This week's challenge at Wednesday Stamper is to make something transparent - which sent me back to a technique I sort of "discovered" a little while back. I'd read something about stamping on tissue paper, so had a go and by trial and error found you could use Mod Podge to paste the piece onto a background, giving a see-through effect.
The background is made with Distress Inks, then stamped with the Latin text. I stamped the Ammonite (by Anita's) onto tissue paper and coloured it very gently so as not to tear the tissue . Then I pasted Mod Podge onto the area I wanted to cover, and gently laid the tissue over, adding another layer of MP to seal. The same technique was used with the wording - a Paper Artsy stamp. I love the way it's see-through but ever so slightly opaque, and you can see the torn edge of the tissue.
The little bug brad was an afterthought that just seemed right - I was thinking about history and artefacts and it sort of seemed like a fly in aspic or that kind of thing. I found these brads in a sale and KNEW they'd come in for something eventually!!