Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Grungy Monday Meets Gothic Arches

Hopefully, I'm not hearing any moaning and groaning that my take on this week's Grungy Monday challenge is a bit similar to last week's! I honestly can't get enough of these new Steampunk stamps from Tim Holtz. Plus, in my defense, the Gadget Gears die makes such a great foam stamp!

I had way too much fun playing around with different techniques, in addition to the 'Distress Ink With Studio Multi-Medium' challenge technique. One of my new favorite things is using Tim's Faux Rust technique on everything! Here, I used it on a frame that was cut from thick chipboard using the Tag and Bookplates die. It looks so cool!! I had actually made it awhile ago and then stashed it away to use later. When I opened my stash box, I spotted it and thought it would be perfect. I stamped the men from the new Steampunk stamp set from Tim Holtz and cut one out to use in the frame. I stamped the background from the same set onto a green piece from the Lost and Found paper collection, and mounted the man onto it and then secured it to the frame with Glossy Accents. I use a Versamark pen to apply ink to the cavity and then filled it with clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. I heated it and repeated a few more times. Love this look!

I had a piece of cardboard lying around that I thought would add a nice bit of texture to my Gothic Arch. I did a random bit of Faux Rust here, too. This time I used Vintage Photo Distress Stain to add color. The metal piece was stamped with an Artistic Outpost stamp and then 'rusted' up a bit. I attached it using my Tiny Attacher (can't live without it!).

This is one of my favorite bits! I wanted to experiment with stamping on copper. I stamped the pointing finger from the Steampunk set using StazOn. I heat set it and then applied liver of sulphur - oh, that stuff stinks!! But, it blackens the copper beautifully and gives it a great vintage look. After it dried, I buffed it and was thrilled to see that the stamped image was still there.

Finally, I embellished the frame with an Idea-ology Philosophy Tag attached to a Hitch Fastener with Jump Rings. I also added Sprocket Gears to the upper part of the arch.

Be sure and pop over to both Linda's Grungy Monday and Gothic Arches blogs to take a gander at all the fantastic artwork!

40 comments:

  1. Wow, love your steampunk take on this! I was thinking of using the gears also as I need a steampunk piece for another challenge this week. Great work!

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  2. You certainly did steampunk this GM Gothic Arch! Love the gears for the background resist and your rusty frame is of course perfect! Love this plate also, but have only used the hand! Very cool!

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  3. Awesome job! Love this style!

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  4. Fabulous piece, everything blends so well together and I love the background. Tracy x

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  5. What an amazing piece - those gadget gears do work really well for this technique don't they - great minds think alike!! I love your stamping on metal too.

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  6. Wow this is an amazing piece - the gadget gears work so very well.

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  7. No complaint from me that the artwork may be similar to last weeks! Wow, this is so neat! I do find it difficult to read colored text on the black background of blogs, though.

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  8. WoW - lovely piece of steampunk grungy marvelousness

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  9. For someone who does not do any Steam Punk, and probably never will, it does not mean that I do not recognise a piece of wonderful art. This is such an interesting piece Shelly, with all its many different techniques and embellishments.
    Smiles:)

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  10. Wow, Shelly, I'm missing words, your steampunk arch looks fantastic. Wonderful arrangement of all these elements.

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  11. Fabulous gothic arch Shelly... loving the steampunk and the gears... awesome faux rust too...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  12. great tag, loving the steam punk look, everything blends so well together.
    janet

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  13. Terrific arch Shelly, such great composition and love all the embellies especially your Steampunk sign, so cool. Have a great week, Annette x

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  14. Fantastic arch, definitely shows the Steampunk theme! Love how you have put all the elements together.

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  15. Wow, this is so fun and fabulous! I've been debating that tag and bookplates die.... looks like I "need" it! Gorgeous, inspirational piece here!

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  16. Well, I know I'm not sick of it. I find it inspiring and food for my addiction (lol)

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  17. Wow, Shelly this is just awesome!!! Love your arch, your fabulous techniques and the different elements you've used to create this brilliant piece of art :) Bravo girl!!!
    hugs and smiles,
    Linda

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  18. Very cool piece! Fab job with all the techniques you used!!
    Pam

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  19. WoW! It´s an absolutly great peace!

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  20. Shelly ~

    These are fabulous! What an amazing gift you have. Thanks for sharing!

    Gentle hugs!

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  21. LoVe this piece, Shelly! You do such awesome work. Your blog is always sooo interesting....

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  22. oh wow!! this is awesome!!! fabulous details!! =)
    hugs, SannaS

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  23. another fantastic grungy monday contribution!! love what you did with the mask on the math background!

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  24. Great piece! Love the background and all your beautiful touches.

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  25. Love it! Love the metal, love the screw brad, love the rust. And rust never sleeps.

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  26. I love all of the details colors and shapes, this is a great piece.

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  27. Your attention to detail is an art in and of itself. I love your stamps, technique, embellishments...ok All of it.

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  28. Wo can complain when you work is so awesome!..Donna

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  29. What a gorgeous piece. Love it. That stamp set is definitely calling to me !

    Marilyn

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  30. This is a fantistic piece! I love how well the gears have come out. Gonna order that die later today!!May have to order the stamps too!!

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  31. Nice use of the technique! Good job!

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  32. Hey this is a fabulous project
    Frankie
    xx

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  33. Wow...love the "Arch" look to this and the details are incredible. Gorgeous!

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  34. I love a good Gothic Arch, and this is a is an absolutely FABULOUS one! Great job with the MM Resist technique, Shelly, and a completely wonderful work of steampunk brilliance! I love those stamps, too, so use them as often as you wish for the GM challenge! I love this piece.

    Isn't Faux Rust the coolest?

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  35. What a stylish arch! i love the Steampunk take on this challenge. Very nice!

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  36. Gorgeous! Love the distressing and inking!

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  37. I am so far behind on keeping up with my favorite blogs! I found this on Gothic Arches, when I was just checking to see if there was anything new. You do Steampunk so well!

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