Thursday, February 16, 2012

Steampunk Paper Doll Valentine Swap

I occasionally like to participate in swaps as an excuse to create outside of my comfort zone and style. So when my favorite scrapbooking destination, The Paper Crown in Oklahoma City decided to host a Valentine Paper Doll Swap, I was totally in. The main guidelines were to create a festive paper doll in honor of Valentine's Day. I knew that I wanted to incorporate red and wings, but that's it. So, into my huge cabinet of vintage goodies I went. I am always on the hunt for these unusual findings, never knowing when the right project will come along. Lots of times, I get these items in large quantities like the metal stand, the ceramic head & wings...perhaps I need to start selling some of my vintage and unusual oddities in my etsy shop. Do you think these are items people would be interested in purchasing? Perhaps to offer as a kit? I would love any ideas and/or suggestions you might have. Whatever I do, I want it to be unique. :)

Onto the paper doll...
I would definitely say this is my first attempt at doing anything with a "steampunk" feel. Don't get my wrong, I love the unusual style of steampunk imagery. I just never find the perfect place for it in my projects. After searching for valentine's images on etsy, I stumbled upon a gorgeous digital set from Ceremony. Out of the Netherlands, Julia van der Werf creates the most succulent steam punk digital images...you will definitely want to check them all out for yourself. :)

I started with a metal stand and glued the ceramic head on top. I played around with the images and decided on the red dress. The red is so intense it almost looks like crimson velvet cascading down! I have lots of fabulous Dresden wings in silver, copper & bronze...by using several of them, it allowed the different metallics to tie in together nicely. The embossed copper at the bottom of the dress I created using a damask letterpress plate in my Vagabond...I love the texture it adds to the overall piece. At the very bottom I added a ruffle made out of an old sewing pattern. My finishing touches were all the wings and the functional heart lock...with the keys nestled around the base. I truly hope whomever receives this doll in the swap squeals with delight upon receiving, as I will do the same when I receive an original from one of them. :)

Since LESSology has a fun theme "Flights of Fancy" going on right now, I am going to enter this into their challenge. I think with all the wings, she is a perfect fit!

Thanks dearly for stopping by! Also, don't forget: you have until tomorrow to be entered into my giveaway! I wish each and every one of you lots of luck!
Amy

14 comments:

sharon Ong said...

Ooooh....very cool!!! I'm sure whoever gets your doll will be squealing with delight! :) I like how you posed her in front of the mirror.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh WOW WOW WOW!!! This is AMAZING!!! WOW!! I just loveeeee her!!! GORGEOUS!

stephanie said...

Okay, this is an extremely fun creation! Love the little words on the back of the angel's skirt as well as all the details that you incorporated to make this sweet angel special.

Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

soapHOUSEmama said...

ooooh! She is fantastic!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW!! This is uh-mazing, Amy!!!

Briana Johnson said...

OH MY goodness, this is GORGEOUS! Absolutely! I love the heart padlock! The wings, the patterns, the colors, it's amazing!

Izzyb said...

Oh, my stars. This is so creative and incredible. I cannot believe you are giving this away in a swap. Boy, someone is going to be very very very happy! This is so fun and imaginative. I LOVE it!

Andrea Amu said...

I'm in awe, Amy!
She is so deliteful!

Joan said...

This doll is awesome!!! You are so talented and creative! I love this; someone will be very lucky to receive this doll!!!

yyam said...

Oh wow! How fabulous is this creation! I love the fabulous details!

Thanks for joining us at LESSology! :)

~amy~ said...

EXcellent work...wow! Thanks for joining us at LESSology!

lisa said...

Fab!!!
Thanks for playing with us at LESSology x

Dora said...

Just gorgeous!
Thanks for playing!

Jen said...

OOooh, your this is fantastic! Love the colors and your details are superb! Thanks for playing at the LESSology challenge!
Jen