Frilly & Funkie Author Author

12th October, 2016

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge over at Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

This challenge is hosted by Suzz (Suzz’ Stamping Spot), who has chosen the theme AUTHOR AUTHOR …SUZZ says, “There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them. Think fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Your challenge it so create a shabby chic or vintage styled project inspired by a book. Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project.”

iGirlZoe: Author AuthorI am a bit of a William Shakespeare fan! My favourite plays are, (in no particular order), Romeo & Juliette, Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet! I chose Hamlet for my project as it’s set in the Kingdom of Denmark, which seemed poetic given my recent move. For those unfamiliar with Hamlet, you may have heard the famous line “something is rotten in the state of Denmark!”

The inspiration for this particular card comes from Act 5, Scene 1 where the gravedigger hands the skull to Hamlet, he holds the skull up and says, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it.”

iGirlZoe: Author Author
I used the card packaging that comes with Tim Holtz idea-ology burlap panels. I cut 2 strips to create borders to give the card a book feel. The Tim Holtz Sizzix skull die was perfect for this project. I blended distress ink in, flicked with water and mounted over the mottled packaging background.

iGirlZoe: Author Author
I created a custom stencil using the alphanumeric thinlits die set and mixed media cardstock, then blended fired brick and ground espresso distress ink through.

iGirlZoe: Author Author
I used a the “smudge stamping stenciling” technique from one my other favourite books, “Compendium of Curiosities 3!” It gives the stenciled image a lovely worn look. I added remnant rub borders to the card to finish.

I hope you will find time to join in the challenge and pop over to Frilly and Funkie challenge blog to see the rest of the DT’s projects. All the products I used are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.







  1. Totally brilliant!! Shakespeare and Tim, what a fab combination!! Love how you created your custom stencil, very clever, – love this whole piece!!

  2. Another winner Zoe! I love that you’ve used the packaging to create a book feel and the shadowing around the skull and script background work incredibly well together. Genius move with the custom stencil! xx

  3. stampersuzz says:

    Oh so clever! I love how you used the skull and the texture and water drops on the image! Brilliant!

  4. Cec says:

    Wonderful card and I would have known this was Yorick even without the word Hamlet. Love the layers and the aged or rather vintage look you have created.

  5. How fabulous! And appropriate given that you are IN Denmark! You really work magic with your stamps….I’m always inspired and impressed!

  6. AKAST says:

    This is really beautiful. I love the way u made it look like a page out of an old manuscript. It is perfect for my favorite holiday; Halloween.

  7. Wonderful Zoe, love the smudge stenciling and the colours on the skull, you’ve done Yorick proud!

  8. Wow Zoe! Tim’s skull die was absolutely perfect for this tribute to Hamlet. It seriously evokes the feelings from the passage you quoted. Love the recycled packaging, smudged stenciling and the remnant rubs. It all comes together so amazingly. Hope all is going well for you in Denmark! — Mary Elizabeth

  9. juli savage Riedel says:

    ” The Lady Doth Protest too much, Me Thinks”!!! I protest that I love, love this and Zoe you are so talented! Now I need the Alphabet Dies!!!!

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