Thursday, 14 July 2011

Steampunk Shadow Box with Alcohol Inks - The Stamp Man Challenge

I am entering this Steampunk Shadow Box for The Stamp Man Alcohol Inks Challenge which closes tonight. It's only the second time I have entered but I remembered being so influenced by The Stamp Man shows on Create and Craft when I first started crafting, and I have learnt such a lot from them.




I painted the shadow box with a mix of Baltic Blue, Sky Blue, and Guacamole Fresco Finish paints to make a jade green to match the dominant colour in the Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante papers, and used a piece of this paper as the backdrop. I cut a Tim Holtz Alterations Die mannequin out of roasting tin foil and embossed it with a Cogs embossing folder. I cut the stand off and then cut it in half lengthways then reattached it to make two legs. I alcohol inked it by dripping colour on so it was quite intense, and picking out the various colours from the background paper. I cut a couple of Bigz Flourishes as a base for my feather arms and added the head from the papers. I then added a pocket watch face at the neck and some shrink plastic cogs cut from the Alterations Die at the shoulders to pull the elements of the doll together.
Slightly angled view to show the depth of the box


On the backdrop there is a clock from Dezinaworld highlighted with a piece of curved glass, and I used another piece to highlight the woman's face, and added some more shrink plastic cogs. The lightbulb is a keyring and it does light up!
The light only comes on if I hold it down, lol! I think it is meant for finding your lock in the dark!


Bottom right I alcohol inked a microscope slide, concentrating the colour around the edge and placed the lady image behind it so that she was framed by AI colour but not concealed, and edged it with Memory Foil tape in Gold. The acetate butterfly was alcohol inked and I added a vintage pen nib. The cog above it has been made from a mould in clay, and then metallic rub on added to enhance the raised areas. Above that is a piece from a watch used to frame another image from the background paper book. To the left of this are some more shrink plastic cogs. I used a hand from the Tim Holtz steampunk stamp set to point to one of his ornate plates which has been alcohol inked, and the Steampunk word was taken from an Artistic Outpost steampunk set. I alcohol inked the word and the hand just so they weren't stark white and filled in the frame with Glossy Accents.

On the bottom of the frame are some more shrink plastic cogs, a different cog mould, and a mould I took of some wings which I then made up in clay. I would like to thank Petra for letting me stamp up some of her images last night, and Alison when she was here the other week, who also let me use the mannequin die. What good buddies!

17 comments:

  1. I really love all the different effects !they stand out quiet well .

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  2. I really love this piece, so many lovely elements.Jean x

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  3. Great piece and all the different elements are amazing!!! Fabulous!

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  4. Wow this is terrific and one of your very best pieces of craftings, love it. Annette x

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  5. Stop it! You are killing me over here! Lucy, this is so awesome! I love the alcohol cut body and the feathers are such great limbs! You added so many fabulous details! Wow!

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  6. Hi Lucy. Wow! What a lot of work you have put in to this. Fabulous! Love the colours and all those different elements. Going back for another look. Have a great weekend.
    Regards Florence x

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  7. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man challenge.

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  8. Fantastic--love all the details on this.

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  9. Oh Lucy this worked out superbly, I love it. There are so many details to see and I see so many bits I recognise or they are as you described to me the other day. Does the light bulb really work - is that the one we bought in Tiger? Must go and check mine out - it's sitting waiting to be put into my configurations box.
    Congrats on a truly stunning piece and thanks for joining in with the Stamp Man alcohol inks challenge.
    Have a great weekend.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

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  10. dear Lucy,
    I had to stop by to comment on this piece...truly amazing. Love all the fantastic artistic bits and then those wonderful alchol ink colors. amazing, take care,gerri

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  11. wonderful work with alcohol ink x Thanks for joining in The Stamp Man challenge x Janet

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  12. You have such a talent for these shadowboxes! Fabulous!

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  13. Stunning piece. It really really shows Steampunk at its best.

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  14. Oh my goodness! This is a stunning frame Lucy! xx

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  15. Well done on winning the Stampman Challenge Lucy :) it's a fabulous shadow box
    Von x

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  16. Congratulations on winning Lucy, it is a fantastic project!

    Jill x

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  17. You do very nice work. Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

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