Sunday, 15 March 2015

Steampunk box

Hi everyone, it's me again!
This blog has been very quiet of late, but I've been busy elsewhere.  To avoid confusion, I keep my Stampin" Up! projects apart from my Altered Art, but sometimes they cross over.  I came across the pattern for a self-closing box some time ago and a couple of weeks ago I shared it on YouTube.

The original was a pretty, feminine version that my mother-in-law's Mothers' Day gift was presented in - but I couldn't resist a making a Steampunk version.


 Here's the tutorial for the first version - (some people have reported trouble with the sound on this - there is a link to a sound-boosted version in the description below the video.  I haven't linked directly to it because, if you aren't having problems hearing the original, the boosted version will blow your ears off.)
I altered the proportions for the Steampunk box, making it from a piece of card 7 by 6 1/2 inches  and  scoring at 1 1/1/2, 3, 4 1/2 and 6 inches on the short side and 1 1/2 and 5 1/2 on the long side.

Then I covered it with gold card that I'd grunge up with acrylic paint and embossed and die cut.  The mask is made of air-drying clay.  I'm putting this into the following challenges -

Sandee & amelie's Steampunk blog challenge - Gear it up
Altered Eclectics - ATG

Please do check out my YouTube channel and my SU blog (Tuppence Coloured) - I'd love you to visit.

Crafty Hugs,

Keren

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Trinket Box


Warning - picture-heavy blog!

I've been busy over on my Stampin' Up! blog lately (including making You Tube videos - get me!) but I couldn't keep away from the altered art forever!  This is mostly made with SU products - paper, colours, stamps and punches are all SU (and the roses are made out of the paper that SU use to pack our orders!)  For the rest of it, I'll just let the pictures tell the story.



I 've had this little wooden box for some time so decided I ought to do something with it.

I took of the hinges - and put them away safely!

I gave it a coat of Gesso - this will prevent the glue from soaking into the wood later 

I traced the shape onto the patterned paper (it's called Typeset, from Stampin' Up!)

Then I cut out the pieces I'd need to cover the box.

This was where I was glade I'd Gesso'd the box - it meant the glue didn't soak into the wood and so I needed less.  I used Pinflair bookbinders' glue.

I sponged on a bit of Cajun Craze ink and a bit of Kroma Crackle medium

Close up of the crackle.  You can also see where I sponged on a bit of cream acrylic paint.
I mixed Cajun Craze ink with rubbing alcohol in a spritzer and sprayed the paper roses and seam binding
I sponged som Calypso Coral ink through a Tim Holtz stencil for added interest
I stamped the dotty heart onto shrink plastic and punched it out.  (I used Crisp Canteloupe ink)
This is how they turned out!

The sentiment is from the same set.
 All that was left was to put it the box back together and attach the embellishments. The frame and cherub were moulded from Simply Pressed clay and painted to make them look antique. I also ran Venetian Crochet trim around the edge of the lid - but forgot to photograph it.

Thank you for visiting today - I hope you like the project.  I'm entering it in The Mirror Crack'd blog challenge

See you soon,

Keren
(PS - if you want to get hold of any of the Stampin' Up! items I've used, the link to my online shop is at the top of the page!)


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

12 Days of Creepmas..Christmas yet to come

Day 12 of the 12 Days of Creepmas, according to the Smeared and Smudged blog, and Santa (or the Hogfather, if you prefer) is limbering up.  If you're following the hop in order, (see here for more about how to play!) you've arrived here from Airless Chambers.  If you're lost, or have come in halfway, you can go back to the start, or work your way through in any order - the blog roll is over there on the right.

I have to be honest with you.  Once I'd finished playing about with the image on today's project, it did give me a case of the heebie-jeebies.  I've combined the skull from Smeared Ink's Anatomy 101 with an image of Santa and the result is very spooky!


You may know my love for printing on tissue paper by now, and of course, that's what I've done here.  Before I applied the tissue to the bauble with Mod Podge, I gave it a light coat of Judikins Micro Glaze, to help stop the ink from bleeding, but otherwise it's as it came out of the printer.

