnie & Walter stamps and glues used)
Here is the sketch for their current Christmas Card challenge:

I also remembered a Marilyn Monroe stamp that I had, and thought that would work perfectly with the theme "World's Greatest" for the Craft Barn weekly challenge. Ie: Marilyn was the world's greatest film star.
The stamp is part of a set all based on sketches by Hollywood costume designer William Travilla.

As Marilyn is dressed in her costume for the number "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I decided to go with a diamond/Christmas bling theme.

I thought the diamond accents in the scrapbooking set Bella Rouge by Pink Paislee would work well with the theme and color scheme.

And also working well with the theme are My Precious stamps by Winnie and Walter.

I  stamped some diamonds onto Shrink plastic using pigment ink in silver and pink. Then cut them out and using a heat gun, shrunk them down and stuck them on using clear glue dots. First I tried using embossing powders, but the heat gun melted the powder again during the shrinking process, turning the diamond into a silver nugget!

I stamped some background sparkles onto the tag, using versamark, then embossed them with silver powder.

I went round the edge of Marilyn with a glue pen, then sprinkled Chloe's Ice Maiden Glitter over it. I also did this in the bottom corner.

I made the tag from black cardstock and used an eyelet punch to make the hole. 
I went along the edge of the tag with a chisel tip glue pen, then applied fine clear glitter (Tim Holtz rock candy or CS Diamond snow) I also dotted a few bits of chunky glitter on top.

 I covered 2 doiles in Versamark, then heat embossed them with WOW! powders. This makes them look super glam, but also very durable, as doilies are prone to tearing. The Rose Mist has a white pearl base with 2 tone pink fine glitter and the Icicle has a white base with silver glitters.
 The edges of the card are embossed with the WOW! powder in Rose Mist.
Then I used a black  ink and a Christmas stencil to create snowflakes. I added a pink gem in the centre for added bling.

 I used Spectrum Aquas to colour in the stamp.

Pink Paislee Bella Rouge Scrapbooking paper, ephemera
WOW! Embossing Powders: Rose Mist, Icicle, Silver
Stamps: Personal Impressions: Marilyn Monroe by Travilla
Winnie and Walter: Big Bang Confetti and My Precious clear stamps
Stencils: Viva Decor Steampunk Christmas
Spectrum Aqua watercolour pens

Diamond gems - The Range
Shrink Art - Crystal Clear Shrinkies
Cardstock: Silver Mirror Card, black card
Small white doilies embossed with Versamark and Wow powders
Glitter: Stamps by Chloe Sparkelicious Ice Maiden, Cosmic Shimmer -Diamond Snow
Zig 2 way glue pen

Make the Day Special - Nov Xmas Card Sketch Challenge (22/11)
WOW Embossing Powder - Anything Goes with lots of Wow powder (Rose Mist & Icicle)
Craft Barn - World's Greatest - Film Star = Marilyn Monroe! (22/11)
That's Crafty - Black and White with a Hint (of Pink) Challenge
As You Like It    Season Challenge My favourite season is WINTER as it's full of sparkle and shine!
Live and Love Crafts Christmas Tic Tac Toe Challenge GLITTER (lots of it!) SNOW (Snowflake diecuts & stamps) STAR (confetti stars and FILM STAR!)
Deep Ocean White and one other Colour PINK (30/11)
Creative Inspirations  ~336 Festive Fun Challenge
Bunny Zoe Crafts Sparkle Nov/Dec Challenge(9/01)
Sweet Stampin   Star Challenge - confetti glitter stars, stamped stars and a movie STAR!


butterfliecrafter said...

I believe this could also be a world record of glitter and sparkle.

Brenda said...

What a wonderful mixed media piece. I love all the sparkle and shine! You've combined you image and elements beautifully. Thanks for joining us at As You Like It Challenge!

chanya13 said...

What a lovely card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations :)
Have a beautiful day! Agnieszka

Jill Neary said...

Such a pretty layout and colour scheme! just lovely. thanks so much for playing along at Make the Day Special. jillx

maggie said...

So much attention to detail. A fabulous card.

Mojca said...

Waw this looks really pretty and gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Hugs! Mojca

Sandra Mathis said...

WOW this is some serious glitter and glamour! Very classy and clever to use a film star. :-) Thanks for playing Christmas Tic-Tac-toe with LLC.

Hugz, Sandy
Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts