Sunday, July 15, 2012

Getting Chunky

No, this is NOT a post about diet gone wrong.  It's about a chunky ATC.  If you don't know what that is, it's an ATC made of wood, and it is very dimensional and has not one, but SIX sides to decorate.  The "face" is the standard ATC size of 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", and the depth is 1 1/2", so there are many opportunities to embellish to your heart's content.

I completed mine a while back for a swap in my Kindred Souls group,  and just found out that I'm to send it to my great friend Elena, which is a relief, because the theme I chose, steampunk, is one I know she'll like.  So, Elena, you know the drill....if you'd like to be surprised, look no further!







I began by embossing two of Ranger's foil tape sheets with Tim's industrial look folders: diamond plate and riveted metal.  What's great about the tape is that it has a strong adhesive backing, so adhering it to the wood was easy.  Then I went crazy with the Ranger/Vintaj patinas I have come to love so much.  And then.....the real fun began.....finding just the right steampunkish elements to add to the piece.



Some gears and sprockets from Tim's idea-ology collection, including the newish mini gears, which I just love.  The focal image is from a stamp in his steampunk set.  I cut it and inserted it into whatever that doodad is (a 7 Gypsies doodad), filled the top with glossy accents, and surrounded it with some copper colored ball chain.  On the bottom, also cut from the foil sheet, a bit from Tim's washer border decorative strip.  The sentiment is also Tim...one of the word bands all patinaed (word???) up.

Here's a closer look of the main image:




On the flip side:



More gears, some from 7 Gypsies, and one I'm not sure of.  On the right edge, I used Tim's steampunk on the edge die to cut some real copper sheeting that my darling brother found and presented to me recently.  It's important to train all your non crafty friends and relatives so they know just what sort of junk will make your heart go pitter patter.  When I saw all the copper he'd found I definitely was on the verge of needing CPR.  It too, was altered a bit with the patinas.

Now, for the "sides" of the ATC:



The fellow with the camera is a Wendy Vecchi stamp, colored with distress markers, and enhanced with some glossy accents and a black glaze pen.  Behind him, some more of that washer border, and on top of that, a tiny lightbulb from my stash.  Here is a closer look of how I attached the bulb....wire and tiny copper nails (also courtesy of my bro).  Those nails appear all over this ATC!



Next side:



This side has a strip of metal, attached with more of those copper nails, and over top a piece of idea-ology with some scrap chain attached.

The top:




If you're wondering how I attached the watch key (so it would stay attached), this is what I did.  I first screwed it into the round piece of metal and then attached that metal to the top with a combination of strong glue and more copper nails.  I added the copper ball chain to finish it off.

No photo of the bottom.  Except for the metal it remains unadorned so that the piece will stand up nicely.  But I'm thinking of adding some little feet, if I can find just the right items to use for that purpose.

If you'd like to try your hand at a chunky ATC, all you need is a two by four from the lumber yard.  For some reason unknown to me (maybe it's a guy thing), the actual measurement of a two by four is
1 1/2 by 3 1/2".  So, all you need to do is make cuts on it every 2 1/2" and you have the exact right measurements for a chunky ATC!  Pretty cool, huh?








25 comments:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...wow this is such a clever piece of work, loVe your theme of steampunk the possibilities are boundless, the embossing gives a great effect and the colours sit really well together, all your embellishments are just yummy!!...a superb piece thats a delight to look at...Mel :)
A fellow Kindered Soul xx

Dorothy said...

Oh my goodness Eileen!!! That is gorgeous!!!

Mary-Beth said...

It's fabulous Eileen!! I love all the wonderful texture on it! Hope you don't mind if I pin it!!

Alexandra said...

Gorgeous steampunky chunky ATC Eileen. Great textures & colours. I can see you've put lots of work (or fun) into this.

Tammy D said...

I do love Steampunk stuff and yours is always awesome!

Wanda said...

Now that is very cool. I love this piece of artwork!!!

Alicia said...

How awesome Eileen! You can see you put your heart into this one! *Hugs*

SusanK said...

Very spunky!

Vic said...

I love it! All that steampunk makes me happy!

Penny Duncan said...

Oh WOW Eileen...I love this piece.......that is so awesome......

Elena said...

Woo hoo!!!!! LUCKY ME!!! I hadnt even seen the database yet so didnt know you were sending to me!!!!! Eileen!! It is FABULOUS!!!!! I LOVE IT!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Looks Awesome! I was going to say Elena will Love it and I see she does!!!!!
hugs Lynn

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

I love, love, love chunky ATC's ! Fun to make and fun item to have as a decoration in the house !

Lucky Elena !!
It's always nice to know your project will be cherished after putting a lot of time, work and love in it.

I love all the techniques you used to alter the metal, chipboard,... to look like old metal.
I have the vintaj inks too, but have not used them yet ! ;.. Must get my hands inky on a project to use this, cause they are indeed great stuff !

greetings from belgium
Inge

Cathee said...

Love it! I joined the group too late to get involved in this one!! it is perfection.

Marjie Kemper said...

This is a GORGEOUS chunky ATC! Holy Moley, Elena is one lucky gal getting that in the mail Love all the metal bits and bobs!

Kerry Peasland said...

Absolutely wonderful! I would have enjoyed this swap. I love it!

Ally White Cat said...

Such a wonderful project..I love it..wonderful art!

Lisa H said...

love it!!!

n1sunrider said...

Total awesomeness and my all time fave... Steampunk!

Scrappin' Stacy said...

Wow! A great creation. Love the little light bulb and how you attached it.

Anita Houston said...

Cool cool cool!!! Love the steampunk theme and the color!!!

Patzee said...

Just 3 words: ball chain rocks!! This is a metallic marvel with gears and doo-dads everywhere. Another outstanding creation from the queen of lots of stuff!

PaulaJ said...

what a great chunky ATC!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

This is just awesome Eileen! Elena is soooo lucky! I love the ball chain around that embellishment--very clever! And, every time I see you use those patinas, they go higher up on my wish, no, want, no, NEED list!

Lori said...

This is WAY cool! Love the steampunk theme, of course...and the colors and all that metal, it gives me the chills!! lol....really fantastic piece!