This week saw the launch of the final two letters in the Craft Barn Alpha
Dictionary challenge... and they are X and I... I have kept up with this challenge throughout the year, and it has been a lot of fun - some of the letters really have tested us! X was going to be no different... so I started with the I.
I settled for Identical
identical twins!! The stamp is from a Paperbag studios set, and I just stamped it 4 times and coloured it identically.
so, "I" done. Now, X... two problems here - firstly, my dictionary didn't have many X letters - even before I painted over them completely for either my W or my Y pages!! So I had to go to my substitute dictionary and tore out the X page ... most of them were strange Greek based words or Chinese rivers... I really didn't want to do "Xmas" as I hate the abbreviation, but was very taken with
"xylography" - wood engraving, or the printing from wood blocks. I knew I must have a rubber stamp in my vast collection that looked like a wood engraving... mustn't I?!
well, this one by Magenta, comes pretty close I think. I stamped it in sepia archival ink on Kraft cardstock several times, and cut them to fit round the definition.
Not perfect, but not Xmas either!
Izzy has asked that we show our finished dictionary, too.
Well, I haven't done a great deal to the cover, but I had previously painted the cover and stencilled and stamped the name of the challenge on the front!
and here is the finished book. I think my favourite page is still M for meadow, but I was delighted to win a Wall of Fame mention for my D for Drip page.
So, thanks to everyone at the Craft Barn, and I look forward to seeing what delights you have for us in 2014... see you soon!