Meet, McSteamy. He’s another Steampunk digi that I created to say thanks again for the nomination and votes in the Steampunk category of the YouTube Crafty Academy Awards (hosted by Betty, YT: Scrappassion01), I wanted to do a companion digi to “Steampunk Scarlett,” which I released two weeks ago, and I wanted her counterpart to have his own sex appeal. So naturally I turned to none other than Patrick Dempsey, who played Doctor McDreamy, for some inspiration. LOL Actually, I was never really a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, but when I released Steampunk Scarlett, crafty friend Amador (YT: Amadoreros), commented that she was “McSteamy.” Right then, I knew the direction this digi was headed. 😀
To create this Steampunk-lite tag (I didn’t add a lot of metal, gears, dark colors, etc.), I used some wonderful papers from K & Company as a base. There is a map pattern to the top paper, which alludes to the adventurer/explorer that I imagine McSteamy to be. LOL I added some Tim Holtz tissue tape which I darkened with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink (to give McSteamy something to stand on). I inked the edges of the papers with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain. Where I tore and rolled back a bit of the top paper, I inked both sides of the paper and tucked behind some brown lace and a blue rose to add some interest. Because I did not want to make the tag too feminine, I stayed with blue and green hues and used paper, rubber, velvet, and feather flowers (quite the mix eh?). The flowers were mostly Wild Orchid Craft or Prima.
To color up McSteamy, I paper pieced his fabulous coat using one of my all-time favorite Graphic 45 papers, “Steampunk Spells.” To add depth, I added shadows to this paper pieced portion using Copic colors: C3 and 5. Actually, I wanted that coat with that fabulous paper to be the main focus of the image so other than the skin tones in E000, 00, and 11; the only Copic colors I used were: C1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. I used different combinations for his pants, vest, and cravat. For a little sparkle to the “metal” parts of the digi, I used a clear star Sakura Gelly Roll pen on his monocle, vest buttons, cravat pin, and clock edge. To add a bit of shine, I also used Glossy Accents on his eye, monocle, pocket watch, and shoes.
The tassle on the tag is made from hand-dyed seam binding in blues and greens and some fun eyelash trim in blue, green, and purple. Overall I kept this tag more simple, but I like the final result with McSteamy taking center stage.
The following is a video share of this tag:
This tag is being entered into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Anything Goes Challenge
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Great Thanks so much.
This is such a remarkable piece! I am so impressed with McSteamy! He’s so wonderfully detailed– especially those gears on his cloak. And the background you created is stunning. I love the eclectic mix of elements you combined, yet it blends together beautifully. Excellent work and I’m so glad you shared your amazing talents with us here at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!
Thank you so much Andrea! I really enjoyed drawing up McSteamy and making this tag for a dear crafty friend. It’s funny that you should say the elements were eclectic. That has been how my crafty style has been described by kind friends (those who would critique would say schizophrenic! LOL). I truly appreciate your encouraging words and for you stopping by. Big hugs, Kristina