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MST3K: The Creature from the Black Lagoon

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It’s my other half’s birthday today, so of course I had to create something special and geeky for him. I returned to a common theme: Mystery Science Theatre 3000. Specifically, this time, the new ones where Gypsy appears as a silhouette on-screen and Tom Servo flies around occasionally rather than being stuck in the seats. (If you don’t know MST3K, it’s basically “one man and his robots make fun of bad movies”.)

I saw someone blog about this style of card fairly recently but I can’t find it again otherwise I’d credit them for the inspiration. The design idea popped into my head pretty much fully formed (for a change). The card consists of four layers (from back to front):

  1. the picture of the Creature (outline roughly traced and coloured with Copics, Distress ink background) with the sentiment across it.
  2. the die-cut seaweed on the sides
  3. the silhouettes of Gypsy and Tom Servo
  4. the silhouettes of Jonah and Crow T Robot sitting in the cinema seats (and the 3D creature’s hand)

CR00413 layers

There was a near disaster right as I was finishing putting it all together: I bent Crow’s head at a perilous angle and nearly decapitated him (the neck is very thin), but I rescued him by gluing a piece of wire behind it and he’s good as new now 🙂

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  • stamps:
    Marianne Designs – fish in the reef
  • dies:
    Marianne Designs – seaweed
  • pens:
    Memento marker – onyx black
  • Distress ink pads:
    pine needles, peacock feathers, bundled sage, shabby shutters
  • Copic markers:
    creature – G40, G42, G85, G94, G46, G28, G99, E27
    seaweed – BG75, BG78
    fish – YG21, YG25
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable pearly shimmer
    Ranger – blackboard cardstock
    scraps of green card
  • miscellaneous:
    Copic opaque white paint

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