Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook. I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
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This is a Calico Craft Parts DT piece from the end of August 2015 and you'll see that I was ahead of the (Tim Holtz) loop with my suggestion to Calico Craft Parts that it would be nice to have some pipes and connectors to play with. Oh, and what's more - this plaque is almost exactly the size of the medium-sized new Etcetera tags. Just goes to show there is "no new thing under the sun"! This is what I wrote back in 2015...
Steampunk fans will be excited to hear that the latest additions to the Calico Craft Parts range offer a wealth of Steampunk inspiration. There are fantastical cogs and flourishes, quirky characters and vehicles, as well as the pieces I've been playing with... a set of pipes and connectors (I'm proud to say they were my suggestion, though the actual design details were all in CCP's hands). They're so much fun to play with, and here's what I've cooked up on my first go.
It's not where I meant to go, but I rather like where it ended up.
(The post title is there for any West Wing fans - you'll know what I'm talking about with the Steam Pipe Trunk Distribution Venue! It just seemed the right title for this piece.)
The whole thing is on a large plaque, so there's plenty of room for one of my favourite steampunk-style stamp images as well as lots of the pipes and taps and screws from the Pipework Maze set.
The base is one of the Birch Plywood Plaques - the large Rectangle, 30x15cm (12x6 inches for those in old money!). I had a little play with the pipes and the image to get a rough idea of where I might be headed.
Next step was to cut and emboss some card to fill the plaque around the area for the image, and then I covered that with black gesso from the edges and white gesso from the centre, so that we'd have a nice glowing light at the centre of things.
Then I started adding colour - some ink and mica sprays and some DecoArt Traditions Prussian Blue Hue - before dry-brushing with white gesso to highlight the texture. (It's all a sort of combination of things learned from Andy Skinner and Finnabair.)
I spent a while playing with the pipes, trying out various finishes. Thankfully, the Calico Craft Parts are more than sturdy enough to take several changes of mind. Here's one that didn't make it - too dark against the background, but a look I'll be playing with again soon!
In the end, I've got DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Silver paint with some mica sprays over the top, and a shading wash of the DecoArt Prussian Blue applied with the fingertips down the "dark sides" of the pipes and washer heads and taps.
In places, there's also some Pewter Treasure Gold providing highlights along the inner sides of the pipes, shining in the light cast by our beautiful Steampunk woman (a La Blanche stamp). I love all the stopcocks and pumps and taps (I'm sure there are proper names for them all... I just don't know them!).
And I love that you can pretty much create any map or maze of pipes that you like.
I altered some of the Mini Cogs, Styles 3 and 4, in the same way, and added them to the steam pipe maze...
... along with some metal cogs of various sizes.
I was lucky enough to be given some tiny lightbulbs by a friend of Cestina's. I've been hoarding them, but finally some of them have a home of their own.
So the glow of the woman at the centre is not the only source of light in the piece! She's stamped on tissue paper and glued into place.
You'll probably have noticed that the Pewter Treasure Gold made its way onto the background cog texture too. It adds a great metallic lustre.
The sentiment is stamped on watercolour paper, tinted around the edges with the same ink and paint colours to tie it in with the rest of the piece.
I can see so many possibilities for these steam pipes. They'll work on layouts (they make a great framing feature for an image or photo), or on masculine cards or tags.
You could go all out grungy and rusty, but for this particular creation I'm going to claim the Glampunk label again. I'd intended to go for rust and verdigris, but that just wasn't where it took me this time around. There's always another day!
I hope you like my Glampunk plaque, and do check out the new Steampunk offerings over at Calico Craft Parts. You might just find yourself setting out on a Steampunk adventure of your very own.
So there you go - if you don't fancy cutting your own pipes with Tim's new die, then Calico have got it all sorted for you! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you again soon, once I've got the current bit of dashing about done.
I never drink water. That is the stuff that rusts pipes.