My friend Shonda (YT: SLIMCards) put together a fun Halloween YouTube Hop in which each participant created a 3D or altered item piece. I haven’t done one of these in a long time, and I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get my upcycling on!
I started with an old cigar box that I painted the corners of with DecoArt Black Gesso. This would allow me to be less exact in cutting the patterned papers that would line each side, top, bottom and interior section of the box. I used beautiful papers from Graphic 45’s “An Eerie Tale” and “Steampunk Spells.” Each patterned paper was cut to size and all the edges were inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot for a nice finished look. Then I used Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue to adhere some Tim Holtz Foundations Metal Feet to the bottom of the box to literally and figuratively elevate the box into something extra special.
With the box construction done, I decided to fussy cut one of my all-time favorite Steampunk images: the Steampunk lady with wings and a top hat, riding a bicycle. I inked the cut edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker and popped her up on fun foam for a bit of added dimension. For the rest of the box lid, I decided to use a wooden knob to create a handle; a big black crocheted doily to add some softness; a metal key to add dimension to the Steampunk Spells focal image; a Tim Holtz Spinner and Compass Coin to add a whimsical interactive element; a Tim Holtz metal Keyhole for a box front accent; and a bunch of metal filigrees, odds and ends, and flower pieces to add a lush feeling. There was a lot of futzing but you can see the streamlined edited process in the video below.
The wooden knob and all of metal pieces were of varying metallic colors, and I wanted a more unified look, so I took all of them and put them through the following process: First I painted them all with more DecoArt Black Gesso. Once dry, I used my finger or a stiff stencil brush to coat each piece with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Black Shimmer. That dries almost immediately so I next hit all the high points with a dab of DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark. The dull and mix matched metal pieces all got a cohesive luxe gunmetal silver grey makeover!
For some finishing touches and a little sparkle and shine, I added Ranger Glossy Accents to some of the features of the Steampunk lady (bicycle handles, clock necklace pendant and goggles on hat); some Recollections ebony glitter glue to the centers of some of the metal flowers; and some Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Drops in Midnight Sky on the stamen of some of the metal flowers. These subtle little extras add some nice details without distracting from the overall focal points of the box lid.
As I mentioned at the start, this project is part of the So Boo-tiful Halloween YouTube Hop. Nine of us are making 3D or altered item projects. Many of us are also doing giveaways as part of the hop. If you’d like to leave comments for chances to win, check out the video below. All the hop stop links are in the description box of the video. The following is a process video of creating this upcycled box:
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This Halloween Steampunk box is being entered into the following challenges:
SanDee and Amelia Steampunk/Industrial Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday A Walk on the Dark Side Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Make Your Own Background Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Masculine Card Challenge
Just Keep On Creating Anything Goes Challenge