Sunday, 7 July 2013

Steampunk At Anything But A Card. . . . . . .

Time for another challenge at Anything But A Card and for the next fortnight we ask you to share your steampunk creations with us. You can make any project you like as long as it's NOT a card.

I've decided to make an ATC this time as I rather like the challenge of working in such a small space! I've made the same background previously but I liked it so much I replicated it again for this project.

If you go over to Anything But A Card, you can find more inspiration from my teamies and in a weeks time another gorgeous array of work will be shown by the second team.

So, without further ado, here is my little ATC:

I decided to go for a little steampunk bird from Oxford Impressions and he is attached to the ATC using foam pads to give height. The Steampunk stamp is part of the same plate. The background was created by using DecoArt Modelling paste through a stencil followed by the Skinner technique.
The bird was stamped onto old book text using DecoArt  Americana acrylic and distress ink was used to colour the image background for a more vintage look.
The wing is a chipboard shape with a screw style brad added. It was given a rusty finish (Andy Skinner) finish  using DecoArt Traditions paints and other DecoArt products. 
The wooden letters were found in a charity shop and given the rusty treatment complete with brads.
Rusty wire was used to make the bird perch at the bottom of the ATC. A completely rusted nail I found in one of my flower beds was suspended through the wire loops - no need for any treatment!
Some coiled rusty wire was added to the ATC before a label was applied with the word steampunk. 
I had to add a little flower to my piece just for fun but where to put it? On the birds hat of course! The leaf is a die cut and the flower a punched shape both left over from another project. The hat was stamped onto old book paper using DecoArt Traditions then embossed. The eye is a little black gem.

The label card was coloured with distress ink and stamped with a cog design also in distress ink. Finally the word Steampunk was stamped with DecoArt Traditions raw umber because it's a lovely dark colour and I wanted the word to stand out.
The brads on the label were black but I added some DecoArt Metallic Lustre to give them an aged, worn look.

 Hope you like my steampunk offering this week. I really must try to stop rusting everything but it's totally addictive! Those of you who have been here before will not that there is NO crackle this time. . . very unusual for me!

Thanks so much for looking and why not get a steampunk inspired piece together and join us this fortnight at Anything But A Card?

33 comments:

  1. What a fabulous piece of art Julia - please don't stop doing rusty pieces, you do it so well and it is a delight to see.... Hugs, Anne x

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  2. Amazing textures Julia and brilliant use of the OI stamp plate.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  3. ...awesome rusty goodness Julia, love your steampunk birdie ATC...Mel:)xx

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  4. If you ask me then you don't need to stop rusting because it looks awesome. Great texture and i luv luv luuuuv your colour treatment.(:o)

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  5. Julia - this is absolutely fabulous - love it all to bits! Brilliant xx

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  6. Great steampunk bird Julia.
    So many beautfiul details .
    Love it.
    Greetings Janny

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  7. Beautiful tag and a lovely challenge theme! Valerie

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  8. Very cool... I love those dangling letters, and fab glowing red rustiness.
    Alison x

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  9. Great ATC, love all the detail and the fab rust effect.

    Sylv xx

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  10. Hi Julia, this is fantastic! Beautiful ATC with all the wonderful Steampunk details. Thanks for the descriptions. The letters are a great find. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, Shirleyx

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  11. That's just a fabulous ATC !!!! You can go on with your addiction LOL, it's a pleasure ! :) Coco x

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  12. Brilliant and inspirational ATC Julia. Love the rust effect and all the elements, but it's the bird with the top hat that tops (no pun intended) it all. Love it. x

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  13. This is fab Julia, so much detail and texture in such a little space. Particularly love the dangly bits and the top hat! Hope you're enjoying the summer weather! xx

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  14. Tee hee, the fab rusting makes up for the lack of a crackle fix sweetie, what a gorgeous, fun ATC. I love the hat on the bird, brilliant touch.
    Huge huggles x x x x

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  15. Fabulous Julia, such a wonderful steampunk ATC with amazing antiqued effects.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  16. This is beyond stunning. I love the rusty touches and that nail- what a find! Cute little birdie too.

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  17. WOW!!!! AMAZING!!! LOVE this! PINNING!

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  18. A steampunk bird now thats my kind of steampunk:O).It is a greater challenge to create art in a small area,well you have done it fabulously,beautiful textured background, love your charity shop letters all rusted up and looove your rusty nail and of course very kool bird with his top hat, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week..

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  19. Wonderful ATC with the best steampunk elements. Does that bird always travel with his stick!?!
    Sandy

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  20. Stunning ATC and you have made so many things for it that look like real metal.

    Love Chrissie x

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  21. Oh It's wonderful Julia :)
    Von ♥

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  22. ooo this is fabulous work Julia...love the rusty nail xxx

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  23. Oh my, Julia, this is fab, fab, fabulous!!!! I LOVE all the texture and the traces of rust and decay you have created! Thank you for the wonderful close ups - I could look at them forever! (Your ATC would make a perfect match with our "Rust" challenge at SanDee&amelie's" btw... ;).

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  24. That little top hat is the perfect touch for Mr. Bird, Julia! Great job rusting up those letters, too.
    Hope you are well, and sending you a warm hug!

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  25. Such a fabulous creation, really an outstanding piece of art.

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  26. O o o girl, you get more and more creative every day...this is an amazing tag....love all the nice and grungy details on it. Love the tag!

    hugs, Alie :-)

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  27. This is absolutely fabulous - great design and texture, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  28. This is awesome! Such a wonderful combination of texture and elements on such a small space!

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  29. Julia this is wonderful! Surely it deserves a little canvas to really make it important. As always your details are fantastic!

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  30. Thisis absolutely jam packed full of fab techniques and skill! I love it!absolutely fab...hugs trace x sorry for lack of comments getting back to it!! Xxhope all is okay ?! Xx

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  31. Where is the *love* button?!?!? Gorgeous!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax