Steampunk, the fabulous genre that mixes Victorian with futuristic sci-fi steam-powered Industrialism that occasionally adds touches of fantasy, magic and horror, has infiltrated the crafting world and I have to admit that it has sunk its riveted clutches into a huge portion of my brain. If I lived in a more eccentric accepting area there's a good chance I would be shoving my chubby butt into a metal clad corset and Top Hat. However, probably not such a great chance I'll do so being enveloped in the surrounding potato fields of Idaho. Thus, I'm left to incorporating my love for all things steampunk into my crafting. My latest steampunk inspired creation is a Steampunk Halloween Mini Album.
I plan on doing a little YouTube video on this album in the next day or two but in the meantime, here's some (some = a ton) photos. I love comments and any thoughts you have, so don't hesitate to leave a message and "follow" the blog :) (HINT: There's a Tim Holtz die give-away coming soon)
|This is the cover ... using Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper line and DCWV Tattered Time paper you just can't go wrong. The die used for gears, the metal label frame, clock hands, and embossing folder used on the binding are by Tim Holtz, as was the Charlotte doll that I used to make my own silicone mold in order to make the resin flat backed doll. I die cut corresponding gears out of ventilation aluminum Duct tape and embossed it before applying to the chipboard gears, then added color with Ranger alcohol and patina inks. I made the letters spelling STEAMPUNK out of resin using one of Martha Stewart's silicone molds. If you would like specifics on any of the items please comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can.|
Here's the video or there's tons of pictures below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qzKoKEh434
A few of the interior pages below:
The little "light bulb" tag pulls out of a tiny pocket
A thin magnet hidden under the paper helps keep these flaps held shut.
One of my favorite parts is this lady that I fussy cut from Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante paper - I put in some tiny metal washers under the brads so she could have loads of movement. Before cutting her out, I glued a piece of black cardstock behind her, added several layers of decoupage glue, then a coat of acrylic sealer so she would stay sturdy and not easily bent from wear and tear.
This little Book of Spells is held in place not only by the chain, but also by 2 bent clock hands :)
Thanks for looking - adding a video soon.