Friday, March 26, 2010

All Of Versailles Awaits You

And so the journey begins. As you may remember I have joined another circle journal group and this time the theme is Marie Antoinette. These are the first set of pages that I have had the privilege to do for another player. These pages are for Lillian Mederek from Canada and her theme for the journal is pretty simple. (All of Versailles Awaits You.) She wanted to let us have the freedom to do pretty much whatever we wanted in her journal. I knew what I wanted to do before the journal even arrived and I started on it before it appeared in the mailbox.

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The wording at the top is in french and it says "She only wanted the finest things". I have since emailed with someone that speaks french and I will be changing it slightly to read "Elle ne voulait que les choses les plus exquises" which means "She only wanted the exquisite things".

Here are some of the details.

1. I started the top page with a piece of an upholstery fabric I found in the remnant bin at Joann's for %50 off. (What a bargain!) I raveled the edges to make it look like it had been around a while. I really wanted the whole piece to convey that look almost as if this was found in an old trunk in an attic somewhere.

2. The frame is a piece of german scrap that I painted with watered down black acrylic paint and then wiped off.

3. The initials are printed from my computer and then cut from a thin piece of chipboard. I then inked it with a Versamark pad and sprinkled on gold embossing powder. I gave it 3 layers to make it look like it was made out of solid gold.

4. The lace and tatting are some very old pieces from my personal collection. The tatting is from the edge of an old pillow case and I dyed it with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

5. The right hand edge of the top page and the bottom of the second page are both rubbed with a Versamark pad and embossed with antique gold embossing powder.

This one reads "All of Versailles Awaits You".

Here are some of the details for this page.

1. The image in the center is from Versailles and I think it is the opera house. I just loved the colors and had to use it.

2. The antique gold metal piece at the bottom is a new piece that I found in the jewelry section at Michael's.

3. The roses are made from paper and I dipped them in water and then took some watered down Distress Ink (Tattered Rose) and dabbed it on the tip of each petal. Because the rose was wet it made the color bleed down into the center giving it a faded look.

4. The rhinestones on both pages were originally clear but I dyed them using Tim Holtz Alcohol inks. (Juniper).

5. The pink striped paper was originally solid and I stamped it with more of the Tattered Rose Distress ink to give it a tone-on-tone look. (The stamp is from Anna Griffin.) The fabulous punched design on the pink paper is achieved with a new Martha Stewart border punch. (It reminds me of the top of a wrought iron fence.)


Janet Ghio said...

Your Marie pages are really pretty!!and I be they were lots of fun to make!!

Peggy / Blissfactory said...

Wow, Amazing ! ... plus I live near versailles, France and my mom's first name is Marie-Antoinette ! This post is for me, and your work is great. :o)

Elaine A said...

Oh Val -

Lillian is going to be one happy lady when she sees what you have created for her! These are just stunning! I love all the care you taken in doing the details, simply beautiful!

Elaine Allen

June said...

Simply gorgeous, it all works together beautifully and is so decadent
Hugs June x


So gorgeous! ~ Angela

Anonymous said...

Can I just say, WOW! I love every piece of both pages ... but the roses tip is incredible! I have to remember that, lol!

Anonymous said...

Valerie, the pages are GORGEOUS!!!!
I never knew you change the color of rhinestones! So much attention to detail ... these are just stunning!

Lillian M said...

Lucky girl that Lillian!!!!
Val I love it even more since reading your descriptions
That gate punch is perfect I wonder If I could find it on our trip.
Thanks for all the beautiful art work
Its perfect!!