Friday 9 August 2013

Wings of Love

Hi everyone!

     I am not finding much time to do crafts at the moment. The kids are on holiday and on the first day of the holidays they had already announced they were bored! So I have been trying to find entertaining things for them to do and so my craft solitude time has come to a stop.

     However, after seeing SanDee and Amelie's challenge for a Steampunk matchbox creation I HAD to find some time! I had ideas galore halfway through reading about it!

    I don't really make many Steampunk items - so I really love how this takes me out of my comfort zone and challenges me....

       First thing I had to do was find a matchbox. I was sure I had seen one somewhere and I didn't have the patience to wait until I had time to go shopping...rummaging through craft drawers I did find one! And got to work.

     I painted it with several coats of Nougat Fresco Paint and then covered the top and bottom edge with DecoArt crackle glaze...I am still learning how to use this - it is a bit hit and miss for me at the moment, but I am slowly learning! I then covered the cracks with French Roast Fresco Paint and Black Soot DI.

   I dabbed Black Soot DI over some embossed card and covered with Tarnished Brass DS and smooshed with a babywipe....I didn't like how it looked so I covered it with White Fire Treasure Gold.

    I tore the card in places (after working out where to leave crackle effect revealed) and stuck the card onto the box.

I cut a heart from card and covered with Nougat paint and applied the crackle and French Roast.

    The wings were cut out from card, covered with Hobgoblin Tissue tape and the edges were inked with Black Soot. I then covered them with a medium layer of Rock Candy Clear Glitter glue...This is one of my most recent purchases - I LOVE it!

    I assembled the wings and heart on the matchbox and added the word LOVE from Tim Holtz Chit chat stickers. A little dab of Black Soot DI added a lovely shabby look. I have a collection of real watch parts (sooo tiny!) and using tweezers and Glossy accents glue I arranged a selection of the metal bits and pieces around the heart.

    The drawer of the box was covered in the same metal embossed card and I attached a dolls house door knob to it and stuck metal watch parts around it. The inside of the box (yes, the drawer does open) was covered in cogs patterned paper.

     And that is how I made a Steampunk matchbox - Why not head over to SanDee & amelie's Steampunk challenge and see the gorgeous creations over there and make one yourself?

         Thanks so much for visiting - I'd love to know you were here so please leave a comment. Your comments mean so much to me and I love reading them.

         Hope to see you again soon!

I would like to enter this in the following challenge -

  SanDee & amelie's Steampunk Challenges - Matchbox Steampunk
  Crafting with Dragonflies - Alter something
  Left of Center - Use metal

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  1. This is fantastic, Laura!

    One would not think that this is NOT your comfort zone you're working in!!! Loads of awesome texture and details and all of it on this tiny matchbox! I can't stop looking at your creation! Terrific surface treatment combined with a wonderful, wonderful design of this crackled heart with the wings.... I am begeistert!!!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk challenges with your awesome make!

    Claudia xxx

  2. Wow, what a great altered matchbox Laura, gorgeous result!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  3. Gosh this is beautiful and such a small area to be working on I think must make it harder.

    get them doing paper mache coloured paper and painting messy but kids love it! LOL!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  4. This is stunning Laura. Hugs, Anne x

  5. This chunky is FABULOUS!!! Love the heart and crackle, and the gears are a fabulous touch!

  6. Good Fathers Laura!!! Do you have any idea how good you are!!! I do love your match box- somebody please help me find some watch parts!!!!!! Laura, I love this and am going to read how you did it several times.

  7. A wonderful piece of art! You are way too modest about your talents! :)

  8. Wow, absolutely awesome. So many details on a small area.
    Yvonne x

  9. Wow! This is a miniature gem! I love the crackle and the wings and those little steampunk details. The colours you have chosen are perfect for the project. I'm having difficulty finding crafting time at the moment too - not for the same reasons as you; but I do sympathise. When you do get that snatched crafty moment or two, it makes it all the more precious. Hope you can get through the summer with kids stimulated and you sane! Julie Ann xx

  10. Beautifully designed and put together Laura. Enjoy the rest of the holidays with the chn, they grow up so quickly.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

  11. this is a great make , love it! sorry for any comments missed having a few days off as Steve is home and a few days out hugs trace x

  12. This is stunning - I agree with all the positive comments above - they have said it all. Where do you get real watch parts? Smash a real watch? Thanks for entering this at the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge to alter something. You sure did alter something!

  13. This is wonderful Laura. Funny enough I came across some matchboxes the other day in my craft room. You have done a crackling job on this one.

  14. Wonderful make and you really would n't think you don't normally do steam punk as this looks fantastic! Hearts and wings always get me straight away and I love the crackle too. Wonderful creation!!

  15. This is wonderful, I love all the little details
    Rosie x

  16. I must say I am not a fan of Steam punk but what you have done here is amazing. So much detail and a truly fabulous piece of altered art. What a talent. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Ina.

  17. Brilliant!! You really mastered the Steampunk style. Wonderful crackle effect. Love it!

  18. Superb Laura! Love the attention to detail and patience! (We shop in the same place for watch parts and I know how tiny/fiddly they are:) The crackle works brilliantly, the embossed card looks like you've heat embossed it on top and the glittery wings add a special touch of glamour. Love it all. Hugs, Jenny x

  19. Wow, absolutely adorable. So many wonderful details on a small area.
    I like this very much :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  20. this is really amazing! all those details - i love it! thank you for joining LOC this time :)

    -Laila aka Koneko

  21. Oh my gosh, this creation has just blown me away! Absolutely adorable wow!
    Amazing work of art and I just love it a lot!!!
    xoxo SanDee
    & Thank you indeed for joining us on SanDee&amelies STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE!

  22. Fabulous project Laura, the colours are lovely, and the details are really great. Love the heart, crackle and tiny watch parts. Thanks for joining us at Crafting with Dragonflies, Judith xx

  23. Thank you so much for playing along with us this time at Left of Centre this is gorgeous hope you see you again soon
    Jacki xx

  24. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww Laura this is amzing.
    Greta details.
    Love it very very much.

    Greetings Janny

  25. This is amazing, I absolutely love all the details! Thanks for playing along at Crafting with Dragonflies!

    lovies, =o) kel
    Crafting with Dragonflies DT

  26. Your detail in this is awesome! I love the combination of the metal and crackle. The stamping and shading make everything really pop. Nice job!

  27. Even if i love rust, i really like your iced and wintery colours for this steampunk creation. Very unique. (:o)

  28. Fantastic piece Laura and you have produced a fine Steampunk project.

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

  29. Gorgeousness!! Your crackle is fab - have to try that. This is a little treasure.

  30. Absolutely amazing. I love all the detais from the colour scheme to the crackle effect, to all those tiny watch part.


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