I have been working on a lot of clean projects of late and was eager to get a bit messy and the perfect opportunity was my lovely friend Martina’s birthday (if Martina’s name is new to you then why not pop over and visit to see her incredible art) . Martina has a passion for Steampunk (in fact there are not many of us who are not captivated by the allure of Steampunk) so I knew I could have lots of fun with this.
Usually I provide links directly to a stamp set but I used so many of this altered book cover. I literally sifted through all the Oxford Impressions sets I own looking for stamps that would work with what I had in mind. What I will do is list the stamp plates used and provide a link to Suzanne’s Oxford Impressions’ Etsy store but if you live in the U.K. I believe you can track down the Steampunk plates at either That’s Crafty or The Craft Barn.
Oxford Impressions Stamp Plates (excluding My Fair Lady plate, all other plates available from Etsy)
My Fair Lady (femme) discontinued plate
Abraham Lincoln (quote)
Dressforms & Corsets (stamped numbers on side of Bingo card)
Steampunk Works (text at top of panel and mechanical key)
Steampunk Elements (blueprint stamped onto book cover base and top hat)
We all have our own way of working, don’t we? For me it tends to be that I start with stamp selection (or image) and a vague notion of the style I am aiming for and at this point I will look for elements that reinforce the story that is in my mind. The Bingo card was an element that was foremost in my mind. This was a vintage Bingo card but I grunged it up somewhat with my scissors, sandpaper and ink.
As I wasn’t aiming for a perfect stamped appearance I stamped directly onto the painted cover, I was really wanting to achieve pattern and texture more than anything. This is such a wonderful quote… I had the tea/coffee stained fabric in amongst my stash although my stash of all things tea/coffee stained is quickly diminishing, I can certainly see coffee stained digits on the horizon! Clusters of watch parts add texture and juxtapose against the feminine pieces of torn lace. I really had the most fun playing around with this book cover, bringing the different stamps together and getting painty and inky at the same time. For you, I hope you like the contrast from all the love is in the air pretty and feminine projects that I have been sharing of late.
Before I leave this scheduled post I have to say a heartfelt thank you for all of you who have continued to not only visit my Blog but also take the time to comment. Due to ill health I have not been able to visit Blogs and once I do return (this is a scheduled post so it might be possible that I have started to drift back into Blogland) it might be at a trickle so to have friends of my Blog who still care about what I post here even when I have not been able to visit them, that means so much to me.
In the coming days I plan to schedule some posts I drafted last month so that my Blog will be active even if I am anything but!
I hope you are all well and I really look forward to catching-up with your creations.