Thursday, 2 September 2010

Enveloping Steampunk by Sarah Anderson


I was thrilled when Hels and Jennie asked if I'd be a guest designer here on The Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog, especially in light of the new cogs and gears backgrounds Jennie has brought out!  I just love them :)

I have some little brown envelopes which I discovered fitted an ATC inside, so I decided to go with a Steampunk theme and make a little envelope book.


I took a Mushroom and a Lake Mist Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber and smudged paint onto the envelope and stamped with the sequin waste open background stamp and dots.


I always do this on a sheet of copier paper too, which then gives me a co-ordinating background on which to stamp then cut images from.  The Cogs Background from the 'Time' collection of stamps is brilliant for working with a Steampunk theme.


And Tick Tock, in the same collection, has these wonderful clock/watch faces with an open centre, which look great combined with the cogs background.


After collaging some stamped papers onto my envelope I then partially stamped the large moth from Insects and Butterflies Collection No 1.  This provides the detail for the moth's antennae.  I then cut out a plain white moth from copier paper and collage it on top.


I decided I wanted more of a contrast in this piece, so used Pool and Eggplant Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers to colour the moth.


I decorated two more envelopes in similar fashion,



and the front cover [made of folded card to fit the envelopes].  I used one of Tim's Idea-ology clock faces and some watch parts to add an authentic feel to my book.  Vintage Watch Collection parts are available here at The Artistic Stamper.


The book is made from 3 envelopes, hinged together with folded card covered with paper.  Now I just need to make some ATCs to live inside!!

24 comments:

Jennie said...

What a fabulous ATC holder, and welcome to our world!

Helen said...

Sarah, this is just gorgeous. Love that moth.

Cheryl said...

oh wow this is just fab really love the way you have put all the pieces,so perfectly together,just brilliant love cheryl xx

Lynn Stevens said...

What a wonderful envelope book and I adore Steampunk!

Joanne said...

Just got to have that moth. Your design is wonderful and full of fab techniques.
Luv Joanne xx

Hels Sheridan said...

CORRRRRR... Sarah, this is TRULY divine... what a brilliant project.. thanks for the inspirations x

Minxy said...

Well you certainly know how to make this steampunk style look good, your project is just awesome Sarah, nice to have you on the team this month :)

Heavenly Anarchist said...

Gorgeous work, everything hanging together nicely. Love that hawkmoth!

Lori said...

Hi Sarah! So excited for you to be the guest designer! Well deserved! Love your steampunk piece here, the colors and stamping are wonderful!

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous place to stash those ATC's! Love the colours :)
xoxo Sioux

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous project, love it!

Lucy

Joanna K said...

Beautiful ATC holder, such a stunningly perfect collage of images and the colours are yummy! Love it! xxx

Sarah Anderson said...

Thanks everyone :)

Tracy Evans said...

Great idea creating an envelope book and I always love a Steampunk theme and especially when it's beautifully created. Nice work Sarah. Tracy Evans x

craftytrog said...

What a brilliant idea! Love your designs Sarah!

Kat said...

Hi there, I just wanted to say wooow I love your atc holder,
I hope we will be seeing a lot more of your work,
Kathleen

Janeyc49 said...

Wow what a fabulous piece of art - lurve that moth !

Lorraine said...

this is very good..like the combination of the colours

Cath Wilson said...

That's brilliant, Sarah - you've actually managed to make those stamps look usable! Love it.

Netty said...

This is fabulous Sarah. I love it. Annette x

cardesque said...

gorgeous ATC book - lovely work!

cardesque said...

gorgeous ATC book - lovely work!

Sandra said...

Wonderful -just wonderful!
Sandra

Gerrie Johnnic said...

OHHHHH, such a FABie little book you made, luv your collage and colors!!