I have my second steampunk inspired pocket letter to share with you today and I'm excited about this one. A few years ago G45 introduced Steampunk Spells and I immediately fell in love with it. When the group swap at Pocket Letter Pals came up - Steampunk ~ Victorial Cool - I knew I wanted to use this paper collection and the incredible Victorian woman with steampunk flair featured in it. The collection was used exclusively on my pl and it went to my new pal in France, Virginie. She hasn't received it yet (don't know what is taking so long) but hopefully it will appear in her mailbox this week. :)
There was a lot of fussy cutting and layering on this pocket letter but I love the dimension it added to it. Since hot air balloons are one of my fave things they had to make an appearance. I should note that this is not the traditional 9 pocket letter. Rather I approached this as a story board and built up the layers using a 4 pocket protective page with black chipboard (cut to fit each one). It offered a sturdy base and hopefully kept the mail system from bending it in transit. On top of that I layered a dp (cogs) from the collection on each chipboard section. Fussy cut flowers were added next and glued in place. Then I started addressing the top of the pocket letter. I cut out a decorative frame, fussy cut more flowers and balloons, then arranged everything like I wanted and used double stick tape and foam dots to adhere. The lady riding her bicycle was fussy cut and Stickles were added for a touch of sparkle to her coat and belt. Chipboard cogs by Dusty Attic were altered with craft paint and ink and glued in place. I added cog metal elements by Tim Holtz to several of the chipboard pieces and to the fan of the large balloon. My finishing touches were to add the Prima bling with rose, a band of Buttercup Liquid Pearls around the edge of the frame, and gold washi tape to the spine.
There's a bit of glare in the left corner but hopefully you can see the paper underneath. The bling was applied on top of the protective sheet as were the small balloon (left) and fussy cut flowers. I did not use the wings that were attached to her in the collection. I chose instead to use metal wings by Tim Holtz which I altered with black, gold and silver craft paint.
Hopefully you can see the layering of the flowers in this photo.
This was such a fun pocket letter to create for my pal and I really hope she likes it! I made her a separate bag of goodies as the pockets can't be opened. It was filled with crafty treasures for her to enjoy. Tomorrow I'll be sharing another pocket letter but this time it's a mini with a Black and White plus silver/gold theme. Hope you'll drop by and check it out. If you want to see my first steampunk inspired pocket letter simply scroll down and you'll also find a link to PLP's if you're interested in joining the fun. :)
Have a wonderful day,