Inside: how to make amazing altered art projects from stuff you have in your house!   A wise man once said: creative people can make art from anything and I happen to agree. Us crafters, designers, artists (or any other name you want to use) see a potential craft project in things other people don’t. How many times did you see an item thrown out that you thought you could transform to something beautiful? I bet more than once…     Creating art from everyday items and turning household objects or even unused or empty things to something beautiful is called altering or up-cycling. Altered art is a transformation or ‘alteration’ of ordinary, everyday objects into decorative pieces using a wide variety of different techniques and materials. It describes a way of recycling, and giving new life to all sorts of commonplace and functional (or perhaps even useless) items. WHY CREATE ALTERED ART Once you get the idea of looking at …


Inside: the ultimate guide to make a steampunk project including all the materials, steps and secrets you need to know.   I previously wrote a few blog posts and tutorials about steampunk projects but I feel I did you a disservice. All those posts were informative but lacking in information. So today I’m collecting all the scattered information into one ultimate guide and sharing everything I know about steampunk projects and how to make them!     WHAT IS STEAMPUNK? Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West” and incorporate mechanical parts and fantasy alongside old futuristic and Victorian elements like hot air balloons, light bulbs, wings  and pipes.   TYPES OF STEAMPUNK PROJECTS Steampunk is a movement that extends beyond crafts and DIY to fashion, …

The 3 Essentials for a Steampunk Project

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you what I think are The 3 Essentials for a Steampunk Project. I get a lot of questions about steampunk especially questions that relate to how to achieve that steampunk look.     The 3 Essentials for a Steampunk Project A steampunk project doesn’t need to have lots of techniques or fancy materials. You could add them if you want but it’s not necessary. There are  only three essentials you really need to achieve that steampunk look: 1. The right color A steampunk look is achieved by using industrial and metallic colors like brown, bronze, gold, black and all their combinations. Other colors that can be used are the colors of rust and oxidization.       2. Theme Focal Point Every project needs a focal point. It can be a photo of a person or an image but the most important thing is that the focal point will be …

My Top 3: Steampunk Rules

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you My Top 3: Steampunk Rules! I get a lot of questions from you who want to start creating steampunk projects but don’t know where to start. So today I want to help you sort all of this out with three simple rules for steampunk projects.       My Top 3: Steampunk Rules Style not material The first rule might be a little counter intuitive. The important thing about steampunk projects is not necessarily the material of items you add but their style. What I mean by style is the theme or the shape. For example use cogwheels made of chipboard is better than using hearts made of metal. Steampunk is all about mechanical, industrial and grunge that means lots of cogwheels, screws, clock parts, mechanical parts etc. Metal is also important but only if you don’t cover everything with paint. If you cover the project with paint or …

Double Frame Canvas for Studio 75 DT

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share with you a Double Frame Canvas for Studio 75 DT. This canvas is a combination between paper crafting and mixed media. You don’t always need to have a full mixed media background or project to get pretty steampunk piece.   Double Frame Canvas. Studio 75 DT I started with painting the edges of the canvas with black gesso. Then I attached a piece of pattern cardstock on top. I used the Mrs & Mr collection by Studio 75. For added texture I added chipboards which I painted with acrylic paints to the background. I added two frames as my focal points for the vintage photos I used.         To enhance the steampunk look I added some metal embellishments. When you use metallic paints, cogwheel shaped chipboards and metal parts you can have that steampunk look on any project!       Have you Joined the VIP Room? Where every month …

Steampunk Altered Box for Scrap & Craft

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share my new Steampunk Altered Box for Scrap & Craft. They have the most amazing steampunk theme laser cut chipboard that are just perfect for steampunk projects.  Steampunk Altered Box for Scrap & Craft     Now that the holidays are over I thought I’d take a break from the Christmas and winter theme projects and do something a little different. As you know I love steampunk! That industrial look with the cogwheels and mechanical parts is just magical to me. Today I want to inspire you with an altered box created in a steampunk style.         I took an old paints cardboard box and painted it with black gesso. Then I added layers of chipboard and metal embellishments. When you create a project like this layering your embellishments with extra height will make the difference between a nice project and an amazing project! You don’t want your creation …

The Grand Holidays Blog Hop – Clocks Christmas Tree

Hello dears, We invite you to join the The Grand Holidays Blog Hop with a great group of talented designers.Hop from blog to blog and find easy, fast and amazing projects! Each blog, in the blog hop, offers a giveaway of craft products and will include the Project featured in the blog.That means there are 11 different giveaways and there will be 11 different winners!Everyone is eligible to win; the blog hop is open worldwide! All you have to do is:1. Visit each of the blogs on the blog hop list.2. Follow each of the blogs and leave a comment on each blog along the way.3. If you share our blog hop on your Blog, Facebook or Instagram, please let us know by leaving us another comment and you will have an extra entry to the giveaway raffle. The Grand Holidays Blog Hop – Clocks Christmas Tree My project for this blog hop combines steampunk with a lot of holiday …

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