Saturday, 15 November 2014

Where shall we go?

Hi everyone!

 I am back here today with some Steampunk. This month at SanDee and amelie's Steampunk Challenges we are asking you to travel with us.....

Steampunk Destinations

 Don't we all love to travel! Going to new places, learning about foreign culture, enjoying foreign cuisine, visiting wonderful sights all around the so exciting, isn't it!
There are a lot of destinations around our globe worth visiting. Think about capitals like Paris, New York, London, Venice, Vienna, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Kairo, name just a fraction. But also nature highlights or exceptional historic buildings can be destinations worth the Niagara Falls, the Chalk Cliffs of Ruegen, Mount Everest, the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower, Miss Liberty, and...and...and...

So whatever you associate with "Destinations" - it is what we want to see (steampunked of course) with your projects for our November Challenge

I chose to visit London...Quite funny really, all the amazing cities in the world and I choose the one closest to home! I do actually love London and I felt the images were right for a steampunk twist and taking a vintage view as well was very tempting - this is what I came up with.

I got a piece of card and did some wrinkle free distress with Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone DI's. I then stamped over the card with various stamps including a music, script and postage stamps.

I then stamped some London buildings on card in Potting Soil Archival ink. I then cut them out and dabbed them with Frayed Burlap DI. I stamped a Victorian lady and gentleman and again dabbed some Frayed Burlap DI on the images and cut them out. When all this was done I arranged the images onto the card and glued them into place.

This was nice but it needed something else - a frame perhaps?
I did my usual balsa wood strips glued into place to form a frame. I then covered them with embossed 'Postcard' card and then painted it with Gesso...I had intended to leave it white - perhaps with a bit of Distress ink or dry brushed paint to 'age' it....But it looked wrong, so I decided to change the idea completely and I covered the frame with Antique Bronze DP.

When this was nearly dry (feeling still a little sticky to touch) I smothered it with French Roast Fresco Paint - my favourite distress/ageing paint. AS soon as the frame was covered I wiped with a babywipe.

  This removed the dark brown paint from the surface but left some in place and also in some areas it just began to lift the bronze off as well. This gave a really nice antique look.

    When completely dry I very lightly rubbed the surface with Classic Gold Treasure Gold to highlight the texture.

A Kraft flower was splattered with Picket Fence DP by just flicking the paint across the flower. A bronze cog was placed in the centre of the flower with a game spinner that was attached with a tiny screw.

A cogs stamp was stamped on the flower with Walnut Stain DI.

Two Bronze metal leaves were placed alongside the flower

Two Bronze metal leaves were placed alongside the flower

 I hope you like it!...and I do hope you will come over to see what the rest of the team have made and share your Steampunk Destination with us! Hope to see you there!

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  1. I love London too, Laura, so I fully understand why you chose this wonderful city as your favourite destination! LOVE the aged look you have achieved with the frame and the layers of the beautifully stamped images create such depth! Amazing!

    Have a great weekend!

    Claudia xxx

  2. Love your project and this technique, it is so beautiful and useful for making all kinds of vintage and steampunk creations. Hugs, Kerstin

  3. Fabulous Laura - the frame is just stunning!

  4. Wow wow wow Laura! This is absoloutely gorgeous! I just added a half a dozen products to my wish list after seeing this stunning work of art! Love the embossed post card bits and your flower is to die!! I keep scrolling back up for another looksie! Just love it! hugs :)

  5. Gorgeous, Laura!!! This is an AWESOME steampunk 'trip' to London :) I love your embossed frame (I need to get some balsa wood!) and that lovely bloom in the corner!! Fabulous!! London is one of my 'dream' destinations to travel to one day :) XOXO-Shari

  6. I LOVE this Laura, it's absolutely fabulous.

  7. Wow Laura, your balsa wood frame I adore, amazing colour tones and your stamped images suit it perfectly.
    Julie x


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