Monday 20 May 2013

Steampunk Canvas

The challenge this week with Simon Says Stamp and Show is to create something using your favourite ink pad, your most used pad, or create with a favourite ink.

I have showcased my favourite ink pad, brushed corduroy Distress Ink in a steampunk dimensional canvas.
This weeks challenge was an easy one for me as I absolutely love brushed corduroy Distress Ink; perfect in my opinion for ageing any project or item, it adds that subtle aged colour without over powering the focal image. Tim Holtz Top Hats image takes centre stage in my dimension pocket watch cut using the Pocket Watch Frame die. The Idea-ology Pocket Watch embellishment echoes the main large focal pocket watch to give further interest and dimension to my canvas.
I began my canvas by firstly creating the dimension pocket watch. I die cut two bases, one from thick grey board and one from white card.
Next I added the large circle from the Sized Circles dies to my pocket watch frame and then die cut several layers to add to my base for dimension.
I coloured the white card pocket watch base with black soot Distress Ink. I die cut a circle from white card using the Sized Circles die, stamped the background with Tim Holtz Gears stamp using walnut stain Distress Ink and then aged, colouring with brushed corduroy ink. The gentlement with top hats have been stamped over the top with black Archival Ink.
From this picture you can see the subtle stamping in the background and the wonderful aged effect achieved from brushed corduroy Distress Ink.
I die cut one layer from acetate and added some stamping using black Stazon. I also added some mini gears to the acetate before assembling the pocket watch to give the appearance that they are floating inside the watch.
The background of my canvas has been covered with a sheet of card stock from Tim's Crowded Attic stash and I also sanded the edges to age a little and then coloured with brushed corduroy Distress Ink. Once I assembled my pocket watch I painted with black soot Distress Paint, adding silver Paint Dabber to the top to give a metal like appearance. You can also see the layer of acetate with the gears added. I also added enjoy the journey to the top of my watch.
This angle highlights the fabulous dimension given to the pocket watch. I have also added pen nibs, aged with a touch of black soot Distress Paint.
To add further texture I also added some ball chain to link both the pocket watches, again ageing a little with a touch of black soot Distress Paint. For further interest I have also included some mini numerals and mini gears.
I added some stamping to the pocket watch using black StazOn and the Gears background stamp, adding another one of the gentlemen with the top hats to the centre. Once again the stamped piece has been aged with brushed corduroy Distress Ink.
The sides of my canvas have also been decorated with mini gears cut using the Mini Gears die.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Top Hats Stamp
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Gears Stamp
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Simple Sayings
Tim Holtz Crowded Attic Paper Stash
Tim Holtz Alterations - Pocket Watch Frame, Sized Circles, Mini Gears
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Pocket Watch, Pen Nibs, Ball Chain, Mini Numerals, Mini Gears Sprockets
Distress Inks - Brushed Corduroy, Black Soot, Walnut Stain
Distress Paint - Black Soot
Paint Dabber - Silver
Archival Ink - Black
StazOn Ink - Black


Inkypinkycraft said...

Thisis full of steampunk yumminess! Just love cool and so up my street! What a wonderful make...great use of acetate in the pocket watch!! A fabulous make hugs trace x

Brenda Brown said...

A fabulous design with wonderful images and elements. I love your layered watches Tracy and you have inspired me to have a go at one.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Helen said...

Fantastic work, Tracy.

sally said...

What a fabulous creation!


Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, Love this canvas, it is everything I love, the colours, the pocket watch, the top hat gentlemen, love your whole creation.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Sandra said...

Stunning canvas, Tracy! Love all the steampunk elements! And really love those pocket watches! So much dimension! Hugs, Sandra

Candy C said...

Tracy...I LOVE your steampunk canvas. It's rocks, girlfriend! I love that pocket watch die cut and how you've taken it to a whole new level! WOW! Love the layers of it and then how you added the stamped acetate over the gentlemen. That looks so cool! Your Ideaology pocket watch is also a great embellishment on this piece. I love the mini numerals and the little gears that you've randomly placed on the canvas, too. You've made Brushed Corduroy look fantastic! <3 Candy

Dianne said...

STUNNING canvas Miss Tracy. The brushed corduroy, I don't own but I do love the color.The pocket watches you created are brilliant, love all the embellishments, its so creative, thanks again for sharing all this inspiration, it takes my breath away..

Anna-Karin said...

This is so cool Tracy!! I love your two watches and especially the overlay stamping which adds such dimension. Fabulous background and embellishments too. Brushed Corduroy used to be a favourite of mine, but for some reason I am not using it as much nowadays, I better use it soon again!

Martina said...

Incredible, Tracy! I really love all that details and the pocket watch! Well done :-)

Martina said...

Incredible, Tracy! I really love all that details and the pocket watch! Well done :-)

Carol Q said...

love the depth and dimension with the pocket watch Tracy. a beautifully created piece.

Unknown said...

wow, Tracy this is amazing x

Netty said...

wow this is fabulous Tracy, am just going to have to buy the watch die cut, have put it off far too long.
Hugs Annette x

Sue said...

Wow Tracy this is gorgeous, I love how you've used the acetate xx

Words and Pictures said...

Fantastic industrial grunge - love the finish on those watch frames, and the brilliant acetate stamping - a great, great make!
Alison xx

Kate Yetter said...

Awesome canvas! Love the grunge and dimention. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Scrap Recup said...

Whaaaa ! That, I love the steampunk with these products. And your idea with transparent paper, it's just excellent !

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Oh Tracy...this is a new favorite! I'm PINNING!!! Love Brushed Corduroy too! Amazing design!!! LOVE this!

Suzanne C said...

Can I just say Stunning! The design is wonderful and inspiring!

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Very cool steampunk piece, Tracy! You're right! Brushed corduroy is perfect for this application!

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Anonymous said...

so totally cool!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love the 3-D look you gave to the pocket watch die! I guess I need to add it to my wish list now. Blessings!