Sunday, 3 March 2013

Cuckoo clocks go Steampunk

Challenge #1

This is a piece I made for the fabulous new Steampunk challenges over at SanDee and Amelie's

   Steampunk (and Dieselpunk) is one of my favourite themes, so wishing them much success in their new adventure. I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone creates.

Cut out main shape using X-cut 'rectangle parenthesis 2 nesting dies' on pale yellow card and also (not shown) a larger black piece to back it on. 
I used X-cut tri-boss Chronology clocks folder for body of the Cuckoo clock and main featured clock dial.
For the clock body I used a pale yellow textured card and painted a light wash of brown, blue and black Aquamarker pens that I rubbed over a piece of plastic and watered down. I then put the damp card with a piece of tissue over top in folder as this seemed to make an even better impression.

 I cut this out of the card ran through the embossing folder and then I used some chalks and metallic rub-ons over top of the embossed images using red, black and gold.

Cut out shape for part of the roof in pale yellow card and again used watercolour on top of that.

Used Papermania: Urban stamps - 'Bird print' over this and then put through paper ribbler. Also then cut out a larger piece of same shape on black card to back this on.

Cut a piece of K and Company paper from 'Lifes journey' for main background, put it through paper ribbler to give it the wavy texture. Highlighted certain parts using white souffle pen and red rub on wax and gold acrylic paint.

Added more rub on wax and gold acrylic paint and a little white souffle pen to highlight certain parts.

Cut out pendulums using some Spellbinders swirly dies. Stamped on them using music stamp from Urban bird print set, added some gold paint.

Used X-cut Chronology cogs dies and then added red rub on and gold paint. A few brads for centres.
Also stamped the bird from same set of stamps.

Using various mini alphabet stamps, stamped out quote.. then assembled the whole thing.


  1. Wow, very cool, Gibby!

    Love what you do with that paper ribbler - it creates such a stunning effect! And all the awesome embossing and colouring is just fab! Fantastic!

    Thank you for the wishes and for sharing this with us at Sandee&amelie's!!!


    die amelie xx

  2. oh wow, this is really stunning, i like the delicate colours with the black contrast

  3. For sure, i'm in love with all the washes you did. Your cockoo variation is awesome also without the backing piece, which is another stunning make (:o)

  4. Fantastic texture and colour on this piece, love it .
    Rosie x

  5. Gibby this is just amazing! Wow such a marvelous piece of art! Thank you so much for your detailed description - I love especially! And thank you for your contribution on SanDee&Amelies STEAMPUNK CHALLENGE! XOXO SanDee

  6. A truly brilliant steampunk creation, love the way you ribbled the card, the embossing and the elements you added are wonderful. Beautiful! Hugs, Anne x

  7. Wow, your cuchoo house is awesome.

    Have a lovely week

  8. This is a lovely cuckoo clock. Fine elements also.
    Sorry for my bad English, I speak the Finnish language.

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! Love all the details, you do amazing work.

  10. your cuchoo house is fantastic - great work!

  11. Its amazing, thanks for popping by my blog and following me. I'm following you right back. Love your embossing. Just gorgeous. Michelle x

  12. So fantastic! Love the corrugated stamping - what a brilliant effect!
    Alison x

  13. wonderful work!

  14. Fabulous creation!
    Happy creativity to you!


  15. Love the texture, colour and all the little birdies!

  16. You have some wonderful inspiring creation here Gibby :)and this is fab !
    Von ♥

  17. Wonderful Design Gill, love the photos and stages of the process - Totally Inspiring.
    Heather xx

  18. fabulous style! and so great to see the progress!

  19. Beautiful work! Thanks for visiting my blog, too. I LOVE the clockwork owl in your avatar! Valerie


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