Saturday, 8 December 2012

Full steam ahead for Christmas

I've had a great time creating this piece but unfortunately taking photo's of it has proved very difficult.  I've included an extra photo to try to capture it, but even that doesn't do it.
The background is white card stock, dry embossed with watch parts and gears.  The whole piece was painted in acrylic paint in brown.  Once dry, I dry brushed with Veridian mixed with interference green.  Over that, I dry brushed with copper and once that dried I dry brushed with bronze.
Steampunk Christmas wishes to you!
I just couldn't seem to take a photo that really showed the colours and texture.  Above is without flash and below is with flash.  Imagine a combination of the background below and the tree above.

What a flashy little tree :)
The tree was create in four layers.  Each cut out originally in green card stock and then covered with aluminium tape (Not the same as kitchen foil).  For each layer I created marks to represent rivets and some patches to indicate it's not new.  All was then glued to a final base layer before I applied Mars black paint to distress and knock back the shine.

To finish it off, I painted some press studs with black paint to represent wheels and then sorted through my stash of watch parts to find brass parts to glue to the tree base as tree ornaments.

I hope you get as much pleasure from looking at the pics as I did making it.

18 comments:

  1. You've really captured the 'heavy metal' feel here, Liz, spectacular card!
    (I understand your frustration trying to get the right colours when photographing your card, so I just scanned them - works well especially with a 'flat' surface)

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  2. OMG! This is fabulous. I agree about scanning....much easier.

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  3. just wonderful, the stem made of buttons is so creative!

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  4. Most amazing and beautiful!

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  5. I so love this, it is truly steampunk and gorgeous with all that texture as well. Really well done.

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  6. WOW! Your card is amazing, well done :-)
    Berenice x

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  7. Fabulous unique design, Liz!

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  8. Wow! this card is beautiful! Merry Christmas!

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  9. I love your fabulous card.
    xxx Hazel.

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  10. This is a wonderful textured card and I like reading your very clever, artistic process. I think your photographs are fine although it can be frustrating when you can't get the photograph to do justice to the actual object.

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  11. This is amazing, a great job that I love so much, It's beautiful!

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  12. Love it that background is fabulous!

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  13. WOW!!! Absolut fantastic - LOVE IT!!

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  14. A really cool steampunk Christmas tree! Well done!

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  15. I absolutely love this. This is one of my favorites. The soft, subtle, deep metallic colors are just perfect and the texture is awesome!

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Thanks for taking the time to leave me a comment, I really appreciate it - Liz