Quite a big bonus bit today.  It's an animated version of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.  I have vivid memories of our teacher reading this to us in class when I was nine years old.  I'm not a big fan of Dickens , but this story I can read again and again.  Today's project made me think of the last of the ghosts that Scrooge meets - see what you think.
Thank you for visiting;  I hope you've enjoyed the hop, and that you have a wonderful festive season. I'm going to have a rest for a bit, and I hope to see you in 2015.
One last visit, now, to Sarah's blog.
Lots of crafty hugs,

Keren

Sunday, 21 December 2014

12 days of Creepmas - Solstice

Day 11 of the 12 Days of Creepmas, according to the Smeared and Smudged blog.  If you're following the hop in order, (see here for more about how to play!) you've arrived here from Airless Chambers.  If you're lost, or have come in halfway, you can go back to the start, or work your way through in any order - the blog roll is over there on the right.

Today is Yule- the Winter Solstice.   I am pagan, and Yule is our midwinter celebration- (we keep Christmas as a secular festival in our house!).  After the solstice, the days begin getting longer and the Holly King, who rules the year from Midsummer to Midwinter, gives way to the Oak King, who is in charge until the summer solstice.  Today's Springer card honours the Oak King.  At this time of year, the oak leaves have fallen - but mistletoe grows on oak trees so we'll use that instead.

I've used a Green Man  digi from Delicious Doodles (the first one of Teri's digits that I bought!) coloured with alcohol markers and surrounded with mistletoe cut with my Cameo.  I've used self adhesive pearls to stand in for the berries.

If you need to know how to make a springer card, I've put some instructions here.

Today's bonus bit is my favourite seasonal song.  I hope you enjoy Solstice Bells.

I hope that you're enjoying the blog hop so far.  Off you go, now, to Sarah's blog. Thank you for visiting, and I'll see you on Dec 23 for the last day!

Friday, 19 December 2014

12 days of Creepmas- Oh the weather outside is - Frightful!

Day 10 of the 12 Days of Creepmas, according to the Smeared and Smudged blog, and Santa (or the Hogfather, if you prefer) is limbering up.  If you're following the hop in order, (see here for more about how to play!) you've arrived here from Airless Chambers.  If you're lost, or have come in halfway, you can go back to the start, or work your way through in any order - the blog roll is over there on the right.

Here's my snow globe.  I love these projects, they are quick and easy to do, and when you get tired of an image it's so easy to change!  I stamped the skull (it's from De Stempelwinkel) in Navy archival.  It was supposed to be black, but I picked up the wrong ink pad.  I masked it off, and then stamped the snowflakes in Versamark and embossed with Frosted Crystal embossing powder.  I blended Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tattered Rose over the top.

If you want to see how I made the stand, it's back here.

Today's bonus bit is THE Christmas album song.  I saw Slade play live twice - once in 1971, when they were just getting well-known, and again a couple of years ago.  They were brilliant both times, and I'm making no apologies for sharing this.   Someone once asked Noddy Holder (lead singer of Slade) if he got tired of hearing "Merry Christmas Everybody" being played every year.  He replied, "Are you kidding?  That song's my pension!"

Off you go, now, to Sarah's blog. Thank you for visiting, and I'll see you on Dec 21, for Yule!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

12 Days of Creepmas - Holly Jolly Christmas

Day 9 of the 12 Days of Creepmas, according to the Smeared and Smudged blog.  If you're following the hop in order, (see here for more about how to play!) you've arrived here from Airless Chambers.  If you're lost, or have come in halfway, you can go back to the start, or work your way through in any order - the blog roll is over there on the right.

A nice shiny bauble today, adorned with a skull digi from Smeared  Ink's Anatomy 101.  I've added a jolly hat (I used Photoshop) printed it onto tissue (sorry, it just wasn't possible to get through a blog hop without getting tissue paper in there somewhere) and applied it to the bauble with Mod Podge.  I gave it a coat of Judikins Micro Glaze before I podged it to stop the ink from bleeding.

Today's bonus bit is from a 1960's animated feature,  "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".  It used to be shown on TV at Christmas quite regularly when I was growing up.  When one of my nieces was quite small she burst into floods of tears while watching it because the other reindeer wouldn't play with Rudolph.  It took us some time to console her.

Anyway, this is "Holly Jolly Christmas", as sung by Burl Ives.  Hope you enjoy it.

Off you go, now, to Sarah's blog. Thank you for visiting, and I'll see you on Dec 19.