Monday, 11 March 2013

Book box

Hi there friends
I hope you are well. This morning I have to say I was surprised to see the white stuff falling this morning; you can tell I was sleeping when the weather report was on! Still, it gave me the chance to finish off a book box that I've had unfinished for ages now.
 I used black card with loads of Perfect Pearl powder and water on the outside of the box, it gives a lovely metalised appearance which I loved. Before fixing it to the box I stuck part of an old computer board to the box and tore the card to allow it to "push" through I used a piece of chain to join two of the flaps together and hung a steampunk style charm to it.
I cut card to fit the sides if the box and I used my hatched background stamp and a clock stamp to add detail to the sides of the box and inked everything with Black Soot and Walnut stain Distress ink.
 Inside is a mixture of elements, from had made paper, old "pipework", chain and a caged heart.
 The pipes were from a build your own straws set, painted gold and silver and aged with bitumen. The heart is a shattered stains grunge heart and is in a cage that was originally a Christmas decoration filled with jelly beans.
 Lurking in the shadows is the gentlemen from IndigoBlu - Pomp and Pageantry stamp set.
 You can just see peeking out a binocular and watch charm which I think are pretty cool.
The words are written on brown card, Deep in the shadows of the heart dwell our dreams.

I am pleased with how it came out in the end, and as it fits the bill I'm entering this into Smudgy Antics - Anything but a card challenge.

Hope you all have a good and creative afternoon too.


mark gould said...

I love how this turned out Neil. the cages heart is a great focal point.
This would also fit the theme of Alter something, My little challenge in the SI forum ;)

Kristina said...

OMG & Wowzers!! This book/box is so trippin' cool! I love all the "Things" you added to your project, and the distressing is terrific! Love this! Hope to see more of your work! You can also post on your forum called the "Hoard" thank you for joining us at Smudgy Antics!

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

Wow Neil, this is just gorgeous. Love the finish and finishing touches. A real eye for detail, something I also strive to achieve. So glad you have found our little corner and joined in. Thank you for sharing your art with us at Smudgy Antics

ionabunny said...

Wow, love the way you mave metallised the straws. Really looks like pipes. Great project

Elly said...

Well, it's stunning and your box is one more reasons to read your blog continuous. It's a man's world to come up with a computer thingy on a book cover. Maybe i'm boring you, but you are genius (:o)

Annie said...

What a fab project Neil. I love the front cover...very inspirational

The layout inside is amazing...great use of a straw.



Nan G said...

OMG! So stinkin' cool! Computer board! Pipes! Gotta find me that build a straw stuff as I would love to add pipes to my clocks! Love all of the little bits peeking out at us. Really way cool, Neil!

I Don't Do Straight said...

FAB!Love the steampunk feel of it and that caged heart is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Smudgy Antics :)

Fiona (anubis 1 ) said...

WOW Neil........I am loving this. Especially the pipework awesome!!!

~Lady B~ said...

Wow! I'm totally gobsmacked! I am at a loss for words so it's a good thing the ladies and gents covered all the compliments already. Let me first take a second to lift my jaw up from the floor and wipe my drool. Your piece is beyond amazing and I could spend hours looking at all the luscious details, textures, and embellishments. Your pipe work and the caged heart totally make the piece. Brilliant work! Thanks for playing along with us at Smudgy Antics :)

Ally White Cat said...

How incredible is this? woozers my friend you dazzled me here. straws? how wonderful I love what the perfect pearls did I must try that. magnificent art. Thanks for playing with us at smudgy antics.
susan s

Happycrafter Shell said...

amazing piece of art! love all the different techniques you have used to make this piece. thank you for playing along wtih us at Smudgy Antics

blackdragon said...

Wonderful steampunk caged heart book-box.
Gorgeous techniques you have used.. love the pipe work.
Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy antics. BDx

Anna Lilja said...

Neil! This is so awesome! You really amaze me with this piece! I love all the layers, the totally awesome metal feeling of it all! A real great job on this one man! :)
Thanks for joining is at Smudgy Antics!

Anna Lilja said...

Neil! This is so awesome! You really amaze me with this piece! I love all the layers, the totally awesome metal feeling of it all! A real great job on this one man! :)
Thanks for joining is at Smudgy Antics!