Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artist Trading Block - TIME

I'm so excited to share with you today an Artist Trading Block that I have created. As some of you may know my favorite style of media is Steampunk and I did an ATB awhile back with steampunk in mind
(Warning, this post is photo heavy)

Well, I wanted to do another steampunk-ish/Time block but this time I really wanted it to be clear or see through
You can find Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Block along with all her dies HERE

I decided to use some of the thick clear packaging that I have saved from misc things I've bought
(yes, I save it all LOL)

I cut my ATB out of this packaging material and then embossed it with an embossing folder

In order to emboss each section of the ATB I had to put the embossing folder into the machine sideways and this way I can emboss each section without overlapping

For the middle section of the ATB I had to use a shim so that the middle would emboss but the other two sides would not
This was the result, each section of my ATB is embossed and there is no overlapping or wonky clocks

Next I simply colored my embossed sections with alcohol inks

For the Time plate to open I simply used paper on the back and created a piece that would swing open
(I created this plate with a Ten Second Studio texture plate, metal tape and black paint)

This piece of paper was adhered to the back of my plate and then onto my ATB front (I used red line tape for this)

I then used some grungeboard letters and painted those black with acrylic paint to create my "Time" word for the top of my ATB. I also used redline tape on the back to adhere those

For my flowers, I used Wendy Vecchi's set of clearly for art flowers and stamped this with various Tim Holtz stamps using archival ink

Once dry, I used various colors of alcohol ink to color them and heated them up to shape them

Here are several photos of my finished Artist Trading Block

The first photos are without the light

I figured that these photos would eventually be changed to a photo of Derek and I and our two girls, I just didn't have time to find the perfect photos and print them in the sepia tone

 Now the Photos with the light source under the ATB

I'm going to have to get one of those light stand for my ATB, the kind that turns. 

I hope you liked my creation today and please make sure to check out Eileen's Art With Heart June Challenge, this month it's all about "Summer Celebrations" you could win a wonderful Sizzix prize pack.

Also, hop on over to The Artists On The Block Blog for some more wonderful design team inspiration, there is so much wonderful talent on this design team!!

Thanks for coming by!!


  1. Oh good grief that is so darned clever! You MUST get a revolving light so you can see every side as they are all so fabulous. Jenny x

  2. Claudine you did it again !!!!!!! Taking my breath away !! Gosh this ATC box is gorgeous ! Just love each of the wonderful details. You are so talented and I'm grateful that you want to share your art with us. Thank you so much..
    Hugs from SPAIN

  3. BLOWN AWAY here! This is the coolest ATB ever! Love the light effect, and using plastic! You are brilliant! The hidden pop up panel is too cool too!

  4. Incredible Claudine, so clever too, to emboss each part of the block in stages. I love the fact that you can light it up too. Truly incredible! x

  5. Brilliant...totally! You never cease to amaze me with what you can do, Claudine. Impressive work here!

  6. Awesome,Claudine and thanks for so many pictures. I tooks wonderful fromany side. What a great piece of art you made.

  7. That is crazy Gorgeous!

  8. You are just too stinkin' clever. This is fabulous!

  9. Claudine you've rocked the Block once again ^.^ this is brilliant!