Friday 16 March 2018

2018 #4 Whimsy: not-so-shadow(y) Box with EDY {by Keren Baker}

2018 Topic 4: Whimsy

We all know that Keren is a very talented crafter, but there is a common thread between many of her posts on this blog, and that is acetate. She often creates projects with clear layers and this created a fascinating dimension and interesting perspective. So here she is ...the queen of clear! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you a whimsical version of a shadowbox.

Under the dictionary definition of 'whimsy', Darcy's name should definitely appear! Her stamps are playful, fun, quirky and the epitome of whimsy. I can't tell you how much fun I had stamping and playing; it reminded me of all that is good about the creative arts and I wanted to play around with layers, colours and positioning.

I did a mash up of Darcy's newest sets that work wonderfully together and have all the elements for creating scenes. Her sets are EDY20 & EDY21

I learned several things; always measure your side concertina panels so they are the same height as your front and back ;-) and most importantly, don't choose cheapy acetate without checking it's completely see-through. Mine had a slight tint and whilst it gives a slight dimension, it does cloud the back layers slightly

You can see the layering and how I began to play; not trimming the guy's feet off, but letting them stick up beyond the box and adding some hearts too.

The hearts at the top of the outer frame pulled the whole project together- I didn't want a fussy frame as the inside is where the action is, and I wanted it plain so it didn't detract, but it was too plain to not have some of the inner elements and the stamp sets are full of little details that add to the playfulness.

If you want the images to show further up the frame, just add a chunk of cardstock beneath the image and drag more colour onto it (like the tree above) so it appears to be part of the scene and it allows you to move the sizings and create more dimension.

You'll love these sets; so much to do with them. Perfect for adding emotion to journals, changing up colours to make personalised projects and the very thing for joining in with our Whimsy challenge. I think the little guy on the front, with a little creative licence, might make everybody's favourite young wizard, so that's next on my list! They'd be perfect on little blocks to brighten up my craft room and would make amazing human bunting too! I did my colouring using Nuvo Aqua Flow pens, but I can't wait to use them with Fresco paint!

Thanks for joining me, see you next time!
Keren x

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geezercrafter said...

Love the way you can gaze through all of the layers.

Kirsten said...

This is gorgeous!!

rachel said...

Aw Keren - this is amazing - absolutely love it! Hugs Rachel x

Helen said...

oh, Keren!! just gorgeous.

Miriam said...

Awesome project Keren. I love the depth and layers.

Lucy said...

This is so, so clever and effective, Keren! I just love these stamps!

Lucy x

Ruth said...

Gorgeous clever project!

Unknown said...

Such a lovely whimsical project, Keren! xx

suzyb said...

Cute very cute. I do like the layers, very creative Keren. Love the stamps.

Julie S said...

I am so in love with this! Mentally running through a checklist of stamps I need to pull out so I can be a big ol' copycat. Wonderful project, Keren!

Corrie Herriman said...

Great idea ! Love the effect !
Corrie x