Earlier I had mentioned
Alpha Stamps theme for June is mermaids, sea creatures, and steampunk, and saved all of the steampunk elements for a mechanical treasure chest. The lid of the chest includes one of my favorite images from the G45 Voyage Beneath the Sea paper, this dapper snapper-riding gent that's ready for adventure. He's been glued onto a coil made from paper covered wire so he's sproingy. It reminds me of those metal animals on giant springs at the park. The lid also has a really cool 6 x 6 Gears Texture Sheet that I painted with Silks and cut to fit inside the lid's frame. There's also a metal clock with a spinning hand, a bronze octopus charm, a gorgeous brass patina starfish, and an undersea beauty framed in a bronze gear.
Inside the chest is a miniature book. Well, maybe it is just small.
I'm sort of fascinated with moving paper of all kinds, like pop-ups, spinning dials, and paper toys, so I added some mechanical parts to the book's pages. Sir Ballyhoo will remove his monocle and in a most distinguished voice announce, "You don't say?" (Not really, but that is what I imagine he's saying.)
You can pull the gear on this page and catch a fish:
There's a surprise under the shell but it is PG-13.
And a few more pages. If you want to see the rest and a short video of the parts in action you can check 'em out on my blog
. I loved this project!