Sunday 10 February 2013

Feel the Love - 1

I admit it, I'm a big softy when it comes to Valentine's Day. Yes, even after years of marriage.   The second time around, too.  In my head I'm still 18 and as romatic as ever.  So I like to make a bit of an effort with The Love Of My Life's Valentine and as there are a number of Valentine/romance/hearts and flowers related challenges going on right now, well...

Having said I'm a big softy, I don't like giving TLOML something that is too sweety-sweety.  In the past I've done mini-albums, minimalist white-on-white, a CD slideshow - all sorts of things.  This year I've gone Steampunk (we both love the style - just as well really!)

I began with a papier-mache box (one of a nested set of three.  This is the middle-sized one) and covered it with aluminium insulating tape (I got some 50 mm wide from the DIY store, and I also got some 100 mm wide from Ebay).  I followed the technique demonstrated by Tim Holtz here

I die cut some gears (from the Chronology range by Docrafts) and the letters (Sizzix Bigz XL - Word Play) rubbed on Gilder's Paste in shades of gold, silver and bronze and antiqued them all with a very dilute wash of black acrylic paint.  When they were dry, I stuck them all to the lid of the box.

That's part one done and dusted - now I just have to make the card to go inside.  But before I go on to make the card, I'm going to enter this in the Anything But A Card blog challenge nd the Hostshot Craft Blog Challenge.
See you in Part 2!


Redanne said...

Hi Keren, I think it is lovely that you are still so much in love (something we share with you)and this box is really beautiful and perfect for the LOYL. Hugs, Anne x

craftymum said...

This is wonderful.I love it. Very Tim Holtz! Thank you for joining us at HSC

Hugs Sarah x

Annie said...

Hi Keren....fab box...I so love Steampunk and have not made anything for a while. I know your OH will love this.


Annie x

ria gall said...

A great bit of 3D art and really stunning I just love steampunk and this is FAB xxxxxxx said...

I Love you box with its subtle and so pretty theme of love. Enjoy Valentines Day. Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card this challenge.

Julia S-W said...

Keren I love your not sweety sweety valentine box - your steam punk style is much more up my street even if I have just done a tag with a cherub! Great use of the metal tape (love this stuff!) and adding the acrylic wash has antiqued the pieces well.
I had to laugh when you said about being on your second marriage and still feeling 18 in your head - I know exactly how you feel!
Thanks for sharing your box with us at Anything But A Card this time.

Claudia N. said...

Gosh! Brilliant Steampunk!!! LOVE!

die amelie x

Cazzy said...

I love that! I will have to get some of that tape, if only I can remember what I wanted, then what I wanted it for when I get it!

Cazzy x

MJ's Kraze said...

Great. Job I know someone who would die if she got this. Thanks for joining up at ABAC.