So i decided to make a gift for my friends 23rd birthday, we are both big fans of the artist Aubrey Beardsley so i made that my starting point.
My favorite image is this: Salome is about to kiss the severed head of Iokanaan
So i printed the image out a few times, and cut out the different sections, i just used bluetack to float them at different heights and then put them into one of those deep window boxed frames that i got for $4 from the dollar store.
it was really hard to get a pic showing that it is 3D its something you have to see in person!
Then i made her a card with the story of the image, i hand illustrated and wrote out all the text, using the image as a reference
inside the card
The text reads:
Salome, stepdaughter to the king Herod, has fallen in love with the prophet Iokanaan (John the Baptist) He cruelly rejects her, but she swears that one day she she shall have her kiss! By performing the "dance of seven veils" for King Herod, she tempts him into granting her one request. Salome asks to be brought the severed head of Iokanaan. When her wish is forfilled she grabs the head and kisses it passionately, and cries "I have kissed your mouth Iokanaan"
To go with the frame i also made a mirror, i got the mirror for $2 from the same dollar store and ripped off the tacky glitter cover that was on it, i recently got a resin kit from someone and wanted to test it out. I sealed the image with decopage paste before i began and then set it onto the mirror with the resin.
the original ugly mirror
I also made her a little giftbox to put all the small items in - its made from a $1 cardboard craft box with lots of lace etc..
My other friend Lisa then made her some uber cute little brooch badges and some bookplates. Unfortunately we don't have any images of the bookplates, and they were her favorite!!
I will let her post more pics of them if she likes! don't want to steal the glory and all that! hehehehe (sorry Lisa hope you don't mind)
And no birthday would be complete without cake! so we made some cupcakes! i had a little bird left over from the gift box so i put it on top!
let me know what you think, any comments would be appreciated!!