Monday, September 12, 2011

Steampunk, Wendified

I can picture anyone new to this blog going, "huh?"  Well, in my world, Wendifying a theme just means using Wendy Vecchi's stamps to execute it.  It took me almost a week to create something for the current Making Art! challenge at EWV, but as it turns out, the delay worked in my favor, because the piece I did works perfectly with the new Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge.

The challenges:  at EWV, Lori says, make a tag and use stamps from no more than two of Wendy's sets; and Simon Says, show us some steampunk.

And here is my piece:



For the background, I ran one of Ranger's new (and fabulous) kraft tags through my Vagabond in Tim's steampunk embossing folder, and hit the high points with several distress inks....rusty hinge, vintage photo, and black soot.

The gears on the side were cut with Tim's on-the-edge die from grungepaper.  I painted it black, and when that was dry I dabbed it with brown and copper acrylic paint, very randomly so it looked like bits of rust.  And when that was dry, I covered the whole thing with a thick coat of rock candy crackle paint.  It is attached to the tag with glossy accents, applied only to the edge, so the gears sort of stand away from the tag and have a lot of dimension. (Especially since impatiently blasting the poor sucker with my heat gun made it kind of wonky.....sort of adds to the vintage charm, I think.  Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.)

The steampunkish man and the words are all from Wendy's set Seriously Art, stamped on plain old white cardstock with black archival ink, then lightly colored with distress inks.  Mr. Serious got some enhancement (the shiny parts) with a black Sakura glaze pen....one of my most favorite art supplies, by the way.

The pointing hand (stamped on grungepaper with clear ink and embossed with black powder) is from another Wendy set, Mail Art.

By the way, the word seriously is actually part of the stamp of the man.....it appears right below the image.  I cut it off so it would fit on the brim of his hat instead.  It's always good to find variations when it comes to using your stamps.

21 comments:

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Well looks to me like you "Eileenified" it!!! Love the gears on the side!!!!! AWESOME job as always ma'am!!

Nancy said...

Great Steampunk tag, Eileen!!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Fabulous. I love it.

Angie said...

Very nice! Lots going on without looking like lots going on...LOVE the gears!

Barb said...

Great Steampunk art!....love the wonky bits!...vbg

Candy C said...

Eileen...your steampunk tag is GREAT! I love the embossed background and then the die cut gears on the top as well! Love the stamped Wendy images, too!! Beautifully done! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Diann said...

Wow...I'm loving your Wendified steampunk tag! I like the way you explained the entire process...another work of ART!
Diann

Tammy D said...

I seriously love this piece!

Helen said...

It's fab, Eileen!

Patzee said...

Your wonky gears are so wonderfully steampunk! Seriously! This tag just tickles me. Great job!

Kathy Eddy said...

Lovin' your steampunk Eileen1 Glad your Mom is getting settled in also. Very stressful for you for a while I'm afraid! so glad you have your art to release some of it in.

Fliss said...

Fabulous tag Eileen. Love all the textures and the colours. Great to hear how it came about too.
Fliss x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Gorgeous! I love that you embossed and have the coordinating die cut piece! Really nice distressing too!

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Vic said...

Wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Eileen, what an awesome piece of art. Just perfect for all of the purposes it is meant for AND even MORE!! It gave me some ideas for another art piece I'm working on!! TFS. Love, Liz Walters

Marva said...

Hi Eileen, this is awesome! Love the dud!!! Marva

snazzyoriginal said...

Loving Mr Serious!

Lori said...

Totally love this idea, and the sense of humor is right up my alley, but of course, you knew that. Thanks so much for joining the MAC!

Dorothy said...

FANTASTIC!!!

Gillian .... said...

Love love love your steampunk tag Eileen,just perfect.

Julie Ann said...

Really cool, Eileen!!! :D