Saturday, 16 September 2017

Nautical Frame - GD by Kerstin


Kerstin from Scrapbook Dreams here and I'm so excited and happy to be invited to the Calico Craft Parts blog as a guest designer this month. I was very impressed when I finally saw the amazing pieces from Calico Craft Parts in original. They immediately reminded me of my time as a "woodworm" ;-)  yes, I loved working with wood -  mainly scroll saw projects. Calico's wooden shapes are so filigree and I could never have done this with a jigsaw! And their natural shades are wonderful too. 

As you may already know I have a soft spot for the sea with all its wonderful and mysterious creatures, and when I saw the wonderful aquatic and marine wood shapes at the Calico Craft Parts shop I was immediately inspired to create a new mixed media home decoration piece.

 Before and After

My base was an old simple plastic frame, but I fell in love with it
because it looks like a store window or a TV, right?!

How I did it:

Calico Craft Parts wood shapes used:


 I chose old book pages and black tissue paper in combination with white crackle paint and some brown shades from a Glimmer Mist spray. A very easy technique but I wanted a wonderfully neutral and more subtle background for the beautiful wooden shapes. I only used very few colours -  a patina green, black, white and a little bit neon green for a magical effect, because the Galleon boat reminded me of the 'Black Pearl'
(you know what I mean?)  Yes, I admit it : I'm a big fan of the Pirates of Carribean stories.
some close up's

I highlighted the crab and kelp with just some little pearls and used  transparent gel as glue

I used the untreated Ships Wheel as a base and added the Galleon Boat  for a 3D effect.

I love to combine the various sizes of the wood shapes to create layers!


At the end of the process I decided to make one of my favourite sayings the focal element, but that
may well be exchanged with a photo sometime.


I am not a person of many words, so I would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU
for your invitation in the form of a small extra project on which I used
my absolute favourite among the Calico Craft Parts wood shapes:

in combination with the gorgeous

Thanks for your visit! 
I hope this was a bit of inspiration for you!
I will return at the end of the month with a 
new, spooktacular project and I hope you will then stop by again  :-)

Happy crafting!


  1. This is beautiful, Kerstin! I love that little lantern with the spooky green light and all the beautiful texture you have created. The black tissue paper is such a great idea and the Galleon boat has turned out just brilliantly! Thank you so much for being with us this month!

    Claudia xxx

    1. Thank you very much dear Claudia, it was a pleasure for me :-) Hugs Kerstin xxx

  2. Oh, and I forgot to mention your lovely ATC with the Leafy Sea Dragon - who is one of my favourites too. You have framed him just perfectly! xxx

  3. Both projects are absolutely fabulous Kerstin. I have never thought to use black tissue paper before - it works so well. There are so many wonderful details and elements on both projects - I have spent quite a long time just sitting and taking them all in. So lovely to have here with us this month. Jennie xxx

    1. Thanks so much Jennie! Have a nice sunday <3 Hugs, Kerstin xxx

  4. Welcome, Kerstin! Your projects are really special! I too love the use of the black tissue. Your eye for detail is superb. These projects are just full of depth and interest. Lovely to have you as a guest designer. xx

    1. Thank you very much Julie <3 Hugs, Kerstin xxx