Wednesday, 5 February 2014

…do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you…

It’s challenge time at Simply Steampunk Challenges and our theme this month is tragic love and, with this gorgeous image from Abigail Larson, Hades and Persephone 1, how could I go with any theme but Wuthering Heights.

And here's a close-up showing the beautiful image with more true to life colours.

I googled the English moors and turns out there are trees on them so I have some skeleton trees in the background to help with the ghostly and tragic mood.  I wanted to make Persephone / Cathy look like a ghost to have this resemble a dream of Heathcliff on the moors and thought to use Frosted Film for it but the stuff doesn’t work like I thought it would so no ghosts.

I did stupidly decide to go with a decoupaged scene, stupidly because this is an incredibly detailed image.  It is beautiful when coloured and done once as a 2D picture it would have been an easy colour on the train but as it is it took hours of colouring and fussy cutting and gluing.  That said, I love how this turned out.

The hours of work weren’t just in the decoupage, I also spent a lot of time on decorating the box.  I wasn’t happy with the first coat of gilding on the lace, it was too bright gold so a few more layers of colour and I was finally happy with my vintage / grungy look.  The colour doesn’t look good on the photo, it is actually a dark browny gold colour, I really need to invest in a good camera!

As this is most definitely not a card I’m entering it in the anything but a card challenge at All Craft’s Challenges.  The beautiful moment captured in the image speaks to me of love, that elemental love of Hades and Persephone or Cathy and Heathcliff so I’m entering my card in the Cheerful Stamp Pad’s Love / Valentine challenge.  And as I have an SVG cut, several skeleton trees in fact, I am also linking this at the current love challenge at Creative Cutting Challenge.

Now head on over to Simply Steampunk Challenges and check out what my awesome teamies have created using Simply B Stamps’ images and theme tragic love.  Hopefully you’ll be inspired to get steamy and create a project, remember you don’t need to use a Simply B Stamp, although we do love to see them, but you do need to create a Steampunk style project.

Skin E11, E21, E50, E51, E53 (E02, E13 cheeks)
Lips E11, R46
Hair E23, E25, E27, E29, E49, T4, T6, T8, T10, 100
Persephone’s Dress BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29
Hades’ Outfit W00, W1, W3, W5, W7
Moon BV31, BV34, 0
Rocks W3, W5, W7, 0
Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel – Aged Ochre
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
The Crafter’s Workshop 6x6 Template – Mini Branches
Silhouette SVG – Skeleton Tree
Prima Junkyard Findings – Heart Gears
Words or Whatever Chipboard – Cog & Gear Corner Flourish (small & large)
Inks & Paints etc
Rub’nBuff – Spanish Copper
StazOn – Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Faded Jeans, Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Paint – Vintage Photo
Viva Décor Inka Gold – Graphite, Lava Red & Old Gold
American Crafts Cardstock – Kraft
BoBunny Woodland Winter – Frosty Morning
Ribbons & Trims etc
Lace from LSS

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Fabulous project. Great job. Thank you for playing with us in the Love challenge at Creative Cutting Challenge

    CCC DT

  2. Wow Wow Wow! OMG this is Awesome! Your Colouring is Amazing! Love every tiny thing you have created here you should be so pleased with your self!

  3. What a gorgeous project. Thank you for joining our Challenge at Craft my life this month.

    Hugs Erin DT x

  4. This is just an AMAZING project! Truly a labor of LOVE!! Super job and thanks for joining us at Creative Cutting Challenge this time.
    DT Leader

  5. Great Project! I am not much of a coloring with markers kind of gal...and you have done a fabulous job coloring...obviously taking some time to do this. Lovely work...and beautiful finished piece!
    Thank you for joining us at the Creative Cutting Challenge!!
    Hugs Heather DT

  6. Thanks for sharing this lovely creation for Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 79: love/Valentine, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

  7. Awesome card, certainly a piece of art that just speaks FRAME ME. Thanks for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad for the Love/Valentine challenge.

  8. Fabulous card!Thank you so much for joining us at The Cheerful Stamp Pad!
    Karla B

  9. What a fantastic creation you made! I like all details :-))
    Thank you for playing along with us at "Crafty my life" and I hope to see you again!
    Hugs, Andreja


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