I wanted to do a bigger project with the glorious Paperboy plate by Artistic Outpost which Terry so kindly gifted to me and this took ages and I am still not completely happy with it, but I think if I keep going I will just make more of a mess by throwing more things on! I am pleased with the background though, which you can see more clearly in the shot from behind:-
I used arch dies by Go Kreate which have three concentric shapes which are pretty large, and I used the biggest one in the middle. I used white card, painted it black, then embossed it with a large Cuttlebug cogs folder, rubbed it with copper Inka Gold and then with Patina gilding wax by Creative Expressions which is lovely, and then the Ranger Patina set, and buffed the whole thing with a soft cloth. I used grungeboard hinges from the Elements pack and gave them the same treatment.
The pointy bits at the top of the arches are from the Whimsical Melange set and the bicycle is from Lovely Day as I thought it might help with delivering newspapers but I am probably historically way out. The cogs are all cut from shrink plastic using the Tim Holtz dies and shrunk with Distress Embossing powder. The pencils, the word 'News', and the shrink plastic typewriter are all from Secretary Pool. All the images have been coloured with Distress Inks and stamped with a mixture of black, sepia, russet, and coffee Archival. I added a piece of Tim Holtz film strip over the girls' faces and curled the end. I dotted some copper cog 'sequins' all over the background but they were a bit bright so I darkened them a bit.
For the central arch I cut a frame for the 'You are a Hero' wording using sticky backed canvas and stamped it with the background text in a mixture of Archival inks as before. I splatted some water over the text and shredded the edges of the canvas a little and darkened the edges. I then finished off with a clock, cog, and spinner, to which I have added a bit of the patina treatment.
I showed this to Terry in advance and I said that, where I think I struggled with this is that the arches are very large and it gave me three large areas to fill. I think it would have been easier to make something smaller and then overlap/layer the images more. It was fun to make though! I am entering this into the Artistic Outpost April referral programme.
lovely, both the words I wanted to use had already been said. XReplyDelete
Omg...this is sooo coooool!! The best steampunkish arches i've ever seen. Love your colour arrangement and all your shrink plastic treatments.Thanks for the very interesting making of...(:o)ReplyDelete
Wow this is amazing Lucy! Totally stunning texture and colouring! Thanks for the clear description of how you did it too, so many cool ideas, love it!ReplyDelete
A stunning piece Lucy, I love how you did the background.ReplyDelete
Das ist fantastisch!
Lucy, you already know what I think about this "work of art." From the Patina background to the brilliant use of AO stamps, I love it all! So clever to place the filmstrip over the girls faces and the shrink typewriter! So happy that you are enjoying the PB stamps! Hugs!ReplyDelete
Looks great Lucy !ReplyDelete
Amazing textures and patina and of course, great stamping.ReplyDelete
Wow Lucy this is wonderful! I love the texture and the colours, and the piece of film strip is wonderful xxReplyDelete
The background is stunning Lucy, you're right! And the compositions and the details, too!ReplyDelete
Oh just love it Lucy! KimxReplyDelete
Oh the texture is to die for.... LOVE it! And such beautiful stamping, too.ReplyDelete
Oooooo! Love this one Lucy! What fabulous colour blends and great composition. Lurve it!! Chris xxxReplyDelete
Oh, no ... nearly missed this one - so glad I took the time to click a little further back!! Glorious make, Lucy - the images and textures combine to create a real treat of a piece... fabulous triptych!ReplyDelete