Wednesday, 12 December 2012

The Steampunk Bride by Alan Scott


This project didn't start out as I had worked out in my Small Brain. I guess when they say an idea has too much room to move in, kind of works with ME! However when I did start to work on the imagery, I threw everything at it. Alcohol Pens, Marker Pens, Indian Ink Pens and Pan Pastels.
The main image is from a new stamp set from Creative Expressions called Steampunk Sirens.

A4 White Stamping Card
My fav Black Ink Pad - Adirondack Pitch Black (perfect for ProMarkers)
Several sheets of Post-it Notes (for masking)

Pan Pastels
Indian Ink Pens
Felt Tip Pens
Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Dylusions Ink Sprays
Fine Black Marker Pen 

That Special Touch A4 Mask - Watch Face 
Glass Beads Texture Gel plus IndigoBlu Plastic Palette Knife
Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool 
Empty Cereal Packet
2 sheets Black Card Stock to make up the card
A Spellbinders Die
Roll of Silver Engineering Foil
Spellbinders M-Bossibilities Folder Industrial 
Silver Ribbon
Craft Mat, Scissors, Craft Knife, Ruler, Good Strong Clear Glue

Silver Washers and a Single Nut


As you know, I like to break down the card into various different tasks. With this, it's split into 3 different projects. The background, the layer and then the main topper.
Let's start with the background layer. Taking an empty cereal box, trim off the top and bottom flaps and then cut up along the overlapping part of the box that you can feel in the inside. What we are after is the front and back, we don't need the sides but don't throw away, as they make great Poor Crafters Grungeboard when glued together.
Taking the mask, place that on what was the inside of the box and lay down a thick layer of the Glass Beads Texture Gel with a palette knife. Carefully lift up (remember it could be heavier than when you first placed it onto the cardboard, as it will have some texture on it). Scrape as much paste as you can back into the bottle, firmly close the lid and then wash in warm soapy water the palette knife and the mask. Allow to air dry - this applies also to the textured cardboard, just let it dry over night.
Using the metal foil that's used to wrap round pipes (it can be found in most hardware stores and it also has a peel off backing to help with placement), take 2 cut lengths of the foil and run it through your embossing machine while in the folder. This will give you the impression that's wanted. All you have to do now, is measure up (don't worry if you're out by a little, as the silver ribbon will cover that up). We are going to use the other part of the cereal box for this. After you have removed the backing paper secure onto the box, then using the outline left from the folder, cut around and place to one side. The silver ribbon will cover up any overlapping issues. Using the Blending Tool and a selection of  Alcohol inks and blending mixture, just lay down some colour onto the silver foil. Again, just lay some random colour down, it's not a case of everything has to be done following the grid lines etc. it's just a case of let's make it more colourful.
Now then, the main image. This image is built up using two of the stamps in the set. To do this, we have to make a mask from the Post-It Notes. What ever image you have at the front, then that's the one we make the mask for. So looking at the image, it's the image of the woman standing side on. Ink up the image and then stamp onto the Post-It.
TIP TIP TIP TIP......Try to maneuver the stamp on the acrylic block, so that as much of the image is covering the section that is covered by the tacky strip of the Post-It - this will make the mask secure while over stamping.
Carefully using a pair of scissors that can cut right to the tip, carefully cut as close to if not clipping, the black line around the image. For those harder areas use a craft knife with a new sharp blade in. Now then, taking the white card, stamp the first stamp onto the card and allow to dry for a few moments. By the time you have cleaned the stamp and put it away and reloaded the next stamp, you will be fine. Place the mask you have made over the stamped image.
TIP TIP TIP TIP... Now then, not all of us are confident enough to go right in there and stamp one stamp onto another. It's fine if the stamps are clear - you know what you're doing. However, what happens if the stamps are solid rubber? We can't see what's happening under and if we have made that perfect match. So using some scrap paper just practice stamping and over stamping. The mask will not rub away and it doesn't matter how many times you place it onto the mask, it will last a long time - however, remember it's paper, so some care and looking after is always needed.
Now that we are happy with the placement we can build up our stamped image. Any small misses can be touched up by using the fine nibbed black pen. Let's start to colour in the image. If you want to build up layers of colour, then remember the simple rule of 3 shades of the same hue -light, mid tone and dark. This will give you the opportunity to give depth to your colouring. Like the dress - what I did was to lay down a layer of the lightest colour all over the dress. Then taking the mid tones, I built up where all the folds are. The dark tone was used just to highlight the shadows. Then when I was happy, I went over the dress again with the lightest colour to blend everything in.
When I had finished using the ProMarkers, I wondered if I could highlight using my felt tip pens. Again, before you jump into the main image TRY IT FIRST on some scrap paper that's the same as the surface you have already stamped onto. Just stamp out part of the image, lay some ProMarker colour down and then try the felt tip or any other colouring medium you want to use. Always use the same materials to test on as you are using. If you didn't, you would never get the same result. What can happen on one paper surface, might not happen on another.
After the colouring has been done, it's time to cut the image out - I have used a Spellbinders die. The outer edges were coloured in using Pan Pastels. These are something I'm going to have to spend time and start to explore using. I think from what I have done so far they have been just wonderful. They just blend into each other so well, also they can be rubbed out which is something ink cant be done lol.
Once again as with the colouring, I took 3 shades of the same colour and divided the topper into 2. I wanted to use the same colouring as had been used in the colouring of the images. This would give some continuity in colouring.
Now all that was left was to lay colour down onto the Glass Beads texture. I made a selection not worrying if they went together - I was not going to get all OH YOU CAN'T HAVE RED and GREEN! erm.. have you looked at a rose? Taking the ink bottles, I just pointed and pressed, even with some, after l had taken aim, I closed my eyes so that I couldn't make that choice of where. Using a roll of paper towel, I mopped up the puddles so that the ink wouldn't just lay there and gave it a few blasts with a heat gun helps.
When you're happy with the results, using the mask edge as a guide, cut out an oblong shape that's about 1 inch smaller all around than the black card you have constructed. Secure the textured card layer onto your card stock, followed by the silver metal tape layer finally the figure layer.
All thats left to do, is raid the garage or your partners tool box for some washers and nuts (MAKE SURE THEY ARE CLEAN!!!!!) and with the strong clear glue, secure into place.
There you have it, a card that each layer can be transferred to any other project as a single item.
Any questions please send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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