Tuesday 1 April 2014

A Little Bit of SteamPunk

Good morning folks
I have been working on some projects now for a few weeks and neglecting my blog and a few other things besides. The projects are now finished and although I showed the biggest time consumer on facebook, I have yet to blog it and the sister project made.

They will both be published in Just Steampunk, Volume 5 on sale in August from Scott Publications, 

First is a tote bag I made, from scratch. Just a collection of rectangles of cotton fabric stitched together, but I now have a decent sized craft tote to take what ever I need to my weekly craft club meetings. Plenty of pockets was my main aim and this has been achieved.
The decoration - the main image on the front flap is from the pen of Rick St Dennis. A new image created for me by the man himself. "A Clockwork Pony Cart" can be found in Rick's Zibbet shop and as a download from the Etsy shop.
I hand coloured the image first with a mixture of Graph It and promarker pens with metallic elements painted on using perfect pearls.
then scanned into my pc so that it could be printed onto the fabric transfer paper (Crafty Computer Paper).
The image cut out and ironed onto the front panel of my tote. Then, using a stencil from Creative Expressions and some copper fabric paint, was given a frame.

The handles for the tote were also stencilled using the same stencil and paint. The pockets on the side were decorated with another stencil, this time from "Splodgeaway"

The "sister" project, one that the original hand coloured project could be used on, also features another of Rick's new Steampunk images, Professor Coppelious. Also available as a download from Etsy. He also was coloured with a mixture of Graph It and promarker pens with metallic elements painted on using perfect pearls.
I had to flip him so that he fit my scene
Applied both the images to a canvas that was previously covered in black gesso them stencilled using glossy dreamweaver stencil paste and the same Splodgeaway mask as on the tote.
A mask made using a TH "weathered clock" die cut and some copper pan pastels over this. The stencil itself then was applied, why waste it? Some balloons, by prima,were stencilled as well using a mix of gold and sienna pan pastel.

The "time travel" letters are thickers from American Crafts.

I'd like to enter these projects into the challenges at
Through The Purple Haze - Steam Punk

The canvas I'd like to enter into the challenge at
Pan Pastel/Premium Craft Brands challenge - Metallics


  1. That tote is just amazing! I especially love the perfect stenciling. Gorgeous!
    Your canvas is equally lovely, but I am partial to a good, sturdy, satchel.
    Congrats on being published! Such an accomplishment!

  2. They are both so very awesome. Great colouring to

  3. WOW, stunning tote bag, bet you get lots of people asking where you bought it from! Love your style and colours used, am really into printing and colouring onto fabric, great inspiration :-) xxx

  4. aBSOLUTELY FANTASTIC..... A wow...card..

    fiona dT

  5. This is extremely impressive. You put such much thought and technique into this project, and it really shows. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining TTPH this week.

  6. Im not a lover of steampunk but this is wow and can convert me I love it
    thank you for entering TTPH good luck x

    Jacqui DT

  7. Spectacular, Helen!! You did awesome!!!

  8. Stunning Helen, thank you so much for linking up over at Pan Pastel UK.
    Tracy xoxo

  9. Well Helen, you've outdone yourself, they are both stunning projects. Well done you. Thanks for playing along again at
    Through The Purple Haze Challenges Hope to see you again next week
    Hugs, Teresa DT
    Ceesa's Card Creations

  10. Fantastic creations thanks for joining us at TTPH
    Nicola DT

  11. Beautiful work on the tote! Really love it, and wish I was able to make things like that :) And the canvas... amazing! Love the background! I saw the steampunk horse-digi first time on your FB page and fell in love instantly :D Thanks for joining us at TTPH this week :)

    Lisbeth, DT

  12. Wow what an awesome project, such a creative idea and the finished result is stunning!! Thanks for joining us at PanPastel UK this time
    Claire xx

  13. WOW, Helen! What amazing projects! Fabulous coloring on those intricate images and totally gorgeous makes! Congrats on your mag publication. Well deserved. xxD