Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Rite Of Spring...Punk?

Hello crafty people! I've been really busy doing this project (and having too much fun doing it) for Artistic Outpost's Customer Referral Theme Challenge for March. The theme this time is SpringPunk. Just what is SpringPunk anyway??? Think of the typical Spring type images like butterflies, birds, flowers, etc. mixed with the edginess of SteamPunk, and there you go! All you have to do to win a fantastic prize, is to make a little something with this theme AND use Artistic Outpost images in the making, then upload your project to the Artistic Outpost site. You have a whole month to get it completed, so really go for it and have fun!
I decided to make a chunky ATC, as I have never done one before, because I had so many ideas swimming in my head for this project and I needed all the space I could get. I decided to use these two AO stamp plate sets for this because they had all the elements of Springtime that I wanted, Whimsical Melange and Serenity.
There is nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood...I think I could cut wood all day! This was cut ATC size, 2.5 x 3.5 inches.
The banner flag image was stamped in Walnut Stain and heat embossed with gold on Graphic 45 SteamPunk Debutante floral paper.
All of the images were stamped on Graphic 45 paper in Distress Inks. The leaves and flourishes were heat embossed in gold, and the grid images in silver. I also painted all the edges of the wood block in Espresso Acrylic paint.
The block was really pretty just like this, but what a nice canvas it made.
I used Gold Alcohol Ink to stain the wire beads. I strung the washers, crystal beads, and wire bead on a regular nail and then hammered it into the block. I did the handle basically the same way.
This was after a clean up, believe it or not. I misted white cardstock before heat embossing the sentiment and butterflies. To make the larger butterflies, I used 2 smaller ones. I used the gears from the Jolee's butterflies only. I could play all day in this stuff...this project was so fun for me!!!
 
 


I am also submitting this piece to Simon Says Stamp and Show's Challenge of "Idea-ology".
Supplies:
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 Inch wood block
From My Stash: blue beads, wire, gold leaf charms, round wire beads, tiny gold washers, handle piece, nail

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!



20 comments:

  1. Wow, completely & utterly STUNNING!!!

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  2. You sure did pull out all the stops! This is gorgeous.

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  3. Fabulous SPRINGPUNK creation Anita, the perfect balance of Spring and Steampunk. Gorgeous. Thanks o much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  4. WoWzA, this is fabulous, Anita! So many wonderful details! I have several chunky ATC's cut in my studio ... you've inspired me to get 'em out and DO something with 'em!!

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  5. Hello Anita, thanks so much for the lovely comment you left on my 'D is for..' post. The main image is from a set of stamps called 'Punky Romance' by English designer Glenda Waterworth, for her company Chocolate Baroque. Here's the link; http://www.chocolatebaroque.com/Punky-Romance-Unmounted-stamp-sheet--A4-_p_3856.html

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  6. Wow, this is just fabulous!

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  7. Anita....this is absolutely BEE-U-TEE-FUL! Totally LOVE every angle, niche and milli-inch of your ATC. It's so well thought out...so many wonderful little details, beautiful colors and embossing. This is just stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  8. Оу, Анита! Это же самый настоящий SteamPunk! Абажаю этот стиль, но боюсь за него браться.... :-))

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  9. This chunky ATC is amazing! Love the little box feet you made. And it has so many details and embellishments! Gorgeous!

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  10. You nailed it. I love the ways you used the punky elements with the butterflies!

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  11. WOW! You totally rocked this chunky ATC with tons of Tim's Idea-ology pieces. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

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  12. Hi Anita, this is a terrific "Springpunk" project, love the mix of the softer elements against the metal Ideaology pieces.

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  13. Wow!!!!!!!!!! Totally fabulous!!!!

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  14. Wowzers, Anita this is FABULOUS!!!!!

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  15. This is fabulous! So beautifully detailed. I love this!

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  16. What a fabulous box! I love all the little trinkets that you added! How wonderful, and thanks for letting us know how we too, can turn a plain block of wood, into a work of art!

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  17. Anita, this is absolutely stunning. I have some of these wood ATC's but haven't done anything with them. Yours is such an inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing. I can't believe all the goodies you were able to get on there, it's amazing.
    Gail in Oklahoma

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  18. Wow, your chunky ATC looks fantastic, great piece of art.

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  19. I LOVE chunky ATCs and yours is absolutely STUNNING! Love those feet.

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