I have been wanting to try creating an ATC in the Steampunk style, and when my crafty friend, Nancy (YT: AllWays Adorned) posted an ATC challenge, I knew this was my chance.

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Side View Showing Filigree Arch

I started with the traditional 3.5″ x 2.5″ chipboard (upcycled embellishment packaging) base and covered both sides with a wonderful scrap of paper that I had in my scrap box from the Graphic 45 “Steampunk Debutante” collection. In moody green and black tones and a sophisticated French lady perched on a Chippendale chair, I thought this paper was perfect.  I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in black soot, and then I was ready to build up the ATC!

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Craft Desk While Creating

I got out a bag of metal embellishments, a couple of doodad bags of different flowers that had been gifted to me from crafty friends, and an Altoid tin of mixed metal charms.  I took a long metal filigree embellishment and bent the two ends to create a kind of arch.  From that arch I decided I’d hang some metal charms.  I used jump rings to attach a couple of gears, a bird and an Eiffel Tower (remember I had decided the elegant lady was French? LOL). With a little E6000 and some hot glue, I attached the arch to the ATC base and then covered the tops and bottoms with some layered crochet pieces, paper flowers, and paper flower petals that I thought complemented the Graphic 45 paper.  While pretty in that monochromatic way, in the end I decided to add two turquoise rolled roses with rhinestone centers to the flower clusters to add a little pop of color and shift the green base paper toward blue a bit (isn’t it funny how putting different colors adjacent to one another can shift the perceived color of something?).

The following is a video share of this ATC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDhlIM-xDLQ

This ATC is being entered into the SanDee & amelie’s Steampunk Destinations Challenge
The photo of my craft desk is being entered into the Moxie Fab World Throwdown Challenge

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