Bathtub Marci? SDC 97


It seems that I only join in with the Stampotique Challenge when I see the challenge and have an immediate idea for it that I think will be cool.  This little project actually started out as a traditional Bathtub Mary shrine but morphed into Marci when I spotted the challenge on the SDC blog! Not one to do things by halves, despite me always saying how lazy I am, I cut three of the images of Marci – I think that satisfies the challenge…

When I was thinking of the usual Bathtub Mary a couple of weeks ago, I had picked up a couple of little paper boxes from HobbyCraft – one was actually a flip-flop, the other a plain rectangle that fit the flip-flop inside – you see, these Mary’s are made from an old bathtub, partially submerged in the ground, with a stature of (usually, but sometimes Jesus or another saint) Mary placed inside.  I wanted the bathtub shape to be able to be “submerged” in the box. I tried to convince DH to swing by the local Catholic church last week when we were out and about, to get one of those little dashboard statues, but no luck there.  Then on Saturday, when I was literally RIGHT THERE (twice!) I forgot all about it.  Good thing too or I might never have gotten to this version.


I snipped off the flip-flop part and used the lid, as it was a little more shallow, and seemed to work better than the quite deep base of the box.


I painted it white, inside and out, and then gave it a coat of Mod Podge, so it looked a bit more like porcelain.  I cut a thick slit-like hole in the lid of the box and sponged some green paint all over the lid and the box base.

I stamped Marci three times, and coloured her in with my Copics, all identical.  I chose as close to the Virgin Mary blues as I could find.   Then I cut her out – one with a border of white, which pretty much disappears against the white of the “tub” and two partial-cut ones, right along the edge.  I layered them, as in decoupage (in the UK-cardmaking sense, not the glueing paper sense!) so I had a bit of a 3D version of her.  I used the tiniest foam pads imaginable to stack the images.

bathtubmarci3 bathtubmarci4

I had to fight with the garage door to get to some train model-stuff that I swear we have been hauling around with us, back and forth across the Atlantic, since DS was about 3 or 4 (He’s 20 now!) That is the grass on the box, and fills the bottom of the tub, so it really looks submerged. A few paper flowers (although traditionally Mary is surrounded by cheap plastic flowers, I do have SOME standards) and a little cross at the top finishes her off …


Maybe you can see how she is stacked up in this shot?


…and a little plaque which I made by finally dragging out the metal dies to stamp (letter by tiny letter) her name.


I just love her, if I’m honest.  She makes me smile every time my eye falls on her, sitting on my desk. Hope you like her too.

15 thoughts on “Bathtub Marci? SDC 97

  1. I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing the loveliness that is Bathtub Marci (and for enabling my looming Stampoitique addition lol).


  2. Since my name is Marci and I sometimes resemble and or feel like this at various times I am thankful to be represented! Thanks, marci minnick-heard


  3. That is awesome!!!! I love shrines and yours is adorable 😉


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  5. I’m Catholic and I never knew that the shrine like that was called Bathtub Mary (along with some other names). So, I love your version. I love those Stampotique images. I bought some a couple months back but still haven’t used any. Definitely with Halloween coming up I will have a go at them.


  6. Too bloody adorable! I’m grinning.


  7. Fabulous!…. She made me smile too!


  8. This is hilarious! Congrats on the top 3 spot. xxD


  9. What a great project. Nice work. Just love all the details.

    Thank you for playing along with our Designers Challenge at Stampotique. Hope to see you again.



  10. An amazing project, to be sure! Had to pop over from Stampotique to check out the details, and so glad that I did! Love all the step-by-step details as you progressed in this fun creation! Good luck in the draw!!


  11. Wow! I love it!!


  12. Bathtub Marcie is amazing, love all the detail on her and the dimension. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge.


  13. I’ve never heard of bathtub shrines, but now that I see yours I think I must have seen one at some point, it rings a bell in the back of my mind. Love the finished result! 🙂


  14. Marci is such good fun, a great idea and a super result!! That stuff in the garage came in handy ….eventually! One of those “Come in handy if we never use it” items we all have… but this time it did!
    Jo x


  15. she makes me smile too. well done, it’s a wonderful piece!
    thanks for playing with us at Stampotique Designer challenge 🙂


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