Saturday, March 8, 2014

Artist Trading Blocks - Steampunk Style

So I have noticed that there are several artists out there doing some steampunk type Artist Trading Blocks (a Sizzix Die by Eileen Hull) and that has really inspired me to do one myself, I mean, I love Artist Trading Blocks or ATBs and I love Steampunk!! It's a match made in craft heaven!!


If you go to the artist trading block site you can see several ideas and get tons of inspiration there...


and make sure to check out Amy Bowerman's Site Plucking Daisies - She is doing a Eileen Hull Inspiration Team Call


For this ATB, I wanted to make something really special for my daughter for her 16th birthday. So this Artist Trading Block is going to be her 3D card from me... This one is going to be open and have flowers and butterflies coming out... I hope she likes it

This is going to be a photo heavy post - sorry 
I did this really cool riveting technique that I learned from the fabulous Tim Holtz. I took a class of his a little over a year ago in Maryland and this technique was awesome. I have loved it ever since...

I added a Soda Pop tab to the lid of the box to act as a opener
In this photo you can see some of the riveting and also the top
I colored them both with alcohol inks


I also added some Tim Holtz metal numbers to the lid and colored those as well


Here are some photos of my finished Artist Trading Block


I added watch pieces that a friend of mine sent to me, I used some metal mesh for the center of some of the flowers, I used gear dies (by Tim Holtz) and watch parts, old buttons, this was so fun to put together



Click the photos to enlarge so you can see the details better















I found this new challenge site called A Vintage Journey and the theme is "Tim Holtz" so I decided to link this one up for the challenge.

Thanks again for coming by, I hope you enjoyed my Steampunk ATB.
Stay warm and don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend!!! Ha!!

24 comments:

  1. What a superb make Claudine! I love the inked metallic surface and those wonderful flowers/butterflies. The perfect way to mark a special birthday. Jenny x

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  2. This is a fascinating piece - thanks for introducing me to the ATB's!

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  3. CLAUDIA! You never cease to amaze me! I could stare at this gorgeous creation all day and see something different every minute. It is truly a work of art! TFS!

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  4. This ATB is awesome! WOW!
    Super job!

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  5. What a fabulous creation Claudine full of grungy goodness and with so much industrial detail. Thanks for taking on your travels with A Vintage Journey xx

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  6. This is fabulous Claudine! I love all the inky metal goodness especially those gorgeous flowers! Your daughter will LOVE this...what a fantastic sweet 16 keepsake. I absolutely adore the idea of giving an ATB in place of a Birthday Card...inspiring.

    Amy*

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  7. Superb example of the power of Tim! Fantastic make x

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  8. simply AMAZING! An extraordinary fantastic project is this!

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  9. This is just priceless, Claudine, and your daughter will treasure it absolutely FOREVER. Nuf said! Mwah!

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  10. Totally Fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Claudine ...OMG THey are so Fabulous and great and wonderful OH my ....... you got it going you are going places if ypou get to dezine for Tim H you go girl........... your friend MaryR

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  12. Oh wow I love it and i know your daughter will just love it and the 16 is on there too great art work and a great Idea.......
    MaryRedford

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  13. I am in total awe! and know that yourr daughter sure is an extremely lucky recipient of that treasure

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  14. This is so cool! Your daughter will love it!!

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  15. Awesome metal work! Love all the details with the flowers and ephmera. I am sure your daughter is just going to go nuts over it! Vickie

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  16. Holy moly, is this ever cool! I'm not going to say I love this or that because I LOVE everything tiny piece of it. So well thought out and exquisitely made. A total triumph, Claudine. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  17. SO FABULOUS!!! Love love love! This rocks!

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  18. How fabulous, Claudine! Love the combo of faux and real metal. Totally fun eye candy!

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  19. Very cool piece. Great job. Karen.x

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  20. Wow Claudine! what a fabulous make. I love your amazing metal work and all the fabulous details. Thanks for sharing your fabulous project with us at A Vintage Journey for our first challenge. Jennie

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  21. Wow! This is amazing it an expulsion of Steampunk gorgeousness

    Love it

    Jools x

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  22. Wow! This is amazing it an expulsion of Steampunk gorgeousness

    Love it

    Jools x

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  23. Jaw-droppingly fabulous - wow! Thank you for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

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